Monday, December 8, 2014

Time And Tattoos

Last week, I decided to had my cover up tattoo. It was an impromptu decision. Good thing there's a real good tattoo artist around town. Session was long and a bit painful. Took 3 hours to finish. From preparation to stencil marking and everything. 

The moment that I wanted to backed out, cause the pain was already killing me.
 So, let me tell you something about tattoos and for how long have it been around. Did my research and found some infos that I am sharing with guys right now.

Throughout the course of time, tattoos have been used to personify and represent someone’s affiliations, personal preferences, and their creative outlook on life.  Tattoos are gaining in popularity these days as well with both men and women.  Research has shown that nearly 1 in 4 people have at least one tattoo on their body.

By definition, a tattoo is a permanent marking on the skin.  The ink is injected by needle under the skin, creating the image of the tattoo.  The needle moves very fast, puncturing the skin and depositing the ink into the epidermis.  As the ink is depositing into the epidermis, the skin captures the color of the ink.  The artist will continue to clean the tattoo as he works on it, wiping it off with antiseptic and disinfecting the wound.

Over time tattoos will chance with the skin on a constant basis due to the wind, sun, regeneration, water, and other things.  The way a tattoo looks and the design must also chance with the skin as it shrinks, stretches, and ages.  The pigment that makes up the tattoo must remain the way it is over time, although tanning and wrinkles can affect the color and clarity of the tattoo.

The overall length of time that a tattoo styles healthy and vibrant in color all depends on how well it was taking care of after it was completed and how the skin is taking care of.  Even though infection is always a concern with tattoos, you must also promote healing in the sense of retaining as much ink as you possibly can.  Most tattoos will heal completely within a few short weeks, although they must be kept moist to prevent scabbing.  If allowed to scab, the scab that forms will remove some of the color from the tattoo.

The number one enemy of tattoos is the sun.  Just like other colors that are exposed to sunlight, the pigments found in tattoos will fade.  Yellow and red are the hardest colors to maintain over time, blue and black are the easiest and most stable to maintain.  Tattoos are considered to be part of the organism of living skin and need to be maintained to keep the color alive and fresh.  If you are going to be out in the sun, you should always cover your tattoos and wear a quality sunscreen as well, just to be on the safe side.  

Tattoos that have been properly applied, properly healed, and protected from the rays of the sun can remain their best for years and years.  Although the colors will remain vibrant as well, time and the sun are definite enemies for tattoos.  No matter how well you take care of your tattoos and protect them, there really is no escape from changes that come as a result of time itself.


Well, there goes something about Tattoo. And let me show you the by-product of the painful session, but i tell you, it's all worth the pain. 

The before and after photo. :)



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17 comments:

  1. I have 7 of them, so I am familiar with the process and after care. I am ready for #8 :)

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  2. That's such a great coverup, the artist did a really good job. I have three tattoos but hate one of them, I need a coverup too.

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  3. I like the "after" better. I have one and am considering another one as well.

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  4. I got one when I turned 18 and have been longing for another one.. But I'm too much of a chicken to go through it again hah

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  5. Covering up old tattoos is seriously an art. It amazes me every time I see before and afters. I cannot wait to get a tattoo.

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  6. That came out really nice. I currently have 2, but I have plans for more. My son recently turned 18 and we are going to get one together.

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  7. OMG I can't picture myself having a tattoo because I won't be able to stand the pain. It will also be a difficult moment for me to decide which picture I would like to mark on my skin. Anyway, I agree that some people do look better with tatooes on. :)

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  8. Planning to get a tattoo soon. Hope I'm makPlanning to get a tattoo soon. Hope I'm making the right decision!

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  9. That is amazing! I really love looking at the before and after phote. Great Job!

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  10. CourtneyLynne StormsDecember 17, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Omg I'm not a tattoo person myself but hubby has 628299202 of them so I know wayyy too much about tattoos lol

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  11. What a beautiful tattoo, I really like the fish; it's done very well!

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  12. Wow it looks great! My sister has a few tattoos and i love them. I am to chicken to get any done myself.

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  13. That's a nice after tattoo. I have a couple myself, thought I never would do it but I did. =)

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  14. My dad is Wildangel Tattoo supplies in the UK and so we're very familiar with the tattoo industry - strangely none of us have one, but I want one!

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  15. They covered it up nicely. You can't even tell what was there before!

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  16. What a process! I have only two but didn't know how hard it was to cover them up!

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  17. Oh, I'm all getting ready for my first one! :) Super excited and simply cannot wait till I get it! This one looks really nice!

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