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TATTOO PAIN CHART

Tattoos are certainly not for everyone, but if you're considering one, make sure you know what you're getting into. This pain chart highlights the parts of the body that can hurt the most when the needle comes down.
 

Getting a tattoo will hurt; there's no way around that. However, some parts of the body are extremely sensitive to pain, and only the bravest of brave should even consider tattoos in those zones.

For a general rule, if you're extremely ticklish in an area, it will probably hurt really bad to have it tattooed. An important thing to consider, however, is the fact that everyone has different thresholds for pain.

This chart won't be spot-on for everyone, but it is still effective at giving you a general idea for choosing a location. Just make sure you pick something you really love,

WASHING

Remove the bandage carefully after about an hour and a half. If the bandage tries to stick, moisten it with warm water and remove gently. DO NOT just tear it off.

Wash and clean the tattooed area once or twice a day until the tattooed skin heals (usually two weeks).
Showering is allowed but keep soaps and shampoos out of the tattoo area. Try to avoid the water directly hitting the tattoo — it can get waterlogged.

DO USE a foaming soap. But
DO NOT use a bar of soap as it can contaminate and dry the new tattoo and DO NOT use anti-bacterial soap either — the skin has a natural, friendly population of bacteria that helps to protect the surface of the wound, anti-bacterial products kill nasty bacteria but also kill the friendly, natural bacteria, leaving the skin without its primary defence mechanism.

After washing, gently rinse and dry the area.
DO NOT rub with a wash cloth or sponge. Pat dry. After drying wait 40-60 minutes to allow excess water in the tattoo to evaporate and inflammation to subside.

DO NOT re-bandage! If you must wear clothing over the tattoo make sure it’s the type that can serve as a loose-fitting bandage — soft, clean and loose. Remember to give the healing tattoo plenty of exposure to fresh air as well.

TATTOO CREAM/BALM

Hustle Butter is a 100% natural organic vegan friendly tattoo aftercare cream, that is available at the Dragons Lair Tattoo.
 

Always wash your hands before applying cream or touching the tattoo.

For the first 3 days, apply a THIN, layer of tattoo balm/cream/ointment, 2 – 3 times a day (usually after washing/drying the tattoo) to keep the tattoo slightly moist.
DO NOT allow the skin to completely dry out.

Apply a tiny bit and rub in as you would a hand lotion. Evenly apply the cream over the tattooed skin. Rub the cream in gently as this will help stimulate the skin and bring blood flow to the area which helps in the body’s natural healing process.
DO NOT leave a thick film on the surface. Most people experience a mild tingling sensation after the first few applications, this is quite normal.

Blot off any excess with a clean paper towel.

After 10 minutes or so, clothing will not stick to the tattoo cream but make sure to wear loose, clean clothes — close-fitting clothes may absorb the cream and dry out the freshly tattooed skin which should be avoided.

After the first 3 days, you can switch to a dye-free, scent-free lotion.

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OTHER RULES

Never scratch or pick at your tattoo while it is healing. If a scab forms, let it fall off naturally. DO NOT PICK AT IT!
DO NOT expose the tattoo to direct sunlight or tanning beds for the first two weeks or until completely healed.
DO NOT swim, soak in bathtubs or saunas for at least two weeks or until completely healed. The sun, saltwater, and chlorine act as bleach which will result in a faded tattoo.
DO NOT shave over your tattoo until it is completely healed.
(For women:) Do not wear pantyhose over your new tattoo until completely healed.

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