But ask yourself this question…. “If it hurt’s that bad then why are there so many people with Tattoos and/or Piercings?” The answer is simple… IT DOESN’T HURT THAT BAD! Everyone has a different level of pain tolerance. What might be unbearable to one person might be pleasurable to another. No matter who you are though, you can handle it.
WHAT IS THE MOST PAINFUL PLACE TO GET A TATTOO/PIERCING?
For a tattoo the bottom of the foot is the most sensitive followed closely by the Gluteus Maximus (buttocks). There are a lot of nerve clusters located in the foot and “butt” which accounts for the sensitivity of these areas. Likewise areas close to the bone are sensitive for the same reason.
For a Piercing the nipple wins the sensitivity award.
WHAT IS THE LEAST PAINFUL PLACE TO GET A TATTOO/PIERCING?
For a Tattoo the outer bicep is the least sensitive.
For a Piercing the tongue is the least sensitive (if done correctly). The center of the tongue (where the piercing is done) is a muscle and has no nerve clusters. All the nerve clusters in the tongue are located in the outside edges.
DO YOU NUMB IT?
No! Why would you want too? A tattoo or piercing is not so uncomfortable that you cannot stand it. The sensation is part of the experience. Without it you have not earned your art! Besides the spiritual factor though there is a physical reason for not “numbing it.” All topical or sub-dermal anesthetics work the same way, they swell the skin away from the nerve endings. For a tattoo this can mean that the pigment will run and bleed under the skin, missing the skin glands and making for a very ugly tattoo. For a piercing it can lead to misalignment thus making for a botched piercing. Avoid any studio that offers to “numb it” for you, they are ripping you off!
HOW DO I KEEP MY TATTOO/PIERCING FROM GETTING INFECTED?
The best thing you can do to keep an infection from occurring is follow to the letter what your artist or piercer tells you to do for the aftercare procedures. In the event that you have gotten bad or no after care advice…. here are 2 sets of care instructions (one for tattoos and one for piercings) that may help you.
1. An hour and a half from now remove the gauze bandage! If it sticks to the tattoo use a little warm water, moisten the gauze and pull it off slowly.
2. Purchase a tube of ‘A&D Ointment.’ Apply a thin coat to the tattoo 3 to 5 times a day for the next 7 to 10 days. Do not use Neosporin, hand lotion, baby oil, creams or Vaseline! NOTE; Neosporin has been known to cause allergic reactions in a healing tattoo and petroleum jelly pulls the color from a tattoo.
3. Do not take a shower or bath today! Tomorrow when you shower or bathe, do not rub soap directly into your tattoo. When the tattoo gets wet pat it dry, do not rub it dry.
4. Do not use/soak in hot tubs, sit in steam rooms or swim in fresh, salt and chlorine water for 7 to 10 days.
5. Protect the tattoo from direct sunlight, sun lamps and tanning booths for 7 to 10 days. NOTE; The body perceives the new tattoo as a 2nd degree sunburn, if it is exposed to UV rays during the healing process you could receive a 3rd degree sun burn which may lead to skin cancer.
6. The new tattoo may form a light protective crust over the top of it, do not pick this layer, let it flake off on its own.
7. A healing tattoo may itch. Do not scratch it!
8. Do not wear tight clothing over your new tattoo while it is healing. NOTE; If you wear a bra and the tattoo is in a location where the bra may rub or press into it, either go without a bra during the healing process or keep it loose. Also, please do not wear panty hose for 7 to 10 days as the tattoo will bond with the nylon.
9. Of special note to those of you who spend a lot of time in the sun. Please wear a sun block over your tattoo to help preserve the color!
10. Infections are rare but in case you do not follow our care instructions and an infection occurs, pleaseconsult your physician immediately.
11. If you experience an allergic reaction to the ointment (which will appear as small pimples around the outside of the tattoo), we recommend discontinued use of the ointment and call us immediately.
