A lot of us have imagined ourselves with those same kinds of full-arm sleeves. For some, it could work well with our no-fucks-to-give persona. For others, it's an aesthetic decision, or an emotional one. If you’re serious about it though, then it’s worth knowing what planning is involved—from inception, to execution, to maintenance. So we spoke with Nicolas Gualteros, tattoo artist at Senaspace in NYC, to plot it all out.
A novel method for laser tattoo removal using a fractionated CO2 or Erbium:YAG laser, alone or in combination with Q-switched lasers, was reported by Ibrahimi and coworkers from the Wellman Center of Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2011. This new approach to laser tattoo removal may afford the ability to remove colors such as yellow and white, which have proven to be resistant to traditional Q-switched laser therapy.
Before getting a tattoo, make sure that you’re in the pink of heath. During the tattooing session, your body’s immune system will start kicking into overdrive. So you must live a healthy lifestyle a few weeks prior to getting a tattoo – Meaning no alcohol, no drugs, and get the right amount of sleep. You must also eat a proper meal before you head on to your appointment, to keep your blood sugar levels up. Bring some refreshments with you, like a water bottle and snacks – A tattoo session could last for as long as four hours.
Transient textural changes are occasionally noted but often resolve within a few months; however, permanent textural changes and scarring very rarely occur. If a patient is prone to pigmentary or textural changes, longer treatment intervals are recommended. Additionally, if a blister or crust forms following treatment, it is imperative that the patient does not manipulate this secondary skin change. Early removal of a blister of crust increases the chances of developing a scar. Additionally, patients with a history of hypertrophic or keloidal scarring need to be warned of their increased risk of scarring.
Some wearers decide to cover an unwanted tattoo with a new tattoo. This is commonly known as a cover-up. An artfully done cover-up may render the old tattoo completely invisible, though this will depend largely on the size, style, colors and techniques used on the old tattoo and the skill of the tattoo artist. Covering up a previous tattoo necessitates darker tones in the new tattoo to effectively hide the older, unwanted piece. Many tattoos are too dark to cover up and in those cases patients may receive laser tattoo removal to lighten the existing ink to make themselves better candidates for a cover up tattoo.
You must also consider the cleanliness of the parlor itself. If your tattoo artist does not, or refuses to, wear gloves, then this doesn’t equate to a clean tattooing experience, and this can be highly risky. The tattoo artist should also follow the basic rules when it comes to cleanliness. First, they must place a barrier over every surface or subject which could possibly come into direct contact with the tattoo itself, or with their hands. Everything they use must be disposable – The artist should cover their wash bottles, machines, tattooing area, and clip cords with bags. The ink and needles must be disposed too. The tubes used for tattooing should be sterilized regularly in a medical-grade autoclave.
Geometric tattoos are of great popularity among men and women, with their visibly striking impact and aesthetic value. They come in a variety of designs and sizes. This means that they can be placed on any part of the body, depending upon the size of the design. Smaller designs can be inked on finger, wrists, palm, arm, ankle, behind the ear and neck, while larger ones can be featured on larger surface areas such as the back, shoulder, thigh, sleeve, side and chest. The basic consideration is that large tattoos need a larger area of the skin to get the perfect magnificent look, which every bearer wants for his tattoo design.
Sacred geometry tattoos are spiritual in nature and have a religious significance, besides being of great aesthetic value. Most of the time, people have such a tattoo inked for its symbolic significance rather than its attraction and appeal. Different shapes in geometry are associated with different elements of nature which need to be understood well before choosing a tattoo design. For instance, the cube symbolizes the earth while fire is represented by the tetrahedron. Air is signified by the octahedron, water by icosahedron and spirit by dodecahedron. It is also said that having these tattoo shaped inked over special areas of the body will have a healing effect and restore good health and balance in the body. Perhaps, this is the reason why tattoos have been used as adornments in the form of talismans or amulets since the times immemorial. They have been revered for their magical qualities and have been used as a part of holistic healing therapies in the pasta nd this tradition has been carried on into the contemporary times too, making such tattoos a blend of beauty and spirituality. The belief is that placing the spiritual tattoos on a particular part of the body will have a positive impact on health and spirituality, which makes the placement of this an issue of vital importance.
Historically finger tattoos get a bit of a bad wrap. Typically they use to be reserved for bikers and gang members, they also were considered a bit of a faux pas if you wanted to get a respectable job. Nowadays however they are more common place and socially acceptable. The traditional finger tattoos were to get “LOVE” on one hand and then “HATE” across the other knuckles, this was a design that was popularized by movie characters. Generally people will get either two four letter words across their knuckles or one eight or ten letter word across both of their hands.