Best ink brands

Tuesday May 8th, 2012 @ 5:15 AM

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Hello, I am wondering what the best inks are for tattooing, there seems to be quite a few brands available, moms, scream, dynamic, etc. Whats the best?

That would all depend on personal preference! Some artists rather to push in thicker inks, some prefer thinner ones which can go in smoother.

Some inks come in some pretty rad colours, which you can’t get pre-mixed from other companies.

It also depends if you want to use vegan approved inks like Classic, Dermaglo, Electric Ink, Eternal, Intenze, silverBack, Skin Candy, Stable or Waverly brands.

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tattoo aftercare

Tuesday May 8th, 2012 @ 5:12 AM

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i just got a tattoo yesterday (24th sep) and i thnk i have seemed to either have irritated it somehow because a small line of ink has kinda scabbed out and some puss has leaked, what shall i do?

and as for aftercare cream, whats the best to use? thnks.

This can often happen in high mobility areas, like in the elbow ditch or the back of the neck. Try to leave it alone so it doesn’t get worse and you may need to get a small touch-up done once it fully heals (after a good month).

As far as aftercare cream goes, everyone has their own preference. Personally I use only natural aftercare ointments like papaw ointment or afterink, but as long as you aren’t overusing it - anything should be okay. Make sure to just use enough to make the tattoo shine and remember not to pick any scabs.

Happy healings! :)

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Does my chest tattoo need touching up?

Monday May 7th, 2012 @ 3:03 AM

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Some parts of the black look which just where my natural goosebumps are. (actually come to think of it I was very cold while they did it!)

I am wondering if this tattoo needs to be touched up at all or if it is best left alone incase additional work spils it?

Thanks..

Its difficult to tell from the picture, however I would go to your artist and let them decide if it needs any touch-ups! They will have in their head exactly how it should look and will be able to tell you right away if it needs a couple spots hit.

Temperature while you are getting it done won’t change the outcome of the tattoo, however it is common to get lighter bits in your hair follicles. This is mostly because growing hairs often rip off scabs before they are ready and can also take longer in those little spots to heal.

Remember you can only tell if a tattoo needs a touch-up after around a month of healing.

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Tattoo and Acne

Monday May 7th, 2012 @ 3:03 AM

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I got my first tattoo about 6 months ago on my right shoulder blade. About 2 months after, I noticed I started getting acne on my left shoulder. Since, the acne has gotten worse and spread down my left shoulder onto my back and chest with occasional pimples on my right shoulder by my tattoo. I’m 23, and I’ve never had an issue with acne anywhere below my neck before I got the tattoo. I was wondering if it could be an allergic reaction to the ink, or if there is a link between the two? Thanks!

I think the timing is totally coincidental, allergy to inks will usually present at a very early stage (during healing). I have personally gotten pimples around a healing tattoo from thick after-care creams and the occasional ingrown hair from shaving before getting a tattoo done.

My suggestion would be to see a dermatologist to get it checked out.

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Copyright/Work For Hire

Sunday May 6th, 2012 @ 12:26 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

I am having an artist draw me a custom tattoo, then adding my own elements to her drawing. I am more graphic design oriented, but cannot draw with pencil and paper to save my life. I am really good friends with my artist, in fact I designed and keep designing her business cards and half of my work has been free because of it. My next tattoo has so much meaning to me, hence the custom design, but also because I don’t want to be copying anyone else’s tattoo, I want unique and I want to protect it.

I know somewhat when it comes copyright law, and I have been researching the specifics of tattoo copyright. All I am finding is the Hangover 2 fiasco. I have found that as is with anything the original artist is the copyright holder even if they dont bother to register the copyright. My question is would it be possible to draft up a copyright release that transfers all rights to me? I don’t think I will have any problem getting the artist to sign it. I know that you can get photographers to do the same thing as I own the rights to my wedding photos. I would be willing to provide money above and beyond the cost of the tattoo itself for added incentive to the artist to waive their rights. I dont know if this is a common practice in the tattoo industry but I think it should be an option for custom work.

Thanks

Most artists will supply you with the original sketches (sometimes for a fee) which will make it nearly impossible for anybody to directly copy your design. By law in many regions of the world, any original creation is automatically copyrighted by law.

