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Top 5 Numbing Creams Available  0

Tattoos are great form of self- expression but it can be really painful. But don’t let this hinder you of from going under the needle. Aside from aftercare products that help you ease the pain you get, there are also numbing creams. 

But first, how does tattoo numbing cream work? 

Tattoo numbing cream contains lidocaine which is a local anaesthetic. The main purpose of Lidocaine, and other local anaesthetics, is to stop the pain signals broadcasted through your nerve endings from reaching your brain. Some numbing creams use benzocaine or tetra Caine as their active ingredient instead lidocaine. Benzocaine and tetra Caine can be used when getting a tattoo but they are normally used to reduce pain or discomfort caused by minor skin irritations, cold sores, toothaches, sunburns or stings. They prevent pain by creating a chemical barrier stopping an electrical signal build up within your nerve endings. 

To help you decide which one to try first, here are the top 5 tattoo numbing cream that does its job best. 

  1. Greencaine

This professional grade topical numbing cream combines a non-greasy Aloe Vera formula with 4% lidocaine hydrochloride. It comes in a large 4oz tube that has been pre-cycled. Pre-cycling means pre-consumer recycling. This “earth friendly” concept allows Greencaine to take advantage of corporate waste, by purchasing unused surplus packaging that would normally end up in landfills. 

Greenecaine is so confident with their results they even offer risk-free 100% refund policy! 

  1. Topicaine

Tattoo numbing cream Topicaine Anaesthetic Cream comes in a handy 30g tube and contains 5% Lidocaine.  Designed to numb the skin before settling under the needle.  

This cream is so easy to apply and has a non-greasy formula.  Simply apply and leave for around 20 minutes while it kicks in. Be patient for best results! It would keep you numb for upwards of an hour.  

  1. UltraNumb

UltraNumb is a maximum strength, water-based topical cream. Contains 6% Lidocaine. This one is highly- recommended by tattoo artists. Numbness can last up to four hours.  One of the strongest pain-free numbing creams on the market.  

  1. Hustle Butter Deluxe

Hustle is the first all-natural 100% vegan alternative to petroleum. Hustle tattoo butter deluxe is not a numbing cream per se, however, it is a great lubricant for before and aftercare. 

It will drastically reduce the bleeding and swelling that is normally caused by a tattoo. 

Simply apply this tattoo butter to your skin, before, during and after the tattoo session. Quicker healing time, less itchiness and overall, a much more comfortable experience.  

Hustle is made from - Organic Shea, Mango and Aloe Butters, Organic Coconut, Sunflower and Rice Bran Oils, Rosemary Oleoresin, Green Tea, Vitamin E Complex and Mint Arvenus Essential Oil with Essence of Papaya and Coconut. 

  1. Dr. Numb

Dr. Numb is an FDA approved cream containing the highest allowed amount of Lidocaine. This is definitely one of the most well-known numbing cream for tattoos. Lasts for around an hour and it really works wonders.   

This health- certified cream is ideal for shorter procedures such as tattoo touch ups and piercings. It is recommended by most tattoo shops and dermatology clinics worldwide.  

 

The Variation from One Ink Brand to Another  0

Despite all information you have from the articles that talks about top tattoo ink manufacturers, their histories, and the benefits that each brand has to offer you, it can still be difficult to choose which of those is perfect for your clients. What bother your mind are the things you need to consider when choosing the tattoo inks for your shop. 

When you try to recall all the information you had about the best tattoo ink brands, you will start to notice some connections that might serve as a good point in order for you to start choosing the right brand. Some of the major areas that you need to consider when weighing the advantages or disadvantages one tattoo brand have over another are the following: place of manufacture of the tattoo inks, its composition, whether they are stable pigment-based inks or pre-dispersed, color options available, the one in charge in innovation, and, of course, the price. Once you finish assessing all of these and see who offers what, you will slowly figure out which benefits are most vital to you. Then, you will be able to have a well-built foundation for making up your mind on which tattoo ink brand’s best suit you and your client. 

  • For the type of ink 

Stable pigment-based inks are more likely to be used by old school tattoo artists while pre-dispersed inks are usually for new school artists. Prior to getting all the information like the cost and the color variation, you have to know first which brands offer the core type of ink you like better. 

Alla Prima is the stable pigment-based ink that is available in the market today. It is actually the only one Painful Pleasures carries at present. All of the other inks that the said place have are pre-dispersed and mostly ready to use right out of the bottle. You won’t have to be bothered about the mixing pigments and they will all have a fine flow that does not require the thinning and further mixing that stable pigments entail. 

