Posts Tagged ‘good graces tattoo care’

Communication – The best way…

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

With today’s means of communication, there’s numerous ways to get in touch with friends, family and businesses alike. Several online platforms are available at the ready to communicate, but make it almost improbable to make sure you actually *get* your message to someone unless you actually talk to them face to face or on the phone – especially businesses. Between fielding emails, web inquiries, texts, DM’s through Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, it can be laborious to keep track of the daily inquiries we get here at the shop. While all these means are great and convenient, the best way to communicate with your tattooer will always be face to face conversations.

Nine times out of ten, when corresponding with a client (or potential client) via cyberspace, we always ask if you’re local and if so, if you could come into the shop at your convenience. The reason we do this is so that we can meet you, see physical examples of your ideas, see the placement that we’ll be tattooing and/or the other tattoos we may be working around/with. This face to face consultation goes a long way in making sure we know exactly what you’re wanting to do with your new tattoo and that we execute our design for you correctly and in an adequate window of time as it pertains to your appointment date and time.

There are always exceptions to the rule however. Smaller and/or “canned” designs, may not need a face to face consultation. Folks from out of town or even out of state may not have the means to come in for said consultations, we get it. However, if you’re local and have the means to make it by before your appointment, or to talk about an idea for a tattoo, by all means, please stop by! See ya at the shop.

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Healing your new tattoo

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Tattooers get asked a lot of questions about aftercare. This is the point of the tattoo process customers are often most unsure of—there’s quite a bit of misinformation out there, and everyone wants to know exactly what needs to be done to insure a perfectly healed piece. The best advice is to stop listening to your friends, follow the aftercare instructions your tattoo artist gives you, and don’t overthink it. Here’s what one of tattooing’s giants, Sailor Jerry, had to say about healing a new tattoo:

1. After first hour, bandage may be removed and tattooed area washed down thoroughly with soap
and water. Do not rebandage tattoo.
2. Keep tattoo clean and dry. Do not use greasy ointments on tattoos at any time, but wet them down frequently with bactine, listerine, or similar antiseptic solution.
3. Do not scratch or pick off scabs. To do so will invite serious infection and will form scars.
4. Do not go swimming until all scabs are off, and keep tattoo clean and dry for at least one week.
5. After all scabs are off, a little vaseline rubbed into the skin will soften it, and thereby more rapidly take the new shine off, and allow the tattoo ink to settle to its proper place in the under layer of the skin.
6. Your artist has done his best to build you a good tattoo, but remember it takes both of us to make the final job as perfect as it should be.
7. Drop around when you can and have your tattooer check the work as it heals and be sure to sign
the record book in the shop where you got your work done. This places the responsibility on the
tattooer who worked on you and insures you of getting clean work, or else…

Every artist has tweaked a step to the healing process. Some tattooers recommend solutions like Aquaphor or A&D ointment and others stick to the dry-heal method. Every customer is different. Newbies often need step-by-step instructions, while seasoned collectors know what has worked for them in the past. It depends on the customer’s skin, how their skin reacts to ink, and even the regional climate. The most important thing to remember is cleanliness—every tattoo artist I’ve asked about this repeats, “keep it clean, keep it clean, keep it clean!” Listen to your artist—they want your new piece to heal as nicely as you do, and stop by when you’re in the area so we can check out the healed work!

–  Dustin Brown (Tattoo Collector)