- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2016
Marrying a tattoo artist- and here are things I’ve learned- It’s a tattoo machine not a gun. Most artists I know actually get pretty irritated about how often they hear this. He can look at some people and know their skin won’t take ink well. Mine included. 4 different artists and my tattoos blow out. I did get a finger tattoo and only because of our relationship. It disappeared within 3 months. Some skin can only take touch ups 3 times so after my third redo of the finger tattoo I’ll just not have it anymore. I WOULD NOT have gotten it if I had to pay for it! He tells people every day that backlight Ink is NOT FDA approved or safe but people “have seen them online” and are therefore right and get mad at him when he refuses! He uses reusable needles and sends them through an autoclave. The autoclave is run through a spores test on a strict schedule to make sure it is cleaning properly. Just like in a hospital. He found that disposable needles were cheaply made and had burrs or were warped a bit making the tattoos more painful and less precise. Even the most expensive brand of these needles didn’t please him. I also see more the of the cheap dirty shops using disposables because they are too cheap to run an autoclave. Best advice – know what you want but be open to changes. Look through the artist’s portfolios. See if the shop has a business license ( casually ask how long they’ve been in business in their current town) Ask questions. Don’t take too many people with you. One is plenty. (could you do your job with 8 people watching your every move? 4 people?) Follow aftercare instructions. Take a piece of candy to eat if you’re worried about feeling faint. Try not to move or talk too much during. Tip your artist.