Tattooing is an ancient practice that has evolved over the years, where our ancestors are to be thanked for introducing to the world such a masterful form of body art. While many people are adventurous enough to get tattooed the Borneo Traditional Tattooing way, it isn't quite the safest method. It employs the use of two sticks that are tapped over the skin to insert ink, where we strongly suggest opting for the modern method of doing this, that involves sterilized equipment in a professional tattoo parlor. Let's take a look at some additional tattooing tips that need to be borne in mind.

Important Tattooing Tips for Amateurs

Adequate Research
It is advisable to get a tetanus and hepatitis shot prior to visiting a parlor, to protect yourself from the chances of contracting an infection. To be even more certain, do extensive research on a tattoo parlor online, and ask around for any information that can help you determine if whether it is a trusted place or not.

The Association of Professional Tattoo Artists and the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, are just two kinds of organizations that maintain a list of members that are trusted for their safety standards and hygienic work areas. Keep an eye out for certification proof that is usually displayed on the walls of the tattoo parlor, or ask for it if they haven't put it up.

Come to a Decision
First, decide if this is what you really want, since a lot of people tire from looking at the same tattoo, especially if they hold no significance. Tattoo removal is a very painful procedure that costs a lot of money and leaves behind heavy scarring; to avoid putting yourself through such trauma, decide on a design that means something to you, and not just a random piece of artwork. To be even more certain, get a temporary tattoo that lasts for at least a month, and see how it feels to sport it every day.

Be sure to look at a tattoo artist's previous work before deciding to get one done. Placing the tattoo in an appropriate location is absolutely crucial; we strongly advise against getting a tattoo done on the back of the hand, inner wrist, in front of/underneath the foot, inner upper arm, inner thigh, buttocks, abdominal area, neck, genitals, and face. The reason why we don't recommend these areas, is because they're exposed to excessive skin stretching, sweat, friction, and constriction. Some of these areas are also extremely sensitive and delicate.

Aftercare Instructions
A tattoo parlor must impart care instructions after a tattoo is inked, and provide either a written prescription for an antibacterial solution, or provide one themselves. They should instruct you on how to apply the solution over the wound using clean hands, not to keep it covered for long hours at a stretch, and protect it from foreign chemicals while bathing. Once the tattoo begins to scab, you mustn't pick at it or accidentally scratch the area, for fear of an infection. Gently rub your hand over it using Vaseline or coconut oil, or lightly graze a clean cloth against it if it you can't handle the sensation. The tattoo should heal completely within weeks, a month or more, depending on the size of the tattoo.