Tattoos can get infected, and should be washed and treated as wounds.
Follow your artist's aftercare instructions.
Think about it. Dwell on it. This is repeated often because tattoos are so permanent!
Think before getting a tattoo. Will you like the design in the future? What will you do when it fades? Are you sure you want it where you put it? What will people think at a job interview? These are all things to consider before you get a tattoo. A tattoo is a big commitment and you should be prepared for the outcome, may it be good or bad.
Don't forget that if you chose to get someone's name, that person might not be around forever. They could leave, and you would have their name on your body.
Some people are against cultural appropriation, where someone takes a meaningful aspect of another's culture and uses it for fashionable reasons. If you're getting a tattoo of a traditional symbol, you should know the meaning and history of that symbol. And perhaps be prepared to defend your choice if it's not of your culture.
Laser tattoo removal is very expensive, painful, and time-consuming––in fact, much more expensive and more painful than any tattoo. In most cases though, it can completely remove tattoos. Tattoo cover-ups are cheaper, but find an artist that specializes in them. It's best to be certain about your design.
Most tattoos will need touch-ups through your life. Using sunscreen and moisturizing daily will help your tattoo look new for years. After 10-30 years, expect to need touch-ups to combat blurring. If the thought of doing this over wrinkles when you're 75 grosses you out, this could be enough of a reason to not have one.
Be extremely careful when getting Kanji characters as tattoos if you've found the design on the internet or tattoo parlour wall. You may think it means "Peace, love, harmony" but for all you know the characters could be straight off a soy sauce packet, or worse.
If you feel hesitant, either about the design or the artist, don't go through with it.
Nothing worse than taking it out on the artist, AFTER you had done the tattoo, or hate the design, Im positive you are not held at gun point to get a tattoo, so a little Onus on making sure you yourself are happy and content with both artist and design, will go a long way.
Asian characters are a popular choice, as it is a way to get a meaning in a design. However, the tattoo studio walls are not the place to trust when looking for a character––many have double meanings, nuances, things that may give an impression that wasn't intended. Ask a friend who is fluent in the relevant Asian language to help you know whether the design might be misinterpreted in any way. Or go to online forums and ask nicely.
Go temporary before going for the permanent. It's one of the best ways to know your comfort limitations.
Don't be afraid to get a tattoo that doesn't have a deep meaning if you love the design. If you love Winnie the Pooh enough to look at him forever, get that Pooh Bear.
Perhaps have an honest heart-to-heart with people you know who do have tattoos already. Ask them how they feel wearing it and ask them to tell you both the good and the bad things about having a tattoo. Their responses will be part of what you weigh up when making your choice.
Often members of a family will get matching or complementary tattoos. Often, younger generations will incorporate elements of older family members tattoos in their own designs.
Think back to 10 years ago. If you had gotten a tattoo back then, what would it most likely have been? If you don't like the idea of having that on your body, don't get a tattoo now. Chances are, in 10 years, you'll regret getting it.
Feet, hands, and faces need more touch-ups, and more attention to heal properly. Expect to pay more for these areas. Some artists refuse to do facial or hand tattoos on a person that doesn't already have visible tattoos.
The darker and more filled-in a tattoo is, the longer it takes to remove. Which means more money, more pain, and more time. Multi-coloured tattoos will take longer to remove as they will require multiple treatments with different wavelength lasers for each pigment type. Completely black ink however, is easiest to remove by laser as it absorbs the beam on all wavelengths, breaking up the pigment with greater ease.
Recent Cover Ups here at Flax Roots Tattoo
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Awesome Flash Designs whipped up in what seemed like 5 minutes, this guy is on Fire. Just short of 5:30pm all flash designs were done and dusted. Productive and efficient and above all, tidy amazing tattoos. Keep up the great work Ali..PS...Dont ever leave to go on a holiday again :) cheers the Team @ Flax Roots Tattoo.
So your ready to make the big step: I want a tattoo, and I want it NOW!
KEEP CALM. This will need a cuppa and bikkies this korero...
Besides reaching the decision to have a tattoo at all, the next big decision is what design to choose. Tattoos can look really cool, provided a lot of thought has gone into choosing your design, and based clearly on the understanding that this is a permanent marking on your body.
