first_imgMAVERICKS BARBERS: The experts at Mavericks Barbershop Letterkenny list ten things anyone thinking about getting a tattoo should know – and they have plenty of ink to prove they know what they’re talking about!So, from the feedback we got from the column 4 weeks ago it seems quite a few guys are thinking about getting inked up. These guys also had a few questions about getting their first tattoo. Since there are so many things to consider before you get a tattoo, we decided to put together a list of the top 10 things you need to know before getting inked up.1. What’s your advice to someone who isn’t sure if they should get a tattoo? Don’t do it until you wake up one day and say, “I’m ready and I know exactly what I want.” I never recommend someone to get a tattoo if they’re unsure of their ideas or whether or not tattoos are for them. Does this image, phrase, picture or design mean so much to you that you want it to be etched into your skin for the rest of your life.2. What are the least (and most) painful body parts to tattoo?Everyone has a different type of pain tolerance when it comes to tattoos, but most seem to experience the least amount of pain in the arm and thigh areas. These areas of the body have more fat tissue and less nerve density, which in turn causes less discomfort. The most painful will have to be the ribs, feet, and middle chest. There is less fat, the skin is very thin, and the bone is closer to the surface of the skin, allowing one to feel the sensitivity of the needle more. However, this is very short-term thinking, being clear on question number 1. should be a priority and render question number 2. irrelevant really…3. What actually happens to the skin while receiving a tattoo? Basically, ink is being deposited and penetrates the dermis layer of the skin. The pigments are too big to be fought off by our white blood cells, so they just pretty much stay in the dermis layer of our skin forever.4.How should someone prepare for a tattoo?It’s recommended that you wash the area of the skin or take a shower before coming in to get the tattoo, especially if you work with paint, construction materials, or anything that exposes you to substantial amounts of harmful bacteria. Although your artist should make sure the area is cleaned & fully sterile before he/she commences work.5.How long do tattoos take to heal? Tattoos need about two weeks to heal, on average, although sometimes it can take more time, depending on the client’s skin and how long it took to complete the tattoo. Generally the bandage is kept on for 8-12 hours, because it allows to regenerate skin tissue, thus allowing a quicker healing process and preventing scabbing. Once the wrap is taken off, Use a fragrance-free antibacterial soap to wash the tattoo. You should use lukewarm water—never hot water. However, after completely washing the tattoo, you should pour cold water on the skin to close the pores.6.How should someone care for their tattoo immediately after inking?Wash the tattoo twice a day for the first three or four days, since tattoos are pretty much an open wound at this point. After washing the tattoo, pat it dry with a paper towel. (Don’t use a cloth towel, because cloth towels hold bacteria.) Wait 15 minutes and then apply a light coat of moisturizing ointment with clean hands. Apply the ointment twice a day (morning and night) for two days. Less is better: Using too much ointment will cause problems with healing and fade the tattoo, since thick ointment can clog the pores.7. What about caring for it on an ongoing basis? After the second day, switch to a fragrance-free lotion and apply 3-5 times a day depending on the consistency, for up to two weeks. Do not pick or scratch your tattoo during the healing process. Hands should always be cleaned when applying any ointment or lotion on skin. You will have to avoid being in the sun or pool for two weeks which should be easy to do in Donegal. Most important, in order for the tattoo to stay vibrant for many years, you should always use sun block when outside. 8. How often do people typically need to get their tattoos touched up?It really all comes down to how they take care of their tattoo. If there were any issues during the healing process, then you will be able to tell within two weeks whether or not a tattoo needs to be touched up. If there are no issues, then I would say a tattoo can hold up well for 10 years before seeing that it needs to be done over, also sun will age it relative to the amount of exposure.9. How do you know if your tattoo artist is legit?Do your research, talk to guys ask who they have used, what is their portfolio/work like, how long their wait is, and their prices (the longer the wait, the higher the prices then the better their work…). 10. Is it easy to remove a tattoo? Painful? Laser tattoo removal is a painful process and requires many sessions. The healing process is also rough, and could potentially take years, depending on how big the tattoo is. But a better answer to this is, if you need to know then just don’t get it done!Follow us on Facebook at or call in to Mavericks Traditional Barbershop, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny.What you need to know before getting a tattoo was last modified: July 6th, 2017 by Mavericks BarbersShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:mavericks traditional barbershoptattoolast_img read more

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