Below are the most commonly asked questions by our clients about their procedures for scar camouflage, scalp micro pigmentation, scar coverup tattoos and more.
It’s that time! You’ve spent years, months or weeks thinking about scar or spot that you would like to get fixed or covered up, and you’ve finally made a decision to do something about it, you’re ready to make this change and you’ve found a quality artist.
Whether you go for a small change that can be finished within an hour or for a larger change, that might take multiple-sessions, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your tattoo experience will go as smoothly as possible, and here they are:
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There are several reasons, first because being hungover and getting a tattoo will feel pretty terrible as soon as you start to hear that buzz of the tattoo machine, but more importantly because alcohol thins your blood, which will result in more bleeding, which then makes it a lot harder for the pigment/ ink to adhere to your skin and heal correctly. And you also want to avoid other things before your tattoo appointment such as, caffeine, aspirin, blood thinners, etc. anything that thins your blood.
Tattoo Virgins, even if this is your first tattoo or if you are new to getting another tattoo you’ve probably heard or know that getting tattoo can and usually hurts a bit, and how much it hurts will vary depending on the location on your body (the head, ribs, groin, hands, fingers, inner arm, elbow and inner forearm being the most notorious). And being hungover will not make it any easier to bear the pain of getting a tattoo, nor will it make the experience any more pleasurable for the artist, who has to be in close proximity to your body for hours.
This is especially important if you’re preparing for a long session. You might be surprised at how much getting tattooed can take out of you. No matter how big or small the piece is, you’ll have to sit very still while the artist is works on you, sometimes with your limbs bent in awkward positions... So being well-rested will make the tattooing process go a lot smoother.
Good, thats completely okay! Whether you’re getting your first and only tattoo done, or if you've been getting tattooed for years, it’s quite a special ritual to go through. So a few butterflies in your stomach will help with getting that first rush of adrenaline going as soon as the work starts, which will help tremendously with the pain. So think of this as a good thing, not a bad thing : )
You’ll be asking quite a lot from your body in the next few hours, and feeling hungry and weak will just make it that much harder to handle the pain. Whole grains are recommended, together with fruits, such as bananas or berries. Basically, foods high in carbohydrates and protein will give you a nice base from which to draw energy in the hours to come. Try to prepare a healthy lunch or dinner for after the tattooing as well, so all you have to do when you come home is to heat it up. Getting tattooed can take a lot out of you, and you may feel physically exhausted or extremely sleepy afterwards.
It’s important to wear clothing that will allow easy access to the area where your tattoo work will be being done. Also wear something that you’d be okay with getting stained: not only will there sometimes be some ink splatter, but also wound-fluid or even blood. So avoid wearing wool and go with something cotton instead. Because most of the time, your fresh tattoo will be covered with some type of barrier film or piece of plastic for at least the first few hours, but if not, you don’t want a scratchy sweater rubbing on your new, highly-sensitive tattoo.
As we mentioned before, there will most likely be some pain with getting a scar cover up tattoo. Usually we will use a numbing agent cream (5% Lidocaine) on your tattoo area, however if you are allergic to Lidocaine please let us know both before and during your appointment here at our Santa Clarita / Los Angeles office. The level of pain depends on the tattoo’s placement on the body, but also on the person getting inked — we all have different amounts of pain that we can handle. Here are a few tips I can give to help you get through it easier:
Not only will tensing up make it harder for the artist to do their work, it will only intensify the experience of pain. Instead, try to accept that this is happening to your body, and focus on inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly.
Certain meditation techniques have helped me through some of the most difficult spots (inner arm and elbow, for one, and worst of all, my fingers) and amazingly, I’ve even found myself drifting into a slight dose every now and then.
If you’re lying down or sitting in a position that allows you to read, go for it. Chatting with the artist can help too, but always check ahead if they’re ok with that, or if they prefer to work in silence to be able to concentrate.
Take breaks, but not too many. During a multiple-hour session, your artist will of course need breaks as well, after sitting hunched over you for long periods of time. However, after each break, you’ll notice that sometimes even hearing the tattoo machine starting to buzz might already make you feel phantom-pain. That first rush of adrenaline doesn’t last forever, and the faster the artist can work, by limiting the interruptions, the better your tattoo will end up looking, and the less pain you’ll have to sit through.