It’s that wonderful time of year again. Tax season is over, summer is just around the corner, it’s time to get that shiny new tattoo you’ve been dreaming about all winter long! Whether its full dragon wings on your back, or just a pikachu on your ankle, we would like to share some of the best practices for getting a tattoo, choosing an artist, and most importantly, how to choose and best apply your favorite numbing product.
If you are like me, you already have a favorite artist, who you have thoroughly vetted and go back to every year. But for many who are new to getting a tattoo (or maybe just new to the area) finding a safe place to get a tattoo can be a scary prospect. Horror stories abound on the internet about infections ruining tattoos, and scarring a person for life. Thankfully most real tattoo artists are registered and regulated, and keep things pretty clean. But here is a few things to look out for.
While no tattoo artist is going to admit to reusing needles, it’s true that there are some bad eggs that they might try to pull a fast one. You can ask your artist to open the sterile packaging for the needle right in front of you, so you can see that it is new. Also when selecting the artist, ask them what procedures they use for sterilizing the work area, and your skin before giving a tattoo. You can usually pick up on if they take it seriously by the way they react to the question. Also when selecting your artist, look through their portfolio thoroughly, and make sure that their style and skill level is a good match for you. (It’s a great idea to ask around your friends and find out where they got their tattoos. They can provide real life accounts of sanitation, and skill level.) It’s also a good idea to make sure your artist has experience in the style of tattoo you are wanting. An artist that is proficient at abstract and surrealism tattoos isn’t necessarily the right artist do do a bio-mech piece.
Now that you have selected your artist and you have an appointment set, it’s time to get ready for your tattoo session. For most of us that means finding a good strong numbing cream. (Or gel if you’re like me!) Whether you prefer a gel or a cream, finding a brand that works as well as its supposed to can be difficult. With brands like Ebanel Laboratories falsifying reviews by the thousands on Amazon it can be difficult to know which products really work, and which don’t. Tattoos are a painful process, and while nothing you can get over the counter will completely abolish all of your pain, there is one brand that stands out above the rest.
Our personal recommendation goes to a product that has won awards from over half a dozen different independent review sites for its strong numbing power, Numbify.com. Numbify is a unique blend of ingredients, heavily favoring healthy natural replacements for the cheap chemical fillers that many companies put in their products. Don’t worry though, in addition to the natural ingredients it’s got plenty of lidocaine too bad. Numbifys unique combination of ingredients provides a strong numbing effect that lasts for hours, and is the perfect choice for tattooing.
Some of the best practices can be found on their website, but we have a few to boot. One of the first things to remember is there is a lot of misinformation out there. Many numbing companies will tell you to wrap an area in plastic wrap to speed up the numbing process. Never do this! The FDA has come out strictly against this due to several persons dying from overdosing on lidocaine which can cause heart problems if it is absorbed this way. Also never use any lidocaine products around the eyes. Lidocaine has a small chance of causing blindness if it gets into the eyes.
The best way to apply your lidocaine numbing cream or gel is to apply a thick layer directly onto the skin, and allow it to absorb. You can rub it in, but it is better to let it absorb on its own. Add another layer in 3-5 minutes. You should be pretty numb with 2 layers, however it is estimated that as much as 30% of the general population has some level of resistance to lidocaine so you might need more. Everyone’s body chemistry is unique, experiment to find your perfect level. If your tattoo session is going to last longer than a few hours, definitely get yourself one of Numbify’s numbing sprays as well. It’s the only numbing spray recommended by inkdoneright.com. While it takes a little longer to absorb into unbroken skin that their cream or gel does, Numbifys strong numbing spray is a perfect choice to keep you numb during a tattoo session, as it is less painful to apply since it does not need to be rubbed onto the skin like a cream or gel does.
So whether you are going for a cute unicorn, or a bad-ass sleeve, or anything in between or above, remember Numbify – Has been rated the strongest numbing and pain relief creams gels and sprays.