- A permanent mark or design made on the skin by a process of pricking and ingraining an indelible pigment or by raising scars.
- A design made on the skin with a temporary dye such as henna or ink.
[From Tahitian tatau and kindred Polynesian words, all from Proto-Polynesian *tatau.]
Featured Tattoo Works
Before You Tattoo
EAT RIGHT BEFORE YOUR TATTOO APPOINTMENT (SESSION CAN LAST HOURS AND A FULL BELLY WILL HELP YOU GET THROUGH IT).
SHOWER AND BRUSH TEETH. YOUR TATTOO ARTIST WILL BE GETTING CLOSE TO YOU. NO ONE WANTS TO SMELL BODY ODOR OR STANK BREATH.
BRING CASH. SOME ARTISTS ACCEPT CASH ONLY.
MENTALLY PREPARE. FIND YOUR ZEN AND GET YOUR MIND IN THE RIGHT PLACE BEFORE GOING UNDER THE NEEDLE. BUT DO THIS WITHOUT DRUGS OR ALCOHOL.
BRING YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE. IT WILL BE COPIED TO YOUR PAPERWORK.
BE PREPARED TO TIP. BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE HAPPY WITH YOUR NEW TATTOO.
WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOUR TATTOO WILL BE GOING ON YOUR THIGH THEN DON’T WEAR SKINNY JEANS.
ALWAYS LOOK AT YOUR ARTIST’S TATTOO WORK SO THAT YOU KNOW YOU GOT THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB.
LET YOUR ARTIST KNOW IF YOU PLAN ON USING ANY GIFT CERTIFICATES OR COUPON BEFORE NEGOTIATING PRICE.
After You've Received Your Tattoo...
REMOVE BANDAGE AFTER 2 – 3 HOURS
GENTLY HAND WASH THE TATTOO WITH ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP
AIR DRY OR GENTLY PAT DRY WITH A CLEAN TOWEL
FOR THE FIRST 5 DAYS, APPLY A VERY THIN LAYER OF AQUAPHOR TWICE A DAY
AFTER 5 DAYS, START USING AN UNSCENTED LOTION SEVERAL TIMES DAILY (DO NOT LET THE TATTOO DRY OUT )
KEEP IT CLEAN! WASH YOUR TATTOO GENTLY
ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE TOUCHING YOUR TATTOO
ITCHING, PEELING, & SCABBING IS NORMAL
SWELLING CAN BE CONTROLLED BY ELEVATING YOUR TATTOO AND TAKING IBUPROFEN (IF YOUR MD ALLOWS)
ON AVERAGE, TATTOOS HEAL IN 30 DAYS OR LESS
A TATTOO IS AN ABRASION TO YOUR SKIN. PROTECT IT AND KEEP IT FREE OF BACTERIA & GERMS
YOUR TATTOO MAY OOZE PLASMA AND IN IN THE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS (IT WILL STAIN FABRIC)
The Do Nots!
DO NOT – EXPECT A TOUCH UP IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS
DO NOT – LISTEN TO YOUR FRIENDS
DO NOT – REBANDAGE
DO NOT – PICK, SCRATCH, OR SLAP THE TATTOO
DO NOT – SOAK THE TATTOO (SHOWERS ARE FINE)
DO NOT – WEAR JEWELRY OR MAKEUP ON THE TATTOO
DO NOT – WEAR TIGHT CLOTHING ON THE TATTOO
DO NOT – PUT THE TATTOO IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT
DO NOT – GET PET FUR OR SLOBBER ON THE TATTOO
DO NOT – LET ANYONE TOUCH THE TATTOO UNTIL HEALED
Jake Eaves is a licensed, professional tattoo artist currently tattooing out of Wicked Eyes Tattoo in Rossville, GA. Jake is a concept artist that specializes in custom, illustration and realism style tattoos.
“I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. Originally…I wanted to be an illustrator. I have a background and education in advertising art and fine art but, my heroes in the art world are in the comic book industry. I was very fortunate to land a legitimate tattoo apprenticeship and I fell in love with tattooing. Now, every day I strive to become a better artist and every tattoo is better than the last. The men and women I tattoo are incredibly loyal and they each know that the most important thing to me is giving them that best tattoo possible.”
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