- Before your session begins, do some prep work. Avoid alcohol the night before, get a good night’s sleep and eat a meal with some light carbs and protein.
- Pack some snacks containing some protein, nuts, for example, and sugar to keep you alert and not feeling faint.
- Pack plenty of water to drink to keep you hydrated.
- Bring some good music to enjoy, perhaps on an iPod.
- Chat with the artist, as long as he/she doesn’t mind. Some artists have trouble talking and working on your tat at the same time.
- Bring a movie or TV series to watch on an iPod, iPad or similar device. Some tattoo experts suggest that funny movies or shows are more effective at distracting you.
- Bring a friend to talk to.
- Bring something to read.
- Practice breathing techniques. This also helps to reduce the pain.
- Watch the professional at work and marvel at his/her skill.
Generally, it is best to avoid handheld games, phone calls and text messaging, as these can disrupt the artist’s concentration. If you gesture without realizing it, it becomes harder for the artist to accurately create your tattoo.
In most cases, you’ll be able to take breaks throughout the session. The tattoo artist needs breaks to stay sharp, and you’ll need to stretch or grab a snack. If you notice that a certain sitting position or hand position of the artist feels better, then speak up. A good tattoo artist will try to accommodate your preferences to make you feel more comfortable.
Just remember that any pain and discomfort that you feel is only temporary, but it’s important to make your experience as pleasant as possible. When you’ve finished your marathon session, you’ll have an awesome tattoo!
There are so many effective ways to deal with anxiety, as well as small changes that can help you feel better over time. These include healthy things like meditation and yoga, getting more sleep, and managing stress, as well as therapy вЂ” and sometimes even medication. But in some small way, getting a tattoo can help with anxiety, too.
Of course, it’s certainly not necessary to get a tattoo in order to deal with anxiety. And it’s important to keep in mind that a tattoo won’t fix the underlying cause. “To manage anxiety a person must learn how to calm their physiological arousal and their associated thoughts,” Joshua Klapow, PhD, clinical psychologist and host of The Kurre and Klapow Show, tells Bustle. “Once they do that (typically through cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness instruction, or the like) then a symbol can be used to cue them into that practice. The symbol thus is not calming alone вЂ” it is a reminder to do the work to calm themselves down.”
In addition to being a symbol of calm, the process of getting a tattoo can be meaningful, too. From his personal experience, Leo Palomino, a tattoo artist at Atomic Tattoos in Orlando, has noticed that getting a tattoo often allows people “to feel in control by making a choice that affects their happiness and body,” he tells Bustle.
If you have anxiety, start by seeking out the help of a therapist, and learning coping skills. And then consider getting a tattoo, especially if you think it would be that last little finishing touch. Here, a few tattoo ideas that can help with anxiety.
If you’ve seen the semicolon tattoo floating around, it was likely inspired by Project Semicolon, which is an organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide that uses the semicolon as their symbol.
Since the organization was founded in 2013, however, this punctuation mark has been adopted by those who struggle with other mental health issues. As Palomino says, it can even indicate anxiety awareness.
And therapists agree. “I think project semicolon is an important movement. It helps spread the word for mental health and suicide awareness,” Nicole Lambert, LMHC, NCC, of Movement Counseling Services, tells Bustle. “I do think that for some, it can be a helpful way to manage mental health symptoms. [This tattoo] can remind them that they are not alone, to keep pushing, and if they have something to live for.”
A Meaningful Quote
A small reminder or saying вЂ” especially in a place that can be seen everyday вЂ” can be comforting, too. “Find one that speaks to you or even create your own,” Palomino says. When anxiety strikes, simply take a peek at it for a boost of confidence.
As Lambert says, “Inspiring quotes . can be great tattoo ideas for those with anxiety. However, the tattoo should mean something personal to that individual so that it is more likely to work in helping the person manage their anxiety.”
March 13, 2016 by Roc
I’m not sure about you, but the first time I got a tattoo I had no idea what to expect when it came to the tattoo healing process and pictures of healing tattoo stages.
I vividly remember, asking someone who was completely covered in tattoos if what was happening to me was normal. I was never prepped by my artist for what to expect and honestly cant even blame him because to him he knew what to expect and probably assumed I did too.
It’s pretty important to at least have a solid understanding of what a tattoo looks like as it goes through the healing stages so that you can know that you are on the right track and so you can act immediately if you think that something is going wrong (infection/color fading).
I can’t stress enough how important it is to take care of your tattoo when you are going through the healing stages – the tattoo is not complete until it has been healed.
Obviously, you’ll start out at the tattoo shop with a stencil placed where you’re tattoo will be. Take into consideration the placement, is this where you want your tattoo to be? Does it make sense and flow with your other tattoos?
