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A Tattoo Artist's Tips for a Successful Tattoo

Updated on January 19, 2017
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Ilona has worked as a tattoo artist for 10 years. She has a studio in Worthing, UK. and prefers doing big tattoos and making coverups.

I am a tattoo artist and everyday I give my clients advice. If you are seriously thinking about getting a tattoo and want to avoid some common mistakes, I invite you to read on.

A big part of my work is covering up tattoos. Unfortunately some tattoos cannot be fixed and all I can recommend is laser tattoo removal. This procedure takes time and is very painful and expensive. Laser will fade the tattoo so that it can be covered, but the skin will never be spotless again.

Make sure you know how to get a tattoo that you will be happy with. It is very important that you get it right from the first time. After all, it is expression of your uniqueness. Make it a good one!

How Laser Tattoo Removal Works

Step One: Avoid These Common Mistakes

  1. Getting a tattoo too early in life. Getting a tattoo before the age of 18 is almost a guarantee for regret. If you are young and want a cartoon character tattoo, think about how your dad would look with Yoshi tattoo. It is worth it to wait. There is no rush.
  2. Shopping for the best price. It's the art that you want, not a bargain.
  3. Wrong tattoo artist. If you don't do your research, you may end up with an artist who does poor work.
  4. Tattoo of a person's name (not your child).
  5. Leaving a tattoo unfinished. Save up and make sure you can pay for the full tattoo at the outset. It is not cool to walk around with an unfinished tattoo.
  6. Getting a tattoo by an unknown tattooist. Even if you're on vacation and the tattooist is on the beach. Not a good idea.
  7. Getting tattoo aftercare advice from friends. Get your advice from a reputable tattooist.
  8. Getting a tattoo from a friend. Letting someone practice on your body is very kind of you, but it's not going to be great.
  9. Getting a tattoo when intoxicated. It's unprofessional, but some tattooists will do the work, as long as you pay. Don't blame them if you aren't happy later.
  10. Telling the tattooist to do whatever they want. You are the one who will wear it, so think for yourself. If you see something you don't like while they're working, don't wait to say something. The mess will only get bigger and more difficult to fix.

Most tattoo artists can help you cover up a tattoo you don't like or want to change.
Most tattoo artists can help you cover up a tattoo you don't like or want to change.

Step Two: Know What You Want!

  • If this is your first tattoo, the best advice is: Take your time deciding what you want.
  • It is most important that you choose something that you love. It doesn't really matter how much it costs or how much it hurts or how soon it can be done. A tattoo lasts for life.
  • If you want your tattoo to stand out, do not go for the easiest and or most obvious choices, like your own name or initials or those of your boyfriend or girlfriend. Fashions come and go. Tattoos stay.
  • If you have a tattoo already have a close look at them. Are you completely and totally happy with all of them? Could you benefit from reworking or covering something that is looking old and tired or maybe done not so well? Before starting on a new tattoo, fix the one that can be improved and you will feel ten times better. At the same time, you will get rid of something that you are not so happy about.
  • To begin brainstorming ideas for a first tattoo, sit down with a pencil and paper and think of what you want. Sketch the idea or write it down. Nobody can do that for you. You have to do this task yourself using your own brain power. Do not ask for tattoo advice of your friends unless you want to have something they like.

A good place to start is to ask yourself why you want a tattoo. Other questions that might help are:

  • Do I want it fast or do I want it good?
  • Do I want a unique tattoo?
  • Do I want to design it myself? (I recommend this only for those who are very good at drawing and design.)
  • Do I want my selected artist to design something special for me?
  • Does it matter that somebody else has the same image already?
  • Does it have to mean anything and if yes, then what?
  • Where is the best place for me to have it?
  • Do I want it visible or easy to hide?
  • What is the size that I imagine it to be?
  • Do I want the best for myself or I do not mind that my tattoo is not successful?

Hand-Drawing a Tattoo Design

Step Three: Research Possible Images and Designs

Once you have an idea, the next step is research. Google Images and Deviantart are good places to start.

