Sunday, 18 November 2012

My tattoo advice.



I got my third tattoo 10 days ago, I've been dying to do this post but wanted to wait until all the scab had come off. The image on the left is from 4 days ago, as you can see the scab was happily peeling, and for those wondering that is Bepantham all over it. The image on the right is from this morning (day 10) after my scab has fully come away.

For those thinking about getting tattoos make sure they mean something, before you jump in at the deep end. Remember it's for life. My other two tattoo's are a little love heart on my arm and 'Forever Young' in Italian on the top of my back. The rabbit doesn't need explaining, you all know my love for bunnies and how much I miss having mine. So now I have a rabbit with me always. Rabbit's are also said to symbolise luck and intuition. 

And anyone wanting to know how much tattoo's hurt, this wasn't so bad and surprisingly took about 5 minutes to do. The one on my back hurt a little more cos it's slightly over my shoulder blade and was more painful over the bone. But all in all it's not 'painful' as such but more an irritating feeling, in fact a lot like a rabbit scratch, but over and over again. 

The heeling process is pretty simple, but you must make sure it's done correctly cos they ink can run or be withdrawn, if you use the wrong things. I used a basic soap and water wash to clean the tattoo, and patted dry with a CLEAN towel. Then a thin layer of Bepanthem. Then repeat several times a day. You can tell when it needs re-doing usually as the area gets dry. The 'peeling' process tends to happen for me around day 4 or 5. DO NOT pick the scab, let it do it's thing. 

I've been very lucky with my heeling processes and never had any trouble. It can be hard work trying not to get the tattoo wet, my tattooist recommended making sure it isn't soaked until at least after a month of it being done. Which is quite hilarious when you see me trying to wash my hair one handed. If it does get a little splashed, I've again been PATTING dry with a clean towel, then reapplying bepanthem.

Hope this helps if anyone is considering getting a tattoo and feel free to ask any questions about heeling etc. if you have any problems! Remember the tattooist is their to help, so if you have questions go back!

Katie xx
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  1. Nice tattoo, they really fascinate me but I don't think I'm brave enough to get one! Would love to see a picture of the other two x

    http://Heidi-likes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Here's the post I did back in March about my tattoos/piercings:

      http://golddustk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/i-should-ink-my-skin-with-your-name.html

      x

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  2. As you may have guessed, I love this!
    I've heard 'tattoo goo' is very good to help healing. Xx

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  3. Aw that's so cute! I love tattoos and I really want one but I'm just too indecisive at the moment about what xxx

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  4. Aww that's so cute! Where is it? I can't wait to get a tattoo :) xxx

    Emilyjaneosborne.blogspot.com

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    1. It's on my left arm, at the top but on the inside.:)

      x

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  5. I really want a tattoo but I need it to be vegan ink, and I've yet to find a parlour which offers it :( :/ xx

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  6. this looks great! I really want a tattoo of 'Believe' with a rose intwined (my Mum's name is Rose) but I have a huge phobia of needles :(
    tie-dye-eyes

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    1. It really doesn't look like a needle, or feel like a needle. Pop into a tattoo place and they will happily show you :) x

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