What happens to your skin when you get a tattoo?

Before getting their first tattoo most people spend time looking for designs, styles, and tattoo artists but seldom are they prepared for what actually happens the day of the deed. The process has an effect on your skin. It’s fine to call your tattoo artist with questions, but if you take a little time to scan through what others (Preferably experts. Like us.) have to say, you’ll be ready.

THERE WILL BE BLOOD

A tattoo needle is in fact, a needle. Depending on the voltage setting and needle configuration, your skin will be pierced at a frequency ranging from 50 to 3,000 times (or more) per minute. Figure that a typical session is at least 3 hours. Don’t call it off yet. FK Irons has the easiest machine on the skin in the market today - The Spektra Xion. The secret is in the Give knob impact of the machine. SPOILER ALERT: The Xion will also take the upcoming Vertix nano needles, which are thinner than all other needles.

ADRENALINE RUSH

The body will react to a tattoo as if it were trauma and you will get a “fight or flight” kick of adrenaline. Heady feeling? Oh yeah, it’s happening.

PAIN

Fattier tissue is less painful for tattoos, but areas like the top of your foot, ribs, face and neck don’t have too much fatty cushion. If it’s a large tattoo, the level of pain will vary depending on the area of the body.

EXPECT SCABBING

Scabbing is 100% normal. A healthy tattoo will scab over the first week after getting yourself inked. Just don’t pick at it or you could cause scarring.

YOU MIGHT GET AN INFECTION

This isn’t normal, but it can happen. If the area becomes too red or any other strange color, or hot to the touch, you should tell your tattoo artist and probably talk to your doctor right away.

ITCHING AND PEELING

It’s uncomfortable as hell but totally normal. Itching is a sign that your tattoo is healing, and you will see the scab peeling. Let it Be. Resist the itch.

SKIN WILL HEAL

Give it a few weeks and when the itching and peeling is over, and the ink is secure in your dermis, you’ll be sporting a gorgeous piece of the most personal form of Art that exists, and you will likely return for more!