Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Does the Tattoo artist strap your arm down when giving you a tattoo?

I'm looking to get my first tattoo on the inside of my upper arm(the place where it's supposed to be a little painful) I'm worried I might twitch and mess up my tattoo.

The tattoo artist will not strap you down or anything along those lines. They will have a good grip on you while stretching the skin and also to help alleviate any wiggling. Most experienced tattoo artists are familiar with jittery, wiggly customers so rest assured you wont be the first....but we may giggle at you later. hehe

Does It Hurt to Get a Tattoo?

Getting a tattoo can hurt, but the level of pain can vary. Because getting a tattoo involves being stuck multiple times with a needle, it can feel like getting a bunch of shots or being stung by a hornet multiple times. Some people describe the tattoo sensation as "tingling." It all depends on your pain threshold, how good the person wielding the tattoo machine is, and where exactly on your body you're getting the tattoo. Also, keep in mind that you'll probably bleed a little.

What's the procedure like?

Here's what you can expect from a normal tattooing procedure:

The tattoo artist will first wash his or her hands with a germicidal soap.
The to-be-tattooed area on your body will be cleaned and disinfected.
The tattoo artist will put on clean, fresh gloves.
The tattoo artist will explain the sterilization procedure to you and open up the single-use, sterilized equipment (such as needles, etc.).
Using the tattoo machine (with a sterile, single-use needle attached), the tattoo artist will begin drawing an outline of the tattoo under your skin.
The outline will be cleaned with antiseptic green soap and water.
Sterile, thicker needles will be installed on the tattoo machine, and the tattoo artist will start shading the design. After cleaning the area again, color will be injected.
Any blood will be removed by a sterile, disposable cloth or paper towel.
When finished, the area, now sporting a finished tattoo, will be cleaned once again. A thin film of Vaseline, A&D ointment or better yet Black Cat Tattoo Aftercare Salve will be applied and a bandage will be put on over the newly tattooed area.

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