  • Let's say it is a dragon that you want. Type "dragon tattoo" into a search engine. This is only to see what other people have already done. If you do not want to copy someone else's tattoo, then do not type in word "tattoo." By just entering "dragon," you will see dragon artwork, statues, figurines, jewelery, and fantasy art. This is great material to help you design a unique tattoo.
  • Let's say you want flowers. Be specific. Search for images of particular flowers in specific colors.
  • Print the images that you like and cut them out. Get creative. Mix them up. If it is writing that you like, print the words in different fonts and sizes. Place them where you want the tattoo. See how it feel and if it's all good, you are getting closer! If you like the design as it is, do not just print the thumbnail and ask your tattooist to work from that. Most of the time the quality of picture is too blurry and the detail will be lost.
  • Take your research seriously, as the more thought and time you put in it, the more special your tattoo will feel to you. Do not think of what you should have, but rather what you want. No matter how old you are, you are doing tattoo for yourself, not your parents or friends.
  • Another place to look for inspiration is tattoo magazines. You will find them in shops and also online. These magazines include up-to-date tattoos and artist directories.
  • Style is important, as we tattooists each have our own. Often tattoo artists prefer one style to another. If you choose a tattoo artist based upon their style, then the best thing is to let them do what they like the most. You will still need to know what you want and give guidelines to your artist.
  • Another way to go is to find an image and ask the artist if he is happy to do it. You can look for a design in the tattoo shop, it could be something from the artist portfolio, flash designs, tattoo magazines, or online.
  • Online tattoo design websites are very good for ideas and there is a chance that you may find your dream tattoo there. They often give their own tattoo advice as well, so you may read that too. You may find something that you like to use as a base for your unique tattoo. Either way, seeing a lot of different tattoo ideas will open your eyes to more possibilities.

The Primary Tattoo Drawing Styles

  • Black and Grey/shaded
  • Old School
  • New School
  • Japanese/Oriental
  • Tribal
  • Celtic
  • Writing
  • Realistic
  • Portraits
  • Biomechanical
  • Fantasy
  • Wildlife

Step Four: Find the Right Artist

A beautiful tattoo of birds and cherry blossoms.
A beautiful tattoo of birds and cherry blossoms.

This is the most important step. Take your time with this one. Remember: The artist is not the same as the shop. An artist is a person. If somebody recommends a particular shop, ask them for the name of the artist like. Sometimes people go to recommended place and get tattooed by an apprentice or guest artist that has very little experience. Avoid being disappointed with your tattoo!

  • Look through photos of tattoos the artist has already done. see if their style is exactly what you are looking for. Somebody who loves doing tribal may not be perfect for a portrait job, for example.
  • I believe that the best place to look for an artist is on the Internet. A professional artist will definitely have his work on a website. Beware of imposters. If you see in an artist's bio that he finished at an art academy, but he can't draw, then he won't be able to give you a piece of art. The easiest way to recognise a great artist is by the "wow" factor. If work is not impressive, then don't expect miracles. Also note that the photos you see on the artist's online portfolio are the best ones he has done.
  • Look for photos of healed tattoos in the artist's portfolio. If all photos are of fresh tattoos and none of healed, it may be because they did not heal as intended and only look good while fresh.
  • Set a goal of finding the very best person to do your tattoo for you. Demand the best for yourself. If you need to travel, then do so. "I want a tattoo now" is not the right mindset when getting something for life.
  • Do not always automatically take your friend's tattoo advice. See for yourself. Please do not trust your friend with a tattoo machine to practice on you. Sometimes tattoos done by friends are beyond repair and that can end a friendship.
  • When you meet an artist, the first thing to become aware of is how you feel. Are you comfortable? If not, leave! Do yourself a favor: Do not go against your gut feeling. Intuition knows the best. If you feel that you are in the right place, make an appointment for a consultation.

Step Five: Share Your Ideas With the Artist

A rainbow and a dolphin get a makeover involving a beautiful red lily.
A rainbow and a dolphin get a makeover involving a beautiful red lily.

Avoid asking questions like:

  • "I have my own design at home. How much will it cost?"
  • "How much is a 4x8 angel?"
  • "How much does it hurt?" No one can tell you how much is going to hurt You. Be brave and get ready. It is not that bad.
  • "I want a tattoo. Can you tell me what to have?" Sit down, take your time and use your own imagination.

