History of Tattoos

Metal Small Tattoos

Arguably, tattoos date back to about 3000 B.C. Marks found on a mummified human body dating that old, have tattoos. Tattoos have also been found on Egyptian and Nubian mummies that date back to about 2000 B.C. Many references can also be found in books from classical authors referring to the Greeks, Germans and Gauls. Europeans rediscovered tattooing when they encountered Polynesians and American Indians during some exploration. The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word tattau which means to...

Tattoo Care

The first thing to remember about your tattoo is that this is a lifetime investment Do not rely on information from friends about the care of your new tattoo. The artist will provide you with the proper care for the tattoo. Generally, if your tattoo has been bandaged, leave it on for approximately two hours. Then, wash it gently with luke-warm water using antibacterial soap. Pat it dry, do not rub. This washing should occur three to four times a day. Do no apply another bandage to the tattoo....

Tattoo Safety Precautions

Before making the decision to get a tattoo, be sure you are educated about possible health risks associated with the practice. These risks are minimal but can occur nonetheless. Non-sterile tattoo practices can possibly lead to the transmission of infectious organisms such as Hepatitis B and tuberculosis. To limit the risk, be sure to see the next section on How to Choose a Tattoo Parlor. Be sure to follow the exact instructions on caring for your new tattoo. Your skin is open and is in the...

Choosing a Tattoo Parlor

Choosing the right tattoo parlor is very important, especially when getting your first tattoo. There are many things to consider when choosing a tattoo parlor. Make sure that the parlor is a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed. Some people have had the experience of joining a friend for their tattooing session so you may already have an idea of a place like this. Most importantly, the parlor should be clean and professional. Clean is always important when dealing with needles and...

Beginners Guide to Getting a Tattoo

The main concern when thinking about getting a tattoo should be finding something that you really like as well as the location on your body. Keep in mind that this will be with you for the rest of your life, so you must be comfortable with this decision. Custom tattoos tend to be more expensive and time consuming because they demand the artist to pay closer attention to the detail and design. In addition, it is a design that they have never done before. Simple, more common designs are generally...