There are many things to consider before getting a tattoo, some of which are outlined below.
Tattooing is minor surgery...so it is important that you do not rush into it, and that we make sure we can do our job cleanly, safely and successfully.
- there should be no Eczema, Psoriasis, or other skin condition in or near the area to be tattooed
- you should not be tattooed if you have Haemophilia or any other bleeding disorder
- you should not be tattooed if you are on blood thinning medication (e.g. aspirin)
- you should also not be tattooed if you are Epileptic, Diabetic, or pregnant.
- you should also be aware of any allergies you may suffer from.
This is not a complete list. We will formally consult with you if you are recieving a tattoo. Always consult your doctor if you are unsure.
These guidelines are in place for a reason, and you are risking serious injury, disease, infection, or even death if you choose to go against advice.
Have you considered the design properly?
Many people rush into tattoos or are impatient when perfecting designs. Thus, many people also end up regretting their choice and seek laser treatment or a cover-up. Do not take tattoos lightly, they are for life.
Please talk to us, listen to us, and be patient when we are working with you on your design.
We will never tell you that you are wrong in your choice...it is your tattoo....but we will suggest improvements or alternatives.
Instead of a name, have you considered a portrait?!
Instead of Cheryl Cole's tattoo, maybe you could get a similar but individual one?!
TATTOOING IS AN ART FORM - NOT A FASHION!
Please do not leave the dressing on for more than 1 hour, then wash with lukewarm soapy water and dab dry.
We recommend Bepanthen or Hemlock & Tweed as our tattoo aftercare product. Many tattoo products on the market contain drawing agents which can have a negative effect on your healing time and retaining of ink.
Rub in the aftercare 2-4 times a day, in thin layers. Use sparingly and make sure all cream is fully rubbed on and none is left on the surface.
You will have a scab for around 7 days. This should be preserved as much as possible, as pulling any of the scab off can also pull ink out with it. DO NOT rub, pick, scratch, or cover the tattoo too tightly. After the scabbing has gone you will be left with a silvery layer of skin which could take a further 2-4 weeks to heal completely. DO NOT swim, bathe for too long, go on sunbeds, or put into contact with raw meats until healed.
Showering is fine, just be careful not to soak for too long or too hot, and dab dry.
Remove dressing after 20 minutes (if applicable).
Wash with lukewarm salt water andclean with cotton wool buds (no more than twice a day).
It will take between 2 weeks and 6 months to heal, depending on the type of piercing.
DO NOT use other products e.g. savlon spray as it can cause infection.
DO NOT turn, rotate, play with or poke your piercing until it is healed!
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True Colours Tattoo Studio
14 Guildhall Street