Before talking to the artist you should have a more or less clear idea of what you want. You will need to have some examples of images with you so you can demonstrate what you like and what you don't.

  • Be warned: There is a good chance that you've got everything wrong. Listen to your tattoo artist's advice as he/she knows the best.
  • The things to discuss generally are idea, size, place, time required, style, price etc. You should ask all the questions that you want to know the answers to before sitting in the chair. Ask the tattooist if he/she feels comfortable doing this tattoo for you. They can always recommend somebody else more suitable for the job.
  • Do not ask your tattooist what you should have. It is your own body, so it is your own idea. No one knows you better than yourself. You can ask for professional tattoo advice what would work better if you have to make a choice between few designs. Also size of tattoo is more or less up to tattooists decision, as it depends on the detail of the picture and the place of your body. If you want your tattoo to sit well, you would not like it to be too small for the area.
  • Once you agree on the details, make an appointment. This give you another chance to rethink and get ready. If the chosen artist has a waiting list and you're willing to wait, that is a good sign.
  • Ask your artist about tattoo aftercare. Every artist has their own instructions, based upon experience with what works. Not every shop sells the healing cream. You may need to get it yourself. If you get it before the tattooing session, you will not need to worry about it after getting the tattoo.

Step Six: Remain Calm During the Tattooing Session!

A tattoo inspired by mehndi, or henna tattoos.
A tattoo inspired by mehndi, or henna tattoos.

Stay calm and relaxed. It will hurt, but the intensity of the pain is less if you are relaxed. Getting a good night's sleep and eEating a big meal right before the tattoo session will also make it easier.

  • There is no point in thinking too much about what it's going to feel like. Worrying too much about pain will leave you drained before it is even started. If you know that you want it, go for it. You will see that it is not as bad as you imagine.
  • If you are really scared, try to calm down. It is worth investing in a numbing cream if you know that you have a low pain threshold. I recommend Ametop cream, which you get from a chemist. You will need to apply it 2-3 hours before the tattoo. Dab it on, cover with cling film, and seal it with a tape. It usually works well for about 1-2 hours before wearing off.
  • Stay away from alcohol for at least 24 hours before your appointment. If you consume alcohol will bleed a lot. Alcohol thins the blood and it makes it more difficult for the tattooist to put the ink into your skin and the healing may get complicated.
  • Bring a bottle of sugary drink, a chocolate or something else sweet to keep your sugar levels up.
  • Consider buying some aftercare cream before your tattoo session so you do not need to worry about it later. I recommend Bepanthen, a baby care cream that works magic on tattoos. Ask your tattoo artist what he suggests. In my experience, creams described as "tattoo healing creams" may not be the best option. They may smell nice, but that is not why you should choose a cream.
  • Remember, the more relaxed you are, the better it goes. If you are too tense, too tired, or too afraid, there is a good chance that you may pass out!
  • A couple of words about skin: The better the canvas, the better the drawing. That means if you have dry, flaky, really spotty skin, the quality of your tattoo will not be the best. Condition your skin for a couple of weeks before your appointment by using moisturizers, lotions, body butter, or whatever works for you. This way your skin will be softer, more elastic, and more likely to heal smooth. Sunburnt skin can not be tattooed, so make sure you leave enough time after your holiday in the sun to let your skin recover. If you are quite hairy, it's a good idea is to shave the area before you meet your artist.

Step Seven: Follow Aftercare Advice

Listen to your tattooist. She or he knows best what works for his or her customers. Here's some general tips to keep in mind:

