Monroe Piercings Guide

Many lips piercings have become hugely popular in recent years, but the one that seems to stand out more than all of them is the Monroe piercing – not least due to the reasoning behind the name; Marilyn Monroe herself.

You may be wondering why the piercing is named after the beautiful and super-famous model and actress, but you shouldn’t have to look at a picture of her face for long to figure out why.

Thanks to Marilyn Monroe, this has become one of the most popular facial piercings of all-time across swathes of the world.

What Is A Monroe Piercing?

The Monroe piercing is a perforation made above the upper-left side of the top lip, to match the approximate location where the famous beauty spot appeared on the face of Marilyn Monroe. While the Monroe is usually regarded as a lip piercing, the lip isn’t actually pierced at all.

While the piercing was initially made popular by the famous American, there is also another reason why it’s such a well-loved piece of facial art – the versatility of it.

Monroe piercings can not only look great and striking on their own, but they can also supplement other close-by piercings extremely well too (such as labret piercings, medusa piercings, spider bites and even smiley piercings).

Although a substantial percentage of people who get the Marilyn Monroe piercing are women, the piercing is starting to become slightly more popular among with men, who instead of opting for a bead, tend to go for more masculine jewelry such as spikes or other bold shapes.

Regarding the setup – a Monroe piercing usually comes in three sections:

The Bead – The visible frontal part of the jewelry

The Disk – The back section of the jewelry which holds the piercing in place

The Barbell – The rod that slides through the hole in the skin and connects the bead to the disk

Variations

While the most common type of Monroe piercing is the single, left-sided perforation above the upper lip as mentioned above, there are many variations of this piercing, of which the more commons ones are:

Madonna Piercing

The Madonna piercing is exactly the same as the Monroe, except it sits to the right-hand side of the upper lip instead of the usual left.

Double Monroe Piercing

This term is usually used when somebody has both a Monroe piercing and also a Madonna at the same time (one on each side over the upper lip). However, some people also sometimes have two Monroe piercings sitting tightly next to each other and commonly call this a double Monroe piercing also.

Reverse / Bottom Monroe Piercing

This piercing is also placed on the left-hand side like the standard Monroe, except it’s situated below the bottom lip instead of above the top lip.

What Happens During A Monroe Piercing?

Although the Monroe piercing looks relatively straightforward and simple to create, the piercer still needs to be experienced enough to insert the needle and exactly the right location. Not only is this in order to achieve the classic Monroe look, but also to prevent common lip and mouth piercing issues such as gum damage and enamel erosion.

As for the actual piercing procedure itself, it should all be over and done with in a very short amount of time (usually under 10 seconds).

To start with, the piercer will clean and disinfect the upper lip area before marking out the exact needle entry and exit points.

Once this has been done, the piercer will use a clamp to gently pull your upper lip away from your teeth and gums before proceeding to pass an extremely sharp hollow needle through the skin quickly and smoothly.

Once the needle has entered into the skin and exited out of the inner mouth area, it is then removed before a barbell is pushed into position and fastened into place.

Once the procedure is complete, your piercer will likely give you an aftercare facts sheet that will contain instructions on how to properly look after the piercing during the initial (and crucial) healing stages.

Monroe Piercing Pain – How Much Does It Hurt?

While the Monroe piercing certainly the most painful piercing you could have done, it will likely still sting slightly during the procedure. This is because the inner lip area contains lots of sensitive nerve endings, and some of these endings are going to be hit by the needle as it makes its initial pass through the skin.

Generally, those with thicker lips or more musculature around the area will tend to feel slightly more pain as the needle has more tissue to pass through before reaching the other side.

Toughened outer skin (usually due to years of frequent shaving) can also make it slightly harder for the needle to pass through and therefore this can make the procedure a little bit more painful.

However, it’s important to understand that the whole process is over extremely quickly, and while you may feel quite an intense sting for one or two seconds, this pain should die down almost instantly once the needle has finished perforating the skin.