12. Some natural alternatives for the healing of your tattoo are ‘Bag Balm’, pure aloe vera gel and ‘Golden Salve’.
CLEAN YOUR PIERCING TWICE DAILY, UNTIL HEALED.
1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
2. Remove any matter which may have dried on the jewelry and around the openings of the piercing with warm water. Next, pour a little antibacterial soap onto the jewelry and piercing, lather it up and then work the jewelry back and forth at least 6 times. Leave the soap in contact with the skin for about three minutes. Finally, rinse the soap off very thoroughly under running water, again working the jewelry back and forth at least 6 times. Antibacterial soap is strong, and unless it is all rinsed off, it can cause an irritation.
3. Apply a small portion of Bactine to the opening and on the jewelry.
4. To help your body fight infection and heal itself more quickly, eat a nutritious diet and if possible, take some form of multi-vitamin mineral supplement.
5. Leave the jewelry in for the first 2 months.
6. Infections are rare but possible. One way to keep an infection from occurring is do not touch the jewelry unless you are cleaning it. If an infection occurs, make up a hot Epsom salt water solution (as hot as your skin can take it.) Using a clean, white wash cloth, dip the wash cloth in the solution and press against the piercing until it cools. Do twice a day. If the infection is not gone after three days, contact your physician.
AVOID THE FOLLOWING WHILE HEALING:
Highly perfumed soaps, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, dirty hands, your saliva or anyone else’s. Do not use any antibiotic ointments or take oral antibiotics unless authorized by your physician.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR TONGUE, LABRET OR LIP PIERCING
1. Brush tongue and teeth with toothpaste & toothbrush and rinse with Listerine for no less than 60 seconds, within 15 minutes after eating, drinking or smoking.
2. For the next 3 days, eat nothing but soft foods, i.e., jello, pudding, soup, ice cream.
3. Then for the next week, you can eat a little bit harder foods, i.e., soft meats, soft fruits, soft vegetables.
4. Avoid the following foods for the next 30 days: fried foods, crunchy foods, i.e., fried chicken, pizza, french fries, potato chips, hamburgers, etc.,
5. No french kissing, no oral sex for the next 30 days.
6. No malt beverages during the next 30 days. i.e.; Beer, wine coolers, malt liqueur, etc.
IMPORTANT: You must tighten your jewelry twice a day. When you get up in the morning and at night before you go to bed. Snug it but do not overtighten as stripping may occur. This is an ongoing procedure as long as you have jewelry in your tongue. Failure to do this procedure could result in injury or death.
To keep swelling down, carry a cup of ice with you at all times during the next 7 days. Suck on the ice, DO NOT CHEW IT. Tongue piercings take approximately 1 year to heal. Because the tongue is a muscle, removing the jewelry for any length of time, even after the healing period has passed, will result in the piercing closing. Please do not click jewelry on teeth as damage may occur to the enamel on your teeth.
It takes up to a year for the tongue to totally heal however the jewelry can be changed after 2 months. The minimum size of jewelry that should be used after healing is 5/8″ in length and 14 gauge in size.
For Labret and Lip piercings replace the word “Tongue”(in the instructions above), with the words “Lip” and “Gum.” EXAMPLE: Brush lips, gums, and teeth with toothpaste & toothbrush and rinse with Listerine for no less than 60 seconds, within 15 minutes after eating, drinking or smoking.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THE PLACE THAT I AM GOING TO GET MY TATTOO/PIERCING DONE IS SAFE?
The answer is…. You don’t know! Just because a studio is licensed is not a guarantee that they are a professional studio or that the people working there are competent. Unfortunately in many locations tattoo and piercing laws are outdated and/or too liberal being nothing more than a way for local government to generate extra revenue. Don’t be swayed by window dressing! Anyone can create a plaque, certificate or trophy claiming skill or credibility. That is why you should do your research and ask the right questions before you decide on a place to get your work done. Below is a list of questions you should ask yourself when choosing a studio.
● Have you seen PHOTOS of the Artists work
● Are they in a Licensed Studio?
● What are the licensing requirements?
