KEEP IT CLEAN!
Each piercing has a different healing time frame, so apply all these after care methods accordingly.
Wash your piercing everyday! Use Anti-Bacterial soap (Liquid Dial Gold soap recommended). Lather the soap in your hand and apply it to all entrances and exits of your piercings, this does not apply to oral piercings. Once lathered on, gently move the piercing up and down to get the soap through the skin. Afterwards, rise with warm water and again, move the piercing up and down to make sure you get all the soap out. Not doing so thoroughly make cause irritation. Do this once a day, everyday until your piercing has met it's healing date.
Use Anti-septic mouthwash after everything you eat, drink, and smoke. Anti-septic means if it doesn't burn, it doesn't work. So bubble gum flavor mouth wash will NOT work. A quick rinse and spit is all you need to do!
In the case of an infections, use sea salt (NOT TABLE SALT)! Take a small pinch of sea salt and apply a couple small drops of warm (not hot) water to the salt. It should make a kind of paste. It should not dissolve. Apply this paste to all ends of the piercing and allow it 10-15 minutes to dry. It may sting, this is normal. After 10-15 minutes, rinse with warm water and do this once a day until the infections is gone. If the infection worsens or lasts more than a week without improvement, we recommend that you seek medical attention. Most infections will last 1-3 days.
WORD OF ADVISORY
Ocean water, pools, and hot tubs should be fine during the healing process. You may experience discomfort and that is normal, no need to panic. Once you get out of the water, rinse your piercing with clean water.
DO NOT go into any lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, or swamps during the healing process of your piercing. These ares are filled with bacteria and highly increase your chances of severe infections.
In the case of a developing keloid, we recommend that you use Tea Tree Oil. Apply a couple drops to a q-tip and apply the oil to all keloided areas. Do this everyday! Over the next week, keep an eye on the piercing. If the keloid goes away and doesn't come back, great! If it comes back, you may have a small allergy to the metal or we need to look further into what's causing the keloid.
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So you finally decided to put your big kid pants on and get your first tattoo, or maybe it's just been a while. After searching or asking your friends about which tattoo shop to pick, you finally find one (hopefully one with reputable work and great reviews *cough Tatty Zaps Tattoos cough*)! You go through the whole process and it comes to the end. Surely by this point, your artist should have given you a physical copy or verbal instructions on how to take care of your tattoo. Well, just in case they didn't or you just forgot and are too embarrassed to call them, here are our tattoo aftercare instructions!
Many artists and tattoo shops have different methods and products to use in their aftercare. I, in no way am claiming that mine is better or more right than another artist's. These are my methods and that is all.
1- Your tattoo is most likely wrapped, maybe by plastic wrap or Saniderm. Remove your wrapping once you are home.
2- Wash your tattoo off. Use anti-bacterial soap such as Liquid Dial or Dial Gold bar soap. Be gentle, you were stabbed many times and your skin is probably mad at you. Lather it up and make sure you get all the plasma and blood off of you (if there is any). Rinse your new tattoo with warm water and then pat it dry. Don't wipe. Again, your skin is probably pretty mad at you.
3- Let your new tattoo air dry over night. If you got a tattoo in an area that can be covered by a shirt or pants over night, please do so! If your tattoo weere to stick to something (clothes, pillow, bed sheets), it's easier to take your shirt to the bathroom, rather than your bed sheets. In the case of your tattoo sticking to something, soak the stuck area in warm water and allow the tattoo to soften up. Remove whatever was stuck to you off your new tattoo SLOOOOOOOOWLY! Pulling it off too fast may result in pulling some of that precious new ink out.
4- Ointment! Now this part is important. lack of this step can cause your tattoo healing time to take forever if you neglect to take care of it. Sometimes that can even void the "FREE TOUCH UP" offer (if your artists offers one).
We here at Tatty Zaps Tattoos prefer you to use 1 of 4 things (in order from best option to last resort)
1- Tattoo Goo or other tattoo aftercare made products, these are designed for healing your tattoo. Wal-Mart may still sell it, but don't quote me on it. Some shops may carry it for you as well!
