How do I decide what tattoo to get?

The World of Aesthetic Body Art

Getting your first or next tattoo can be a difficult decision. If you’ve finally decided that you want a piece of permanent body art, your next step is to dedicate yourself to a particular cause, design, and style that you will want to wear forever. A tattoo tells people about you as a first impression, and you can educate them on what it means to you personally. Having a connection to a particular style or design is a great way to find out precisely what you want to get, whether that’s something more traditional and easily recognized or more abstract and meaningful to you. If you don’t know where to start, pick up some tattoo design books to get your creative juices flowing, and remember there’s nothing wrong with copying a style that you happen to like once you see it. You can always change things up beforehand if you want to make it more personal, or you can go all out and get something that everyone will know. Tattoo to Get

Placement of Your Tattoo

Choosing where you want your permanent body art can also be a challenge, but it’s incredibly important as to whether or not you want others to see it or for it to be in a location where you can view it smoothly before and after the healing process. Some people wish to have tattoos all over their bodies, while others choose to be more conservative and only want something small that is usually covered up by clothing. No matter what type you want, it’s best to consider the style and design type when it comes to where you end up placing the tattoo. Sleeve tattoos are best for telling a story, one that goes upwards or downwards, and is best for those who are going to show off their art more often than not. Because we often expose our arms, there is a big incentive to get the best body art you can on your arms to represent your taste. Bigger and smaller tattoos work for different parts of the body, so get your artist’s opinion about it, too, if possible. Hypertrophic scar cover-up

Finding a Good Tattoo Artist

As soon as you figure out what design you want, you’re going to have to do even more research in finding someone who can do the best job possible for you. Permanent body art is an investment in yourself, and you should only want the best of the best. Look online for businesses that have good reviews as well as a professional online presence. Once you’ve narrowed things down to a few good tattoo shops, try to find some time to go in and check them out for yourself and speak with the artists and employees. Familiarize yourself with the tattooing process if it’s your first rodeo, and ask any questions you may have. In the end, you should leave feeling comfortable and ready to get your work done. Sometimes artists have their tattoo portfolios that you can look at for yourself. Doing this will give you a better idea as to where their specialties lie and if the style you want is relevant to their design process. Talk with your artist about scheduling a consultation for a sketch session of the art you want.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

Once you book your tattoo appointment, you’ll consult with your tattoo artist to finalize any changes to your design. Once things settle, they’ll begin work on your body art. Tattooing involves using sterile needles to penetrate through multiple layers of skin to deposit a permanent pigment. There are many different types of ink used in tattooing, all with different colors and levels of adherence. Absolute blacks will appear more black and last longer than others. Typically, if you’re going to a professional shop, they will have the darkest colors available for your body art, and you’ll be able to tell the difference from other tattoo work right away. Since most tattoos tend to fade over time, it’s best to start with as bright a pigment that you can.

Aftercare Hints and Tips

Once your new art is complete, you’ll start the healing process. While this might not be the most fun time, your artwork needs to look as lovely as possible once it’s fully healed, and that means taking care of it during this crucial time.
  • Keep your new tattoo clean, but don’t overdo it. You’ll want to make sure it’s disinfected and allowed to heal naturally.
  • Don’t cover up your tattoo for long periods, as it will need to be exposed to the air for a more extended period to scab over and heal effectively.
  • Prevent yourself from excessively scratching and itching your tattoo so that they do not become irritated. Scratching can also open up wounds and cause an infected tattoo.

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After Inked Tattoo Moisturizer delivers effective skin moisturization and helps to preserve the colours of your tattoos. There's no petroleum so it won't stick to or stain your clothes. This moisturizing skin lotion, enriched with Grape Seed Oil, can also be used on any permanent makeup procedure on lips, brows, eye liner, and areola, as well as an after-laser tattoo removal moisturizing lotion. After Inked is Dermatologist tested, non-allergenic and non-irritating.

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PurSan

PurSan Aftercare is a specially formulated Vegan skin cleanser used to clean and moisturize as part of an aftercare regimen for fresh tattoos and piercings. It revitalizes, refreshes and purifies skin without drying it out. Gentle yet effective, PurSan contains no parabens, fragrances, colourants or alcohol. Chloroxylenol (PCMX) is a proven antimicrobial ingredient shown to be effective against bacteria and viruses without burning or irritating the skin. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (Hypromellose) is an ultra-high grade lubricant ideal for sensitive skin.

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NeilMed Neilcleanse Piercing Aftercare saline spray helps in healing piercings. It is an isotonic, drug-free, preservative-free solution for cleaning your piercing during the healing period with no burning or stinging to irritate the pierced area. The sterile saline solution can be used as part of your healing process with any fresh piercing, including ear piercings, nostril piercings and belly button piercings. Neilcleanse sprays in any direction for easy use without touching your piercing.

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PurSan

PurSan Aftercare is a specially formulated Vegan skin cleanser used to clean and moisturize as part of an aftercare regimen for fresh tattoos and piercings. It revitalizes, refreshes and purifies skin without drying it out. Gentle yet effective, PurSan contains no parabens, fragrances, colourants or alcohol. Chloroxylenol (PCMX) is a proven antimicrobial ingredient shown to be effective against bacteria and viruses without burning or irritating the skin. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (Hypromellose) is an ultra-high grade lubricant ideal for sensitive skin.

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If you suspect that you have an infection, talk with your artist and doctor. Typically, all it takes is a small dose of antibiotics before you’re back on your way.

Coming Back for a Touch Up

Depending on the size of your tattoo, it might take a longer or shorter time for you to heal. Healing is also dependent on how experienced your artist is at the tattooing technique, which means that you won’t have as many complications as you might with someone newer to the scene. After things have healed up, you can talk with your artist about any additions or touch-ups you want to make. Some people initially outline their tattoo design, then come back once it’s healed to color it in, which makes the entire process easier. No matter what choice you make in the type of tattoo you get, you can be proud of the fact that you’re joining a demographic of people where individuality is represented and respected tastefully and without judgment. Rabbit Tattoo

Ready to Decide What Tattoo to Get?

At Chronic Ink Tattoo, our talented artists are ready to help you explore all styles of tattoos to make sure you find something you’ll want to show off for decades to come. If you’re in the Toronto, Markham, Mississauga, Kitsilano Vancouver area drop by our shop and check us out for yourself.

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Tattoo Studio Locations

Downtown Toronto

378 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1S6 Directions

Midtown Toronto

252 Eglinton Ave East, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M4P 1K2 Directions

Markham

7381 Kennedy Road, Unit #105, Markham, Ontario L3R 5B5 Directions

Mississauga

100 City Centre Dr., Unit #2-311, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 2C9 Directions

Vancouver

1804 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1M3 Directions

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