Removal is expensive, painful and not always effective; thus, it's best to make the right choice from the outset, to avoid tears and regrets later. Why do this to yourself, your wallet. Trust me, this blog is not to put tattooist out of pocket, if anything, we are doing you a moral favor as we respect the art of tattoo and custom design and do not want it to fall in vein to bad decisions.
Hopefully you won't just wake up and think to yourself, "yeah, let's get tattooed today." If you do, then rethink, and fast. The more planning that goes into your design of choice, the more likely that you will enjoy your tattoo now, into the near future and through to much later in your life.
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing, what is common knowledge, but is usually a clouded blur that isn't considered when getting a tattoo. There will be: Over 9 things to consider, there will be tips, there will be warnings there will be straight truth, because we at Flax Roots Tattoo actually give a SH*T!!
You can thank us later.
1: Avoid making any hasty decisions
The bad body art comes from making spontaneous decisions to go and have a tattoo done on a spur of the moment. If you're getting a tattoo because you're drunk or high, rebellious or your friends are goading you, then you're getting a tattoo for all the wrong reasons and the choice you make is likely to reflect this lack of forethought. Things you will regret include:
Any tattoo that looks like genitalia. Think about that, very carefully but not too long because the answer is simple: Just don't do it.
Anything misspelled (mostly because you were too drunk or high to notice till later).
Anything to do with high school or college (you do realize that it's over soon enough, right?)
Anything that mars your wedding dress, upstages your honeymoon, or gives your children an odd impression of you...
Anything written in a language you're not fluent in. Those Chinese characters might look sexy until a native Chinese speaker tells you what it really means is "object for sale", "I like mold for breakfast" or "horny goat"
Anything with the current squeeze's name on. It might feel like the two of you will last forever but if the tattoo has more chances of success in lasting the distance than the pair of you, this is plain dumb. The number one tattoos that artists are asked to cover up, after homemade tattoos, are names. If the person is not dead, or your child, names are usually not the best idea.
Anything faddish right now. A band, TV show, cartoon or comic book character you love today may not be something you want to carry around forever on your skin. It could date you more than your Botoxed skin will ever give away...
Please tell me by now, that you totally get where we are getting at here...Relax, take your time. :)
2: Slow Down
You have your whole life to look at this tattoo, so some good reflection before getting it makes absolute good sense. Most of all, will you be happy with this design in 5 to 10 years time? Think well forward, too. Is your tattoo going to look good even when you're old and wrinkled? Chances are, a tribal dragon, Disney character or Hello Kitty won't.
Think about how big of an impact the design has on you. If you've fallen in and out of like with other designs like this before, then wait a few years before you decide to get it.
On the other hand, if a design you're thinking about is something that represents or has given you hope in a rough time in your life, perhaps helped you find out who you are, or something along those lines, then it might be the right choice, as that monumental self-change is going to guide much of the who you become for the rest of your life.
3: Consider where you want the Tattoo
This will have some influence on the design, especially if it's an intimate design. For any parts of your body that you show regularly (and that is a lot of body if you're a bikini or board shorts wearer), then that doesn't leave much space for intimate tattoos that you don't want your grandmother seeing.
Consider how likely it will be that you will need to cover the body area where your tattoo is to go with clothing, or otherwise, at some point. For example, if you're a female, will you feel comfortable wearing evening wear such as backless or strapless dresses if you have a back tattoo?
Morally, with every artist that works here at Flax Roots Tattoo, you can be sure, the discussion will always be advised when it comes to location, we are proud to say we will be truthful and honest when it comes to locations such as hands, face, neck and sometimes areas on the foot, some of us here are able to show you the effects of having tattoos in these areas, with more than 1 reason to give you a better informed decision before making your location final.
Think about future career options. Is a tattoo likely to be an issue or even a liability if it's showing with the expected work clothing or uniform? This may well depend on what industry you intend to work in but remember that with increased fluidity, people are changing careers constantly, so you may not ever be able to be sure what you'll do down the track. Keep this in mind when choosing placement of a tattoo.
4. Refine and make your tattoo meaningful
Spend some time refining the design and choosing one that has meaning for you. Do some research first. Head over to the library or a reputable tattoo parlor and look through tattoo design books. What sorts of designs are current, what seem to be timeless and what ones would you ever get in a million years?
