Ten quick facts about tattoos

If you’re in a rush, here are 10 quick facts about tattoos, covering a wide range of topics, from the tattoo machine through to aftercare!

  • When getting a tattoo, your skin is pricked between 50 and 3,000 times per minute by the needle in a tattoo machine.
  • Tattoo machines have been around since the late 19th century, and surprisingly, they haven’t changed that much in the past century.
  • A tattoo machine usually has four parts: The needle, the tube that holds ink, an electric motor, and a foot pedal to control the movement, similar to how a sewing machine works.
  • Sterilization and disposable materials are crucial to tattooing, as tattoos are created by thousands of puncture marks to the skin, each of which could become infected.
  • An autoclave is a popular way to sterilize any tattoo equipment that isn’t disposable. A combination of heat, steam and pressure kills all bacteria and organisms to prevent infection.
  • Ancient tattoo methods involved picks, rakes and chisels. In some cases, a soot-covered thread was sewn through the skin.
  • The tattoo process has four basic steps: Outlining, Shading, Colour, and Cleaning & bandaging.
  • Get some background information on your tattoo artist. Look through books of tattoo artists’ work, or watch them apply other tattoos. Even if they have all of the proper credentials and follow safety rules, they may not be much of an artist.
  • Infected tattoos can be painful and dangerous. After receiving a tattoo, ask your artist if they have a sheet or pamphlet that describes the required aftercare.
  • Scabs after a tattoo are OK — don’t pick at them because they should fall off on their own within three weeks — but if you start to see signs of an infection, see a doctor.

If you’re interested in getting a tattoo, then give us a shout here at Chapel Tattoo. Our professional staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the process.