You should also be aware that you will likely experience a small amount of pain of the next few days as a natural healing response to the damage caused to the area.

Along with small amounts of pain over the coming days, you will also probably experience slight swelling and possibly bruising around the area of the piercing. This is nothing to worry about and is just your body’s method of healing.

Be very careful when eating, drinking as the piercing will likely feel tender to the touch for up to a week afterward.

Don’t worry if there is a small amount of blood during or after the procedure as this is again, very normal and the bleeding should stop after a very short while.

Finally, remember that everybody’s pain thresholds are different. Don’t be put off if somebody you know has had the procedure done previously and has said it’s excruciating. To another person, the exact same procedure may not hurt for them in the slightest! Therefore try not to be put off by others and remember how quickly the whole experience will be over.

How Much Does A Monroe Piercing Cost?

As with all types of piercings, Monroe piercing prices can vary a lot depending on a few factors such as how experienced the piercer is, where the piercing shop is based, and how high quality the initial piece of jewelry will be.

However, the consensus is that most Monroe piercings will fall within the $30-$70 price range (taking into consideration the factors mentioned above).

What To Do Before Getting A Monroe Piercing

To be sure that the piercing turns out exactly how you want it to, it’s important to make sure that you prepare yourself appropriately before stepping foot into the shop.

First off, it’s vital that you start a rigorous oral hygiene regime in the week leading up to your piercing appointment. This is because your mouth is home to billions of bacteria that could quite easily cause an infection in your new piercing if you’re not careful.

For this reason, you’ll want to make sure you keep your mouth as clean as you can leading up to the day of the piercing.

To keep bacteria numbers down within your mouth you will want to focus on brushing your teeth, gum-line and tongue at least twice-daily and after meals/sugary snacks, focusing on the areas closest to where the piercing will be inserted.

On top of brushing, it’s also important to both floss and rinse your mouth with an antibacterial wash to ensure you remove as many germs and food particles (that the germs feed on) as possible.

Monroe Piercing Aftercare Advice

The days/weeks following on from your Monroe piercing procedure are extremely important and can be make or break when it comes to how good your piercing is going to look for the rest of its life.

This period is the most vital because these times are when the wound and piercing are at their most delicate and vulnerable.

You should do as best as you possibly can to make sure that you take great care in looking after your new piercing until it has completely healed (the point in which the skin inside of the hole has finished reshaping and regenerating.

While you may think that looking after a new piercing is quite a simple job, there are several significant steps to take to ensure your piercing doesn’t get scarred, infected or otherwise damaged:

Don’t Constantly Touch Or Play Around With Your Piercing

You should try as best as you possibly can to make sure that your and any other objects refrain from touching your new piercing. Not only will constant pressing and prodding interfere with the healing process, but your hands will have the potential to transfer lots of harmful bacteria over to your open skin wound, even if they look clean.

Just as important is ensuring you don’t frequently poke and prod the inside of the piercing using your tongue. It may be hard, but try to resist the urge to do this as best as you can.

Don’t Take The Original Stud Until Instructed

It’s important to keep the original stud in until the Monroe piercing has finished healing. Taking the stud out prematurely can not only cause irritation, but it will also create a larger area for bacteria to enter, increasing the chances of infection and delaying healing times.

Along with these reasons, you could also potentially cause even more damage by accidentally poking the wound with the point of the barbell when trying to remove it from the hole.

Avoid Drinking Alcohol Or Using It To Clean The Piercing Wound

Alcohol is an incredibly harsh chemical and can cause significant irritation and damage to healing wound if not careful, as well as drying out the healing tissue, which will likely delay the time it takes for the skin to close up fully.

Therefore, you should refrain from drinking alcohol for at least two weeks after the procedure, or until you are sure the wound has fully healed.

Also, please refrain from utilizing alcohol to clean/disinfect the wound. Instead, you should incorporate a more delicate cleaning routine, such as the one mentioned in the ‘cleaning’ section of this article below.