Some things to bear in mind include:
Stay away from the art (known as "flash") shown in the studios, except as inspiration. It is better to go with a unique and original design than a mass market design - "flash" is designed by excellent artists then sold to tattoo artists around the country and around the world.
Are there any particular artists whose style really impresses you? What about their work has such resonance for you and is likely to be classic over the years to come?
Writing, in any form or language, should be thought over twice as long. Check and recheck the meanings of any words or ideograms of a language you aren't fluent in. Choose quotes carefully. If using writing, also be sure to search for a font you like, or create your own. Not to forget, spelling
5.Draw your own Representation
Even if you cannot draw, a little practice and patience can get you a good outline, at least. Or, you can use drawing tools on your computer and some Photoshop magic to help out. Don't be overly bothered about your lack of drawing skills, as most tattoo artists will help you redraw and redesign a tattoo to a desired standard. This is a prompt and a guidance tool, to get your tattoo artist on the same wavelength as you.
6. Find a Tattoo Artist/Designer and ask them to design a tattoo for you
Many tattoo artists are also conventional artists, or can at least reproduce a traditional drawing, sketch or painting onto your skin. Most artists will do what you want, but also excel in certain "looks." Check their specific portfolios, and compare the different styles: old school, new school, naturalistic, Asian, black and white, etc. If you don't know what style it is you're looking at, ask.
Better to know with a giggle, than to be laughed at later with a design that won't come off.
Here at Flax Roots Tattoo, I can assure you, to give the artist complete trust gives them the freedom to create amazing masterpieces. Check out recent designs, ask if they have already sketched up designs, these gems are always available within there portfolios. You will be more pleased as they are just as please you are wearing one of there masterpiece custom designs.
7. Try to get a Print Out of the Final Design
Doing this will help you to see how the design will fit against your skin. Look at it against the mirror during daylight and night lights, so that you can get an impression of how it might vary during different times of the day.
Pin the design up on your mirror and look at it daily for a few days. Is it growing on you or do you have a nagging feeling that it's either not the right design or that it's close but not quite there yet? Follow your instincts; there is still plenty of time before it's tattooed into place.
8. Try a rehearsal run of the tattoo
Use henna to get a temporary version of the design. You won't be able to see different colors, or certain looks, but you will be able to judge the feeling of a tattoo. Henna lasts a week to a month. During this time, use the opportunity to see how it looks with your usual clothing and how you feel about it as you go about your usual, daily activities.
If even a henna tattoo is out of your price range, try the Sharpie option. Crude but still effective for knowing how it makes you feel to have a bold design inked onto a part of your body.
9. And last but not least...Think before you INK!
Think about it a lot. When you are certain, wait some more just to make sure. Ultimately, a well chosen tattoo design can be a thing of beauty and a confidence enhancement. A poorly chosen one done on a whim can leave you unhappy for all time. Out of pocket if you choose to go down the road of getting it zapped off, its not cheap, its possibly more painful then getting the tattoo, and Cover Ups are effective, but once again, you would have to get that done in the first place if you took more time to think about it aye (yes sounding slightly Naggy now)...SO....
Which outcome will you choose?
The end of year is nearly up, your actually wondering why you have survived a dreadful year, maybe move on to another year of study or this is the Finale'. We really think you should celebrate here in style at Flax Roots Tattoo. Get something meaningful, that will remind you of your struggles, achievements and all of that fuzzy stuff thats says YOU DID IT!
Come to Flax Roots Tattoo and get yourself a tattoo, don't forget your student ID when you make your first booking. You will then be booked in with a 15% discount off your total tattoo cost. There is an initial $50 booking fee which is always the standard cost to book your first session in with Flax Roots Tattoo Artists. Don't worry, this $50 amount also comes off your total tattoo amount too...we Promise!
So why not get yourself into Flax Roots Tattoo, 5 Collingwood Street, Hamilton and get booked in or complete our Booking/Quote Request form to get the ball rolling.
December and January is one of our busiest months, so get booked in early. Snooze, ya Lose!
If you find yourself in the position of being refused a finger tattoo, and this image doesn't quite have the effect it has on many. Heres a bit of advice from passionate tattooists and fans alike that will steer you to think hard about WHY?