  • Your tattoo will be covered with cling film and secured with micropore tape. The morning after the session, remove the cover and wash your tattoo with warm, soapy water. Shower gel is fine. Be gentle, do not rub. Pat dry with the towel and wait for a few minutes until it dries completely.
  • Apply a very thin layer of Bepanthen cream. Make sure to remove any excess with tissue. It should not be white once the cream is applied.
  • Put another layer of cling film on, fix with the tape, and keep on until the next morning.
  • If it's comfortable to do so, repeat these steps again one more day. If it gets too irritating or hot, do not recover it for the third time.
  • Wash your tattoo daily and apply the cream twice for the rest of the weak (morning and evening). If it feels dry, apply a thin layer in the afternoon. Do not use the Bepanthen cream for more than seven days total. You may apply some normal moisturiser or lotion after the first week, but that is not necessary. The skin will heal by itself.
  • The tattoo will peel like sunburned skin. Just let it heal. Do not pick or scratch.
  • Do not soak in water. No baths, no steam rooms, and no swimming until it heals. Quick showers are fine, and daily tattoo cleanings.
  • Do not expose new tattoo to UV rays for as long as 4-6 weeks. Sun would make it fade. Later, if you go on the strong sun, apply sun block cream over the tattoo.
  • One of the biggest mistakes people make is putting too much cream on their new tattoos for too long. This makes healing take longer.
  • Follow your tattooist's advice thoroughly. Any questions? Do not hesitate to ask!

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Readers Share Their Opinions

On Whether They Would Use Numbing Cream While Getting Their Tattoos or Not

Yes, I would
No, I wouldn't
I say hellz yes I'd use numbing cream!!! I recently got my first tattoo on my back and hurt way bad, so bad I'm nervous about getting it finished. Some people have a high tolerance for pain and I'm not one of them. - Anonymous
No way, it's part of the experience. I just got my first tattoo on my foot (which everyone says is very painful) and I wouldn't trade it for anything. It didn't hurt, just slightly uncomfortable... also if the tattoo isn't worth the pain to you than whatever it is you think you want permantantly on your body may not be as important to you as you think. - Anonymous
I had to have a second sitting with a large tattoo down my side and and the tattooist advised numbing he even got me it and i didt feel a thing. IM having my back covered in a few weeks and will be using ametop for the first time. - Anonymous
Personally no, getting through the pain is part of the tattoo process and it feels like I've earned the design. - Anonymous
Yes, I am a wimp with pain but I know I want the tattoo!!! - Anonymous
No, numbing cream only affects the top of your skin while the tattoo goes deeper than that so no—because it's pointless. - Anonymous
If it has no negative effects, why not? - Anonymous
No—experience the needle through your skin. See it as a ritual the pain in your body is the price you have to pay to your new tat. You are making aside a little bit of skin to put on some color and artwork. You really dig! - Anonymous
Yes every person is different and why have the pain when it can be easily avoided? But one thing i at difference is whether or not the cream affects the tattoo or not, ex: fading not as bright ect... - Anonymous
No, if you can't handle the pain, don't get tattooed. The pain is part of the experience, and you will be much prouder of your ink if you sit through the pain instead of wussing out. - Anonymous
I have four tattoos that i have received 100% sober and numbing cream FREE. However, i am considering purchasing it for my next one. It really depends on WHERE you get your tattoo, some places are just much more painful than others. I used to think it was cheating, but we don't get tattoos for the pain, we get them for the art. - Anonymous
I would not not not use a numbing cream! A tattoo is an experience. The pain is part of it & why take away from the whole? For a few minutes of pain, you get a lifetime of beautiful art! - DeniseDurham2011
I'm planning multiple tattoos, as a set. Some, for example, the first two should be medium sized, on fleshy areas (upper arms/shoulders). However the tattoo for my back, with spine & shoulder blades, is probably worth the numbing cream, depending on what my first two experiences were like. Sometimes I LIKE pain ... wouldn't want to miss out if THAT gets triggered. ;) - Anonymous
Tattoos are not that painful. Right now I am in the process of learning how to be a tattoo artist ( yes I am doing it the right way by putting in my time and working for free to learn the trade and doing all the shop work before I ever touch a tattoo machine) and we have people come in all the time asking to be numbed. We do not offer numbing cream where I am at. The discomfort of it is a price you pay to have a piece of art on your body. I feel if you are going t cheat and get numbed then either you do not need to get the tattoo or you should have to pay extra for it. Tattoos if done right are beautiful and sometimes it hurts to be beautiful! - Anonymous
I have used Emla and it works for line work I didn't feel a thing but the shading I felt in some spots but I recommend it I got 40 tattoos and I just recently used emla - Anonymous
 
Sure, why not? Especially the area is especially sensitive.and it helps keep you in control of the pain so the tattoo artist can do their job. - ferbscosmetics
 

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      Joe 2 months ago

      If my tattoo starts itching does that I have to put some more bepanthen on it

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      Ilona Ciunaite 3 years ago from Worthing, UK

      @preston-andrews-73: hi preston,

      thank you for contacting me. i have joined squidoo on Feb 21, 2008, that

      was when this lens was published.

