Tattoos are painful.
There are a lot of contributing factors to why a tattoo may or may not be perceived as painful by the person having the tattoo.
The main one is that it’s all dependant on the person getting the tattoo! We each have individual pain thresholds, and some people can take pain far better than others.
Another reason can be how you have prepared for your tattoo session- if you follow your artists guidelines then you will be more physically and mentally prepared.
If you are unsure you can find Inkden Tattoo and Laser Removal Clinics ‘Guide to Preparing for your Tattoo’, which will help explain how blood sugar, amount of sleep and general wellbeing have a big impact on how well you sit.
The artist will design for free when you book in.
An artist will not design a tattoo for free, and probably won’t design the tattoo until the day before your appointment.
The main reason is cost- if an artist spends a couple of hours on a design then you decide not to book in or to take their design to another artist, they have wasted their time.
This is why artists and studios ask for a deposit- to cover the costs of the design, the slot in their diary and products used. Similarly, artists wont design your tattoo until closer to your appointment.
Mainly because they are busy, designing and tattooing other clients, but also because they are artists and will redesign and overdesign in the pursuit of perfection. Tattoos don’t follow the normal rules of art, so doing this can reduce the effectivity of a design.
Designing close to the appointment also means the artist is still familiar with the design- artists are tattooing people every single day, so being familiar with the design and the clients needs help keep everything fresh for when they meet you.
The customer is always right.
The customer is not always right, and especially not when it comes to tattoos.
Tattoo artists have years of experience in this field, and just like how they won’t come in to your work and tell you how to do your job they expect the same from you.
Sometimes what a client wants is impossible, and although we don’t mind you asking it sometimes doesn’t matter how talented the artist is, they just can’t perform miracles.
If this is the case don’t get angry- there’s usually a very valid reason why they’re not giving you exactly what you want.
A good artist will say yes to anything.
Following on from the customer not always being right, a good artist knows when to tell their client no.
A black and grey realism lion with sapphire eyes and wearing a ruby encrusted crown the size of a stamp on your index finger is not and will never be a good idea. Just like tattooing a “lads on tour” slogan across your butt cheek.
Or a bodysuit of clouds and rays of light.
A good artist knows what will look good, what is in fashion and what will go out of fashion soon, what design will follow the natural contours of your body, where is a great placement and where is a no go zone.
Tattoo designs can be any size and go anywhere.
Just like we mentioned in the last misconception, an artist can say no if what you’re asking for just isn’t possible.
A hyper realistic design firstly needs enough room for the details to not blur and bleed, but also needs a placement where the details will be appreciated and will follow the contours of the body.
Small and cramped designs heal and age in to a small mess, and some designs can become twisted and warped when placed on to awkward areas like shoulders or elbows.
Listen to what your artist suggests, go bigger if it means more longevity to your tattoo, and trust that your happiness with the end tattoo is the most important thing to your artist and studio- you are a walking billboard for them at the end of the day.
It’s a “tattoo gun”.
PLEASE don’t walk in to a studio and talk to the artists about their “guns”.
It’s so cringy and we hear it all the time.
They are not guns, they don’t shoot anything, they are technical bits of kit that cost a lot of money and we promise you now that you will not come across as “cool” or “knowledgeable” if you start referring to them as this.
In fact, it will have the complete opposite effect.
It’s only small, it will take 10 minutes!
Many people come in to the studio with a common misconception of the amount of time a tattoo will take.
But there is far more to consider when contemplating the amount of time taken. Firstly, no matter how small and simple the design, it’s not like drawing it out.
A stencil will need to be made and applied either as a thermal, hand drawn transfer or freehanded straight on to the body.
The artist will need to set up their station, equipment and products.
The design needs to be carefully tattooed on to the client, before the artist can cover the tattoo in a protective film like Clingfilm or Dermafilm and go through the aftercare instructions. And once the client leaves with their tattoo the artist must then thoroughly clean down their station to ensure the upmost cleanliness and hygiene is maintained.
So no, we can’t tattoo you and your 6 girlfriends in 20 minutes, no matter how small the design is.
The tattoo is done once the artist puts the machine down.
The artists job is done from here, but your job as the new owner of a fresh piece of work is only just beginning!
Follow your artists aftercare instructions, or watch Inkden Tattoo and Laser Removal Clinics ‘Guide to Tattoo Aftercare’ to ensure you heal your tattoo as effectively as possible.
Tattoos can appear healed after a few weeks but in reality they take months to heal.
When you have committed to having a tattoo you have committed to looking after someone elses art work on your skin, and if you don’t you may need touch ups later down the line.
You can use Vaseline/antiseptic cream/lanolin etc as aftercare.
This is a common misconception, and something that tattoo artists have been battling with for a long while.
We understand that in days gone by artists didn’t have much preference as to what aftercare creams could be used as there wasn’t much option.
However in today’s day and age we have an abundance of specialist care for healing and long term use, for example Easy Tattoo.
So there is no need to use things that are detrimental to the wellbeing of your tattoo and your skin.
Using these heavy products means your skin can’t breath and heal as it should.
Tattoos are for life.
Tattoos no longer have to be for life, no matter what people tell you.
With the expansion in the field of laser removal we are now able to remove tattoos in an easy, simple and effective process.
Laser removal breaks apart the ink particles over the duration of the sessions, and your body gradually works to remove the ink from your dermis in your skin.
If you are interested to find out more about how laser removal works find our Inkden Tattoo and Laser Removal Clinic ‘Laser Removal- How It Works’ video, or get in touch with us here at Inkden Tattoo and Laser Removal Clinic Blackpool.
We’re open Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 10:00AM to 6:00PM and Friday Saturday 9:00AM to 5:00PM, so give us a call or come to the studio for a free consultation with our laser removal specialist Anna Papryzka.
Alternatively you can reach us 24/7 on our social media- just give us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. And thank you for watching our video on 10 common misconceptions about tattoos and tattooing!