It’s been a crazy busy week and I’m missing a lot of interesting entries to share but I won’t let you miss the tattoo session I’ve had, together with my friend Carla, with one of Cebu’s best artists, Ian Cabrido. His shop/studio, Inkin’ Ian, is conveniently located along Gorordo Streets, Asilo area. It is GPS friendly and can be spotted beside Azul Tuslob Buwa.
For those curious cats and itching to get inked, I’ve listed a simple how-to below for you. This list will arm you on what to keep in mind before and after a tattoo session.
Mull over your design. Getting inked will take minutes or hours only (others, multiple sessions depending on the size) but it stays forever. Yes forever, unless you want it removed and experience thrice the pain when you first had it and suffer a keloid-ish look afterwards. You may like Mickey Mouse today but are you going to feel the same way 5 or 10 years from now? Others opt for designs/images that have significant meaning in their lives and that’s great as well as tattoos tell stories, thus, good conversation starter. You may always utilize social media platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr when looking for tattoo ideas.
Research the artist’s background and portfolio. A lot are hesitant in going through a needle, thinking is it safe? Am I going to get seriously “sick” eventually? Artists may smirk when these questions are asked but these are valid ones. So it’s your job to ask around and do a thorough research before you surrender in the artist’s needle. Plus, we don’t want to get a “No Regrets” tattoo but ending up with “No Regerts”, right? 😉 So do your research.
Ian Cabrido has been in the tattoo industry since 1992. He had done some international clients and local artists, and won a number of awards. Follow his works on Facebook here.
Identify the placement. If you have a friend who has a tattoo in the upper right or left back and would tell you that “the pain is like ant bites”, however, you want your tattoo in the ribcage area, DO NOT believe your friend. Haha! Placement has a lot to say with the gravity of the pain. I’d say yes, it is physically agonizing and a bit piercing in some parts, but the pain is always dependent on your threshold, so it’s quite subjective. 😉 If you’re the type who backs away from a simple blood extraction, I think you may have to contemplate on getting a henna instead. 😛
It is going to be more painful in the bony areas of the body so you may refer to the image below.
Once you have braved yourself, do the after-care thoroughly. An ointment is needed to be reapplied for a week or two. It is going to be crazy itchy but you’re NOT allowed to scratch it. It is going to peel off as well in a snakeskin kind of way, do NOT get tempted.
After the punishing itchy weeks, religiously apply some tattoo color protection cream. After it’s snakeskin-ish look, it will come out beautifully as when it was freshly done and with the cream’s aid, it will keep the color vibrant.
The short buzzing documentation below.
Are you inked as well? 🙂 Where did you get yours? What is your design? You may comment it. 🙂