When a tattoo is healing, it can look like nothing is happening, or it can look like full-blown zombified leprosy, or anything in between. We tattoo artists try our best to educate clients about tattoo care and what to expect during the healing process - we even give out written instructions, so you can refresh yourself later when the excitement wears off. But no matter how well we attempt to prepare folks, occasionally, someone has a panic attack when they see their tattoo scabbing up in spots. Inflammation is not abnormal, especially on the feet, ankles, hands, wrists, and on the inside bicep area (ibuprofen can help with the swelling). A few days of redness is common. One of the worst things for a healing tattoo is pet dander. Your tattoo coming in contact with a bed or other furniture that your dogs/cats lay on very often leads to longer healing time and greater risk of infection. So, what should you do if you're concerned about how your tattoo is healing? Visit your artist...
Medial IDs are worn to alert emergency and medical personnel to medical conditions, food and drug allergies, prescribed medicines, emergency contacts, etc. As a public service, Envy Ink offers Medic Alert tattoos for only $50. We will also include the aftercare products needed to heal it properly.
"If someone forgets to wear their bracelet or just doesn't like wearing jewelry, this tattoo could save their life", says Joshua LaBello, owner of Envy Ink Tattoo & Piercing in Gallipolis, Ohio.
Please stop in or call the shop at 740-441-8282 to book an appointment.
Envy Ink Tattoo & Piercing is located at 862 2nd Avenue in Gallipolis, Ohio 45631.
Pictured: Drew gets a medic alert tattoo that states 'Long QT'. "This means that there is a 10-page list of medications that could kill me! When a patient has long QT, all the rules are different because the rules for a normal patient could po
Your artist will give you instructions on how to heal your new tattoo and with what products. FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS and do not deviate. Using products and methods other than what your artist prescribes may void any touch-up policies offered.
2) DON’T PANIC
Tattoos very often look HORRIBLE during the healing process. You will see peeling skin, scabbing, cloudy/pinkish fresh skin growing over, and some spots may appear to have little or no ink. Leave these spots alone!!! Follow your artist’s instructions and let these rough spots slough off naturally.
3) IGNORE THE ADVICE OF FRIENDS
Remember that WE are the experts. WE have seen thousands upon thousands of tattoos. Having prison tatts does not make your cousin Bobby an expert on your tattoo. Just because Cousin Bobby tells you to use nothing but Vasoline on your tattoos, like he did in ‘the joint’, doesn’t mean you listen to him.
Knowing how to draw things requires a lot of work; a lot of studying. If you want to know what an apple looks like, you need to do as many drawings of apples, from as many different angles as possible. More importantly, you need to draw real life apples - either from your kitchen or from photos... DO NOT USE OTHER PEOPLE'S DRAWINGS as references, or you run the risk of inheritting their mistakes.
If you want to know how to draw skulls, fill page after page with quick sketches of skulls. If you want to know how to draw roses, fill page after page with quick sketches of roses. That's how you begin to fill your head with what things look like.
Practice drawing quickly - no more than a couple of minutes per sketch. Don't think about what you're doing, just do it. Drawing quickly burns the shape of the image into your brain without slowing down progress by thinking about it too much. Also, make your quick sketches messy and overlapping one and othe...
There are two main types of artists. Let's call them Billy and Bonnie for illustration purposes.
Billy can draw anything he sees, but struggles with drawing from his imagination. Give Billy a piece of paper and a pencil, and he'll stare at it blankly. Hand Billy a photo to copy or a bowl of fruit to draw and he will fill that paper with every detail he sees.
Bonnie, however, is ready to fill the paper with fantastic creatures before the pencil hits her hand. But if you hand her a photo to copy or a bowl of fruit to render, she will be immediately frustrated and it will take her twice the time it will take Billy. Are you a Billy, or a Bonnie?
If you hold your pencil in a clenched fist like you're preparing to stab the paper to death, that's how your art will look: harsh lines that are difficult to erase and shading that is rough. If you hold the pencil correctly, you will have the range of motion of your shoulder, elbow, wrist, and fingers at your disposal. Hold it in a clenched fist, and you cut off the ability for finesse that your fingers and wrist allow. If you already hold your pencil correctly, give yourself a jumping high-five! If not, work on it and stay tuned for the next lesson.
I love being asked to give advice to young artists. It not only feeds my ego, but also teaching a lesson forces me to revisit the basics for my own review. I've added this BLOG to the Envy Ink website to record these lessons for any budding artists out there. The primary function of 'art' is to reflect life. The function of an 'artist' is to reflect life in a way that is pleasing to the eye and/or makes us think. Enjoy!