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!
2531 Piedmont Rd. NE Suite 100 Salon 502 Atlanta, Ga
(Inside the My Salon Suite building)