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It is possible! But I only tattoo skin that is safely treated with INK-EEZE to numb tattoos before, or during the tattoo. Please use only INK-EEZE products. I have found that it works the best every time. INK-EEZE is committed to the tattoo experience and I use it with love.
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MISS ARCADE'S SIGNATURE TATTOO AFTERCARE
"Taking care of your tattoo starts before you even get the darn thing."
Some things to consider when preparing to be tattooed:
With a little preparation, you can give your tattoo's healing a head start by clearing the way of any personal filth. This means clean your room, do your laundry, and clean your bathroom. Dirty laundry, messy bathroom countertops, dirty couches and other such conditions will prolong healing time. The body's natural reaction to an open wound in a dirty environment will be to send more fluid to the irritated area, resulting in thicker, nastier scabs.
Some things to consider when healing a tattoo:
The most important thing to remember above anything else:
DO NOT TOUCH YOUR TATTOO WITH DIRTY HANDS
We touch a lot of gross things with our hands and fingertips. Irritation, infection, and the spread of germs can be almost completely prevented by committing to proper hand washing. Not just when you use the bathroom, or are about to prepare some food. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm to hot water, and Dr. Bronner's soap before and after you touch your tattoo.
What is the expected healing timeline?
Before we talk about specific aftercare instructions, let's talk about the healing timeline. It takes about two weeks to one month to completely heal a fresh tattoo. There are 4 overlapping phases during healing. The First two happen very quickly; both first steps happen in the same day as being tattooed. For this illustration, and to keep things simple, we will condense the first two phases into one phase:
Phase 1: Hemostasis/ Inflammation
(Days 1 through 3)
This is when the skin has been broken and is beginning its natural reaction.The skin may be pink, sore, swollen, a little slimy, and maybe a little bit warm to the touch. It is important to keep your tattoo very clean in this phase so that other phases go smoothly.
Phase 2: Proliferative
(Days 4 through 7)
This is when the skin starts to rebuild. If all goes well, the skin should have a very thin, flexible scab texture to it that is between rough and smooth. If the tattoo is left unwashed and allowed to dry out too much during the first few days, it will be very rough. The slime coming out in the first few days will become crusty and scab heavily. This causes cracking, pain, and bleeding.
Phase 3: Remodelling
(Days 8 through 14)
This is the phase when the skin has almost completely regained control over the surface of the tattoo. The skin may be dry, shiny, and waxy to the touch. It is important to keep the tattoo clean and gently moisturized to prevent the healing timeline from starting over.
How Should I take care of my tattoo?
Always start with clean hands. Please wash your hands completely before and after touching your tattoo. Make sure you have everything you need before starting.
YOU WILL NEED:
STEPS TO TAKING GREAT CARE OF YOUR NEW TATTOO:
Lotion Selection and Application
choose a lotion without SPF for healing
don't use any fragrant lotions or potions (THEY BURN SO BADDDD!)
only apply lotion with clean hands
choose a high-quality lotion like INK-EEZE for best results
What should I avoid while healing a tattoo?
Here are a few things that will absolutely RUIN a fresh tattoo.
Please don't do any of these things:
WHO WANTS FREE LASER TATTOO REMOVAL?
NOT ME! I love my tattoos. The sun is UV light, and tattoo removal devices (like tattoo-removing lasers) use an EUV light. It doesn't matter that one is wide and diffused, while the other is highly condensed. They are both on the more intense side of the light spectrum: ionizing radiation. The damage is proportionate to the condensing of its scope. That means, that the intense, focused light used in laser tattoo removal therapy punches the pigment into tiny pieces so that they are absorbed and processed by the body. Meanwhile ANY amount of sunlight exposure (yes! even on cloudy days!) nibbles away at your tattoos. Sun damage like this is accumulative, and not often noticed until several years of exposure have faded the tattoo.
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My original request was for white ink. She was careful to explain the process, the pitfalls, and the likely consequences of that choice. She didn't say no (like a few tattooists I had before finding her)... instead she offered options and explained the pros and cons of each. Ultimately, I chose one of her approaches and have never regretted it. This was 15 months ago.
Her line work is clean and delicate...with perfect transitions. Her shading was subtle (as I wanted) and feminine. The seating and flow of the design fully captures the message I wanted conveyed, and is beautiful look at.
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