Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Tattoos FAQ

Do they hurt?
Yes, they obviously did hurt.. but it's bearable. It honestly depends where the tattoo artist is tattooing but my wrist was particularly painful as was my inner bicep. If you think about it, if people are able to put up with the pain for many hours.. it cannot be that bad! Please do not be concerned about the pain involved in getting a tattoo, just accept that it is going to feel uncomfortable and go for it.

Do you have a job? If so, how did you get a job with those?
Yes, I work in a Further Education College. I wear long sleeves at work so despite being heavily tattooed on my arms, they are completely covered. I have worn short sleeves though and have had no complaints. Tattoos are becoming much more acceptable in society nowadays, but definitely look into your career choices to double check that being tattooed won't cause you any problems further down the line.

How long did they take?
I've probably been tattooed for around 30 hours in total (so far!)

How much did they cost?
For tattoos, you get what you pay for. I have always gone for quality rather than cheap prices. If you'd like actual numbers, I've paid between £80-£100 ish per hour depending on the artist. 

Should I tip my tattoo artist?
I have done in the past. In the UK, it's not essential.. it's definitely more common in the USA but my artist was fairly taken aback when I tipped him. It's a nice thing to do though as being a Tattoo Artist is a very difficult and demanding occupation.

What do I do for aftercare?
For me, what works is applying hemp and jojoba oil for the first day or so. I then switch to applying a small amount of Bepanthen (nappy rash ointment). After around a week, I switch to cocoa butter. Whenever the tattoo feels dry, I apply a small amount of product (at least every morning and night). I also washed my tattoos around 2-3 times a day during the healing period. All of mine healed within 2 weeks of being done while using this method. Everyone is different though so what works for me may not work for you.

Here are a couple of pictures of some of my tattoos..

I shall definitely get around to posting more body mod advice when I get a spare minute. I have had quite a few piercings in the past and I get a lot of questions about my septum which I still have in. 

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