● Have you talked to people that have received work from that Studio/Artist?
● Have you watched the Artist work?
● What is their experience?
● What is their training?
● Do they take continuing education classes
● Do they Auto-Clave (steam pressure) sterilize?
● Do they understand that Dri-Clave is not proper sterilization?
● Do they have a current spore test for the auto-clave (within 3 months) showing negative growth?
● Do they open sterile packages in front of the client?
● Are they a Tattoo Artist or a Tattooist?
● Will they be able to give you what you want?
● Does the artist have proper hygiene?
● Is the studio clean (use your nose and eyes)?
● Is it free of animals (including fish tanks), and trash?
● Are the work areas clinical and free of food and debris?
● Do they restrict smoking to areas outside the building?
● Do they practice “Universal Precautions” treating everything as if it is contaminated and taking proper steps for sanitation and disposal?
● Do you feel comfortable with this person and were you comfortable with their answers?
● Was the studio personnel evasive in their answers?
All of the above questions and the answer to them are very important when deciding who will do your Tattoo or Piercing but the most important question is the last one! If the Artist you have chosen gives you the run around, is evasive in their answers, doesn’t have time to answer, gets aggravated with your questions or just makes you feel uncomfortable….
Then head for the door and continue your search because you’re in the wrong place!
WHY ARE TATTOOS AND PIERCINGS SO EXPENSIVE?
There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes that you never see to give you what you want. Needle making, sterilizing, cleaning, book keeping, etc. Then there is the cost of maintaining a Professional Studio. License fees, training, continuing education, supplies, building lease/mortgage, utilities, taxes, etc. Last but certainly not least is the fact that you are paying the Artist for their Talent and expertise. Getting a Tattoo and/or Piercing is not a bargain shopping experience. If the price you are quoted seems to be too good to be true then there is something wrong. Someone once said it better then I….
CAN SCAR TISSUE BE COVERED WITH A TATTOO?
A lot of people ask me about scar cover-ups. They want to know if it is possible to cover their scars. The answer is “YES, YOU CAN.” At one time it was believed that scars could not be covered and most tattooists would not touch them. Then in 1978 a man came to me that had 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 75% of his body from an industrial accident. Over the next year this man allowed me to experiment on his right arm and I was able to develop the technique that is still used today by most professional tattooists for covering scars. What was once thought impossible is now very possible thanks to a man that allowed me the opportunity to try so many years ago. Below is the advice that I give to people that are considering getting their scars covered and have questions about the procedure:
Yes, scars can be covered but it is a difficult and tedious process. Also, if the scar is raised there will be an indistinct area in the tattoo (where the scar is) that will be raised. Below is what is involved in covering a scar.
1. It is time consuming. Depending on the individual’s skin or scar texture, a single line may require two or more passes with the needle before it takes.
2. It can be and often is more painful than the average tattoo. Scar tissue is very sensitive since the nerve endings are closer to the “new skin” (unless the nerve ends were destroyed when the damage occurred).
3. Once set within the scar or graft tissue black will stay. Color can be set within the tissue however, may bleed or fade from the skin and this possibility should anticipated but not expected. There is always a slight possibility that the black may blot or run beneath the tissue, but if a very fine line is used this problem can be virtually eliminated.
4. I often recommend to my clients who wish to have their scar or graft tissue tattooed that they get a very small tattoo within the area first, as a test to determine if their skin will accept the pigment. Then, if all is well, the small tattoo can be covered or incorporated when the major artwork is applied.
5. Last but certainly not least, it is very important that the scar and/or graft tissue be at least one year old before tattooing is attempted (the older the scar, the better). Destroyed tissue takes a long time to heal, so the older the scar, the better it will take the pigment.
We have received questions from around the world. Hopefully by seeing some of the questions that we are asked on a daily basis you will be able to find the answer to your own question concerning Tattoos and Piercing. Read what we are asked, our answers and please do not hesitate to send us your questions through www.allexperts.com. After all as I am so fond of saying….