You may not realize it, but many tattoo artists bear the burden of becoming the conscience of naive and impetuous customers wanting tattoos that could potentially cause them a lot of problems down the road. They know that highly visible tattoos like hand and facial decorations can cause the wearer to become the subject of ridicule or impede their chances of finding employment. If they feel you don’t seem to be ready for that kind of heavy responsibility, they cannot in good conscience allow you to get such a tattoo. True, you could probably just find someone else to do it, but at least they can rest knowing they were not the cause of ruining your life.
Tattoo artists know the true weight of wearing permanent art and want their clients to be happy with the choices they make. So, sometimes it becomes the duty of the artist to draw a line over which they will not cross in order to protect you, the customer. There are artists out there that will do these tattoos, though, and you will be able to find one if you are determined. But this should at least cause you to stop and think about the potential consequences of your actions. Are you really ready to handle the reactions of the public that result from your decision? Are you prepared to accept rejections to future job applications? Remember – it’s permanent and it’s not in a place where it can be easily covered up. It’s always out there – always visible. And no matter how “popular” tattoos get, you will still have problems being accepted in many places and by many people. If you are not ready to handle that, it’s best that you hold off on the tattoo until you are.
Of course, not all studios refuse to do certain tattoos for moral reasons. Foot tattoos certainly aren’t high-visibility social and work impeders. When it comes to tattoo quality, foot and hand tattoos are the ones that become the issue. The fact is, your hands and feet are the two parts of your body that come under the greatest amount of physical “abuse” as a result of normal everyday life. This makes maintaining the quality of a tattoo in these areas very difficult.
Most tattoo artists guarantee their work 100% and back up that guarantee with things such as free touch-ups. When they do a tattoo, their reputation is on the line the moment you walk out the door. Every person that sees your tattoo and finds out who did it will base an opinion of the artist by the quality of the work. If you mess up your tattoo, it’s the artist that’s going to get the blame.
Hand and foot tattoos are extremely difficult to maintain. Socks and shoes constantly rubbing against your feet can wear away even a healed tattoo. Getting to the healed point is even more difficult, requiring the sacrifice of going practically barefoot for 3 months if you really want it to heal properly. But remember, going barefoot or wearing sandals exposes your foot to the elements, including the sun, which can also destroy your new tattoo. If you really want to get that foot tattoo – and honestly, I don’t blame you! – you have got to be totally prepared to baby it like you have never babied your skin before. The same thing goes for hand tattoos – if you’re a mechanic, a dishwasher, or do anything else that is rough on your hands, don’t do it! You’ll only ruin the tattoo and be stuck with a mess in a very visible area.
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Keep in mind, though, that an artist that will do such a tattoo could simply understand the need and desire for all kinds of art – or they could just be willing to take your money and don’t care about you or any future consequences of your decision. Make sure you choose your artist wisely, and take very good care of your tattoo.
Fusion Ink is now being used at Flax Roots Tattoo.
Get Infused with Fusion Ink.
It has been quoted "I've seen video that and articles on Fusion ink stating that it's so safe and pure that you can drink the stuff, now that's the stuff for me. They do have good inks "
Fusion Ink is not accessible through any suppliers within NZ and is purchased directly www.fusioninktattoo.com. Its reputation of being the brightest and best in the market today is a testimonial that is true to stand by. The Team at Flax Roots Tattoo had to see for ourselves.
Fusion Ink has a much higher pigment load than any other ink on the market today and is an organic pigment that is completely vegan safe. Fusion Ink is not packed with fillers as are alot of inks on the market today.
We are pretty stoked to say, here at Flax Roots, it has finally arrived and using this amazing ink is far better than others say it is. The use of it in the studio, has made the tattoo designs most recently, so vibrant, easy flow...Just perfect!
When you have ink names such as Tahitian Teal, Foundation Flesh, and Wild Lavender - how can you not want to have these types of colours inked on.
Come see for yourself, come check out the designs, come get yourself inked, no regrets, just amazing colours that will stay strong and worth every penny.
Ask by name..."Do you use Fusion Ink" we guarantee, if you are wanting something that will be a lifetime, to adorn your skin, it needs to be with the best of the best - Flax Roots Tattoo is happy to bring this to you, right here in Hamilton.
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