All About Tattooing
A Very Brief History on Tattooing
In 1991, scientists had discovered in a melting glacier between the borders of Italy and Austria that a 5,000 year old mummified iceman whom they named Oetzie, had displayed the earliest physical evidence of man purposely placing marks upon his body. Really? Could Oetzie the Iceman be the first pioneers of tattooing? Well if there were no tattoo guns and tattoo inks back then, how were they suppose do it? Using pointy carbon and graphite stones to engrave themselves with random symbols and crude images? And why would anyone want to do that to themselves?
As you can see, tattooing has originated from many thousands of years ago, and some of the main reasons back then were simply traditions in which people believed that tattooing some simple dots and lines to their body parts would grant them some form of healing or protection powers. This might seem like an absurd reason for the modern likes of us, but hey guess what, back then there were a whole lot more and bigger wild beasts and natural disasters that threaten the lives of our indigenous ancestors, so it’s no surprise that they tattooed themselves for those reasons.
The 5 types of Tattooing
There’s in fact many classifications of tattoos, and according to The American Academy of Dermatology, we have 5 types of tattoos as listed below.
- Traumatic tattoos, or “natural tattoos”, that are resulted from injuries such as asphalt from road injuries or pencil lead.
- Amateur tattoos, basically tattooing with a personal interest/ symbolism in mind, such as a butterfly or half-crescent moon on your back shoulders.
- Professional tattoos, may have a deeper association of meaning which we may see commonly used as an identification system for gangsters, criminal groups, or a particular ethnic group, etc.
- Cosmetic tattoos, is growing in popularity amongst women as it is basically a form of permanent makeup process that is used for hiding or neutralizing skin discolorations.
- Medical tattoos, are used really with the purpose of indicating a relevant medication condition of a body, most commonly used as a medical indicator of a patient and a locator for repeated applications of radiotherapy.
The 5 Simple Steps of Getting Your Own Tattoo
We are not here to bore you with the details of how the tattooing process works, but we want to show you how following these 5 simple steps that you can transform your own tattoo ideas into reality.
- Choose a Tattoo Design. Either from your own muse, your best friend’s suggestion, or a tattoo flash (pre-drawn pictures) from tattoo shops, just pick one.
- Check out the Tattoo Shop. Do your own researches, ask around, and make sure the place is hygiene and clean, and whether you feel comfortable with the tattoo artists and environment. If not, pick another one.
- Get the Tattoo. Once everything is ready, they will clean your skin for the tattoo area, draw a preliminary outline which acts as a temporary tattoo. And after your confirmation, the real tattooing process will begin.
- Endure the Pain. Yes, tattoos hurt. But you should know that already right? This is because the needles will need to prick your skin several hundreds of times for the ink to be placed into your skin. The good news is that the pain depends on one’s personal threshold, so if you’re all ballsy, you should be doing fine without a sweat.
- Ta-Da! Your Tattoo is Done. The area around the tattoo may look a little red after but it’s fine as long as there are no infections. Your tattooist should also give you instructions to shade your tattoo away from the sun, use ointment and lotion for the next few days, and be alert for any signs of infection. That’s it! Congrats you just had your tattoo done!
The Costs and Time Needed for Your Own Tattoo
The time and costs vary depending on the different sizes and complexity of your custom tattoo designs. Generally speaking, a small tattoo which is under 1 inch should cost around US$50 to US$100 and can be done in 1 session. For larger and more complex tattoo designs, it may take further discussions between you and the tattoo artist, and involve higher costs and multiple sessions. Ultimately, the costs and time needed would depend on how experienced, renowned, and also the skill level of the tattoo artist or tattoo shop. The bottom line suggestion we have for you is to make sure you have researched well the different tattoo shops and tattoo artists within your local community, and pick one that best fits your budget and yet not sacrifice hygiene or quality for the tattooing process. After all, money can always be made again but a tattoo sticks for life.