Getting Tattooed

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Everything You Want to Know About Finger Tattoos

Find answers for all your questions about finger tattoos—pain, healing, fading, design options, and more.

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The Real Pros and Cons of Face and Body Tattoos

A must-read for anyone thinking of getting—or about to get—a tattoo. Here's a list of all the positive and negative aspects of getting a tattoo.

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14 Warning Signs That a Tattoo Shop May Not Be Clean

Learn how to evaluate if a tattoo shop is clean enough for you to get tattooed there. This article is for tattoo clients, but professionals may find some valuable information in here as well.

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Giving Your New Ink a Good Start: 8 Tips for Tattoo Newbies

Before you start showing off your new ink, it's important to get the aftercare right! Follow these tips and your fresh ink will be looking fabulous in no time!

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How to Take Care of an Old Tattoo to Keep It Fresh and Bright

1 in 5 UK adults are tattooed, and while the internet is swimming with information on how to care for your new ink, there's much less available when it comes to keeping your tattoo looking fresh for longer.

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DIY Tattoo-Brightening Exfoliator Scrub Recipes With Simple Ingredients

Keep your tattoos looking fresh and vibrant with DIY tattoo scrubs. You don’t need to shell out excess cash for exfoliators made “exclusively for tattoos.” Here are simple recipes using just 3 ingredients found right in your kitchen pantry!

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How to Keep Your Tattoos Looking Fresh and Prevent Fading

While tattoos are permanent, the ink pigments that form your art can degrade to look dull and lifeless with time or improper care. Although fading is an inevitable process (just like aging), learn the dos and don'ts to slow the process.

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The Story of My First Tattoo and My Advice to You

Whether you are thinking about getting your first piece or you have a few already, here are some bits of advice and wisdom that I've collected about getting tattooed. Some of these are from personal experience, while others are from the experiences of other people or tattoo artists themselves.

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9 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Got a Tattoo

Not that I regret it, just that there are things I know now that would have been very nice to have known ahead of time. Here is a list of the things I wish I'd thought about before I got the tattoo.

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Everything You Need to Know Before Getting a Sleeve Tattoo

Planning a sleeve tattoo? This article will guide you through how to build a design, how to pick out a theme, what the process will be like, and what to expect in terms of cost and pain.

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What to Know Before Getting Tattooed at a Tattoo Convention

If you're planning to get tattooed at a convention, it pays to be prepared. Here are 7 things I wish I knew beforehand.

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Tattoo Copying: What's the Big Deal?

It is often said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but when it comes to something as personal as a tattoo, I could not disagree with that sentiment more.

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Bad Aftercare Advice: The Truth About Tattoo & Piercing Products

Aftercare advice varies from place to place. Some people have some really bad ideas. Let's discuss the strange and contradictory tips you've heard and discuss what really works.

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The Truth About Tattoo Ink

In this article, you will learn why tattoo ink isn't safe, and what is used to make it.

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Designing the Perfect Tattoo With Your Artist

The artist's goal for each tattoo is to give you your desired result. They can't do it alone! For the perfect tattoo, you have to first do your homework, then communicate your idea to them.

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How to Choose Your First Tattoo

After much thought, you have finally decided to get a tattoo. There are a plethora of ideas to choose from. I want you to love your first tattoo and have a great experience getting it!

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How to Pick a Tattoo Artist

If you are looking for a tattoo artist in your area, you can start your search by asking local people whom they recommend, connecting with artists via social media, and visiting tattoo parlors.

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5 Safety Questions to Ask Your Artist Before Getting a Tattoo

Before you get inked, it's never a bad idea to investigate your chosen artists' sanitation techniques and safety tools. This protects you and them, so don't hold back!

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A Comprehensive Guide to Caring for Your New Tattoo

The healing process for anyone with a new tattoo can be confusing and nerve wracking, especially if it's your first. This is a guide to help you understand and deal with the tattoo healing process.

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How to Deal With Scabbing on Your Tattoo

Is your new tattoo developing scabs? Need to know how to deal with them and avoid damaging your new tattoo? Then read this!

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How to Answer Stupid Questions About Your Tattoo

Here, I will answer some of the silliest yet most common questions I have been asked about my tattoos over the years.

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Debunking Tattoo Stereotypes

Tattoos have been around for a very long time and were part of many ancient cultures. That hasn’t stopped the development of stereotypes of people with tattoos and tattoo culture. Read on to learn about these stereotypes.

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Tattoo Etiquette & Answers to Your Questions for Tattooed People

Answers to everyday questions asked to people who are tattooed. Tattoo etiquette explained for people getting a tattoo and what not to say to someone with a tattoo.

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How Long Does It Take to Get a Tattoo?

Want to know how long it takes to get an awesome-looking tattoo? Here are all the things that influence the amount of time a tattoo might take (and how much it will cost). Read on!

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40 Cool Tattoo Shop & Parlor Names

Having a tattoo shop name that is truly unique and stands out can mean the difference between a customer walking into your doors or passing you up for the next shop!

