Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tattoo Aftercare-How to Care for your New Tattoo

Tips To Care For Your Tattoos

 So you have found the right tattoo artist for your new tattoo, sat through the pain, and now have the tattoo of your dreams. What's next? Time to ensure that your new tattoo stays beautiful!
Caring for your new tattoo is your responsibility from the very moment that you get out of your tattoo artist chair, until you die.
Your tattoo's quality and lifespan is imperative to the way you heal out your tattoo. Just look at the tattoo by Jay Johnson of Steel and Ink Studio: Tattoos and Piercings in St Louis, Mo.

Immediate Tattoo Aftercare:

Your Tattoo Artist will most likely have advice on how to care for their particular style of tattooing technique. Listen to your artist first and foremost and if there are issues with healing consult your tattoo artist first.
  1. Leave your tattoo covering on your tattoo for at least the first hour after being tattooed. Your artist should instruct you on how long to keep your bandage on the tattoo depending on the type of bandage.You don't want to expose it too early or ruin your clothes with blood and ink!
  2. Once you have removed your bandage, make sure to wash your hands with a liquid non-scented antibacterial soap (Dial soap Gold is great). This keeps your tattoo clean and helps you avoid potential infection.
  3. After washing your tattoo we suggest letting it air dry then applying a small amount of tattoo aftercare ( Redemption Tattoo Aftercare is great, we think). I cannot caution enough to USE SPARINGLY a thin layer is better than drowning the tattoo and will help you heal faster.
  4. After the first couple of days using the Redemption (tattoo aftercare) you can switch to a non scented water based lotion to keep your tattoo from drying out during the healing process.
  5. During the first couple weeks of healing it is important to keep tight clothes off of your fresh tattoo to avoid losing ink and scabbing. If you do develop scabs Do Not Pick. or soak your tattoo in water.
  With summer approaching; skin, tattoos and piercings are in our vision everywhere. Summer is also the time of the year to catch all your favorite artist at your local tattoo conventions. Steel and Ink Tattoo and Piercing Studio will be attending Kansas City's Villain  Arts Tattoo Convention May 19th - 21st, 2017. This tattoo convention is by far the best in the area,. Join us at the Kansas City Tattoo Convention or come by the studio and get tattooed!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tips and Tricks on how to Avoid a "Tattoo Fail"!

     Recently, I saw a post of a picture of a tattoo collectors "Tattoo Fail" on  social media, which was preceded with all kinds of jokes, laughter and I think even a meme or two. Now all of a sudden, this guy is an internet sensation thanks to his cruel friend that shared the photo and the misspelled phrase on his calf! While some of the comments were funny, I couldn't help but feel for the guy and think about  what he was going to do to fix this permanent "Tattoo Fail". Then my thoughts and heart wondered  about some of the double mastectomy cancer survivors that are getting 3-D Nipple and Areola realistic tattoos. Some of these women are getting tattooed by Surgeons that are not familiar with tattooing, while other women are trusting tattoo artist, who can only see dollar signs and are totally not aware of the technique and skill required for success. Now I get that everyone has a bad day and  tattoo artists' are NO exception to that rule. I just feel like that there are some steps that we can take to ensure a good tattoo. 
      While now your in a rush to go get your tattoo, or to have it removed, repaired or altered , you should totally take a moment to get your bearings and research properly the artist that you are going to approach to do your procedure. Clients that take their time choosing their artist to either create, cover-up or remove their tattoos have a much better experience and a successful result. 

          Here is my best advice I have for all the tattoo enthusiast looking for the perfect tattoo:

  • Spellcheck thoroughly before putting on your stencil. The tattoo artist could be focused on the overall design and all of the other aspects of tattooing a bleeding canvas. 
  • Research your artist and the studio to ensure their level of skill is appropriate for the procedure
  • Know that the dates that you are permanently tattooing on your body are correct 
  • Check and make sure that your artist and studio is licensed and insured
  • AVOID the "Kitchen Magician"      
 If you follow these simple tips, you will have " no regerts" when you finally get your tattoo! 
Disclaimer: None of these tattoos were done at Steel and Ink Studio. I simply googled "Tattoo Fails".