  • For the place of manufacture 

Eleven of the 14 top tattoo ink brands are made in the United States of America (USA). Those brands include Alla Prima Ink,Arcane,Bloodline (formerly Skin Candy),Dynamic,Eternal Ink,Fantasia,Formula 51,Intenze Tattoo Inks,Mom’s Ink by Millennium Colors, Inc.,Radiant, andStarbrite Colors Tattoo Ink. The remaining three are made outside USA. Kuro Sumi tattoo inks are made in Japan and Panthera Black InkandSacred Colors are made in Italy. 

  • Organic and Vegan Tattoo Inks 

In recent years, a brand new wave of non toxic tattoo inks has emerged. After some  

Of the chemicals used in many tattoo inks were linked to causing cancer, tattoo inks from organic pigments have been developed. Brands like Intenze, Eternal Ink,Formula 51, andKuro Sumi are the leading brands that says that their pigments are all made from ingredients harvested straight from nature.  

Despite all information you have from the articles that talks about top tattoo ink manufacturers, their histories, and the benefits that each brand has to offer you, it can still be difficult to choose which of those is perfect for your clients. What bother your mind are the things you need to consider when choosing the tattoo inks for your shop. 

When you try to recall all the information you had about the best tattoo ink brands, you will start to notice some connections that might serve as a good point in order for you to start choosing the right brand. Some of the major areas that you need to consider when weighing the advantages or disadvantages one tattoo brand have over another are the following: place of manufacture of the tattoo inks, its composition, whether they are stable pigment-based inks or pre-dispersed, color options available, the one in charge in innovation, and, of course, the price. Once you finish assessing all of these and see who offers what, you will slowly figure out which benefits are most vital to you. Then, you will be able to have a well-built foundation for making up your mind on which tattoo ink brand’s best suit you and your client. 

  • For the type of ink 

Stable pigment-based inks are more likely to be used by old school tattoo artists while pre-dispersed inks are usually for new school artists. Prior to getting all the information like the cost and the color variation, you have to know first which brands offer the core type of ink you like better. 

Alla Prima is the stable pigment-based ink that is available in the market today. It is actually the only one Painful Pleasures carries at present. All of the other inks that the said place have are pre-dispersed and mostly ready to use right out of the bottle. You won’t have to be bothered about the mixing pigments and they will all have a fine flow that does not require the thinning and further mixing that stable pigments entail. 

  • For the place of manufacture 

Eleven of the 14 top tattoo ink brands are made in the United States of America (USA). Those brands include Alla Prima Ink,Arcane,Bloodline (formerly Skin Candy),Dynamic,Eternal Ink,Fantasia,Formula 51,Intenze Tattoo Inks,Mom’s Ink by Millennium Colors, Inc.,Radiant, andStarbrite Colors Tattoo Ink. The remaining three are made outside USA. Kuro Sumi tattoo inks are made in Japan and Panthera Black InkandSacred Colors are made in Italy. 

  • Organic and Vegan Tattoo Inks 

In recent years, a brand new wave of non toxic tattoo inks has emerged. After some  

Of the chemicals used in many tattoo inks were linked to causing cancer, tattoo inks from organic pigments have been developed. Brands like Intenze, Eternal Ink,Formula 51, andKuro Sumi are the leading brands that says that their pigments are all made from ingredients harvested straight from nature.  

 

Important Tattoo Medical Supplies to Store 0

It's important to keep your tattoo shop stocked with all the tattoo medical supplies needed to prep and modify clients--things like antiseptics, skin cleansers, tattoo bandages, and disinfectants. 

Read through the sections below to compare your options within each product category 

Autoclaves & Autoclave Supplies 

An autoclave steam steriliser is the single most effective tool for sterilising reusable tattoo supplies like steel grips and tattoo tubes. You'll be able to sterilise larger batches of tools faster and more thoroughly with an autoclave than you could with chemical baths or other sterilisation alternatives. 

There are several types of autoclave accessories in store to keep on hand to get the most out of your steam steriliser. Every tool you sterilise will need to be bagged separately before being autoclaved, so it's a good idea to stock up on sterilisation pouches and nylon tubing in a variety of sizes. A heat sealer is also needed to seal your autoclave bags, steam sterilization integrators that clearly show when your tools have been fully sterilised, a reliable autoclave cleaner you can use to clean your steriliser regularly, and spore testing kits so you can periodically test your machine to make sure it's operating optimally. 

 

Cleaners 

Tattoo tools have to be thoroughly cleaned before they're autoclaved, and a variety of tools are readily available to simplify the cleaning process.  