Avoid Smoking Or Using Any Other Form Of Tobacco Product

Smoking (and using tobacco in general) is not only massively damaging to your general health, but it can also cause all sorts of damage/death to cells surrounding a wound, especially in areas as delicate as the inner mouth/lips).

For this reason, it’s strongly advised to refrain from smoking or using any tobacco product until the wound has completely closed up.

Don’t Eat Spicy Food

Spicy food can burn and irritate the pierced area while it’s in the healing phase, and cause other side-effects around the wound such as redness, itchiness and rash outbreaks.

You should try to prevent any spicy products from touching the area of the piercing, and remember to wash your hands very well if you happen to ever handle anything spicy will your Monroe piercing is still healing.

Eat And Chew Carefully

Having a new piercing around the lips and mouth can take a little while to get used to; especially when it comes to eating and drinking.

To compensate for a new piece of metal pushed through the front of your face, you should ensure that you eat and drink very slowly and carefully to make sure that you don’t accidentally bite down on the piercing and cause even more damage to an already delicate wound.

Avoid Rubbing Harsh Chemicals/Product Over The Piercing

Many makeup products, creams, and cosmetics contain ingredients that can irritate your new piercing, and therefore you should be careful to make sure you don’t smother the area with these potentially damaging products.

Likewise, sun tanning lotions are also generally quite unforgiving on new skin wounds, and therefore you should try to keep it away from your piercing for a week or two. This means if you’re heading outside into the sun for prolonged periods you should try to keep the lower half of your face in the shade as best as possible, as UV rays from the sun can also cause damage to a healing wound.

A good way to ensure your piercing heals as best as possible is to use a specialized piercing aftercare product, as these generally only contain ingredients that are guaranteed to have a positive effect during the healing stages.

Cleaning The Outer-Lip

The most important factor to remember when cleaning a Monroe piercing is to not use any kind of product on the area that is going to irritate or otherwise harm the healing of the wound. This means you should not attempt to clean the area with any harsh products, ingredients, or chemicals.

Products containing artificial scents are colorings are generally not a good choice as these added artificial ingredients have been known to cause problems with healing skin (such as itching, burning, and rashes).

Instead, it’s always best to use natural ingredients to clean the outer area of the piercing. An excellent way to gently clean your outer piercing is to use a lukewarm salt/saline solution, applied over the area using a Q-tip or cotton ball.

If your piercing has become slightly swollen, a chilled salt solution can be used instead to help soothe the swelling and reduce the pain slightly too.

Concerning how often you should clean your Monroe piercing; you should carry out this routine every morning and night, and at any point in the day where you believe the piercing may have come into contact with something dirty or harmful.

Cleaning The Inner-Mouth Area Of The Piercing

Simply put, you should just try to keep the inside of your mouth as clean as possible until the piercing has finished healing. However, you must try not to use anything too harsh (such as alcohol-based mouthwash), which could cause further damage to the area.

You should continue to brush your teeth like normal (don’t forget the tongue), but be extra-careful when brushing close to the site of the piercing. Try to brush after every meal and sugary snack/drink to keep bacteria numbers as small as possible.

A soft-bristled brush along with a mild, unflavored toothpaste is the perfect combination for the first week or two of healing.

In addition to brushing, it’s also advantageous to swill a salt solution around your mouth at least twice a day to help keep the inner part of the piercing as sterile as possible.

Try not to use any commercial mouthwashes for the first couple of weeks as these frequently contain ingredients that can be quite harsh to the wound.

Finally, floss regularly to help remove any trapped particles of food which could potentially contribute to increased bacterial growth.

How Long Does a Monroe Piercing Take To Heal?

A Monroe piercing typically takes between 6-10 weeks to heal, although the tissue within the piercing tunnel can take up to 9 months until it fully regenerates and forms a wall of scar tissue to keep the innermost tissue fully protected.

For this reason, you should maintain good hygiene around the piercing (both inside and out) for as long as you can. The longer you take care of the piercing, the more likely it’s going to be able to remain unscathed in the long-term.

