What You Should Know About Tattoos


I will try to be as unbiased as possible, which is pretty hard, I have the tattoo virus … but I do not want to tell people what I think is best, getting tattooed, that's a serious thing, is something you'll be with you, etched in your body for a while … so I decided to give you guys not a speech but to to do more or less and encyclopaedic kind of thing …. I hope you all do not fall asleep by reading it.

Tattoo Basics

Artists create tattoos by injecting ink into the skin of a person. To do this, they use an electric tattoo machine that looks (and sounds) to a dental drill. The machine moves a solid needle up and down to punch the skin between 50 and 3000 times per minute. The needle penetrates the skin of about one millimeter and deposits a drop of insoluble ink into the skin at each sting.

The tattoo machine has remained unchanged since his invention by Samuel O. Reilly in the late 1800s. O & # 39; Reilly based his drawing on the autographic printer, an engraving machine invented by Thomas Edison. Edison created the printer to engrave hard surfaces. O & # 39; Reilly modified the Edison machine by changing the tube system and modifying its rotating electromagnetic oscillating unit to allow the machine to drive the needle.

Modern tattoo machines have several basic components:

o A sterilized needle

o A tube system that sucks ink through the machine

o An electric motor

o A pedal, like those used on sewing machines, which controls the vertical movement of the needle.

Tattoo Creation: Sterilization and Preparation

A tattoo machine creates a piercing wound every time it injects a drop of ink into the skin. As any perforating wound presents a risk of infection and transmission of the disease, much of the application process is focused on safety. Tattoo artists use sterilization, disposable materials and hand hygiene to protect them and their customers.

To eliminate the possibility of contamination, most tattooing materials, including inks, ink cups, gloves and needles, are for single use only. Many single-use items arrive in sterile packaging, which the artist opens in front of the client just before starting to work.

Before working on clients, tattoo artists wash and inspect their hands for cuts and abrasions. Then they should do the following:

o Disinfect the work area with an EPA approved viricide.

o Place plastic bags on spray bottles to prevent cross-contamination.

o Explain the sterilization process to the client.

o Remove all equipment from the sterile package in front of the customer. O Shave and disinfect (with a mixture of water and antiseptic soap) the area to be tattooed.

How much does it hurt?

People describe the sensation of getting a tattoo similar to bee stings, sunburns or pinches. Some say that they experience a slight tickling or "pins and needles". Individual tolerance to pain, size and type of tattoo, and the skill of the artist all contribute to the amount of pain. The location also makes a difference – the skin that rests just above a bone is more noticeable.

Take care of a new tattoo

o Remove the dressing one to two hours after completion.

o Wash gently with lukewarm or lukewarm water, with mild antibacterial soap
o Dry in heat. (Do not rub!)

o Apply very thin layers of antibacterial ointment and work into the skin. Too much ointment can pull the color of the tattoo.

o Avoid soaking the tattoo in the water or letting the shower pellet it directly.

o Avoid the sun, the sea and swimming until you are cured.

o Do not pick the crusts. They will fall as the tattoo heals, usually in one to three weeks.

o Use ice packs in case of swelling or redness.

o Call a doctor if you have any sign of infection.

o Checking gloves for pinholes during tattooing, since petroleum-based ointment erodes latex

o Pour ink in-the-air using clean paper to open the ink bottles during tattooing. o Drying tubes after rinsing during color changes – never blow out excess water

o Spray liquid soap over a tissue, not directly on the bleeding area, because the blood can get wet To fly when the spray reaches

] o Give pens to draw on the skin, which must be of medical and sterile quality, to the client

The tattoo artist must:

o Wash hands thoroughly and often.

o Inspect hands for cuts or wounds and cover them with bandages.

o Remove nails and keep nails short to prevent puncture of gloves.

o Refrain from tattooing in the presence of lesions, dermatitis or allergic reactions.

Identification of a safe tattoo parlor

In addition to the use of universal provisions and laws requiring minors to have parental permission, few regulations cover tattooing. Licensing usually involves taking a course on infectious disease transmission and passing an exam, but no lead agency inspects tattooing companies. The laws allow anyone to buy a machine, get a license and start tattooing, whether or not he has artistic ability, a situation to which professional tattooisters oppose .

Here are some basic steps to choosing a safe tattoo parlor

o Look around to see if the studio is clean and professional.

o Ask questions: Is there an autoclave? Are needles and other materials disposable? Are EPA approved disinfectants used? Do tattoo artists wear gloves? Professional artists will not take up questions.

o Look at the artist and pay attention to health and safety precautions.

o Watch the artist open all the needles before starting work.

o Find out about professional staff memberships. These are not required, but participating artists can have current information on trends, innovations and safety issues.

Ok, now you have a tattoo !!!!!


Source by Adriana Zimbarg

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