Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Tattooing
Yes! It always hurts to be tattooed. After all, the colour is being inserted into your skin by using needles.
BUT. Tattooing never hurts so much that you cannot manage. It is very difficult to explain just how much it hurts, as it differs from person to person, from the place on the body, and even from time to time. The more relaxed and easy you feel, the more easy the process.
Remember that the pain is part of the process! A tattoo is not a simple transfer. It marks you as a person who is special, and who has some degree of endurance.
So do not bother about anesthetics of any kind, and never mix tattooing with alcohol. Being drunk while being tattooed is just an old myth, and absolutely no good.
It hurts most on the most sensitive places of your body. And again this is different for each person.
NEVER bother about where it hurts the most, when deciding where to place a tattoo. The pain is limited, mainly to the mere process. It is much more important that you place the tattoo where you want it, and where it feels most natural to you. After all, you shall enjoy it for the rest of your life.
The price depends on time, size and complexity. Our starting price is 1000 DKK. Pieces that take more than one session, will be paid by the session. All tattoos are paid on the spot. As methods of payment we accept credit card or MobilePay.
Yes, it is safe to get a tattoo. We are always using new, sterilized needles, etc. as well as disposable colours, vaseline, and gloves. We are working in conformity with the laws dictated by the Danish Safety Technology Authority, Sikkerhedstyrelsen.
The skin is not lastingly affected by the tattoo (apart from the tattoo, that is!). Where the needles have penetrated your skin, it will form a light scab, and peel off. Once the tattoo has healed (the healing process takes about a week, depending on your personal healing ability), it is protected by a new layer of skin and is a part of you for the rest of your life.
We have never experienced any allergic reaction to our pigments, which are all special pigments for tattooing. If you are hypoallergenic, you may want to make a small test dot before undertaking the main tattoo.
The tattoo will be with you for the rest of your life. If it is placed well on the body, it will not change much. Of course, it will look older, as will you.
Do accept ageing!
Colours will change slightly. Lines will get slightly thicker, and close lines will tend to blend (that is why we like to avoid fine line, detailed work). Do accept that an old tattoo is part of your history. It should not be covered or altered, if it is otherwise ok. Times and fashions change. A tattoo is permanent.
Everybody is getting tattooed. We do believe that the urge to get tattooed is a basic human need, since tattooing has been around in every kind of society since time began. Even YOU will get a tattoo - if you do not already have one!
Everybody may not DARE - but the NEED is there! That is one of the reasons why so many react negatively to a tattoo. They feel the fascination - but it scares them as well.
Do look at our questionnaire pages, where you will see a lot more about who people are!
Tattooing does not come from any particular place or country. Tattooing has been practiced since time immemorial. Every culture on Earth and every society has its own tattooing practice.
If you believe in The Bible, God created the first tattoo! When he put "the Marc upon Cain". Cain was one of the sons of Adam and Eve, and you cannot get much further back than that. If you take this "picture" a little figuratively, it is a tattoo. The Bible contains several other references to tattoos. The sign upon Cain was not a very good thing in the story, but that is beyond the point of this image. The idea of it is to make you understand that tattooing goes way back.
Tattoo is not fashion. Fashions change. Tattoos are permanent.
Some tattoos have lasted for millenniums (the Iceman, the mummies, etc.) and some tattoo designs have been around for hundreds, and even thousands of years and are still used today.
At Kunsten på Kroppen we even make a virtue out of exploring history and cultures to find inspiration - and renewal. Of course, techniques, execution and composition change. We are not static. On the contrary, we strive to develop. Both, our abilities and the public's view on what is possible.
It seems that every new generation thinks they have discovered this "new fashion". Alas! It's not like that. At Kunsten pa Kroppen we have articles from the previous century, also talking about this "new fashion" (that has even spread to the ranks of aristocracy!). Maybe this is just due to journalists' lack of imagination, and need to find the easy way out.
Yes, you may bring your own design! We even encourage this, since it gives us new ways of seeing things.
But we reserve our right to say no! We do not tattoo anything. We do not tattoo negative images or politically reactionary statements. And if it is too small or too full of teeny weenie details, we will simplify it. Do remember our motto:
Bold simplicity and enhancing the body.
You must accept that a tattoo is different from a drawing on a piece of paper. And we are supposed to be the experts on tattooing. At Kunsten på Kroppen we even reserve our rights to have our own ideas and values and thoughts on this artform. But in the end, we do it all in order to achieve the best possible for you. The more you let go, and let us do the best we can, the better the result (if you ask us!). Sit back, shut up and relax - and let us do the creative work.
