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Posted 02 August 2012 - 15:13
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 16:09
With the pigment there is no real way for you to tell what quality you're getting other than to see a bottle. Brand names won't really mean anything to you, but you could call ahead and ask which brand they use. Kuro Sumi, Eternal, Fuzion, Intenze would all be available (read: shipped to) in Honduras I would suspect.
If they're not using disposible tubes/needles you could ask to see their autoclave to make sure they really have one.
You are entitled to ask these questions, though I think most people here don't think about it.
You could try and find info on the health department and ask them which shops they do regular inspections on.
Hi Draconian Guppy.
A professional tattooist should always show you his process. He should always open apart a new needle in front of you and show you that all their equipment has been disinfected either by a vapor box or by disinfectant liquid.
About your health concerns, most of the time is because the user did not take care of his tattoo. Avoid direct sunlight, always keep clean the tattooed area but use only neutral soap. You should keep the tattoo moisturized, I recommend you to use any lotion that has UREA in it. A very thin layer of vaseline should help too.
Power tip: NEVER, EVER, GET MATCHED TATTOOS!!
Posted 02 August 2012 - 16:15
Use neutral soap always? Or just when it got done? Because if I have to do that permanently then hell no
The thing is, most shops here I don't really think could be called "Professional" they're more like serious amateurs ( or so I think).
On the matching tats, we've been together for around 12 years and 5 months, so... Yeah although you never know I'm thinking of making something generic a la "his and hers" sorta a half lotus, half skull, some random quote, black rose in mine, red in hers, etc. Not her name or something that specific, justincase...
On the process: Is getting colored that much of a hassle? (These questions I will ask to the place I get it, but the more you know).
Posted 02 August 2012 - 16:20
Not always, just use neutral soap until its healed.
Does not matter if they are serious amateurs, just ask them to show you their procedure (new needles, latex gloves, everything sterilized) and you're good to go.
Getting colored is not a hassle at all, it just take more time. Be careful with red and yellow inks since these can cause allergic reactions.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 16:26
On the areas, i'm guessing any body part that skin doesn't stretch easily is best?
Posted 02 August 2012 - 16:30
Correct, it's easier to get those areas done in the first try. Areas like the elbows or the knuckles are more problematic (I've retouched my knuckle tats at least five times). Consider that you move heavily your wrist over the day. Just a tip for future reference. The closer the skin is to the bone the more painful the tat will be.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 16:36
Why have you had to retouch them? Ink fades? stretches? What do you mean by the wrist movement? It will hurt more or will it make keeping the design that before it completely heals?
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 18:26
How do I know if the artist is good ?
Anything tattooed close to bone will hurt you. (wrist, ankle, chest, ribs, fingers, foot)
The ink lasts depending on the artists skill and your skin. If he barely scratches the surface, black will be green soon. I have a 2 year tat and it's still black.
Without a good artist, DON'T get colored tattoos, they will look bad.
If your skin is brown/dark, don't get colored stuff either, unless it's some epic artist doing it.
whoa! how did you even... Thanks!
You could do worse than contacting this guy...
As he has been to Honduras, he may be able to give you some recommendations.
One of the easiest ways of telling how good or bad a shop is, as soon as you walk in, does it smell like a hospital or does it smell like a bar? All good shops will smell Hospitalish as they are constantly cleaning and disinfecting all their equipment and any furniture the customer uses, not just the tattoo gun. Hell I got a tattoo done at the artist's home, his work room smelled and was cleaner than the rest of the house, and he would not allow his kid into that room due to the chance at infections, that's the sign of a good shop
Like SiCKX said, I have darker skin, of my 5 tattoos only one is colored, the colors are fading, all my black tattoos, including my first one that's around 20 years old is still solid black, no fading or discoloration, all the way to the last one I got almost 16 years ago
Posted 06 August 2012 - 12:56