You must also note the timescales mentioned above are just averages, and your own piercing may heal faster or slower than specified depending on you well you look after it, and how effective you body’s general healing capabilities are.

Getting good rest, eating well, exercising frequently, and remaining hydrated all help to ensure you’re in the best position to heal your piercing as efficiently as possible.

Monroe Piercing Infections

Although infected Monroe piercings are relatively uncommon, they can occur if the wound gets exposed to harmful bacteria, and this is why it’s so important to look after the piercing until it has fully healed.

While there are many symptoms of an infected Monroe piercing, the ones listed below are the most common.

Common symptoms include:

Redness that doesn’t disappear or begins to get gradually worse.

Swelling that doesn’t disappear or starts to affect talking, eating, and drinking

Severe pain or burning – only mild pain should be experienced after a labret piercing

Severe rashes around the site of the piercing (including oozing and crusty scabbing)

Extreme itchiness around the site of the wound

Please remember that seeing the symptoms above on your own piercing does not mean it’s infected. Most piercings will display mild versions of most of these symptoms throughout the aftercare phase as a natural healing response from your body.

However, if the symptoms (or any other severe symptoms not listed above) begin to get worse instead of better after 7-10 days, you should think about getting the piercing checked by a doctor to make sure everything is okay.

Monroe Piercing Risks

As with all types of body piercings, Monroe piercings do come with an element of risk. Below are the most common issues that can arise after getting a Monroe piercing:

Tooth Wear – Over time, the disk in the mouth can sometimes cause parts of the close-by teeth to wear down due to constant friction and rubbing. Tooth wear may never happen to you, or it may be very mild, but it can also be quite profound and noticeable if you don’t take action once you’ve noticed the piercing is rubbing against your teeth.

Gum Erosion – As with tooth wear, gum erosion happens due to constant rubbing, except this issue arises when the disk rubs against the gums instead of the teeth. Gum erosion can be hard to spot at first as the effects may be very subtle, but over time you will likely notice that more and more of the roots of your teeth are becoming exposed.

Embedding – Embedding usually occurs when a (usually inexperienced) piercer inserts a barbell into your new piercing that is too short.

When a barbel is too short, any normal swelling that may occur after the procedure can cause the surrounding tissue to tighten around the jewelry, causing the studs and disks to become embedding tight against the skin, potentially causing additional damage to the wound, along with possible bruising and soreness.

For this reason, most piercing professionals will usually add an initial barbell that is slightly longer than necessary to accommodate for any additional swelling that may occur.

Monroe Piercing Jewelry

For most Money piercing, a labret stud is normally used, as the sizes are very often perfect for what each customer is wanting.

Labret & Monroe studs are available in all shapes and sizes, and you can even buy studs that are entirely clear, or made of tiny pieces of silicon if you wanted to make the piercing somewhat more obscure.

Monroe piercing jewelry is available in a range of lengths and thicknesses, and if you’re not quite sure which size to go for then a good starting point for most Monroe piercings is either a 14, 16 or 18 gauge, with a length of either 5/16” or 3/8”. However, if you don’t wish to make an incorrect decision, then any professional piercing shop you visit should be able to help with your choice

Summary

All types and variations of Monroe piercing can look hugely striking if done properly, and due to the huge amounts of jewelry available, you will no-doubt find something that suits your own personal style.

By making sure you take care of your piercing as best as you possibly can throughout the initial and important healing phase, you can be sure your piercing turns out as amazing as you always expected it to be.

Medusa Piercing Guide

The medusa piercing (or philtrum) has seen massive increases in popularity in recent times for both men and women – and it’s not surprising why.

A well-executed philtrum piercing can look striking, especially when matched up with some bold and inventive jewelry.

However – as awesome as they are, medusa piercings still need to be well respected during their healing stages, and you must ensure you know as much as possible about them before taking the dive.

Taking good care helps to ensure that everything turns out as it should, and your piercing ends up looking as perfect as you initially imaged.

This article has been written to explain as much as possible about everything you’re going to need to know about these beautiful piercings.