An autoclave can be a huge time saver for a busy shop. Without an autoclave, you have to hand-scrub all of your reusable tattoo tools, soak them in disinfectant and lubricate them before you sterilise them. If you're interested in shortening the clean-up process in between clients so you can tattoo more people in a day, you need an ultrasonic cleaner.  

 

Tattoo Cleaners, Disinfectants & Bio-Hazard Containers 

It's highly critical that you maintain a sterile work environment to keep your clients safe and make them feel secure when they get tattooed in your shop. To keep surfaces sterilised throughout your shop, you'll need an assortment of disinfecting cleaning products. You should also make biohazard containers easily accessible to your tattoo artists so that they can properly dispose of used tattoo needles, other sharps, and contaminated protective gear, like used tattoo machine bags.  

 

Tattoo Covers & Protective Gear 

In your efforts to maintain a sterile work environment within your tattoo shop, you should bag all reusable tattoo tools that can't be autoclaved, like tattoo machines and clip cords. Additionally, it's important that your tattoo artists wear medical gloves while tattooing, and that they change them at appropriate intervals. Some artists also like to cover more of themselves, for their health, to prevent cross-contamination and to protect their clothing. 

For tattoo gloves, choose from latex and nitrile gloves in a variety of sizes and styles from brands like Defend, Aurelia, Black Dragon, Midknight, Ultraform, and more. 

When you're tattooing a client's face or neck, it's best to wear a face mask. These surgical face masks come in boxes of 50 and have ear loops to hold them in place. 

Antiseptics, Skin Cleansers & Other Skin Prep Products 

Before tattooing a client and after applying any topical anaesthetic requested, you have to perform surgical skin prep. This process requires washing the skin with an appropriate skin cleanser, and then applying a CDC-approved antiseptic. Make sure your client isn't allergic to any of the skin prep products you're planning to use. Some people have iodine allergies while others have sensitivities to fragranced soaps, so it's important to talk to your clients about the tattooing process and products you use before you begin 

Top brands like Intenze, Green Soap, Tattoo One, Tattoo Goo, and H2Ocean are just some of the well- known skin cleaners that are being used by tattoo artists, as well as surgical-grade antiseptics like alcohol pads and providone iodine swabs. 

Tattoo Style Guides for Newbies 0

The art of tattooing has become so common that tattoo styles and variations are continuously increasing. From traditional, to portrait, to blackwork, geometric, water colour etc. But all these forms were derived from classic tattoo styles. This is why it is still important to learn and master classic tattoo guide styles no matter how tattoo forms has evolved over the years. 

Here's a tattoo style guide for aspiring tattoo artists and for tattoo enthusiasts as well. 

Traditional Tattoos

Of course one of the classic tattoo style is the traditional tattoos. It's sometimes called Old School. This is the oldest form of tattooing next to ancient tribal techniques. Traditional Tattoos are composed of designs that have solid black outlines. These tattoos usually have less details and colours. 

Neo Traditional Tattoos

Neo traditional tattoos are almost similar to traditional tattoos, in the sense that it uses dark outlines and shadings. But compared to traditional tattoos, neo traditional style uses darker colour palettes. Neo Traditional tattoos usually incorporate elements of nature in the colours and design.

Realism Tattoos

A tattoo artist needs to be detail oriented to be able to achieve this style. As the name itself, realism tattoos are detailed designs that look incredibly real and true to life. Most realism tattoos include portraits.

Biomechanical Tattoos

If you’ve seen people with cyborg looking tattoos, then you’ve probably seen biomechanical tattoos. This tattoo style mimics machinery that are hidden within the skin. Most people use this style on arms and ribs.

New School Tattoos

If there’s old school tattoos, there’s also new school tattoos. This tattoo style is inspired by graffiti techniques. New school style is usually applied to cartoon designed tattoos. This style uses bright colours and exaggerated dimensions.

Geometric Tattoos

Geometric tattoos consist of lines, patterns, or multiple shapes. The lines or shapes are repeated over a field to create a design. Most minimalist tattoos use this style.

Japanese Tattoos

Japanese tattooing used to be one of the most sacred form of art. The Japanese tattoo style is used for tattoos with detailed designs that cover a large area of the body. If you see beautiful landscape tattoos on someone’s back or chest, it’s definitely a Japanese styled tattoo. This style is not only limited to landscape designs. You can also see Japanese styled tattoos with designs such as dragons, animals, and samurais.

Tribal Tattoos

Another most common tattoo style are the tribal tattoos. This was inspired by certain indigenous backgrounds or culture. Tribal tattoos are done using black ink. Designs using tribal style are usually inspired from Aztec, Native America, Maori, Pagan, Tahitian Wiccan, and other ethnic cultures.

