By: Thao Le
Choose a design that screams YOU
The Artist Knows Best
The artist will check the application area for any bruises or scars that may interfere with the tattooing process. He/She will also bring out all the appropriate supplies for the job―sterilized tools and disposable materials. This is done to eliminate the possibility of contamination and to insure the safety of the artist and you.
Cleanliness is Key
Preparing the Machines and Equipments
Ink is poured into little ink caps and all other tools (needles and tubes) are removed from their packaging. Distilled water is poured into a cup for rinsing purposes, and paper towels are prepared to wipe the ink and blood during the procedure.
You have three layers of skin: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous layer. The needle will pierce through the top layer and make its way to the dermis, making it permanent. If the tattoo is too high up, it will heal "patchy or light." If it is too deep, irreversible scarring is guaranteed, and the tattoo will fade.
Shading and Color
For shading, thicker needles will be installed on the tattoo machine. After cleaning the area, color is injected.
The Final Product
Risk Factors and Other Problems
- Poor sanitation at the tattoo parlor (sanitation is very important)
- Sharing of ink between patrons (blood-borne diseases)
- Poor aftercare by the customer
Allergic reaction to dyes
- Keloid (raised areas from an overgrowth of scar tissue)
Dissatisfaction may result in one wishing to remove the tattoo
- People change, so styles change
- Painstaking (several treatments)
- Hypopigmentation (loss of skin color)
- Hyperpigmentation (darkening of skin)
- Discrepancy in image
- Cover up scars or restore a natural look (surgical, ect.)
- Enhance skin due to discoloration
- Replace what is lost (eyebrows, ect.)
- Clash with change in skin tone or facial/bodily shape
- Altered during cosmetic surgery
Henna (mehndi) tattoos
- Should only be used as a hair dye, not on skin