Frequently Asked Questions

JafTattoo | Making tattoos live
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FAQs

BEFORE TATTOOING

Most asked question, "Does it hurt?".
The answer is YES, absolutely. However I'd describe the pain as an outside (irritation) pain and not a tooth ache sort of pain. We also offer virtually pain-free service. (See below for more info)
Can I be under influence of alcohol or drugs so it will ease the pain?
I don't want to sound harsh here but ABSOLUTELY NOT. There are great risks involved therefore if you do turn up under influence of alcohol or drugs, I have no choice but to ask you to come back when you're sober.
Do you do piercings?
No I'm sorry, stricly tattoos.
Will my hair grow on the area where my tattoo has been made?
Yes, the skin will still be the same as before. However if you have dark or long body hair it might obscure the tattoo once the hair is fully grown and/or if the tattoo is too small.
How safe is it?
Yes. I use the same equipment (autoclave) that a hospital uses to sterilize my equipment. I also use disposable setups for each tattoo which I will open the packaging right in front of you before commencing.
What should I get? And where?
This is all a matter of personal taste. You can get whatever you want, and whatever your artist is willing to do. You can choose a picture off the wall, or you can have us create a custom piece just for you. Your only limit is your own imagination. As far as where you should get it goes, just keep in mind what you do for work and the type of social circles you are in. You might want to consider placing your tattoo where it can be easily covered up with normal clothing. Again, depending what you do for work and the type of social circles you are in.
Can I bring my own design?
Yes, it can be anything you like, but it will need to be converted into a tattoo design. In rare cases some styles of artwork do not work well as a tattoo, but I will use my years of experience to guide you with the selection of the artwork and style and I will ensure that you're happy with the outcome.
I want to cover my old tattoo, can you do it?
Yes, absolutely. In fact 60% of our work is based on that. Covering old tattoos and/or fixing them.
How much do you charge?
Mmmm... That's a tricky one. I can't tell you EXACTLY how much it might cost due to the nature and complexity of the design. But if you wish to have a rough guide see our prices guide page.
How old do I need to be?
You must be 18 and over to get tattooed. Please do not be offended if we ask for photographic ID, the law on tattooing a minor are very strict, tattooing someone under 18 is treated as assault on a minor. Having your parents consent does not change the fact that you must be 18 and over to get tattooed.
What is the best time of year to get a tattoo?
Although you can get a tattoo any time of the year, your skin gets a lot more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning and just being exposed to the elements more. Winter time is really the best season to get a tattoo.
Is it OK to get a tattoo if I'm sick?
Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn't at 100% isn't a good idea. You're going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won't be able to do if it's already doing battle against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it's very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you're feeling well again.
Where can I find pictures of (skull, teddy bear, lion, etc.) tattoos?
If you're getting a tattoo, especially as an expression of your individuality, why would you want a tattoo just like someone else's? Instead, find other pictures of what you're looking for and have your artist draw up a custom design for you. Example: If you are wanting a tattoo of a penguin standing on a glacier, find real photos of penguins and glaciers. If you want a tattoo of a blue rose wrapped around a cross, find pictures of real roses and crosses that you like. If the pictures don't show exactly what you want, just take them to your artist to use them as guidelines and tell them what changes you want made to the original pictures. We welcome a challenge of a custom piece.
My friend just bought a tattoo kit and wants to practice on me. Should I let them?
NO! It sounds like I'm being harsh here but your friend could be putting both of your lives in danger by foolishly trying to learn this at home. Tell them they need to get a proper apprenticeship, and they can start practicing on you when their mentor (master) feels they are ready.
What payments do you accept?
All major bank cards and cash.
Payments - PayPal
Are your tattoos permanent?
Yes, however tattoos do age too. Sun, improper healing, and poor health, will affect the final results. How well they age depends on the size, and placement. Older tattoos can be redone and recoloured. Unwanted tattoos can be covered with a new tattoo (cover up) or removed (laser).
How does color tattoos turn out?
Think of your skin as a filter over the tattoo. Darker skins will mute or obscure the color. Lighter skin will allow the color to be more vivid.
What if I'm allergic to the ink?
It is possible to be allergic to anything, however allergies to the inks is very rare since we use the lasted tested tattoo ink. If you do have allergies or concerns, you might want to consult your doctor just for your peace of mind.
I'm pregnant, can I still get a tattoo?
If you're pregnant or have any sort of condition which may concerns you, I suggest you to consult your doctor before you get a tattoo.



VIRTUALLY PAIN-FREE SERVICE

What product do you use?
We use the most well known brand in the market called HUSH GEL.

HUSH Brand
What is HUSH?
HUSH is an FDA-approved line of long-lasting topical anaesthetics that enhance your tattooing experience by essentially eliminating most of the pain.

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What’s in HUSH products?
Active Ingredient: Lidocaine (4%). Inactive ingredients: Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40B, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Glycerin, Menthol, Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract, Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale) Root Extract, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone.

