Tattoo Ink issues

Monday November 3rd, 2008 @ 6:05 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

Hello there guys , there are already few months since i first learned about your site and since then i haven’t stopped watch your topics and daily picture posts .

My tattoo time came , so i am having some issues with my mother telling me that the ink that is used is the same as the ink heavy industries use to paint the cars (as she read from an artical : source coming from european union and dated back to 28/7/03 ffs-.-). I am opposing her by saying that the ink is completly natural produced by herbals , and that the source is way old. What i mean is come on we leave in 2008 every day a new techonolical breakthrough comes out, there is no possible way tattoo shops using such ink even if they did back then. What i need to know is where the ink comes from and what are the possibilities for me to have an allergic shock via the ingredients used to the ink. If you could tell me the ingredients used it would be lovely !!

I am looking forward to your answer , since you guys are experts ^^

Yours Faithfully ..

Different companies use different ingredients in their pigments. Yes- some are organic pigments. Others are made from plastics and metal salts. Some use glycerin as a base and some don’t. It’s impossible to tell you who uses what.

Tattoo pigments are generally not regulated and most companies won’t provide an MSDS sheet, which is disconcerting.

That said- most pigment out there is totally fine and you’ll be alright using it. Avoid gimmick pigments like UV reactive. At most, you may react to the red pigment, but that’s not as common as it used to be.

Good luck!

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Posted by Shawn Porter | Permalink | 4 Comments

Hair removal before a tattoo or scar.

Thursday October 30th, 2008 @ 9:40 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

Hello! I have a quick question.

I plan on starting a large tattoo project on my leg in a few months. What’s the best way to remove the hair from the area beforehand?

I’d rather get it waxed, but would that interfere with the tattoo healing at all? If waxing is ok, what’s the best amount of time to do it before the tattoo work begins?

What about in between tattooing sessions? They’ll be about 4 weeks apart.

I may also be getting a scarification done on or near the pubic area at some point down the road. Would waxing be ok in that case too?


Waxing can cause a lot of trauma to the skin which can be bad for tattoo application.
Your best bet would be to consult with your artist. My artists request that you leave the hair removal process to them in the case of low-hair-concentrated areas (like backs, upper arms, etc)
but surfaces like pubic areas, armpits, lower arms and legs may stand for a gentle at-home shaving as per your regular regime to avoid cuts and razor burn the night before your appointment.

Remember not to use any aftershaves, creams/lotions, numbing agents or go tanning for at least 24 hours prior either.

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Scripture Tattoo

Tuesday October 7th, 2008 @ 4:50 PM

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I am looking for a scripture tattoo.. I just saw it on Army Wives. She said it was a scripture that meant a A beautiful mistake. Any Ideas as where i can find this?

It was script that meant “a beautiful mistake” but it wasn’t in English?
Without knowing which language the piece was in… we can’t do much for you.
Even knowing, there’s little we could do.
If you want the words “A beautiful mistake” you can walk into a shop and ask.
If you’re looking to have that translated into another language, I’d say find someone who speaks/writes the specific language you want it in.
Or just get a tattoo of Amy Winehouse….

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Friday September 26th, 2008 @ 1:59 PM

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I have been to several tattoo shops around where i live and i am wanting to get this tattoo. I have a design in my head but i am no artist. What is the best way to get a design down on paper?

Also how do i choose which shops is the best suited for me?


Shops best suited for you:
The best way to decide this is to visit the shops around you or ask your friends for a recommendation. Walk in. Skim through portfolios. See anything that stylistically ‘vibes’ with what you have in your head? While most tattooists are versatile- it’s a great thing that the good ones have a recognizable “voice” when it comes to their work. If you’re thinking of something with a big ol’ bold outline with a basic colour pallet- the artist who’s book is FULL of amazing black and gray MAY not be the best choice for your piece. Does that mean they CAN’T do your piece? heck no.

But an artist’s portfolio is often a great starting place to see where their head is stylistically. They’re laying out this portfolio to represent THEM, so… read it like a Rorschach test. The person who’s work most speaks to you is the first one you should talk to about your design.

A word of warning though: Once you’ve started the process, that design will become a communal image that you two share. The likelihood of it 100% matching what you have in your head is almost impossible- unless you’re joined at the head with your tattooist. And that’s a GOOD thing! As my good friend BRHL says:

“Once I’m there, people tend to be a lot more open to imagery and approach, and I’m able to render something that may be a lot more appropriate to their objectives than what was in their head. I get it all the time, “It’s not at all what I was envisioning, but it’s exactly what I wanted.” I don’t take this as me being some astounding artist, I just listen to what’s behind a person’s words.”

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Tattoo on fingertip?

Monday September 22nd, 2008 @ 10:41 AM

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Some friends and I were talking about tattoos we want once we’re old enough to get them, and one friend said she wanted a peace sign tattooed on her finger, like, right in the center of where your finger print is. I thought it was an interesting idea, but it seemed like a difficult place to get a tattoo. Is it possible to do something like that? If it were, would it affect your sense of touch on that finger?

Is it possible to do something like that? Sure. Chances are however, the tattoo is not going to stay, or at least stay looking good, for very long due to the thicker, calloused nature of the skin on the pad of your finger.

