Getting a Tattoo
Tattoos are not as taboo as they used to be. Take Ink Master for example which has been running for ten seasons. They are a form of self-expression. Tattoos do not have to have any deep meaning. You can get a tattoo of a heart because you like hearts it does not have to represent anything other than that.
Today there are a lot of people who have a lot of Geek, Disney, and Horror Tattoos which speaks to me. I am a Disney nerd, a geek, and I love horror movies.
Getting a tattoo is not something one should rush to do. Think of it this way if you were sick and needed surgery you would not pick a cardiologist to perform brain surgery. You also would not hire the cheapest doctor either. Think about tattoos the same way. You need to find the tattoo artist who specializes in what you want and price should be no object. If you can't afford the tattoo, don't get it done until you can.
Most tattoo artists can tattoo pretty much anything that is a part of the trade. What you need though if your going to get a specific tattoo is someone that does those on a regular basis and is considered a specialist. Disney tattoos are one of these particular tattoos, and I have seen some bad Disney tattoos.
The first thing you want to do when you start thinking about getting a tattoo is research. That means going online and start looking at pictures of tattoos and saving them. I recommend using Pinterest to do this, and you can make that board private.
You may need to present reference art, so your artist will know what you want. It also helps you to get a good idea of what you like and what you don't. If the same artist or artists keep coming up in your search, then you should consider using them. I always suggest you start with an email. Telling them what you want, where you want it, and when you are available.
Check the website of your artist if they are not local. Not all tattoo artists do conventions but some do, and you may be lucky enough to find they will be near you at some point.
This post is helpful. It discusses sending an email to a tattoo artist.
You might think this is a lot of work and just get a tattoo. Remember when I said earlier you don’t want to go to just anybody especially if you’re getting a particular tattoo.
Also, realize your consultation that it’s not going to take very long. You will discuss the tattoo design, the process; the artist may even give you some instructions before coming in like eating a large meal.
Make sure you talk about any medications your talking or any conditions you may have. Check their portfolio if you are not impressed or feel your personalities are not meshing now is the time to cancel. You should only get tattooed by someone you're comfortable with and think is talented. There are some great consultation tips here.
When you go to your tattoo appointment, I think it’s important to make sure beforehand to abstain from drinking or taking aspirin or ibuprofen. These thin your blood. Make sure you’re hydrated and after a good sized meal. Make sure you bathe beforehand, and your clothes are fresh. Bring a bottle of water too. Be sure you have enough cash and make sure you have a tip. Here are some very detailed tips for preparing to get a tattoo.
My experience of getting a Disney tattoo was great. The first thing I did was look for a tattoo artist that is in Southern California that specializes in Disney Tattoos or at least has done many great Disney tattoos. I narrowed it down to two different artists Peachy Tatoo and Miss Mae La Roux.
Both of these women are very talented. Peachy will be going on Maternity leave this week, and Miss Mae La Roux is in high demand. She books up quickly. If you want a tattoo, you have to wait.
A good tattoo artist is going to make sure that you are comfortable and they’re not going to make you sit there in silence. They’re going to engage in a conversation and make sure that you got very comfortable.
Even a tattoo you don’t consider to be substantial can take several hours. I cannot recall how long mine too but Peachy was great. She fun to talk to was very easy going.
Aftercare is where I feel like there is a difference of opinion. Ask your artist what to do. You may receive an aftercare instruction sheet. In my experience, you have to leave the wrapping on for a specific amount of time and then wash the tattoo with Dial Antibacterial Soap and then apply Aquaphor.
I have over ten tattoos and getting my Tattoo Done by Peachy was awesome. It was my first time getting tattooed by a female artist and she is amazingly talented. Peachy is just wonderful. She is a huge Disney fan and is such a sweet person. I cannot recommend her enough.
I was tattooed at Musink 2016 a tattoo convention in front of a lot of people it was an experience I will not forget. Peachy made me comfortable even though there were people everywhere.
I caught the end of the Used concert and got to knock off a bucket list item which saw the Deftones perform live. I love Chino Marinos voice. The whole experience was terrific.
A critical thing about aftercare is itching. Your new tattoo will begin to itch badly like the chicken pox as it heals. Do not scratch it. Gently pat or slap it. The itching can be worse than the tattoo itself.
Please make sure once it heals put sunscreen on it when you go outside, or it will fade.
If you are a Cast Member or aspire to be one Disney does not allow tattoos. If you're considering getting one make sure you can hide it. You costume must cover it.
Tattoos are all about you and what you like. So be thoughtful before getting one and do your research and make sure you can handle stupid questions. Some people are still pretty ignorant when it comes to tattoos, and you will hear the occasional dumb or offensive questions. Get what you love and don't let anyone else let you feel bad for it.