Aftercare

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Will the tattoo hurt?

Probably the most asked question amongst those new to tattoos.  The answer is yes, but more than likely it won’t be half as bad as you are expecting.  Pain is taken in different ways, one person might find a certain tattoo completely well while the next person may find the pain is quite bad.

Remain as calm as possible and you will find after a few minutes you will get used to the pain and any discomfort.

Pain also various upon where the tattoo is placed.  For example, a tattoo on top of your arm, leg or shoulder will hurt a lot less than a tattoo on a wrist, neck or foot.  But at the end of the day all the pain is bearable pain.

Do I need do prepare or do anything before my tattoo?

The best advice we can give is the following:

– Sleep plenty the night before.
– Do not drink a large amount of alcohol on the day of tattoo or previous day.
– Eat a full meal a few hours before your appointment.
– Build up your sugar level by something as simple as a can of Coke and a bar of chocolate.
– Arrive for your appointment a little before your set time and relax.

During the tattoo…

Simply relax and remain as calm as possible.  The most important think is to remain as still as possible to ensure the quality of the finished tattoo will be outstanding.

If you need to cough or move, or would like a break simply tell your tattooist.

If at any point during your tattoo you feel unwell such as dizzy/faint or sick/nauseous please tell the tattooist immediately.  He will take a break until you feel better to carry on.  This tends to only happen to clients who have not eaten on the day of the tattoo, so we always recommend you follow the point above!

After the tattoo…

After your tattoo is finished, the tattooist will clean it up and bandage it for you.  It is important you leave the bandage on for the recommended time as specified in the aftercare sheet.

Upon leaving the studio you will be issued a full aftercare sheet that goes into detail in what to do and what not to do while healing you tattoo.  A copy of this aftercare sheet can be found below.

Please always follow this advice and never ever listen to what your mates have to say, they are not skilled nor are they professional and the outcome of the tattoo is mainly down to how well you look after it.

Tattoo Aftercare cream…

We recommend you use the THC Tattoo Aftercare cream.  By far the best and most used cream amongst clients and tattoo studios world wide.  We stock it at the shop and it is available at £5 per tub, which should last you for several tattoos (depending on the size of the tattoo of course!).

If you are unsure about anything or have a question…

After your tattoo is finished and while healing if you have any questions or are unsure about anything please do not hesitate to ask.  You may pop back to the studio, or ring us on 07866 377 869 or even email us.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW TATTOO

Once on your body your tattoo is your responsibility! Shortly after you get your new tattoo you will notice your skin will be a little irritated and sensitive, similar to how it feels when you have spent a few hours in the sun.

PLEASE FOLLOW PROCEDURES BELOW FOR AFTERCARE

* Remove the bandage after about 2-3 hours (not before!)
* Gently Wash your tattoo with antibacterial soap and water.
* Apply a light coat of cream such as the recommended Tattoo Aftercare which is available from your tattooist (for alternative aftercare options, please enquire), this will help the tattoo heal and also keep it from scabbing up much and cracking. Always wash your hands first with antibacterial soap.
* Continue to wash and moisturise 3-4 times a day.
* A slight scab may develop DO NOT PICK.
* No skin to skin contact with people or pets, if contact does occur, wash the tattoo immediately.
* No scratching, no picking, no peeling, no swimming, no sunbathing, no sauna, no Jacuzzi, no bathing, no tanning salon, no contact sports while the tattoo is healing.

REMEMBER VIRUSES, BACTERIA AND OTHER GERMS CAN EASILY BE PASSED THROUGH AN OPEN WOUND, SO BE SURE TO TAKE CARE OF IT!

You have to let your tattoo heal and settle into the skin, also make a point of wearing baggy clothes as tight clothes restrict healing. Your tattoo should be completely healed in about 1-2 weeks.

Some tattoos can be more irritated than others. For example ankle, inner arm and joint tattoos are prone to more irritation and/or swelling due to a lot of body movement.

In case of infection it is advisable you visit your doctor.

A FRESH TATTOO IS A WOUND TREAT WITH CARE AND COMMON SENSE.

…and remember…
Advice from a friend is NOT advice from a professional tattooist.

If in doubt, ASK YOUR TATTOOIST (07866377869)