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      preston-andrews-73 3 years ago

      I would like to use this information for a presentation in my communications class. Is there any way you could tell me the date that this was published?

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      Ilona Ciunaite 3 years ago from Worthing, UK

      @anonymous: Don't get them.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I hate tatoos

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      Ilona Ciunaite 4 years ago from Worthing, UK

      @anonymous: Nice place for a small design. But it is not that hidden. You can not see it, but others will from the back. If you want it hidden, nice place is inside arm too. But tattoo looks best if it fills the area. The bigger the area, the bigger tattoo, small tattoos look like stickers. Depends on taste, of course.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have wanted my tattoo for a while now. I know what design, and why I want - it means a lot to me. I would like to get it at the bottom of my neck - where my spine meets my neck, as I want it to be quite hidden. Is this quite a good spot for that? And the design is very simple, does that make it more likely to look amateurish? Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I had a huge tattoo on my rib. It was my first tattoo. Ribs are said to be one of the most painful parts for a tattoo. I had two sessions of 8 hours each. There were times during the sessions that I actually fell asleep and times that the pain was intense. Whatever the pain was, I can assure this:

      As soon as it was done and i had a look at the amazing work that my artist had done I could not even remember the pain! I was smiling and gave my artist a hug!

      If you really like the tattoo do it whatever the pain (you think it) is.

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      Ilona Ciunaite 4 years ago from Worthing, UK

      @anonymous: Who cares how much it hurts, the only concern is where it should be sitting for the rest of your life. If you can not handle pain, don't get it. If you really want a tattoo, no pain will stop you. And it always sounds scarier in your head, then actual sensation of it, it is not as bad as you imagine it to be.

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      hatebeingsingle19 4 years ago

      i got a tattoo done on my leg yesterday and now it is sore, swollen, and there is heat coming off swelling. is this normal i have 2 other tattoos and they didn't do this they are on my wrist and neck what can i do to reduce swelling and pain.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I really want to get a tattoo but I'm not sure where. I was thinking my ankle maybe , but I'm not sure about the pain so on a scale 1 to 10 how much will it hurt there .

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      so thought about taking pain medication while getting work done? I take pain medication daily for back problems when I first got my arm done I was not taking it but now I take vicodine almost daily.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have gotten a tattoo by a guy who has tattooed lots of ppl i know and i loved his work but he did mine the outline was uneven and bumpy then in a second sitting did color and some color is blown out and he added colors asking me while in the middle of doing it i trusted him and right now it looks like something just slapped together he wants me to go back to finish it and i don't know what to do

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      lynsmfraser 4 years ago

      Hey, I have just had my first tattoo done yesterday. I asked for the Nirvana In Utero angel in black and grey shading with skin. I know it is not original but I love Nirvana and I thought with skin it will just look like an angel anyway. I did research the shop and the artists and found one where I liked all the work and I did not find any bad reviews. I had popped into the shop and discussed beforehand, they advised me to get it slightly bigger than image I had brought in so it didn't end up looking like a cartoon. Anyway I got the tattoo done and was so excited, its taking me years to pluck up the courage to commit to it, but I do not love it. I do not like the hands the arms or the face plus the outline looks too dark compared to the shading. The hands look like cartoon ones as he has tried to put too much detail in for the size of it...which he said he wasn't going to do. The arms look to straight, stick like and the head has been outlined along the neck instead of shaded and the face hasn't been shaded greatly. Does this sound like something that can be fixed? Its at the top of my back in the middle. The wings and some of the shading is great but I would really like it improved so I can truly love it as just now I feel a little embarrassed about it. Do you have any advice? Many thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ive designed my very own tribal tattoo but my question is, can tattoo artists replicate my design and make a temperary tatt/non permanent ink so i can see what it looks like first before permanantly tattooing it on?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi. I have been thinking of getting a tattoo, and I already know the desing and place. I'm rather chicken when it comes to pain, and I was thinking this numbing cream.. Do you have any advice of what kind of numbing cream I should take(I live in Finland)

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      Ilona Ciunaite 4 years ago from Worthing, UK

      @anonymous: Hi Donna, usually tattoo artist advises what works for his customers. I would not recommend baby lotion or other creams, as I don't know them. I recommend bepanthen cream, but I don't know what you can get in your country.

