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Deciding on getting a tattoo it engage several steps and a person’s reason for getting a tattoo is as varied as the people who want them. When getting a tattoo, the client can work with the tattoo artist to construct a custom tattoo design or they can choose the image they want from readymade flash pictures. These are standard designs that are showed in the tattoo shop for your checking. Most tattoo shops display a large collection of flash. Now that you’ve seen many of the alternatives out there, and you have a fair idea of the design you want to have inked into your own skin, it’s time to look for the perfect artist.

First, when you see someone sporting a tattoo you admire, you might want to ask where they find it. Most people are proud of their ink and want to talk about their tattoos, so if you feel comfortable, ask a few questions. Find out who the artist is, and if you’re new friend recommends that artist. If not, find out why not. Next, walk around some of the tattoo parlors in your area, and if you’ve gotten good word-of-mouth recommendations for local artists, go and verify them out. Make sure the studios are clean and well reserved. Tattoo parlors have a reputation for being dark and seedy, but there’s no excuse for an insanitary environment, especially in this age of needle-borne diseases.

Take your time during this procedure, and visit several places of business. Find for the proper sterilizing and sanitary utensils (autoclaves, sharps containers for disposing of needles, the use of latex gloves by the artists). Become aware of how the artists relate to their customers. Do they change their gloves if they touch anything also the tattooing equipment (such as the telephone)? Is the ambiance one where you’d be comfortable sitting for hours while a needle pierced your skin? If not, this is not the place for you.

Now it’s time to choose the individual artist who will help you get the perfect tattoo. Questions of sanitation are important, but even if you walk out with a safe and clean tattoo, it won’t be good enough if you aren’t satisfied with the artwork you’ve decorated on your skin. When you’ve found a tattoo artist whose work you admire, ask to see his or her portfolio. A true artist will be proud to show off his artwork, and should have photographs of the work he’s done on other people. When examining the portfolio, look for sketch that is clean and sharp. Colors should be bright and evenly applied.

Your artist should be somebody who is experienced in the business. Of course, someone has to give a chance to those new artists out there, but mainly for a first tattoo, you’ll want to depend on someone who has been creating great designs for a while. Perhaps most outstandingly of all, your artist should have a good attitude.

You should be comfortable spending a bit of time discussing your design, the process and the price with this person, because that ink will be on your skin for a good long time. Your health and your personal beauty will be in his hands, and you have to find someone you feel you can trust.

Perhaps the artist will have proposition on how to improve your design that you might want to listen to, but he should also listen to you and take your ideas critically. It’s your skin, after all, and you’ll be the one displaying your ink to friends, family, and random strangers. So make sure you get something you like.

Before starting the tattooing, the artist can also try applying something to anesthetize the part that will be tattooed. One example is Dr. Numb Anesthetic Cream. Dr. Numb contains lidocaine, a substance that has been used for many years as anesthetics in medical and dental offices. Dr. Numb contains more of a pure form of lidocaine which works as the numbing anesthetic cream for the skin.

Once you are ready, the artist stencils the design onto the person’s skin and then, using the inking gun, the artist begins to apply the ink outline. The artist must also know how deeply the needles need to pierce the skin while the ink is being applied. Punctures that are too deep cause too much pain and bleeding and those that are too shallow as uneven lines and the ink to not set into the skin well sufficient for the ink to “take”.

The actual procedure of getting a tattoo works like this. First, the outlining or black work. The artist creates a line over the stencil outline by using a single-tipped needle and thin ink, usually black,. Most tattooists start at the bottom of the right side and work up so they don’t smear the stencil outline when cleaning the excess ink from the newly laid line.

Next comes the shading. After cleaning the area with soap and water, the tattoo artist uses a thicker ink of the color of choice, also usually black, and a variety of needles to create an even, solid line. Inappropriate shading technique during this part of the tattoo process can cause shadowed lines, excessive pain and delayed healing.

Then comes the laying in of the color or colors.  The artist cleans the tattoo and then overlaps each line of color to ensure solid even hues. They will fix uneven areas where color has lifted out during the healing process to keep the tattoo from looking spotty.

Then finally, the cleaning and bandaging process. There are some antibiotic creams that can be safely used on a new tattoo to help healing and decrease the chance of infection. After using a disposable paper towel to eliminate any blood the artist covers the tattoo with a sterile bandage.