“The big misconception with tattoo removal is that it’s an eraser,” Sherrif F. Ibrahim, M.D.,, an associate professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Rochester, tells SELF. But it’s not that simple. “It’s a process,” he says. Sometimes, complete removal of a tattoo can take one or two years, with treatments occurring every 6, 8, or 12 weeks. Plus, it’s not like getting your eyebrows waxed—it’s an invasive procedure that costs hundreds of dollars a session. Lasers remove tattoos by blowing up pigment molecules into tiny pieces, which are then cleared away by an immune system response. Healing from laser treatment isn’t always a walk in the park, either. “The laser breaks the skin’s surface, so you have bleeding, you have swelling, and you have pain after the treatment,” says Dr. Ibrahim.
Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery is known worldwide as being a leader in laser skin surgery. We were one of the first practices in the world to offer PicoWay laser, an FDA-cleared laser treatment for the removal of tattoos and pigmented lesions. PicoWay laser incorporates picosecond (one trillionth of a second) pulse durations to generate ultra-short pulses with very high peak powers of laser energy on the skin. A strong photo-mechanical impact occurs that results in the fracturing of tattoo ink or pigment particles in the skin.
Remember that you will need touch ups. “Anything with a bold composition is usually easy to touch up and bring back to life, as is black and gray blending,” Dowdell says. “If you had a tattoo of a lion in black and gray—let's assume that the composition is solid but the application not so much—then it’s easier for us to go back into it and re-sculpt it into a legitimate piece of art and make it look better.”
“As a dark skinned African American I was worried about skin discoloration. I called several different places for information. Most where unhelpful and some outright rude. From my first call to Eraser Clinic I received nothing but extremely polite and courteous service. They are very knowledgable and made me feel comfortable. Four sessions in and I have had no skin issues and my tattoo is barely visible with just a session or two until full removal.”
This guy has a lot of different images going on that creates the overall look of the sleeve. A lot of people add on to their body art to create a story. They also add different pieces that have nothing in common except that they share the same canvas. The sleeve tattoos on both of the hands have a way of enhancing the masculine features of the wearer.
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.
The eye here has a reflection in it that is impossibly hard to do. The statue looks real and the contrast the artist was able to convey is just unreal. This piece is one of our favourites because it evokes such emotion to the observer. The eye makes your heartache as the candles represent some sort of vigil or homage to someone or something in the past.
Your next consideration should be where you want your tattoo. Is it something you want to show off, easily conceal or reveal, or a more personal project that only you will see? Your body will be your canvas, so it’s important to choose a portion of your anatomy appropriate to your art. Back pieces are exceptionally well suited to larger concepts, which you may want to expand at some future date. If you just want to start small, the bicep or the forearm are ideal for more contained show pieces, discrete emblems that can be worked into “sleeves”—either half or full—at a later time.
The symbolism of the butterfly is as diverse as the species itself. Often associated with the soul, the butterfly may represent the spiritual realm. It is also a strong symbol of transformation because the butterfly transforms from a caterpillar into a butterfly, becoming something new and beautiful. This can be a powerful tattoo for those who have endured hardship of any kind and have found a new, better life...
Geometric tattoos come in many color palettes and designs. This can go from the completely abstract, to a different kind of interpretation of a famous image. These images are frequently used as a type of entertainment, a point of reference for an artwork, or even an inspiration for something. No matter what kind of intentions a person has with geometric tattoos, all of them will surely look great in the end.
A geometric tattoo deals with several lines or geometric shapes that come together to form an even bigger shape. Geometric tattoos can come in the form of leaves, lines, stars, and a host of other patterns. Most often, tattoo artists use black ink to create these types of tattoos. The reason why everyone likes them is because of the fact that you can pretty much do anything with these lines and shapes. These tattoos are perhaps one of the tattoos that people don’t regret getting. It’s pretty much safe to say that geometry is slowly taking over the world of tattoo art. But although they look beautiful, getting these tattoos can be quite risky thanks to our body’s shapes and curves. It takes a highly skilled tattoo artist to create geometric patterns on the skin.
Another common smaller tattoo for people to get is a simple letter. The letter P may symbolise the persons first name, someone’s name that’s important to them or even the periodic symbol for Phosphorus. There are thousands of fonts to choose from and luckily with letters it’s easy to test them out on your computer before you pick which one will look best.