Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
Hell yes. You hare having a stack(or at least you better hope they use more than one,they wil use up to seven in one little "pen" for shading, those hurt less, but they use just one or a max of 2 for outline work and those feel like hot nails drug across your skin) of needles jabbed into your skin incredibly fast. That have to go in circles and re go over other areas...it is like holding a hot iron to your skin. It hurts, but it is bearable.
Dep0ends on the quality and style you want. (EXAMPLE)A cheap Sailor jack is as expensive as expensive Kanji, because Sailor Jack is extremely prized in the tattoo world, it is the ultimate tattoo status symbol, only the best of the best are really any good at original Sailor Jack style work so no matter what it will be expensive, but it is worth it if you are into that.
I would go with a pricier studio if I were you, the more you spend the better quality work and the more guaranteed work you are having done. Ask to see their portfolio of tattoos they have done to see if they have ANY experience in what you are asking for, if not just walk away. Ask to see their license too, if their rate is too cheap odds are they have not been licensed long or do not have a license at all, never very desirable, though if you are careful and do your homework you can find young new artists that are very talented willing to do cheap work to get their name out, but unless you are familiar with tattoo culture, I advise you to opt for a more experienced professional with a reputation for great work.
Depends where you get it(Like Jen said, in high friction or hard to reach areas they are a pain, for your first tattoo I advise against getting one in a place where your clothes rub or you have trouble reaching). You are not supposed to clean it the first few days, they will clean it at the shop and give you tattoo goo to put on it. You keep it wrapped for one or two days to allow the ink to soak into your skin and any reactions to take place before you expose it to air, plus if you let it dry out even a bit at first, the ink pulls out faster and scabs leaving your pices mottles and blotchy.
Then you use a VERY mild soap like Ivory, no dye no scent to GENTLY wash it, no cloths or sponges JUST your hand.. If there is a scab leave it alone. You want to keep it as moist as possible but use unscented undyed lotion, tattoo goo is the best for this, do NOT use neosporin or udder butter or Eucerin, it draws the ink out. If you don't have tattoo goo, use unscented Jergens sensitive skin body lotion, this is the best. Keep it wrapped, keep friction off of it. Let it heal completely before you unwrap it to achieve the best end product.
( I grew up in biker/tattoo culture btw, they are a big thing to me)
The better quality tattoo and the better you care for it influence this a lot. Get the best you can and take care of it and you don't have to worry about it too much. Most die hard tattoo fans let theirs fade, they don't retouch the Mona Lisa for a reason ya know.
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Last edited by Honeysuga; 04-04-2010 at 04:29 AM.