You have to be over 18 years of age to get a tattoo.
If you want a tattoo at Kunsten på Kroppen - you will have to make an appointment. Preferably by email or phone.Do it well in advance! Our artists usually have a waiting list.
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the telephone number is (+45) 33 14 48 26 .
If you have other questions, or comments, you are welcome to send us an e-mail or use the telephone. Use the form at the Feedback Page to send an e-mail.
We would also like to open a discussion group - if the need is out there.
We have got many questions like: "How can I become a tattoo artist?".
Well, there is no fixed way you can go. We would like to suggest that you get as good an artist education as you can. So, you get a very good artistic base to work from. After that, you will have to find a Tattoo Artist, who will take you on as an apprentice - and that might be the hardest part. You should realize that all tattooists are different and work differently. So, try to find one that is good and thorough.
We have had many questions like: "can you recommend me a tattooist near where I live?".
No. To give a short answer. We do not know all "local" tattooists and besides that all tattooists work differently. Not everyone is what we would call an Artist. We know that WE do the things as thoroughly and carefully as possible. But we will not be responsible for how others work. Besides, we have our own style and we will not be responsible for how others express themselves. By far the most of what is being made in the world of tattoo, is mere copying. You can find exactly the same designs in all the shops. Of course, there are exceptions, and some who also work carefully and originally.
What we will suggest, is that you shop around. In many larger cities there is more than one tattooist - and don't be afraid to travel! Visit them all, and check how they work. Then choose one that you feel comfortable with.
Remember that you will have the tattoo with you for the rest of your life. So it will pay to be just a little thorough before you decide to have one done.
If you don't care what you get - probably it does not matter so much - but for everybody else we suggest you take your time, and don't rush.
We are also getting a few requests like: "Will you make me a design like such and such, and send it to me?".
No. Of course we will not make special designs for people to go to some other tattooist to have it done. Besides, we will not vouch for how another tattooist will do our designs. Finally, we are Tattoo Artists - not designers. We need to see the body onto which the tattoo is meant to go, so that we can fit it to that particular person.
There is a new thing that is extremely irritating:
Do you make tattoos that disappears after 3-5 years?
NO! They do not exist. This is nonsense that has surfaced in the media, and somebody is even advertising that they are in fact doing this.
How would you imagine it to work?
1. After 3 years: Puff - the tattoo disappears?
2. Or is it simply looking worse and worse all the time?
3. Is there a guarantee for clean skin after the 3-5 years? Or will there in reality always be traces after something that has been there?
4. Someone claims that they use special pigments that is being absorbed by the body, and thus disappears. I will just repeat: Consider points 1-3 once again...
5. It is simply not true! This kind of tattooing does not exist. Either a tattoo has been done right, and it will last the rest of your life (with the usual provisos that always exist: A tattoo will change with time. It will grow older with the body. A tattoo is a living work of art, and not a dead line on a piece of paper... etc.). Or else it is badly done, and will fade, and disappear with the scab that will always appear on a new tattoo.
6. Henna (or Mehendi) is another thing. It is an age-old, natural substance that leaves a trace on the skin for a few weeks, and then disappears completely. But is has nothing to do with tattooing.
IF it was possible to make tattoos that disappeared completely after 3-5 years, don't you think that all the tattooists would jump the possibility, and make much more money by doing the tattoos over and over again?
7. You may try to consider the following:
Why would you want this in the first place?
If you are scared to make the commitment of a real tattoo, you would better wait! Or stick to paint-on for a while yet.
We collected some information for you that help your tattoo healing fast and uncomplicated especially for the first days/in the beginning.
But also, after healing you should still observe some points so that you will enjoy your tattoo a life time. The more careful you will treat your new tattoo so much better it will be for you and your tattoo.
Considered medically, a tattoo is skin lesion, comparable to a graze, which means it is a wound on the top surface. For complete healing a tattoo needs approximately 3 up to 4 weeks. After this time the skin has been renewed completely whereby ichor, blood- and colour deposits as well as dead skin cells have been rejected. Only now the tattoo appears in its pure form.
After being tattooed your skin will be cleaned and disinfected by the tattoo artist and afterwards covered to protect your skin. Depending on the size and spot of your tattoo we use:
- Dermalize®Pro which is a flexible and waterproof but still breathable film
- OPSITE◊ spray dressing which is a waterproof and breathable plaster
You may wash and shower as usual while healing up, because the tattoo is protected by the layer of film or plaster, but the tattoo should not be totally soaked nor dried.