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My New Tattoo Is Itchy—Can I Scratch It?

Are you just dying to scratch your new, itchy tattoo? Don't do it! Hold out a bit longer and make an informed scratch.

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Tattoos Gone Wrong

Have you got a bad tattoo? Tattoo gone wrong? What can I do about my bad tattoo? How to avoid getting a bad tattoo and what to do when you do.

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Should I Wrap My New Tattoo and For How Long?

When should you wrap a new tattoo and why? Make sure you wrap your tattoo the right way. Read on!

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Reviews of the 5 Best Tattoo Aftercare Kits

Reviews of the best aftercare kits available to assist you through all the stages of your tattoo's healing and protection. Reviews and links.

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I Just Got a New Tattoo—When Can I Go Swimming and Get It Wet?

Want to know if you can get your new tattoo wet? Read on to find out when you can start bathing, showering, soaking, or going swimming with a new tattoo... or just cleaning it.

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Tattoo Aftercare: Tips and Tricks for People With Sensitive Skin

Once comfortable with the aftercare process, I adjusted the routine to fit my needs and the way my body heals. These may not work for everyone. When in doubt, follow aftercare instructions from your artist.

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What to Do Before You Get a Tattoo

Preparing for your new tattoo will help reduce your discomfort and increase your healing speed, minimising potential damage to your new tattoo. Learn what you need to do before, during, and after.

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Tattoo Aftercare Product Reviews (Ink Fixx, Tattoo Goo, and After Inked)

Get reviews of the top three aftercare lotions and find out what the best lotion is for you to help your new tattoo heal.

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Sailor Eddie of Bonnie & Clyde's Tattoo, Philadelphia

Video and photos of Ed Denny, aka "Sailor Eddie," owner of Bonnie & Clyde's Tattoo of Philadelphia, PA. Sailor Eddie has over 42 years of experience in the field of tattoo art.

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Is Scabbing Normal on My New Tattoo?

Is your new tattoo developing scabs? Read this article to learn more about how to deal with them and avoid damaging your new tattoo.

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How Much Will My Tattoo Cost?

Find out how much getting a tattoo can cost. Know what determines the average price of a tattoo.

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How to Find a Tattoo Artist and Get a Good Tattoo

Not all tattoo artists can do amazing work. Learn how to tell a good artist from a not-so-good one and how to get a great tattoo.

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Is My New Tattoo Infected? What Should I Do About It?

Your new tattoo doesn't feel or look right and you're concerned you may have an infection. Learn the symptoms of an infected tattoo and find out how to deal with it.

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My New Tattoo Is Swollen, Red and Bruised—Is This Normal?

Are you experiencing swelling and bruising of your new tattoo? Are you concerned that it's not healing correctly? Read this article for information on the body's healing process with your new tattoo.

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Getting Your First Tattoo? Read This!

If you’ve finally decided to join in and become one of the inked, here’s some advice to make sure you do it right from the beginning. This article includes tips for preparation, the tattoo itself, and aftercare. `

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How to Stop Tattoo Pain: Numbing Cream and Dr. Numb

Learn what is in a numbing cream, what it does, how it works, how to use it, and which to choose.

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Does It Hurt to Get a Tattoo? How Do I Stop the Pain of a New Tattoo?

Find out how much a new tattoo will hurt and learn what you can do to reduce the pain after getting one.

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Introduction to Getting Tattooed: The Important Questions to Ask Before You Tattoo

Tattoos are a permanent work of art on your body. Take care in how you design and care for your tattoo. In this article, I answer all the basic questions and share my personal tattooing experience.

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How to Design a Painterly Tattoo

Painterly tattoos mix two art forms: tattooing and painting. Choose a favorite work of art and get started.

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Why Older People Should Get a Tattoo

Are you considering a tattoo for yourself? Here are a few reasons why a tattoo can be a great idea for older people.

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10 Things to Consider Before Getting a Tattoo

There are plenty of things that go through your mind when considering a tattoo, but sometimes the first things that go through your mind are not the most important.

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Can You Get a Tattoo If You Have Psoriasis?

Psoriasis sufferers are already self-conscious about their inflamed red skin patches, but how tattoo artists really feel about putting their needles into these affected areas may surprise you.

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All About Your First Tattoo: Everything You Need to Know

So, you want to get your very first tattoo? This article discusses what to expect before, during, and after getting tattooed and includes helpful tips and considerations for each step in the process.

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How to Take Care of a Tattoo

You've done it! You've finally got a tattoo. So now what? How do you keep it looking awesome? Easy, just follow these simple tips to help your tattoo heal and keep it in tip-top shape.

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How to Get a Tattoo Without Regret and Avoid Permanent Mistakes

Thinking of getting a tattoo? Awesome! But be sure not to make a mistake you will regret. Here are ten pearls of wisdom that will have you saying "hell yes!" instead of "what the hell?"