What Is A Medusa Piercing?

The medusa piercing is an increasingly popular piercing which is placed centrally below the septum of the nose and above the upper lip.

As the vertical groove between the base of the nose and the top of the upper lip is anatomically known as the philtrum, this piercing is also known as a philtrum piercing.

The piercing shouldn’t be mistaken for the Monroe piercing, which is situated over the left-side of the upper lip, instead of centrally.

In terms of how a medusa piercing is usually set up, a labret stud is commonly used as the jewelry type of choice. The stud is generally made up of three separate sections, including:

The Bead – This is the part of the stud which is visible on the outside of the skin and which comes available in many hundreds of different styles and colors. Most of your medusa piercing jewelry choices will be primarily based on how the bead looks.

The Barbell – This is the long middle section of the stud which connects the bead at the front to the disk at the back.

The Disk – The disk is the final section of the stud which the barbell is attached to. The disk helps to keep the rest of the stud in place and stops the bead and barbell from slipping out.

Variations

Double Medusa Piercing

The double medusa piercing involves piercing the philtrum area twice so that a combination of different stud styles can be used with each other.

Vertical Medusa Piercing / Jestrum Piercing

The jestrum piercing involves perforating the philtrum area vertically so the barbel protrudes out of the skin twice, allowing two studs to sit on top of each other.

This piercing is different to the double medusa above due to this being only a single piercing, and not two separate ones.

What Happens During A Medusa Piercing?

While a medusa piercing may look relatively straightforward, it’s imperative that the piercing is placed perfectly centered within the philtrum area, as any slight deviations either left, right, up or down can cause the piercing to look symmetrically out of place or otherwise wonky.

Not only this but if the piercing is placed incorrectly it could increase the risk of various issues occurring such as gum recession and dental erosion.

For these reasons, you should ensure that the piercer you choose is both professional and experienced with not only piercings in general but with medusa piercings specifically.

Once at the studio, your piercer will usually start off by putting on a clean pair of latex gloves and cleaning the outer area of skin using an antibacterial substance such as alcohol. They will also likely give you an antiseptic oral solution to rinse the inside of your mouth out with before starting with the piercing.

From here the piercer will probably use a pen to mark the exact entry point in which the needle will go through and where the jewellery will eventually sit.

While holding the upper lip (usually with a clamp), your piercer will proceed to use a very thin and sharp hollow needle to penetrate the philtrum from the inside-out, being extremely careful as to ensure the needle goes right through the marked spot on the outer layer of skin.

Once the needle has fully penetrated the skin, a special instrument will be used to help pass the jewelry through the new hole so the piercer can then set it in place. This initial barbell will generally stay inserted until healing has finished.

Medusa Piercing Pain – How Much Does It Hurt?

While it’s normal to expect at least a couple of seconds of sharp pain during the initial procedure, the medusa piercing isn’t considered to be any more painful than other conventional lip/facial piercings.

However, several layers of skin and tissue will be perforated during the procedure, so as mentioned, you will very likely feel a few moment of sharp pain, but this should subside very quickly once the needle has fully penetrated the area.

It’s also worth remembering that no two people are the same when it comes to pain and pain tolerance.

Everybody perceives pain differently from one another, and this means that while one person may find this specific procedure extremely painful, another person may find it absolutely fine and not painful at all.

Therefore, don’t worry if somebody tells you than medusa piercings are unbearable – it doesn’t mean that you’ll have the same experience.

Once the initial piercing has been completed, you are likely to experience some minor pain and discomfort throughout the next several days as the area begins working to heal itself.

You may experience a dull throbbing pain for the first day or two, but this should disperse quite quickly thereafter.

Along with the pain, you may experience some slight localized bruising, swelling and tenderness, however this is considered completely normal and is your body’s natural reaction to healing a mild trauma such as a skin wound.

Finally, don’t be worried if the area bleeds slightly during or shortly after the procedure, as again, this is completely normal and the bleeding should completely stop a day or two afterwards (usually much sooner).