Quick Note: I got this piece of advice from my tattoo artist. When doing faces or portraits ensure that the direction the face is looking or facing is going towards your body. I was intrigued when he mentioned this and the basic premise as to why you would do this is that the tattoo does look “off” or “wrong” if it is not facing in.
In the second phase that you will see, the tattoo will be wrapped in sterile wrapping with ointment on the tattoo to assist with the open wound that will have leaking bodily fluids underneath. It is during this phase that your tattoo artist may advise you to keep the tattoo wrapped for a few hours (2-4) or leave it on overnight if your session was completed late.
This is a stage when the tattoo is sore and painful to the touch and most likely will be leaking bodily fluids for a few more days. It is important to keep the tattoo clean with anti-bacterial soap and keep the tattoo moisturizes with your preferred form of ointment.
The third picture of the tattoo healing stages demonstrates what your tattoo will look like the week or so after you have gotten the tattoo just before it starts to peel. It is going to be red and a bit sore to the touch and will have a “brighter” look to it.
During this time you will want to take good care of the tattoo:
- Keep the area clean with a reliable anti-bacterial soap
- Moisturize the tattoo a couple times daily to prevent itching, scabbing, and poor healing quality.
- Do not allow the tattooed area to come into contact with anything dirty.
If you do in fact bump into someone that is sweating, have someone sneeze on the area, or fall into a puddle of mud (who know’s?). Go ahead and clean the area and keep an eye on the area to make sure that it remains clean and heals correctly.
The fourth stage that will inevitably be encountered as you are going through the tattoo healing stages is that of the tattoo peeling. This can freak out many newbies when you are not prepared for what to expect.
Why Does Your Tattoo Peel?
When you receive a tattoo the needle that contains the ink pierces your skin thousands of times over in a condensed area. Each time it is introducing a foreign substance to your body and your immune system reacts quickly to the skin being repeatedly “attacked”. It responds as though your body has just received an open would therefore causing blood and plasma to quickly rush to the area.
The bodies response to the area that has been tattooed is that it has been attacked and the cells that are damaged must be removed from the body. With the tattoo affecting the top levels of your skin, your body will shed the damaged cells and in turn recover with a new layer of skin showing.
The peeling stage is essentially the body repairing the damaged cells from the tattoo process you went through. The bodies is responding to the open wound and shedding those damaged cells and replacing them with a new, healthy layer of skin (with your tattoo now in it).
You can see the skin fragments that are peeling when you look closely.
There are a few observations that I have come to understand when my tattoo has gone through this stage.
- Color tattoo’s seem to peel and itch much worse than black and grey tattoos.
- It is vital that you Do Notitch/scratch/pick the tattoo as it is peeling.
- Keep your tattoo moisturized as the tattoo is peeling.
- When in the shower, use antibacterial soap and gently apply it to the peeling area to remove fragments of skin.
In my experience the peeling stage doesn’t last too long, generally I go through this stage for a week – no more than two weeks. This is all dependent on the person, everyone’s body will heal at different rates and I wouldn’t worry with how your tattoo is peeling, just take care of the area and focus on not picking or itching at the flakes of skin.
Note: If you pick at the area you risk pulling color from the tattoo.
The final stage that I have depicted in the pictures of the tattoo healing stages is that of a completed tattoo. This is after it is done peeling and the area is healed. As you can tell the color does appear faded. This is how healed tattoos look when they have been full recovered and that is because the tattooed skin has repaired and replaced itself.
Having a great tattoo artist is one of the best things you can really do to support your goal of having the best tattoo quality post recovery. Obviously, it is not going to look as vibrant as it does when it is fresh and new, so it is vital that you find a tattoo artist that understands the art of providing high quality tattoos.
Taking the initiative to prepare yourself and focus on using the best tattoo healing products is important, below are some of my recommendations when it comes to tattoo aftercare.
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when is it safe to have a tattoo?
i was just wondering if anybody knew when its safe to have a tattoo after chemotherapy? my last treatment was 17th august 2012 and was told i was in remission in september of that year. after having a scan earlier this month, it was confirmed that im completely clean so now im just wondering if its safe to have one done? my tattooist is brilliant – been in the business for over 30 years so he knows what he is doing and as we are close, he told me no more until i was healthy again.
any help would be grateful
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Re: when is it safe to have a tattoo?
We asked our information nurses about this and nurse Lucy came back to us with the following response for you:
“When someone is going through chemotherapy, the doctors may advise them not to have a tattoo because they may be more at risk of bleeding or getting an infection. This is to do with the effect that chemotherapy has on the blood levels. As you finished your chemotherapy over 5 months ago, your blood levels may be back to normal. So I expect the doctors would be happy for you to get a tattoo. But to be on the safe side I think it would be sensible to check with one of the health care professionals looking after you. You could ask your Nurse Specialist (if you have one) or your GP, who would be able to check your latest blood tests. It is a very reasonable question to ask and I am sure they would be happy to advise you.”