The film as well as the plaster will peel or slough off naturally after 3 - 4 days. Do not use brushes, facecloths or sponges for washing and do not rub or use force to take it off. You can assist by gently rinsing it with warm water if the film does not slough off completely after 4 days.
Afterwards you can dry the skin dabbing with a kitchen paper and apply a thin layer of salve. The best way is to leave the tattoo to air. You don’t have to use any wrapping film.
Do not use brushes, facecloths or sponges for washing and pat the tattoo dry with a lint-free cloth. Do not press onto or rub over the tattoo.
After every washing apply the salve onto the tattooed skin.
For optimal care you need:
- salve or ointment with panthenol
- e.g. Bepanthen®, but NO antibacterial salve!
- in Denmark we recommend Helosan®
- what matters is to keep the skin moist and smooth
Within a few days, a scab will form that starts to peel off. Do not pick it! If you do pick it, you may remove some of the colour, and your tattoo will get white spots. This is of course a special problem with solid coloured tattoos.
It is fine to apply some salve to the tattoo while the scab is on.
In the beginning you ought to check the tattoo and reapply the salve more often. Over time, you will get a feeling for how often creaming will be necessary. Depending on your type of skin and the tattooed part this may be different. At best, wear loose clothing made of cotton and avoid friction by too narrow clothes over the tattoo.
After several days, itching can occur. This is absolutely normal, so do not scratch! The skin is now flaking off in thin layers, similar to a sunburn. It is also possible that some ink might be removed with the skin. This is also absolutely normal.
- Generally, avoid touching your tattoo.
- If necessary clean your hands every time before taking care of your tattoo.
- Protect your tattoo against dirt.
- Do not unnecessarily touch it or take off the scurf!
- if you are exposed to sun, keep the tattoo covered
While the first four weeks you should avoid:
- sun, direct sunlight and solarium (at best also not afterwards)
- sauna, baths and swimming
- heavy sweating (only moderate sportive activities)
If your tattoo becomes inflamed, apply commercially available wound spray after every washing. If the inflammation will not become better or even worse you should consult a dermatologist. But this is very unlikely to good aftercare.
After healing up you ought to use sunblock over your tattoo to protect it against solar radiation.
On exceedingly dry skin we recommend to use skin care products, e.g. body lotion.
An insufficient tattoo aftercare can lead to infections and scarring!
Those are typical characteristics of a normal healing:
- slight moistening
- redness around the tattooed area
- slight swelling over the first days
- discharged rests of ink, fine “crumbs” of ink
- slightly increased temperature or shivering (with large-area tattoos or high stress)
- peeling of the skin
- If your tattoo has been treated with a film dressing formation of liquid between film and skin can occur.
After a few weeks, depending on how fast you heal up (this is very individual), the tattoo has healed, and you can enjoy it for the rest of your life!
Do remember that a tattoo is a living work of art. It will change over time. As you get older - your tattoo will get older. That is no problem. We give no guarantee for how the tattoo may end. Even though it is very seldom that anything goes wrong, we have no influence on how YOU treat your body and your tattoo or on how you react to it. All we can say is that WE do everything and advise you as good as we can - to give you the best.
The following is only to inform you about rarely occurring but possible cases. Do not let those facts stop you. Most of it is absolutely unlikely with appropriate aftercare but we want to let you know just in case.
Signs that point to a problem with your tattoo – description of an allergy’s or infection’s signs:
- enhanced moistening
- discharging of a yellowish up to greenish, sticky liquid
- unpleasant odour
- intensified and painful redness that spreads around the tattooed area
- intensified throbbing pain and burning in and around the tattooed area
- missing mobility and problems with movement of extremities/body parts
- red lines running over the skin, for instance red lines that run from a freshly tattooed hand or wrist over the whole arm to the shoulder. This can point to a sepsis (blood poisoning). In that case, a doctor should be consulted immediately.
- high fever and flu-like symptoms are signs of a serious infection. In that case, a doctor should be consulted.
- rash, intensified itching
In case of an infection or strong allergic reactions please consult a doctor as fast as possible. In that case it would also be good to inform us.
People at high risk of getting a wound infection, for instance people with diabetes or immunosuppression, have a high risk of getting a wound infection by a tattoo. Therefore, they should immediately consult a doctor if signs of an infection occur.
Finally, we would like to inform you that we haven’t been informed about such a case as long as Kunsten på Kroppen exists.