There are as many reasons for having a tattoo as there are people in the world with tattoos. Before being inked, however, it’s always a good idea to do some research.
First and foremost, don’t cut corners on expense by employing an amateur artist. Think about this: there are licensed professional tattoo artists whose work is of questionable quality, so the work of an unlicensed amateur is likely to be worse than that.
Here are a few important reasons why you should never let an amateur do your tattoo work.
- Bad Art Quality: a good tattoo requires a great deal of skill to draw and ink properly. With an amateur, the tattoo is likely to be uneven, out of proportion, and incorrectly applied. All of this results in a shallow tattoo that can become faded and fuzzy in appearance. Even worse, ink that is placed too deep can create a raised scar that distorts the artwork. Also, remember that just because someone can draw a great tattoo design, doesn’t mean they can tattoo it well.
- Danger of Infection and Illness: another danger of working with an amateur is the increased risk of infection and illness. With amateurs, their tools are not likely to be sterilized properly, and their ink may be of poor quality and include poisonous substances such as mercury, cadmium or phosphorus. It takes more than rinsing in alcohol to properly sterilize tattooing equipment. Not only do you risk infection with an amateur, you also risk being exposed to blood-borne illnesses such as hepatitis or HIV. Professional tattoo artists have to follow strict guidelines and cleanliness standards for a reason. Professional artists also invest in quality inks and can inform you of any potential risks.
- Poor Aftercare: when an amateur is performing your tattoo work, there is likely to be no aftercare instructions at all. With professionally done tattoos, you are educated on proper tattoo aftercare before you leave the studio. This involves proper tattoo dressing, use of sterile covering materials and ointments, and instructions on what you should and should not do. Poor aftercare can result in tattoo fading, skin irritation, and/or infection.
Covering Bad Tattoos
If you have poorly done, amateur, tattoo work, the next step is often figuring out what to do about it, beyond hiding it with clothing. A cover-up tattoo is one option to consider.
Many people have turned bad tattoos into great art by having a professional tattoo done over an amateur one or incorporating it into an entirely new design. Oftentimes a professional tattoo artist will even require your tattoo be faded before they begin working on a cover up in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
In many cases, however, this may not be an option. The tattoo may be located in a place where you don’t want to add a larger tattoo, such as on your upper arm where sleeve lengths in professional settings are a consideration. In cases where a larger cover-up tattoo is not an option, tattoo removal should be considered.
Delete – Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon
Laser tattoo removal has become far more effective in recent years as technology has improved. This means that amateur tattoo work can usually be easily removed with laser treatment.
Generally, because amateur tattoo work is done closer to the surface of the skin than professional tattoos, laser removal or fading can be easily performed. At Delete – Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon, we offer our customers two different laser treatment options to remove tattoos affordably, comfortably and safely. Your complimentary consultation will help you to determine which option is best for your individual needs. Please contact us today for a free consultation.