Archive for April, 2015

Tattoo Removal Makes Advancements

As tattoos become more and more popular, so are tattoo removal processes, such as laser tattoo removal and topical treatments to lighten tattoos. While most people love their ink when they first get it, sometimes tattoo removal can be a fresh start for them as they age and as circumstances in their lives change. Sometimes people get tattoos of names or to commemorate events that they later wish they’d never been familiar with. While tattoo removal cannot diminish memories or actual events, sometimes people find it comforting, and even refreshing, to be rid of a tattoo that has been serving as a painful reminder of that person or event day in and day out

Tattoo removal has always been an expensive route to take, forcing many people into just living with regret for their ink without being able to do anything about it. However, new advancements in tattoo removal are making things easier for many. Laser tattoo removal has really made some great advancements in recent years, making it easier to remove multi-color tattoos; in the past colors such as red and green have posed a much larger challenge in removal than they do now with lasers like the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser.

Tattoo Aftercare Tips

Tattoo aftercare can sometimes be confusing. However, if you do not follow proper tattoo aftercare you risk infections, and damage to your new tattoo. Your artist is not responsible for infections or discolorations caused by improper tattoo aftercare on your part. It is your responsibility to keep your tattoo clean and make sure that it heals properly. This can be a bit overwhelming when you consider that, these days, it seems that every tattoo artists tells their clients something different.

Some key tips that never vary are to leave the bandage that your artist places on the tattoo for at least two hours. The purpose is to prevent air-borne bacteria from invading your new ink. To keep the tattoo clean, it should be washed with a gentle antibacterial, or antimicrobial soap- generic brands actually tend to be gentler for this. Your hand is your best tool for the job. Gently wash away any slimy texture, as that is most likely plasma, which will dry and form scabs over your tattoo. The tat should be gently dried with a clean paper towel, whatever ointment recommended by your artist can then be applied in a very thin layer. Ointment that is too thick can smother the tattoo.

It is important not to soak your tattoo, although showers are fine, and to protect it from direct sunlight. If you use lotion to keep the skin soft, use one that is fragrance and dye free to avoid irritation. It is absolutely vital that you do not pick at any scabbing and peeling- doing so can cause permanent damage to your art.

“Skinvertising” – Super or Stupid?

“Skinvertising” is a common slang term for selling space on one’s skin for money. Some people desperate for money have been allowing businesses to purchase “real estate” on their skin for large monetary fees. Most people wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing. Many consider it humiliating, or to be giving up one’s sense of self and individuality- becoming a literal sellout, in a sense. However, those who partake in “Skinvertising” have their reasons, and many see the act as a quick way out of financial troubles and into fast cash. One man, known as the “human billboard” has been living his life with logos for previously popular porn websites on his face and body for years. One woman was desperate enough to give her young son a private school education that she got tattooed across her forehead in bold black letters for only $10,000. It is slightly less extreme, but another man from southern California created an ad campaign on YouTube called “Ad Me” using airbrushed logos on his face and neck. His goal was to solicit buyers to purchase space on his body to finish paying for his education.

Many wouldn’t dream of using their bodies in such a way. However, there are people out there desperate enough to do it. It is highly uncommon for large brands to purchase space on sellers’ skin because they fear the negative backlash that such an action would receive; many consider companies that purchase “Skinvertising” space on those willing to sell it cruel, and to be taking advantage of these peoples’ struggles. While “Skinvertising” doesn’t seem to be getting any more popular, it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon, either.