What should you know before you get tattooed?

On the day you get tattooed don’t be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications, if you are, you will not get tattooed. Please wear clothes that can be removed from the area that is going to be tattooed. It is recommended to get a good nights rest and have a light meal before your appointment. Wear something comfortable and maybe bring a book to read. While getting tattooed try to be relaxed, breathe normally and focus on the end result, and not the pain.

What are the requirements to get tattooed and how is the tattooing process?

Depending on the design and the location on the body, tattooing is a more or less painful procedure. During the tattoo-process color pigments are applied to the middle layer of the skin with the help of needles.

We’d like to point out that tattooing is procedure done by a human hand. Therefore it’s always possible that there may be slight differences in shape or color to the agreed on design.

Because in our studio, “All Style Tattoo”, all art is designed and applied by the tattoo artists, there will usually be only line drawings in advance. This creates room during the tattoo process for enough artistic freedom, individuality and quality.

We would like to point out that a tattoo is subject to an aging process. Especially sun exposure and visits to tanning salons over the years can cause colors to fade and lines to become a bit blurry.

Scheduling one or several tattoo appointments requires a deposit in the amount of half of the agreed on price of the first session. This finances the designing of the tattoo and is a commitment to show up for the scheduled appointments. The deposit is only refunded if the appointment is canceled 5 workdays in advance and the tattoo-artist has not done a sketch for the tattoo yet, then the deposit will be kept as payment for the design.

How do I take care of my new tattoo?

Healing a tattoo takes about 1-2 weeks, depending on your health.
It is possible that the new tattoo will itch quite a bit during the healing process. It is important to keep the fresh tattoo clean and follow basic rules of hygiene.
When the tattoo is done the artist will put ointment on it and cover it with plastic wrap, so that body fluids are contained and no dirt can enter the wound. This also helps to minimize the formation of scab.

Please follow these aftercare instructions:

Day 1 and 2:

During the first two days and nights remove the plastic wrap in the morning and in the evening, wash the tattoo with soap and lukewarm water, then pat it dry carefully with paper towels.
For the next hour the tattoo should be exposed to air in order to breathe, while being careful not to expose it to any dirt, dust and other contaminants. Then thinly apply the recommended ointment and then cover the tattoo with plastic wrap again.

Starting on day 3:

On the morning of the third day take off the plastic wrap. The tattoo should now stay exposed to the air and not be covered again. Wash the tattoo two to three times a day, dry it and apply ointment. This should be done until the thin healing top layer of the skin has peeled off.
Wear clean clothes that don’t rub on the tattoo. Do not scratch when the tattoo is itchy.
Don’t expose the fresh tattoo to sunlight or go tanning. Avoid sauna and swimming until the tattoo is completely healed. Don’t scratch if there is any scabbing or try peeling off the healing skin.

What do I have to be aware off with a new tattoo?

The surface is usually healed after two weeks, but the complete, deeper healing can take up to 12 weeks.
Even after the superficial healing is done, it is important not to expose the tattoo to a lot of sun, in order to preserve the brightness of the colors. It is recommended to wear sunblock with a high sun protection factor, especially during the first few months. Be careful especially during the first summer, it may be best to cover the tattoo when sunbathing.

What to do after the tattoo session?

For best healing and optimal results it is essential that you follow the healing instructions you have received from us. We cannot guarantee a good outcome if you don’t follow our instructions.

What are important facts about the scheduling of a appointment?

In order to judge and recognize individual risks in advance, it is required to answer the following questions thoroughly and honestly:

  • Do you have any blood disease or do you bleed excessively?
  • Do you have a skin disorder (eczema, psoriasis)?
  • Are you taking blood thinning medication (Marcumar, Aspirin, Heparin etc.)?
  • Do you have allergies (Latex, certain medications?)
  • Do you have circulatory or heart disease/ do you faint easily?
  • Do you have a chronic infectious disease (AIDS, Hepatitis A/B/C, MRSA)?
  • Do you have an acute infectious disease (flu etc.)?
  • Do you have other chronic ailments (e.g. Epilepsy or Paralysis) ?
  • Are you pregnant or breast-feeding?

Which are possible risks and side effects?

Despite best care, use of proven techniques and work materials, in rare cases it can come to side effects or complications, both during or after the tattoo process. For example:

During tattooing people occasionally feel lightheaded, nauseous or even faint.

After the tattoo is done, there is a small possibility for light continued bleeding, which will stop after a short period of time.

After tattooing the skin may be slightly swollen or irritated.

During the healing the tattoo can first feel tingly or have a burning sensation, and towards the end of the healing-process it may itch, but that will pass within a few days. Depending on the individual person, a few days after tattooing a light to thicker healing skin/ scab will develop, and will, similar to other wounds, peel off by itself when done healing.

In rare cases scars can develop in the tattoo.

In very rare cases there can be an allergic reaction to the applied pigments or the used ointments/ lotions.

In extremely rare cases, despite best care of the tattoo artist concerning cleanliness and hygiene, infections can develop, which can lead to serious and lasting health problems, if not treated by a medical professional.