Things to keep in mind before, while & after getting inked (3 min read)

Hello everyone . Today I am going to share with you the tips one should keep in mind while, before and after getting inked. Nowadays getting inked is a pretty common phenomena. I have two tattoos one on my wrist and other on my ankle.

Here are some tips for those who are interested in getting a tattoo done,

Before getting inked…

  • Be sure that you want to get a tattoo done. Don’t get inked impulsively, it’s better to be sure than regret later. Take your time and think about getting inked.
  • Do your research while choosing a tattoo. Choose a tattoo which represents you and suits your personality. One should know the meaning of the object/design/quote that is going to be inked on him/her. Choose something that you wouldn’t regret later. Inking your partner’s name is definitely not a wise idea.
  • Choose the area of the tattoo wisely. Getting a tattoo done is going to hurt. However, the area you choose for getting your tattoo done will determine just how much pain you are going to feel.

These are some of the least painful areas to get a tattoo done because these areas have plenty of flesh:

  1. Outer shoulder
  2. Thigh
  3. Wrist
  4. Upper back

These are some of the most painful areas to get a tattoo done because they are either too bony or the skin is too thin or both. These areas include:

  1. Hand, Fingers & Knuckles
  2. Feet
  3. Elbow
  4. Chest
  5. Ribs

If pain is not an issue go ahead and get inked wherever you want. Avoid areas that bend.

  • Do a little research about the various inks available and the whole process of getting inked. Always prefer ink with organic pigments. Don’t use inks that may contain heavy metals or animal products which can be toxic.
  • Choose the color of the tattoo ink wisely and keep these points in mind:
  1. Red pigments are often toxic and more commonly cause allergic reactions than other pigments.
  2. Reactions are more common with yellow pigments than others due to the high amount of pigment needed to create a bright color.
  3. Purple pigments tend to lose their brightness over time, specially if exposed to sunlight.
  4. Some tattoo pigments that glow in the dark can be radioactive or toxic, so speak to your tattoo artist before deciding to use one of these pigments in your tattoo.

I personally prefer black pigments. Both my tattoos are of black color.

  • Don’t get a tattoo done if you are diabetic, pregnant, lactating mother etc. Please make sure that getting inked won’t harm you in anyway. For getting a tattoo done make sure you are at least 18 years of age.
  • Be choosy about the tattoo parlor. It’s not just the quality of art that matters, there is a needle involved that will make contact with your skin, so choose a parlor that’s registered and renowned for taking proper health precautions.

While getting inked…

  • Wear comfortable clothes with easy access to the body part getting inked. Make sure the area where you want to get tattooed is waxed.
  • Check out the stencil design, body placement and spelling before the tattoo begins. Discuss in detail with your tattoo artist what exactly you want.
  • Make sure the tattoo artist is using single-use ( “throw away” kits) that are individually packaged, dated, sealed and hold disposable needles and tubes. Watch your tattoo artist remove the new needle and tube from it’s sealed envelope immediately before your session. Non disposable equipments used must be sterilized.
  • Make sure that the artist washes his/her hands before each and every procedure and wears sterile disposable gloves and uses sterile disposable towel for each client.
  • Make sure that unsterile surfaces and equipments are not touched by the tattoo artist once the procedure has begun.
  • Stay still and calm while being tattooed. If you are jittery the artist won’t be able to create straight lines.

After getting inked…

  • Ask the artist to apply aftercare cream once they have completed the tattoo. Ask the tattoo artist whether they will provide the aftercare cream (containing Vitamin A and Vitamin D) or you have to buy one to take along with you.
  • Carefully note the aftercare tips which the tattoo artist will tell you.
  • Keep your tattoo wrapped (the tattoo artist will wrap it) from when you leave the tattoo studio, until you get home and into a clean environment.
  • Within 1-2 hours of getting tattooed, wash the tattooed area properly and apply the aftercare cream.
  • Apply the aftercare cream as and when required.
  • Avoid exposing the tattooed area to sunlight for a month.
  • Avoid going to water bodies for at least a week. Keep the tattoo away from water for a week at least.
  • Don’t scratch the tattoo till it’s healed. Don’t wear tight and irritating clothes that might rub and damage your tattoo.
  • Once healed use a mild sunscreen, you don’t want your tattoo to fade.

Hope these tips will help you. Wishing you a happy tattooing experience.

-Priyanka Lamba


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