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More Than A Temporary Matter. INTERESTING FACTS:. Tattooing injects ink into the skin by an electrically powered tattoo machine. A solid needle punctures the skin between 50-30,000 times per minute!. Tattoo ink being deposited into the dermis.

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More than a temporary matter

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Interesting facts

INTERESTING FACTS:


More than a temporary matter

  • Tattooing injects ink into the skin by an electrically powered tattoo machine. A solid needle punctures the skin between 50-30,000 times per minute!

  • Tattoo ink being deposited into the dermis.


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  • When you see a tattoo, you are seeing the ink through the epidermis (outer layer of the skin).

  • The tattoo ink is actually deposited in the dermis (the second layer of the skin).


Diseases from tattooing

DISEASES FROM TATTOOING


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  • As long as the tattoo artist follows correct sterilization and sanitation procedures, the risk of contracting a disease is relatively low.

  • But the truth is, diseases can be contracted (and some can be fatal). Here are common diseases from tattooing:

    • Hepatitis (this is a common one; can cause liver failure)

    • HIV (no documented cases in professional tattoo parlors)

    • Syphilis

    • Allergic reactions to tattoo ink (FDA doesn’t regulate inks)

    • Tuberculosis


Some things to ponder

SOME THINGS TO PONDER…

Sure, that tattoo is cute now, but what will it look like 50 years from now?!


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  • A tattoo is permanent; this means you have it for life!

  • Tattoos aren’t one size fits all!! Discuss size and color with your tattoo artist to achieve the look you want.

  • When ‘shopping’ around, don’t shop for price, shop for quality! Quality and safety are going to cost more, you’re paying for a more experienced artist and better tattoo.

  • DO look for artists affiliated with professional organizations—these artists are often more familiar with current trends, innovations and safety issues.


Okay so you re getting a tattoo here s what to know and do beforehand

OKAY, SO YOU’RE GETTING A TATTOO—HERE’S WHAT TO KNOW AND DO BEFOREHAND:


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  • Inspect the tattoo parlor to see if the studio is clean and professional—just like a medical facility.

  • Ask Questions!! A good tattoo artist will welcome the questions. You have a right to know what will be happening to your body.


But what do i ask before getting my tattoo

BUT WHAT DO I ASK BEFORE GETTING MY TATTOO?


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  • Ask, does each client get new needles? Each client should get new needles to prevent the spread of infection (just like in a doctor’s office).

  • How are other parts of the tattoo machine cleaned? They should be cleaned in an autoclave (a machine used in hospitals to clean surgical tools).

  • Does the tattooist wear gloves?

  • Does the tattooist ask the client about any significant medical history? (This helps decrease spread of blood-borne diseases).


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  • What do tattoo needles and autoclaves look like?

  • Autoclave (sterilizes tattoo machine tools).

  • Various types of tattoo needles (come in different sizes-like paint brushes).


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  • Does the artist have a portfolio of his/her work?

  • Even better, does the artist have references?

  • Remember, no artistic ability is needed to be a tattoo ‘artist!’

  • What is the artists’ experience and qualifications in the tattoo field?

  • Observe the artist at work…


I m sitting in the chair waiting to get tattooed now what

I’M SITTING IN THE CHAIR WAITING TO GET TATTOOED…NOW WHAT??


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  • Insist that you see the tattoo artist remove a new needle and tube set-up from a sealed sterile package immediately prior to beginning.

  • Be certain you see your tattooist pour new ink into individual disposable containers—this prevents contamination of the ink.

  • Observe the tattoo artist wash his/her hands before beginning your tattoo.

  • Make sure the artist puts on a new pair of disposable gloves before setting up tubes, needles, and ink supplies.

  • Don’t hesitate to ask questions while getting tattooed. A good artist will describe the process as he/she performs the tattooing procedure.


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  • Proper Tattoo set up:

  • New razor to shave where tattoo will be.

  • Plastic bags over intruments to decrease infections.

  • Clean cloth to cover tray

  • Small separate ink containers to prevent contamination.


My tattoo looks great how do i get it to stay that way

MY TATTOO LOOKS GREAT! HOW DO I GET IT TO STAY THAT WAY?


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  • A professional tattoo parlor will give you a sheet of printed ‘after care’ instructions—they give this out for a reason!

  • Improper after care of a tattoo can increase the risks of infection, and can permanently damage the image of the tattoo.

  • Avoid exposing the tattoo to direct sunlight (avoid tanning)!

  • Keep the tattoo properly cleaned using a mild antibiotic soap.

  • Don’t pick at the scab and avoid rubbing the area (this allows for proper healing).

  • For more in depth instructions ask your tattoo artist, or check out www.science.howstuffworks.com/tattoo.htm


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Okay, so you think that if you don’t like your tattoo you can just get it removed? You may want to think again…


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  • Laser removal uses short impulses of intense light to selectively break down tattoo ink in the skin.

  • The broken down ink is then removed by the body’s immune system.

  • Laser removal of tattoo


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  • Tattoo removal is usually performed with lasers, and is considered a cosmetic procedure (not covered by health insurance).

  • Removal costs $200 and up per session

  • It can take anywhere from 40 or more sessions for the tattoo to fade.

  • Yellow and red inks are the hardest to remove; black is the easiest. But no matter what, there will most likely always be remnants of the tattoo left behind.

  • The feeling of tattoo removal is equivalent of have a hot iron placed on your skin


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