& How not to fuck it up
A tattoo is an open wound, and is at risk of infection until it is fully healed. Take it seriously.
A tattoo involves introducing pigment into the second layer of the dermis to permanently change the colour of the skin. I only use vegan, cruelty free inks and ones that are made of aseptic, sterilised wood char, no plastics or inert metal oxides are used here - only the inks that have stood the test of time and health from ancient tattoo practices.
As a former scientist at the University of Manchester I am trained to a clinical standard in dealing with pathogens and operate the studio under laboratory standards as the procedure pierces the skin and can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. I’m happy to arranfge a tour of my studio and will happily explain to you how I have transposed my lab standards to the artists studio. I am also first aid trained and specialise in a full health questionnaire before beginning the tattoo process with all customers.
I have always believed in doing what is best for the client and not cutting corners as I know first hand the importance of lab-standard work. I only have control of the studio environment, which is only a small part of the battle - you need to make sure you follow these instructions exactly to hold up your end of the bargain and come away with a beautiful, healed piece of work.
Once the tattoo is finished, I will apply a protective covering. Leave this in place for at least 2 hours, or until you get home.
Once you get home, remove the covering and immediately wash the tattoo with lukewarm water and a mild antibacterial hand-wash (buy some from the studio if you have none)
Use your hand to gently massage away any plasma, blood or ointment and leave the skin cleansed. Rinse with clean lukewarm water & make sure no soap is left on the skin
Wait for your tattoo dry without touching it all
When applying your aftercare ointment ( recommend Hustle Butter - buy it from the studio) be sure only to apply a very small amount and massage it well into the skin until it is no longer shiny. You should not be able to see or feel the ointment on the skin after it has been rubbed in
THE NEXT FEW WEEKS
Throughout the healing phase of 2 weeks, wash your new tattoo 2-3 times daily and apply aftercare ointment after each wash.
You can use aftercare ointment between washes if it feels dry.
The tattoo will form scabs as it heals but these should be kept as thin as possible by ensuring it is properly moisturised in ointment – this prevents thicker scabs which will pull out ink if they’re caught.
After a few days, when washing or applying ointment to your tattoo you might find skin flaking from the tattoo - this is normal
Don’t pick or scratch the tattoo - ink will come out with those scabs and you’ll need a touch up - it can also cause scar tissue which can’t be fixed by me.
Under the scabs the tattoo will continue to tighten up and look less fuzzy.
You can shower as normal with your healing tattoo – its perfectly fine to get the tattoo wet for short periods of time, but don’t soak it in water. Submerging your tattoo in a bath, swimming pool or hot tub can cause serious damage.
Please do not fake tan or sit in a hot humid environment like a sauna, Jacuzzi or steam room for at least 3 weeks
Its really important to protect your tattoo from the sun and sunbeds. Ultraviolet rays break down and fade a tattoo and so it’s advised to go for the ‘pale and interesting’ look
Be sure to wear a high protection sunblock (minimum 30SPF+) at all times when UV is high.