Your friend will probably also have a harder time finding an artists willing to do a tattoo there because they know it isn’t going to hold well over time.

My advice would be for your friend to pick a different spot for the tattoo.

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Posted by Derek Lowe | Permalink | Comments

Tattoo font

Saturday September 6th, 2008 @ 9:59 AM

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I’ve been planning to get a fairly large tattoo on my side with a poem. What is the recommended font size I should consider that would be small enough to fit a lot of text without blurring over time? Is it also possible to get a customized text in my own handwriting? Thanks!


Here are the following steps you should take:

1) write the poem in your own handwriting. Make sure its easy to read.

2) Find a reputable studio with highly skilled/experienced tattoo artists.

3) Bring said poem to highly skilled/experienced tattoo artist and let them know where you want it and what other design work you want with it.

4) The highly skilled/experienced tattoo artist will be able to tell you what needs to be done in order to make it work. ie: how big the font has to be, if it will even fit, the potential of it working with the other design work you want,etc.

It really is as simple as it sounds. And without knowing the poem, seeing your body, figuring out what design work,etc you want. Nobody can really give you any solid statement of how big the font would need to be,etc…Especially if you’re doing it in your own handwriting.

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Aftercare for feet tattoos?

Wednesday September 3rd, 2008 @ 11:39 PM

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i just got my first tattoo today on both feet, and when i was told about the after care one tattooist told me that i was to wash it with hot soapy water(as hot as i could bare) where a differant one said that i was to wash it will cool soapy water?

will it matter that much or will it affect it?


The temperature of the water should have very little effect on how the tattoo heals, although I personally would suggest using warm or cool water. The thought of putting really hot water on a fresh tattoo just sounds unnecessarily uncomfortable (although, I know it is suggested by some).

When it comes to feet tattoos, your biggest issue is likely going to be the swelling. I would suggest staying off them as much as possible for the first few days. Drinking lots of water and using an anti-inflammatory (if you can tolerate them, of course) of some sort may be beneficial as well. Friction is going to be the other big issue. Try to wear shoes and socks as little as possible during the initial healing period…but keep your feet clean, obviously.

Good luck!

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Posted by Derek Lowe | Permalink | 2 Comments

Small Font Tattoos?

Thursday August 14th, 2008 @ 1:09 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

Hello guys, i was looking into getting my first tattoo,

and i want the words

“every act which has no heart will be found out in the end. every gesture”

From my all time favouritebook, cities of the plains by Cormac Mccarthy.

And i wanted it on my wrist in three lines going across, but want a quite small size and id heard that small font is likely to blend and end up looking like a blob.

I was thinking around size 19 font for Kunstler Script on MS word.

Any advice would be awesome.

Thanks alot!!!!

I don’t know a lot of artists who would be pumped on tattooing a teeny tiny font on your wrist.
It’s true that tattoos tend to settle with age and will fuzz out slightly. This requires fine detail in tattoos to be applied large enough that they will still be readable after 1, 5, 10, 50 years. The amount of letters you’re wanting on an area as small as your wrist just won’t age very well, truth be told.

Maybe consider having your tattoo done lengthwise down your forearm to ensure that none of the letters get lost with age?

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 2 Comments

Pimples on newish Tattoo

Monday August 11th, 2008 @ 12:08 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

I got tattooed about two to three weeks ago and for about the past week I keep getting pimples on my tattoo. It wasn’t shaved, so it isn’t like razor burn. & I got it done by the amazing David Bruhel (who was featured on the site a few days back). Would there be any other reasons then bad pigment? Or whatever I’m using on it (which isn’t anything for the past week). They pop up randomly and in different places, I think I’ve had about five now.

There could be a few reasons.
If it’s not from being shaved - it could be from NOT being shaved.
It could be from the vaseline or whatever Dave used to lubricate the area during the tattoo.
It could be from the soap and/or moisturizer you’re using now for aftercare or it could be an allergic reaction to the adhesive on the bandage you were wrapped up with after the tattoo.

A problem with the pigment would likely result in some rejection of the colour and some seriously goopy looking tattoo.

If you suspect you have an infection of some sort, your doctor will be able to best diagnose that.
In the meantime, be sure you’re cleaning it once a day with a very mild, unscented soap and keep it moisturized as needed with a thin layer of unscented moisturizer (Avoid petroleum jellies and balms)

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 7 Comments

Tattooing over scars

Monday August 4th, 2008 @ 6:09 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

I have some scaring on my wrist from self injury. I would really like to get a tattoo on my wrist but i am worried about the scar tissue. is it possible to tattoo over scar tissue?

It’s definitely possible to effectively tattoo over scar tissue.
Scar tissue can be more difficult for the artist to work with as the the tissue is thinner and more delicate than non-damaged tissue. Linework through scartissue can often blow out under the tattoo and ruin the piece completely.

First of all, you need to find an artist who’s confident in his or her skills to be able to work with the area.
Secondly, you may find you’ll need to have a higher detailed tattoo over the scar (like a leaf or flower, etc) as opposed to something flat (like tribal or solid, untextured linework or shading) because the scar will show through just solid colour.

A reputable tattooer will be able to help you pick out the best design for the area and to cover the scar up completely.

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