2- Aquaphor, you can buy it pretty much anywhere. Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Rite- Aid, ext.
3- Burts Bees, yup you heard me. It works great.
4- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, like I said... Last resort!
Do NOT use Vasoline, A&D, or Neosporin!!!!
Wash your hands first. Then apply a very light coat, covering the whole tattoo. Do this at Least twice a day (once in the morning and once at night). If you're able to, apply a coat in between during the middle of the day.
Do this everyday, until all the scabs have fallen off (the average person should be scab free within 5-10 days).
If you have any questions or concerns, IMMEDIATELY contact your tattoo artist and they will do their best to make sure you're taken care of!
And that's it everyone!
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I decided to write this post because A. I love managing money, talking about money, and telling other people how to better manage their money, and B. My husband and I are constantly having people tell us, "I would love to get a tattoo, I just don't have the money for it." Well no more! Today's post is based a bit off a blog post I wrote three years ago on my personal blog, "My #1 Secret to Saving Money for Travel." If you want to travel and just don't have the money, go read that article after you read this one!
Let's dive right in!
Step 1. Make some decisions
What tattoo do you want to get? Do you want it in color, or black and gray? Where on your body do you want to get it, and what approximate size?
If you aren't exactly sure on all of these things that's not a problem at all-some people rely on the artist's judgment on some things since they're the professional. And Nick says that is perfectly fine with him! We are just trying to figure an approximate price for your tattoo. So once you have most of your ideas together, the next step is...
Step 2. Contact Nick at Tatty Zaps (or your artist and shop of choice)
Tell him all the decisions you made above, and ask an approximate price. He will give you a ballpark. No lower than this price, but no higher than this one.
Step 3. Figure out your timing
Once you've talked to Nick (or your artist of your choice) and gotten your ballpark price, now you need to decide when you want this tattoo. Do you want it right before a big holiday to shock your family? Do you want it right before a vacation to show off in all your pictures? Figuring in healing times, decide on what month you want your tattoo. How many months is that from now?
Step 4. Get your magic number
Take the highest number from your ballpark amount, add in a tip if you will want to leave one, and divide this number by the number of months you have from now until you want to get your tattoo. Divide that number by two if you get paid every other week, or four if you get paid every week.
And that number my friend, that little tiny number you see before you, is all the money you need to put aside every paycheck, to get your next dream tattoo.
Unless you want an exceptionally large piece, and only give yourself one or two months to save, that number is going to be smaller than the price of going out drinking every weekend, smaller than a $5 Starbucks a day coffee!
Want a nice $500 piece in four months and get paid every other week?
500 divided by four divided by two= 62.50
So the grand total you would need to set aside every paycheck, is only $62.50!
Only $62.50! That is only $125 a month for four months, and you can have a brand new tattoo that will last you forever!
And you don't need to spend $500 to get a beautiful tattoo at Tatty Zaps! Want a $150 tattoo in three months and get paid every other week? You only need to set aside $25 a paycheck!!!
Step 5. Start saving
Every paycheck, set aside in a separate savings account (bonus, you will be making interest on your money!), a piggy bank, or in an envelope hidden in your underwear drawer, the amount of money that you need. And that's it!
Ok so, what if you've read this, figured out your magic number, and are saying, "I can't save that amount of money every paycheck!"
Here is what I have to say to that;
-You're lying. Ok, maybe not. But! I do find it very difficult to believe that an adult person, with a job, can not save an extra hundred odd dollars a month!
-Read my complete Money Management Series. You should be able to save at least $100 a month with most of my money saving tips.
-Give yourself longer to save. If you need $500, but can't save $125 for four months, instead, save only $100 for five months! Still doable!
-If after all of this, you still can't manage to scrounge up an extra $100 or so a month, then you don't want it bad enough. You would rather spend your money on other things And that's fine! If a tattoo isn't your priority, then you will not be able to save up money for it, and you don't have to! If you can't give up your daily Starbucks or cigarettes for a couple months to save for your tattoo, then continue buying your Starbucks and cigarettes. But, if getting tattooed is a priority, then I know that you will be able to find a way to save that money!
