Best Tattoo Preparation Guide for Phuket, Thailand
February 4th, 2021 by Diana Ross
Getting your first tattoo can be an exciting, but complicated experience. If you are interested in getting a tattoo, you are either the type that overthinks everything or the type that has the idea already set in stone and just wants to get pinched already.
If you are the latest, you are in good luck, since you might be able to skip some of the steps most people have to go through, and just worry about finding the right tattoo artist and prepare for the aftercare process.
If you are part of the first group, don’t worry about it, it is pretty common. A tattoo is something that might accompany you for the rest of your life, so you want to be sure you are getting the right tattoo, by the hands of the right artist, and placed in the right spot.
In this article, I will try to prepare you for the experience, so you get the most out of it and don’t regret your decision later, as well as guide you through the aftercare process. With that said, let’s jump right into it.
The Reason Behind It
Believe it or not, most tattoos tend to have a reason behind them. This reason can be simple, or very deep, depending on each individual.
I, for example, am very passionate about the stuff I love, and two of those things are video-games and animation, so my only two tattoos are related to them.
With that said, there are people who get tattoos for emotional and personal reasons, such as the name of a person they’ve lost over the years, someone they care for a lot (including pets), and those who get tattoos about phrases or words that marked a before and after in their lives.
Of course, there are those who only care for the aesthetics and just want a tattoo for the sake of having it, which is completely fine. Not all tattoos require a complex meaning or deep reason behind them.
But try to make sure there’s at least a reason for it, not only something you do out of a whim. It’s something that will stick with you, so try to at least give it some thought.
Style and Placement
As mentioned in this article, style and placements are two important factors to consider. If you are thinking of getting more tattoos in the long-term, you have to always consider your future plans when deciding on the style and placement of the tattoo.
For example, if you want to get a chest tattoo in the future, try to make sure that the sleeve you’ll get on the right arm is similar or at least equal in style and color to the future chest one. Of course, you can always adapt future tattoos, to your current ones, so is not that big of a deal.
Some examples of styles you can go for include:
- Japanese style: focuses on traditional pieces of Japanese arts, it tends to involve Japanese culture and dark shading that emphasize the colored parts of the piece. Some examples of this style include sakura blossom trees, koi fish, dragons, tigers, and folklore creatures such as oni, ogres, among many other examples.
- American style: focuses on clean, black outlines that also enhances the presence of the colors. It tends to be related to comic-like illustrations, skulls, roses, and famous bands or artists.
- Realism: for those who seek realistic pieces of art.
- Minimalistic: for those who want simple aesthetics.
A tattoo frequently has a color palette, which is a combination of colors that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye and work perfectly combined in a single piece of work. With that said, you can certainly work out with your artist to select a color palette that works and fits your likings.
Make sure to be open-minded about it and take your artist’s words into consideration to come up with a decision, since they usually know a lot about the combination of colors required to create a good piece.
Choosing the Artist or Tattoo Shop
Now that you have a rough idea of the process you have to go through to come up with a design for your tattoo, it is time to engage in another important part of the process: picking up the right artist or shop.
In Phuket, you have a lot of options, but there’s also InkedMachine, one of the best tattoo Phuket shops you can find. The reason why I say this is because of their reputation. And reputation is an important part of a tattoo shop.
You should also be able to check out their pieces of work through social media. Most tattoo shops have a social media account to share their work and art skills, so people get a solid idea of what they can do.
Ideally, you should always go for an artist that has created pieces that are similar in design and style to what you want to get. This will give you a better picture of what you’ll get, and they will be closer to creating a product that you are proud of.
With that said, you should make sure that the shop or artist is following the right hygiene protocols, and that they are taking care of your skin the right way.
Understand that the pain you feel during the process will also depend on various factors. The placement of the tattoo, the style used, as well as the looseness of their hands while they work, are some good examples.
Now, after everything has been done and you are left with your tattoo, you have the option to buy the aftercare products from the tattoo shop, in case they have them, or just get them yourself.
The tattoo, after it has been completed, will be covered to protect it from dust and infections. You should make sure to keep this wrapping for at least 3 hours. This will protect your tattoo during the riskier part of the healing process.
After 5 to 6 hours have passed, remove the wrapping for the cleaning. Cleaning the tattoo during the first month will be a common thing to do. To clean it properly, you will require soap and a very gentle touch. If you see blood or little ink flowing out of the injury, don’t worry, is normal.
When you are done cleaning, gently pat the area. Make sure to never rub, just pat with gentleness until you have somewhat dried the injury. You can apply a moisturizer when you know for sure the injury is completely dry, so wait at least one hour before doing so.
If you follow this guide, you’ll get a more solid idea of how to act. Make sure to cover your tattoos from the sunlight and use sunscreen in case you go to the beach. Do not ever go to the beach or pool before the first 5 weeks, though!
Itchiness is common as well but try to avoid scratching your skin or using clothes that might drag the layers of healing skin, since it might damage the design. If you feel like there’s too much itchiness and it is unbearable, you might want to have the tattoo checked, just in case! If you do the aftercare procedures right, though, everything should be fine.