Sound Advice on Getting a Tattoo in a Tattoo Parlor
Do you ever wonder why some tattoo parlors don’t do work below the ankle bone? This is because the layer of skin is very thin and the tattoo needles can penetrate this area unpredictably fast. This is known as exfoliation. If you want a tattoo where there is minimal risk of accidental injury then choose another part of your body to get tattooed.
Getting a tattoo does not have the social stigma attached to it that it did in years past and parlors are not the shady dives along the bad parts of town as they were fifty years ago. Tattoos are no longer the sole identifiers of organizations such as biker gangs, military or criminals. In fact there is a surprising number of middle age soccer mom’s and dads sporting ink.
When deciding to get a tattoo there are a couple of things to keep in mind. The first is deciding on a tattoo which reflects personal taste and desire yet is not a fad. Remember: fads and trends come and go. The tattoo is there for life unless it has to be cosmetically removed.
The second thing to decide is the location upon which the art will go. Parlors can attest to the fact that there are some places on the body that are more sensitive than others. Some areas that are common for sporting tattoo designs are the lower back above the tail bone, the ankle or the arms. Many people decide that back tattooing is the way for them due to the larger amount of muscle mass. The more muscle mass in the location can often translate into less pain and sensitivity.
A good piece of advice before having the tattoo machine start buzzing away is to go into the tattoo parlors and talk to the artists. A good artist always takes the time to answer any questions the prospective client might have. While at parlors take a good look around. Are the premises clean and sanitary? Are the work areas posted with the artists’ licenses? Are the needles used with the tattoo machine always new and disposed of properly in biohazard containers?
Parlors rely on word of mouth as their most powerful form of advertising. They want to produce quality artwork and make their customers happy. If you have any questions or concerns, the artist and management should immediately address the issue. If you feel that they are not following state health guidelines or are dismissive of concerns, find another place.
Finally, schedule the appointment so that there is plenty of time without either party feeling rushed. A tattoo done in haste might lead to a costly mistake later both in dollars and pain when it gets removed by laser and tattoo removal is a lengthy process.
The tattoo parlors will hand out a care instruction sheet. It is important to follow the care guidelines in order to protect the tattoo. One final note: remember that some things in life can be gotten cheaply. A high quality tattoo is not one of them. The rule of thumb is “You get what you pay for”. Enjoy getting inkedâ€¦it’s a one of a kind experience.
For the ultimate is tattooing education be sure and catch TLC’s MIami Ink. It gives you a really good idea on the inner workings and thought processes of professional tattoo designers in a tattoo parlor.