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Does HUSH Contain Epinephrine?
No chance. Did you know that epinephrine increases heart rate and constricts blood vessels? That stuff negatively affects the way your tattoo heals.

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Is HUSH vegan?
Yes, HUSH is 100% vegan.

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Is HUSH tested on animals?
No way! HUSH is absolutely cruelty free and damn proud.

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How is HUSH different than other numbing agents?
HUSH tattoo numbing products are specifically engineered for tattoos with both the client and artist in mind. We’re American-made, independently owned, FDA compliant and backed by an army of radical tattoo artists and enthusiasts across the globe.

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Will my tattoo heal properly if I use HUSH?
Of course it will. In fact, it’ll likely heal faster. The aloe found in HUSH works as an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant, allowing your skin to heal in about five days.

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Do I use HUSH before or after breaking the skin for a tattoo procedure?
HUSH Gel is a tattoo numbing gel that was developed for use prior to the start of your tattoo session.

HUSH Spray is a tattoo numbing spray that is safe to use once the skin has been penetrated.

HUSH Foam Soap is a tattoo numbing soap that can be used in place of green soap during your tattoo. It also doubles its purpose as an aftercare soap.

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How long does the HUSH numbing effect last?
On average, HUSH Gel will last up to two (2) hours after removal of wrap and product.
Hush anaesthetic spray, lasts about 35 minutes once the skin has been broken.

Please note, everyone’s skin is different. Always follow directions for best results.

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Where is HUSH made?
HUSH is made in United States.

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AFTER CARE TATTOO

How long will it take to heal?
A tattoo takes to heal just as long as a cut or a scratch on your skin. In approximately 2-3 weeks your tattoo will be healed.
Is it OK to lay out in the sun or go to the tanning bed when you have tattoos?
It's no secret that tanning isn't really good for your skin anyway, but it's even harder on your tattoos. Ultraviolet rays, while adding a nice bronze tone to your skin, drain the life out of a tattoo. The more you tan, the more the ink fades and slowly goes from brilliant to boring. I would say, stay away from tanning a while your tattoo heals.
I just got a new tattoo on my leg - can I shave?
When you get a tattoo, the area will be completely shaved before it's applied, so at least you're starting off with smooth skin. After a couple days of stubble and bristly skin, the urge to shave can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, at this point, shaving is about as brutal on your tattoo as a weedwacker. The wound is still fresh, and especially if you have any scabbing or raised areas, you run the risk of damaging your artwork by running a razor across it. Chemical hair removers are just as bad if not worse - you never want to put anything like that on a fresh tattoo.
Instructions to take care of my tattoo.
Ok, you have a nice tattoo done, now take good care of it. Below you will find the simplest way to take good care of your tattoo until is healed 100%.

1- Leave That Bandage Alone!
Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason - to keep air-born bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later. The only exception to this rule is if your artist covered your tattoo with saran wrap or some kind of plastic. This is extremely detrimental to a tattoo, so it should be removed immediately. You're better off not having any covering than to be suffocating your new tattoo with plastic wrap.

2- Wash and Treat
After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. I highly recommend using Provon Antimicrobial Lotion Soap because it's a mild moisturizing soap that is made for piercing and tattoo care.
Your hand is your best tool in this case. (If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible - when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.)
Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. A&D vitamin enriched ointment would be my first choice, but if you don't have any, Bacitracin or a similar antibacterial ointment is acceptable
Do not use Neosporin. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo.

3- Specialty Products and Lotions
If you prefer, you can also use a specialty product such as Tattoo Goo Aftercare Salve. This salve is petroleum free and is made with herbs and oils that will soothe and heal your new tattoo.
After that, continue to keep it clean, but you can use lotion when needed instead of ointment, to keep the skin soft. Whatever lotion you use, it should be dye and fragrance free. A lot of artists recommend Lubriderm, but I have found that Lubriderm stings when I apply it. Instead, I have had great success with Eucerin.

4- Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs, and Swimming
Yes, you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo. It's OK to get your tattoo wet - just don't soak it. Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you'll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks, but showering is perfectly fine as long as you don't saturate your tattoo. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water. Swimming - whether it be a pool, fresh water or salt water - should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.

5- Scabbing and Peeling
After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Excessive scabbing could indicate a poorly-done tattoo, but a little is sometimes normal and there is no need to panic. Apply warm moist compresses to the scabs for about 5 minutes 2-3 times a day to soften them and they will eventually come off on their own. (Do not apply ointment or lotion to a softened scab - wait for it to dry) You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is,don't pick, and don't scratch! If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it!

6- Protection from the sun
After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun's ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast. Before spending a lot of time in excessive heat, protect your tattoo with a minimum 30SPF sunblock. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it will continue to be a source of great pride.

We hope this guide helped. ♣

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