How Long Does It Take a Tattoo to Fully Heal?
Tattoos are permanent marks on the skin. They are usually made with a sharp object like needles or razors. If they aren’t done correctly, the ink will bleed out over time and leave dark spots on your body. Some tattoos may not show any signs of fading at all. Others might fade after some time. However, if the tattoo fades too quickly, it could become unsightly and even cause problems such as:
• Fear of getting caught
• Fear of being rejected by others
• Feeling embarrassed about yourself (even though you look fine)
• Not wanting to go out in public anymore because you don’t feel comfortable enough to do so.
• Being afraid of going into certain places due to people’s reactions.
• Fearing that someone else will steal your belongings.
Even if you’re an adult, these fears can still be present. If you experience any of the above fears, it’s best that you seek help right away. If this fear becomes uncontrollable or it interferes with your day to day life, then you may want to see a shrink or psychiatrist. They can help get rid of those irrational insecurities that you may have.
You will feel better about yourself and your appearance after years have passed.
Tattoo Healing Stages
Tattoos have several healing stages. Not all of them have the same lengths of these stages, but they still exist. Before getting a tattoo, it’s best that you educate yourself on these stages. That way, you’ll know what to expect in the years to come.
There’s no known way of decreasing the time that it takes your skin to heal properly after getting inked. It just takes time and patience. Here are the different tattoo healing stages:
1. The first tattoo healing stage is called the “WHITE HEALING STAGE.
” This is when your tattoo will look its whitest. It will heal up, but it won’t be perfect. Some lines and shapes may still be blurred while other parts may be faded. You can easily conceal these with clothing.
Don’t worry about this part much. It’s normal for every tattoo to go through this process.
2. The second tattoo healing stage is called the “SKIN BLEACHING STAGE.
” This is when your skin may start to look a bit lighter in color. The tattooed area may also start to have a “snowy” appearance to it.
3. The third tattoo healing stage is called the “COMPLETE HEALING STAGE.
” Your tattoo should now look like how it did when you saw it on the artists’ sketch pad. It will still look like this in the years to come. Enjoy!
All of these tattoo healing stages are normal so don’t worry about any of this. As mentioned before, it just takes time and patience.
The Tattooing Procedure Itself – What To Expect
So you’ve decided to get a tattoo. That’s great, but there are some things that you should familiarize yourself with before going into the shop. This information may also help you avoid getting a tattoo by an amateur. Do your homework, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Tattooing is not as simple as you may think. The tattoo artist has to follow a specific procedure in order to keep the tattoo clean and prevent possible incidents from occurring. The person that is getting the tattoo goes through a few steps before the actual tattooing process even begins. Tattoo artists usually work in a very organized and methodical fashion.
Let’s discuss some of those steps.
1. The person getting the tattoo is required to check all clothes (especially metal objects such as zippers and belt buckles) at the counter before entering the actual tattooing area.
2. The person getting the tattoo must thoroughly wash their hands and forearms up to the elbow with an antibacterial soap in a sink near the counter.
3. After washing, the person getting the tattoo must thoroughly dry off their newly clean arm/hand in a nearby hand-dryer.
4. The person getting the tattoo must then put on one of the disposable medical gloves provided for them on the counter.
5. Now that everything is ready, the tattoo artist can begin working.
Judging a Tattoo Parlor’s Quality Before You Get A Tattoo There
It’s always best to know what you’re getting yourself into before you’ve made the final decision to do something. That goes for things like getting a tattoo as well as other important choices in life. So to help you out, we’ve provided you with this helpful information regarding the quality of tattoo shops in your area.
1. How many tattoos have the artists done? If they haven’t done many, chances are they’re still learning themselves, and you might not want to get a tattoo from someone that’s still developing their own style.
2. If they’ve done a large amount of tattoos, how good are the designs? Just because someone has done a large amount of tattoos doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re good artists.
If you see tattoo designs on the wall and they look terrible, then avoid that shop at all costs.
3. How old is their equipment? If their equipment doesn’t look very new, then it probably isn’t.
Equipment can be expensive, so many times tattoo artists will have equipment that’s a few years old, but still works just fine.
4. Discuss with your friends:
Do they have any experience with any of the tattoo shops in your area?
Maybe they’ve heard something about a certain artist working there. Even if they haven’t heard anything bad, it’s always best to find out information such as this before getting an expensive and possibly regrettable tattoo.
5. Ask to see a portfolio of previous work.
Even if the artist has done a large amount of tattoos, they may not be any good. Artists have their own style of art just like anyone else, and what you might like, you may not necessarily like theirs. It’s best to see examples of their work in a portfolio or book rather than just pictures on their wall.
Once You’ve Chosen a Tattoo Shop:
1. Check for cleanliness: Even if the equipment is new and expensive, if the shop is filthy you might catch something.
Make sure everything is clean so that you don’t get an infection.
2. Check artist’s certificates: If the artist has been voted “best tattoo artist” by any organization, he or she will more than likely have a certificate or trophy of some sort stating as such.
This shows that an organization has recognized their work as being great.
3. Ask to see pictures of their previous work.
While the artist may have a book or album of their work, they may not want to pull out the book while you’re deciding what you want. If they have pictures of their work on the walls of the shop, ask if you can take a look at them so you can see the quality of their work before and after the tattoo process.
When You Arrive:
1. Feel the place out:
How is the atmosphere? Is it a place that you can see yourself spending several hours in having a tattoo done?
2. Talk with the artist: Although you’re not going to be getting a tattoo today, ask the artist what kind of tattoo designs they have available if you’re only here to browse.
This way, they’ll already have some prepared for you should you decide to get a tattoo when you come back later.
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