      It may be wise to google and see what other artist in the area recommend.

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      Ilona Ciunaite 4 years ago from Worthing, UK

      @anonymous: Different artist have their own advice on aftercare. No cream at all sounds a bit strange. Skin heals by itself, cream makes it a bit more comfortable. Would not put just any cream, but definitely would use some. See if you can get bepanthen in your country.

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      Ilona Ciunaite 4 years ago from Worthing, UK

      @anonymous: Some people bleed, some don't. Would not worry about it. Just take good care of it while healing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I took a tattoo but while i was taking it it did not bleed should i be worried?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi just had a cover up job done and been advised no cream..a lot of blue colouring and on sholder blade.. just a bit worried ??? a lot of bold lines and block colouring.. as it covered a very old tattoo 20yrs.. that was all out line left ..thankyou..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My tattoo artist has advised me to use baby lotion on my tattoo, and to wash with dial antibacterial soap twice daily. Now everybody is telling me that is wrong, I'm to use aquaphor and lubiderm lotion. I'm hesitiating on who to listen to, please advise!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fantastic advice. Have been very confused regarding aftercare but your advice has really helped. Many thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If you have a small tattoo, about the size of an american half dollar, and it is a rework (touched up slightly redone) how often should you be applying cream? and how long is a projected healing time on it? it seems to be doing well already, but I just want to have an idea. How long should one spend outside of a pool, or water?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I want to get some writing tattooed on my side (just above the panty-line) but I have some faint stretchmarks in the area... should I avoid it? I've heard that if stretchmarks are quite old and faded there is less of a problem going over them....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi

      i had a tattoo done 8weeks ago and it is very dry can i use e45 cream on it?

      or can i use any lotion/moisturizer?

      also i had my second tattoo done just over a week ago and as the scab as come off so has the tattoo which looks horrible i will be getting it gone over again but its like its got a second scab to it but its white flaky round the edges of the tattoo is that ok?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi i had a tattoo done 1week ago on the top of my wrist and noticed that it has been more painful healing and the top of my m looks more dipped in then the rest of the lettering like they have gone to far in, it also feels painful from my tattoo down my hand like numb feeling (hope that makes sense) plus the ink has come off with the scab so will need going over again once im completely out of pain. can you give me some advice please i am going back to my tattooist as my other 2 tattoos r ok and didn't go like this one. thank you

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      Ilona Ciunaite 4 years ago from Worthing, UK

      @anonymous: You can get it touched up, perhaps it's not the shirt's fault.

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      Ilona Ciunaite 4 years ago from Worthing, UK

      @anonymous: In such care, don't touch the scabs. When they fall of, it will be fine, but if you pick them the ink will come out too. So be very careful and let the skin heal on it's own. I would not apply anything on them. Let the body do the healing.

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      Ilona Ciunaite 4 years ago from Worthing, UK

      @anonymous: You have overused the bepanthen cream. It is only good to use it for a week or less, not more. Stop using it imediately to prevent further damage. Let the skin recover, do not apply anything else. It may settle and get darker, if not, then one way only is to get it redone, and then look after it properly.

      Hope this helps.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      oh gosh, i came to the tattoo store wanted to have my own tattoo then i came back with a a bonus one: a star, which is too popular now i read this and start to feel real bad

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I would like some info because not sure if this is normal .. I have had tattoos before but I have had a new one done 5 days now and its scabed over but quite thick scabs and don't want to tattoo to be ruined can anyone give me some help with my dilemma

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have just got a phrase written/tattooed on my left upper arm's inner side, last saturday and see now that the first word's some letters are kind of fading, it's heart breaking. What should I do about it?

      I wanted my tattooed to be hidden but I should be able to read it, hence that place but now this.. :(

      I wore half sleeve shirts as I work so i realize that maybe due to the sweat and fabric this might have happened. I am upset now. :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just got a tattoo on my foot about 4 days ago its only lettering, but unfortunately going out i have to wear "thong" sandals but i have now noticed that half my tattoo is darker than the other half and i don't know if it is because my sandal is rubbing against half my tattoo and not the other half,what do i do about this problem?