If you wanted to take it a step further, you could register the design (like a trademark) through your contries copyright office (in the states its http://www.copyright.gov). It most likely will not stop someone (or an artist) from coping your design from a picture as copyright infringement has to be an exact copy and does not count as a very close facsimile.

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small tattoo placement?

Sunday May 6th, 2012 @ 11:35 AM

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BME- my sister, mom and I are planning on getting matching tattoos. We thought of the idea of getting small hearts on the inside of our pinkie fingers (so that they touch when we pinkie promise). What is the likelihood of the tattoo fading/ink pulling?

Thanks!

I would strongly suggest against any tattoos on your hands, unless you have a significant amount of other work. Even if you were covered, I would still suggest against it. Hands (especially the underside of fingers) will regenerate much faster than other spots and the tattoo will fade much much faster than other areas - most commonly it will just fall out completely or even worse blur out to a blur.

Long story short, I think to change your placement. Perhaps on the inside of your wrist or if you REALLY want to do a finger, get it on your knuckle. You have much less chance of it falling out then, as long as its done by an experienced artist.

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Is pen ink dangerous to use for a homemade tattoo?

Saturday May 5th, 2012 @ 5:38 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

I was thinking of trying to give myself a homemade tattoo. I know people who have used pen ink, but I was wondering if that was dangerous. Would I get ink poisoning? Is it okay to use pen ink, or should I order some actual tattoo ink? And how quickly do homemade tattoos fade?

Quite often pen ink is made in a low quality controlled environment, meaning it could contain all sorts of gunk that you don’t want in your body. How quickly the tattoo ‘fades’ depends on how well it’s done (too deep or too shallow will cause fading) and also where on your body it’s going. Keeping in mind it will never fade to nothing, you will always have some darker and lighter bits.

My suggestion would be to purchase actual tattoo ink which is FDA approved for it’s purpose, rather than any old ink you find laying around.

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Can i get this tattoo design?

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:50 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

Hi!, BME

I’d like to get this tattoo, just the symbol in the middle but i can’t seem to find the design to draw it properly and clearly. I’m in Bangkok btw. can anyone send me the design or drawing of this symbol to my email? i’d appreciate it very much.

Thank you

JAO

I would suggest to bring the picture into a good artist that specialises in that sort of work. Any good artist will be able to re-draw something very similar to that picture for you, however its not a good idea to directly copy another person’s body art.

They may also want to change the design to be a little simpler, so over time it won’t bleed together and look messy.

I would strongly suggest to check out BME’s 411 (professional directory listing) for a studio in Bangkok.

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Tattoo of original artwork

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:39 AM

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Hi BME peeps.

My husband and I have a question about the etiquette of tattooing someone else’s original artwork - case in point, Out of Order by Max Grundy (http://www.maxgrundy.com). He want a few minor changes made to the image, he’s not sure at this stage. Should we ask the artist, purchase the print, have the tattoo artist make changes, or commission the original artist to make them? We want to make sure that the artist gets their fair share for their artwork. Also, what is the etiquette with bringing a piece of artwork like this to a tattoo artist?

With many thanks,

Rae.

Most artists will not have a problem replicating an original artwork, however blantely coping someone else’s tattoo is a big no-no.

I would suggest to support the artist and buy the print, give it to the tattoo artist that you have selected to modify the design and perhaps make it ‘more tattooable’. Often designs have to be simplified in order for it to work out the best and only the tattooist will know the limitations of the skin.

You could even give the artist the print framed afterwards as a nice gift!

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new tattoo

Tuesday May 1st, 2012 @ 12:55 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

so i recently just got a new tattoo to cover up some ugly ass tribal i had on my leg since i was 16… its a huge sobirety piece on my leg. now my question to you all is why does my tattoo look like the color has faded after some of the scabs have naturaly fallen off? also i have been using tattoo goo and applying 2-3 times per day.. even where i have heavy shading it looks like the color is fading or is that due to the fact the top layer of skin is starting to flake off?

I would not stress to much about the color change during the healing, as a tattoo scab naturally falls off, it leaves behind a thin film of white ’second skin’. This will soften up and go back to normal as you continue to use the after-care cream. The white layer can last up to another two weeks after fully healing and its advised not to get any touch-ups until this is fully settled.

Remember not to over-do the cream as it can oversaturate the scabs and ‘pull’ the ink out. I normally recommend two THIN coats (just enough to make it shiny) a day.

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