TATTOO ETIQUETTE


“There has been a lot of articles about this matter but it seems that people are either too ignorant or too arrogant to take this serious.”


In this article we want to give you a

few pointers and shed a little light

on some issues, just to make the

whole tattoo experience a more

pleasant one, not only for the client

but also for the artist. Remember

you are going to spend at least an

hour or more in the presence of the

artist working on you depending

on the size and detail of the tattoo,

you want it to be a pleasant and

memorable experience as you

will carry that art on you for the

rest off your life and that tattoo

will be a constant reminder of the

experience you had.


DO YOUR RESEARCH


Why is this considered ethical?

Well, when you first visit a tattoo shop you can very quickly find yourself in an awkward position if you don’t know what you want and who you want it from. Do your homework on the artist and their different styles. They each have their own, so make sure it’s the style you want on your body for the rest of your life.



DO NOT BRING YOUR KIDS


Now I know it might enrage some parents, but hear me out. I am not talking about your teenage kid that keeps themselves busy as long as they have wi-fi. I am talking about the toddler that runs around touching and bumping everyone.

Remember a tattoo shop is a place of hygiene and your artist needs to focus on the job at hand. They can not afford to lose focus because your little precious sunshine is running around starting and ending WW3 in a matter of minutes. So please get a babysitter while you are getting inked.


HYGIENE


Let’s say you have done your research and booked your tattoo, and you are now going to get that tattoo that you’ve been dying to have. Make sure the artist is hygiene conscious. Normally you would be able to see it when you first visit the shop but sometimes only notice the nonhygienic patterns before getting the tattoo. Make sure the artist is wearing gloves. Always. Make sure the workstation, soap bottle, and everything else that might be in contact with you and the artist while tattooing is covered, and free from the risk of cross-contamination. Make sure needles that are used are opened in front of you.

You do not want second-hand needles.



AFTERCARE


You have now gotten your tattoo and you are happy. Now comes the most important part of all, the aftercare.

It should be easy but still, somehow, clients get it wrong.

A. Wash it mornings and evenings with clean water and antibacterial soap. Rinse with clean water.


B. Use aftercare that was specifically designed for tattoos. Apply only a thin layer

over your tattoo.


C. Keep it clean. No swimming. No picking scabs of dead skin.



CREATIVE FREEDOM


The artist will take your idea, convert and shape it into a piece of art, let them do it, that way they can put their heart and soul into that tattoo and by doing so give you

something to be proud of.




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