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      Ilona Ciunaite 4 years ago from Worthing, UK

      @anonymous: I would get it done after the holiday, you need to protect it from Sun as while skin is still healing, the ink fades the most. I advise no sun for at least 6 weeks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hey i am getting a tattoo tomorrow on my foot, im going away to spain a week on friday for the weekend will that affect my tattoo ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What about inside mouth tattoos? I see so many people with them now, it seems like the recovery and numbing cream you mentioned would not help with those at all.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I live in NYC, i paid $250 for a tattoo to symbolize my past miscarriages. But the tattoo artist did not color all of the tattoo, i have pictures to show that my skin complextion is not dark so there is no excuse as to why any color would not show up. But i noticed a lot of these shops charge high prices for poor and low quality tattoos, if you are going based on size you had better be good and know what you are doing. I wouldn't mind traveling just to find am excellent tattoo artist, all i want is for my tattoos to have moore color and definition to them, my tattoos are fading really badly. I draw my own designs and bring them to the shop, so all of my tattoos are custom made by me, the thing i don't like is when the color fades,and when the artist does a piss poor job. The sad part is the shop i went to the artist did not finish coloring in my tattoo because i wouldn't have sex with him in the bathroom, i had to curse him out and left immediately. Never again, if anybody would like to see pictures please email me at ajakana89@yahoo.com, if you can also forward me to a good parlor or artist i would greatly appreciate it.

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      Drnumb05 4 years ago

      Numbing cream is very useful during all minor surgeries, body piercing, tattoo making etc. it is like a miracle to offer instant relief....Great Information

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      Kalberti 4 years ago

      is there anyway of posting current tattoo and what was expected to see what people think/if it could be fixed. If itâs possible I would travel anywhere, but I instead let the artist do what âthey wantedâ for part of it but am not sure if it can be what I want. Is there anyway of posting pictures?

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      DeniseDurham2011 4 years ago

      Nice tattoos. Good lens. Yay!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It depends on where you have the tattoo if it's in an awkward place where it's constant being rubbed you will know if it's infected

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I got a tattoo about a month ago on my ribs. It is a 21 word quote in lowercase old english font. Now that it is healed I have noticed that some words are really blurry. The lettering is fairly small and for example all the "w"s are grey in between the lines and some of the outlines are fuzzing out a lot already. Can I get that blurriness fixed?? What should I do?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just really appreciate the guy who did this, when people have no one there to help them out, this was seriously great. Thank you so much for taking your time to do this, I appreciate it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi i got my tattoo done nearly a month ago and i have been following aftercare instruction but it is stinging and tingling a little? how would i know if i have an infection?

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      ferbscosmetics 5 years ago

      Really great lens and advice! Very informative. If you don't follow steps 1 and 2 you might want to check out our tattoo cover up lens for different ways to cover a tattoo. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm getting my tattoo for my 18th (I know it's young but I designed it a year ago and I'm still absolutely sure about the design, I've thought everything through) but I'm having a birthday party two days after it. It's going on my ankle, and I was just wondering if anyone knows if it'll be fine to dance/stand the whole night in a crowded room? I know I'll sweat, but will it be okay seeing as it's on my ankle?

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      Ilona Ciunaite 5 years ago from Worthing, UK

      I recommend one week no sports, sweating at all. After tattoo heals is fine..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      can we go gym after applied the tattoo

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks! i wanna design my own. i'm an artist, so i'm very anal about how it will look. this helped me narrow down how i will design it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank You for that information!!! It really jumpstarted me in the process of getting my idea from my head to paper as Im not an artist.. Thanks again..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i was thinkin about getting a tattoo on my ankle and i wanted to know if anyone had any advice im probs not gonna go get it fir a while but it is going to be my first tattoo and i have no pain tolerance but i really want this tattoo because its something i designed and i put a lot of work into it and it means a lot to me

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great advice! I'm looking forward to get my first ink soon. but i am not getting the perfect design. which i want..