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Well, it all started back in my hometown, Hartville, OH. I was born and raised in that little town. Went to school in the same district from Elementary all the way to High School. Like most teenage boys, education wasn't my biggest priority back then. It seems like I did everything in school except my work. Long story short, my senior year I dropped out. Once I dropped out I immediately realized that I didn't make the best of decisions. Mainly because all my friends were still in school, so it's not like I really had much to do. So I held onto as much pride as possible and enrolled into a school that was for kids who dropped out (to help the family, raise a kid, or just being a turd). Needless to say I didn't fit in all that well there, but before I left that school (for some unforeseen reason) one of the guidance councilors liked me enough to help me out. They enrolled me into a program called JOGs (Jobs for Ohio Graduates). This program was designed to get kids in school (such as the one I was in) into the work force, so that they could have work experience before they graduated. Kicker was, we were paid by the government (not the employer) so it was incentive for employers to give us a chance at no cost. Now all I had to do was pick a place. Well, there was a little tattoo shop down the road from me and so I had thought, hmmmm.... I know how to draw, I can smoke all the cigarettes I want, and I don't have to wear a uniform to work. Yeah, I think I will pick this place. Of course hearing the news of not having to pay me, Brian (the own of my first shop I worked at) was like "I don't have to pay him? Fuck yeah"! So yeah, I was paid by the government to go through my apprenticeship. Starting the next day and for the next 4 years I worked and learned at Artistic Expressions under Brian.
I learned quite a bit, but at some point in time a bird has to fly from the nest. I originally left to get a regular job, but I quickly caught wind of a shop close to my new home that was looking for an artist. I worked at Artistic Embrace (ironically named similar my first shop) for about a year. The situation was less than ideal, and I didn't see eye to eye with the owners' opinions on how a shop/ business should be ran. We had a dispute one night and I decided it was time for me to pack my things. Given that I had already received a job offer at another shop, it was a painless move for me to make.
Aaaand the 3rd shop arises. I wont even give this shop the credit of naming it, because this shop was beyond a joke. I made decent money here though, so I stuck it out for almost 2 years. For the sake of not going on a rant longer than the Declaration of Independence, I'm going to fast forward over this whole time. But on a plus side, I learned about 500,000 things to NOT do as a business owner, or artist!
I spent the next 2-3 years between guest spots, working from home, and helping a dear friend out at her newly opened shop. Then my wife and I finally decided it was time for us to leave the state of Ohio and move to the all too great Atlanta, Georgia.
The first month was probably the hardest thing my wife and I have ever done. Anything that could go wrong, did. My transmission blew in my car while I still had to take a trip back to Ohio to get the rest our stuff while my wife stayed here in Georgia all alone, our apartment we were supposed to get fell through 2 days before we moved, and we had to stay in a hotel. I then took a job in Alabama to help pay for my car to get fixed. I was never home, and the list just keeps going on and on. You get the point though.
After a month things smoothed out and I found a shop in Marietta, called Unique Ink. I worked there for an amazing year and a half before I decided I was done making other people rich, and it was time to do what my wife and I moved here for. That was opening our own tattoo shop up!
It took almost 2 months before we finally found a place (we heard countless no's or we can't have a tattoo shop here), but by sheer luck my neighbor told us about the place she works at, and they had openings available. I wasn't the most enthused about opening my business in a suite, but it was an option I had to at least give a try. Needless to say, it was a perfect match for us. Over the next few months, I learned all the rules, regulations, and what nots that Georgia had about not only having a tattoo shop, but being a business owner.
It was a roller coaster of 10 years leading up to this, but I would do it all over again! It was worth every stressing night, every fail, every success, and every lesson I learned. Plus having that to share with my wife makes it that much better.
Oh and as for the name of the shop...
At my first shop I worked at, if there was something I couldn't learn there, I would watch YouTube videos. There was one channel in particular that I favored, Billy Hill. A vloger that had a shop (Envy Skin Gallery) in Columbus, OH. He always said it was "Tatty Zapping time" in his videos. That always stuck with me. So when it was time to register our business, it almost seemed like a no brainer. And that's how Tatty Zaps Tattoos was born!
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