A tattoo lasts a lifetime unless a somewhat expensive process is gone through to get rid of it, so take care when choosing where you get a tattoo. Otherwise, you risk getting an inferior tattoo or a life-threatening illness, such as hepatitis or HIV/AIDS.
Is It Clean?
When entering a Tattoo Salon, it should be just as clean as a doctor’s office. The artists should wear gloves and nothing should be reused or applied with bare hands. New needles should be used for each tattoo, the needles should be dipped into small disposable cups of ink used for just one tattoo instead of big jugs of ink and any lotion or creams should be applied with a disposable wooden spreader or one that is steel and can be sterilized in an autoclave. Make sure the shop is licensed as well.
What Type of Work Does the Artist Specialize In?
Not all tattoo artists are good at doing the same types of tattoos. Look at the artist’s portfolio, which should show photos of tattoos done by the artist for other clients. Check to see if the work is up to your standards and whether the artist has done well in the past with tattoos similar to the one you’re looking for. Some artists at a Tattoo Salon may be good at portraits, while others may be better at flowers, animals or cartoons.
Are You Comfortable With the Artist?
Check to see if the tattoo artist has been properly trained, both as a tattoo artist and in preventing the spread of diseases. Also, make sure you’re comfortable with the artist, as you’ll want to be able to speak up if the artist is doing something you don’t agree with. You’re more likely to do this if you get along well with the artist.
Ask About Aftercare
A reputable shop, such as Da Vinci Tattoo, will recommend using an antibiotic ointment followed by a high-quality hand lotion, not vaseline, cheap lotion or plastic wrap, in the days following getting a tattoo. Also avoid alcohol; scratching the tattoo or exposing the tattoo to sunlight or soaking it in water, such as what happens when you swim or take a bath, for 2 weeks.
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