FAQ About Tattoos

Q: ARE TATTOOS SAFE?

A: Yes, provided that you pick the right tattoo artist and studio. Similar to picking the right surgeon for a surgery, picking the right and good tattoo studio will be crucial to the safety of contracting any diseases and possible scarring of the skin.

Q: DOES TATTOOING HURT?

A: Yes, but the pain is relative to one’s pain threshold. It is often said that the pain is comparable to a hot scratching feeling. We hereby list 3 factors that is related to the pain level of the tattoo process.

1. Anticipated pain is often greater than the actual pain — hence most people find it pleasantly surprised.

2. Your motivation behind the tattoo — If you feel nervous or am doubtful of the tattoo design you have picked, then chances are you will feel a lot more pain during the tattooing process. If however, you are confident with your tattoo artist, am proud and confident with your soon-to-be-finished tattoo, and am relaxed during the tattoo process, then the pain should be minuscule.

3. The skill levels of your tattoo artist — If your artist does not have a lot of experience and does not know the right level of the needle pushing through your skin, then the tattooing process may be considered more rough and may cause bleeding and scarring.

Q: DOES NUMBING CREAM WORK?

A: No, and anyone guaranteeing you a pain-free tattooing process is definitely lying to you. This is because numbing creams are only applied to the top layer of the skin and will not relieve the pain as your pain receptors and tattoo ink are basically situated at the middle layer of your skin. Having said that, numbing cream have more of a placebo effect than the actual removal of pain.

Q: HOW MUCH DOES A TATTOO COST?

A: This depends. If you are looking for a small or low quality tattoo design, then you would probably be able to find tattoo artists that can do the job at below market prices. If however, you wish to get a custom and unique tattoo design or art-piece onto your whole back, then you might have to pay at a higher-than-average price to get a skilled tattoo artist to ink it for you. We can say most of the time the price and quality of the tattoo matches together — that is you pay for what you get. When it comes to tattoos, it is good practice not to bargain on the cost of the tattoo with your tattoo artist or studio as it is considered disrespectful to view their skills and designs at a lower price level.

Q: WILL A TATTOO LIMIT ME FROM GETTING A GOOD JOB?

A: Broadly speaking, no. Most tattoos can be easily covered with long sleeves shirt or long pants when you are in office. And even if it cannot be covered, modern day societies are much more receptive and open to people who have tattoos. Your altitude and abilities will always play first when it comes to finding a good job. It is however, best to do some research on some of the career paths you may wish to enter and find out whether tattoos are prohibited in their job descriptions or policies.

Q: WHEN SHOULD I GET A TATTOO?

A: Contrary to popular belief, the best time to get a tattoo is when you are feeling best fit and also during seasons when there are fewer sunlight. This is because if you do not feel well or am sick, then you risk facing more complications during the tattooing process as well as the recovery process of your skin after the tattoo is inked. And it is considered better to get a tattoo during the Winter than the Summer as direct and excess sunlight may damage and cause the tattoo ink you have just got to fade away.

Q: CAN I OR MY FRIEND GIVE ME A TATTOO AT HOME?

A: Although this can be done, we strongly advice you not to. Tattoos are best done at professional parlours or studios where they perform the correct procedures in sterilizing the place and equipment, and providing after-care services to ensure minimal infection as well as faster recovery time. A tattoo is permanent for life, so don’t risk doing it yourself at home for those extra bucks!

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