Before you leave the tattoo shop, your artist will go over proper aftercare routine with you. Some artists are sponsored by an aftercare line, and will be able to put their recommendation right in your hand. Others may have a few options on the shelf, and some may just give you some guidelines to follow and make you find your own aftercare from choices at the drugstore. Nearly every artist will recommend that you find an aftercare product that:
*has no dyes or fragrances
*no petroleum products
*no alcohol or other drying ingredients
Those who know me personally know that I talk a lot, but in spite of that, am a rather private person. Since spearheading Nurse Mary J Tattoo Aftercare, and bringing the company out into the public, folks have been posting, tweeting and even sending emails to ask personal questions about me. I thought maybe it would be good to post some of the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Are you a real nurse?
Can you tattoo me?
No, I'm not a tattoo artist.
Can you design a custom piece for me?
Sadly, I'm not an artist at all.
Last time, we talked Neosporin. Next up on the tattoo aftercare mythbusting block: water myths (and truths!).
THE MYTH: Swimming, Especially in the Pool, Will Fade Your Ink
Much like the myths regarding petroleum products leaching color from tattoos, this one is also false, however there are many layers to this particular issue.
First, let's address the pool. There is no evidence showing that chlorine from the pool is responsible for faded ink. If you're still concerned, remember that once the tattoo is fully healed (3 months), it is an absolute impossibility for chlorine to effect your ink in an...
Last time I blogged, I decided to start on a journey of busting Tattoo Aftercare Myths. I wanted to split the topic up, so that I could give each myth proper attention. I am trying to keep things short, but I'm rather verbose by nature, so it's a challenge for me.
Well, usually it's a challenge. Today's topic is a bit of a cheat. Much of the information that needs to be written today was written in yesterday's blog! That makes things easy, right?
THE MYTH: You Should Use Neosporin On Your Tattoo We are talking about Neosporin and other generic tripple antibiotic medicated c...
Tattoo aftercare doesn't seem like it should be a confusing subject, but it is! The FDA does not play much of a role in skincare, so there is no governing body to insist an ingredient is not beneficial or possibly even harmful for tattoo application. Artists from different backgrounds recommend different aftercare techniques depending on how they were taught. They base their thoughts on observation and experience. As a client and fresh canvas, you know that you want to take the artists recommendations because you know he's the expert on ink... but he said something that was opposite of what you'v...