 

These are just some of the basic and classic tattoo styles. If you want to learn about the other tattoo styles, you need research by speaking with other tattoo artists, reading modern tattoo style guides, and exploring by experimenting and combining different styles. This might even help you create a unique design that will draw customers to your tattoo shop.

 

Tattoo and its beginnings 0

Having a tattoo in any part of your body seems to be a lot more acceptable in the society today than before. People used to think that tattoos are only seen in the bodies of criminals and the likes. But now, it has even become an accessory to some people. 

By using  needles and ink, a tattoo is a kind of art that is engraved in the skin permanently. The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word “tatua”. This means “to mark.” Despite the fact that tattooing have been practised for hundreds of years by people of various cultures, it has gained social acceptance everywhere just recently. 

Tattooing eye-catching illustrations to the skin has been a widely known practice since the ancient times. Throughout the centuries, various types of tattoo art have been put into practice by a lot of diverse world cultures. One example is of the Japanese culture. Around 500 B.C., they started using tattoos for cosmetic and religious purposes. They even used it as a punishment for criminals by branding them. This method by the Japanese involved piercing the skin of the individual with fine metal needles in order to craft designs with different colors. In addition, the Eskimo tribes also established their own technique by using bone needles in order to draw the soot-covered thread through the skin. 

Over the last 200 years, the art of tattooing kept on growing. In the nineteenth century, this said fame caught the attention of the upper class men of England. One example is Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill, who had a snake tattoo on her wrist. In the United States, tattoos have been linked to prison inmates, sailors, and motorcyclists because before, tattoo shops were thought to be dangerous and socially unacceptable. But this type of perception has greatly changed since the 1980s. Tattoos are already becoming popular to men and women of all ages all over the world.  

“Flash” is what you call a tattoo design.  It can be made up of any type of artwork ranging from the simplest symbols or letters to thorough sketches and cartoons. Flash can be composed with different colors. Tattoo parlours show a large variety of flash on their walls with the larger ones having approximately 10,000 to choose from. Also, clients may carry with them their own preferable design or they can work with the tattoo artist to develop custom flash. 

Always bear in mind that whenever you choose a tattoo design you must consult with the artist to know a suitable size and placement for the tattoo. The artist can also give you aid in deciding which color schemes to use that will determine the price of the final art. Caring for your tattoo is a must and that is why there is a need to conduct a research whether your tattoo parlour follows the guidelines that were set by the Association of Professional Tattooists (APT). 

Basic Tattoo Materials and Equipment 0

  • Flash 

The tattoo design or commonly called as “flash” is simply a sketch or a piece of line art that is used to make a tattoo. It can be black, white, or any colour. They are mounted on the walls or displayed in books in the tattoo parlour. 

  • Stencil 

A stencil is just a copy of flash however it is crafted on a special copying paper. The stencil permits the inked outline of the design of the tattoo to be transferred to the client’s skin in order for it to be marked out by the artist. 

  • Ink 

Special inks that are used in order to produce great tattoos are sold by tattoo supply shops. They are usually available in a different kinds of colours and are typically packaged in 4 oz plastic squeeze bottles so they are easily handed out. These inks are liquid dispersions of pigments. They are permitted by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States. The ink is composed of dyes that come from metal components. Due to this reason, allergic reaction to the type of ink used is more likely. 

  • Tattoo Machine 

The tattoo machine is composed of a hand held needle gun attached to a power unit that makes it possible for the pressure to move the needles. The needles can come in different sizes and shapes and are packed jointly on a needle bar in various types of patterns depending on the needs of the artwork. The unit is connected to a power supply that is started by depressing a foot pedal on the floor bedside of the work station. When the pedal is depressed the tattoo needle bar moves up and down quickly. Imagine that of a sewing machine. It makes a way into the skin to inject the dye 3000 times per minute. 

  • Miscellaneous Supplies 

For the whole tattoo procedure the artist may use supplementary supplies like skin disinfectants, petroleum jelly, bandages, razors, and biocidal cleaning supplies. 

  • Tattoo Removal 

Sometimes people with tattoos come to a point in their lives where they decide to have their tattoo removed. Tattoo removal is now possible, thanks to advance technology, however the process is not easy, costly, and sometimes not fully successful. Not so long before, a wire brush was used to rub the skin and wipe out the first and second layers where the ink is present. In order to leach out the ink, salt solutions and acid were used to burn the skin away. 

All of these methods are costly, painful, and not very effective. Even though the tattoo can be removed, the affected area may lose its capability to produce normal skin pigment and some scarring will be unavoidable. Today, lasers have been developed to remove tattoos, as it can tear down most of the ink pigment with very little scarring.