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My tattoo artist pressed on mine after he was done, that did make it bleed a bit. why would he do this

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      Fabulous information in this lens! I have a backpiece that I have treasured since the moment the process began! This lens is very accurate to my own process and the fact that I am so pleased with my tattoos. Thank you for sharing this great info!

      And your tattoos are VERY LOVELY!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      wicked advice...when i had my first tattoo i found that preparation H cream works wonders too as it gets rid of any swelling really really quickly!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My first tattoo was done by ilona, having carefully followed her advice and aftercare, I have a great tattoo which has been much admired. I am looking forward to seeing her again before too long for some more work.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi Michelle!

      I suggest (for design anyway) something lines that give an allusion of depth with curves and movement, which will help the name to become, hopefully, less obvious! And, if you like flowers, I would suggest you consider something with them, because flowers come in all shapes and sizes, with shading incorperated really anywhere you please and the lettering can be made to look like all kinds of different stems (ie. tribal vs. realistic)

      Good luck! I hope your cover up is something that you love and that this time around, its here to stay :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      so of course i'm sure everyone has heard this but i got my husband's name tattooed on my lower back as a special wedding present when we got married. well we are getting a divorce now three years later and... i want to cover it up w something else! any helpful pointers anyone?... :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautiful work! A word of advice on numbing creams, if you have super sensitive skin, you could have a reaction to the cream which will swell your skin and make it hurt more than the tattooing process itself, so you might just want to suffer through the pain of the tattoo instead because the pain goes away when the tattoo is finished, whereas an allergic reaction can take days.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great Advice, its answered a lot of my questions. Im booked in this weekend coming :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am getting my tattoo done tomorrow, your adivice is very helpful, the pain factor was something that was worrying me, I have requested to use AmeTop numbing creame when getting my tattoo done. I hope that it works as i do not know my pain threshold and wether getting it done without numbing creame would be too much for me. I really want this tattoo, however i had wanted to get it done at the beginning of the week so obviously gettting it done tomorrow i have had time to research into it, however i have also had more time to wonder what it will feel like, Hopefully it will be a success and I can show it off. I have been debating a tattoo for 2 years now so i feel quite happy with my decision, once i've gotten one if I enjoy it i'll be lookin forward to getting another tattoo hopefully :)

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      tdove 8 years ago

      You have some very nice tattoo designs and info. Thanks for checking out my foot tattoo lens!

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      Kpretorius LM 8 years ago

      Great lens, really enjoyed reading through it and both of you do really stunning work.

      have a look at my lenses on tattoos

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hey, i`m just about to go book an appointement for my first tattoo. Ur advice was really helpful. thanks:)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Ilona did my tattoo last year and I was really pleased with it...and I still am! She really made me think long and hard about what I wanted and I thank her for that as I am totally happy with what she did for me....my other tattoos done previously by other 'artists' however need extra work doing to them as I'm still not satisfied! Follow her advice...it's well worth it! :-)

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      Amanda Blue 8 years ago

      Anyone who is considering being "inked" should first read this lens as you offer very sound advice. And I like your stated enjoyment, and I would think pride, at leaving your mark on people; were I to be tattoed I would want to come to you!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Cool tattoos..great lens you made..nice photos and designs..

      5 stars for your tattoos...

      Do you believe that when your relationships work, everything in your life works? =D

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I was drawn to your website through your names as my boyfriend is Lithuanian and also called Mantas!

      Your work is excellent! Wish i lived closer to Brighton as i'd be down there for my first tattoo in a second!

      Excellent advice, Ilona. I know i'm ready now, i just want to make sure i get the right artist! Thanks!

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks so much for this advice. I am very impatient and was thinking of just getting a tattoo cover up quickly. Now i will have a deep think of what I actually want and take my time. My friend Jamie has had 2 cover ups by Ilona and they looks amazing. I will definatley come to you once I have planned roughly what I want. Thanks again xx

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This is great advice, you've really helped me to think thoroughly about my tattoo design.

      Expect to see me on my birthday!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for this great tattoo advice. It really made me thinking and I am ready to get my first tattoo! I know it will be a good one!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Excellent advice for beginners and the initiated alike. I think it's made me trust you and I'm going to come in to see you tomorrow as a result!

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