How Much Does A Medusa Piercing Cost?

As with any other form of piercing or body modification, philtrum piercing prices can vary widely.

Depending on various factors such as piercer experience and studio location, the average cost of a medusa piercing generally tends to be set at between $40 – $80.

What To Do Before Getting A Medusa Piercing

In order for the piercing to turn out as successfully as possible, and to help ensure that risks such possible infections are minimized, it’s important to undertake a few principal steps before walking into the shop for your piercing.

The most crucial part of your preparation will be to ensure that the area around where your future piercing will go is kept as clean as it can possibly be.

Try to carry out the below steps in the week leading up to your piercing appointment to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as it possibly can.

Brush Your Teeth – Your teeth and gums harbor many millions of bacteria, all of which can potentially cause problems such as infection if they were to enter a new cut or opening within the skin.

For this reason, you should remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and at any other point after consuming sugary snacks or drinks.

This brushing should help to keep bacteria numbers around the area lower; decreasing the risk of possible issues arising.

Remember to give your tongue a good brush too, as you tongue can contain huge amounts of germs and bacteria.

Floss – Brushing your teeth will not completely remove all traces of bacteria from the hard to reach places between your teeth and gums, and therefore flossing often can help towards keeping those nasty bacteria away

Use Mouthwash – Finally, using a good mouthwash can do wonders for your oral hygiene.

Rinsing your mouth out with an antibacterial solution after finishing the rest of your cleaning routine can help to wash away all of the food particles and bacteria that you’ve just dislodged by brushing and flossing.

How Long Does a Medusa Piercing Take To Heal?

While the healing process will always be different for everybody depending on their general health, immune system, and aftercare process, all medusa piercings should generally take between 6-12 weeks to completely heal, although for most people it should take closer to 6 weeks as long as correct aftercare and cleaning procedures have been correctly applied.

Although the pain and swelling can disperse after only a few days, and while the outside of a piercing can look as though it has sufficiently healed rather quickly, it’s worth noting that the tissue deep inside the piercing hole will take considerably longer to fully heal and close up, and therefore you should still continue to take good care of your piercing right up until that 6 week mark (at the very least).

Medusa Piercing Aftercare Guide

While the healing in itself should be relatively straight forward, there are a few things to know about and a few situations to be wary of.

As the first week of healing is always the most important, you’ll want to ensure that you take extra good care during this period.

During this initial week, you’ll want to eat and drink carefully to ensure the area doesn’t get irritated as your lips/the insides of your mouth move around.

Along with taking care when eating and drinking, it’s highly recommended that you completely avoid smoking during the first week (at least) as all of the harsh chemical can seep into the wound and cause further damage and inadequate/delayed healing.

Along with smoking, alcohol consumption should also be avoided during the early stages of medusa piercing aftercare as it can cause the wound to not only dry out, but the strength of the alcohol can also cause damage to the healing tissue inside of the wound.

Swimming is also an activity that should not be undertaken for at least a couple of weeks while the area continues to heal.

Swimming in a chlorinated pool can cause the wound to dry out and alternatively swimming in an untreated (unchlorinated) body of water can open your new wound to a whole host of nasty infection-causing bacteria.

Finally, it’s recommended that all kissing is avoided for at least a week to ensure that no bacteria is transferred over from somebody else’s lips/mouth into your open wound.

After the first week or two have passed (hopefully without a hitch), the most vital and important moments in the life of your piercing are out of the way can you can now focus on keeping the area clean for the rest of the healing process.

Medusa Piercing Swelling

Although it won’t happen in all cases, swelling that appears around a medusa piercing a day or two after the procedure is relatively common.

The amount of swelling that may occur will also depend on various factors such as how your body usually reacts to trauma.

While you may be lucky and produce no swelling at all; your whole upper lip may bloat out if you’re especially unfortunate.

However, most cases of swelling will simply result in a small, slightly raised bump around the central upper lip area (likely inside and outside), which will slowly disperse over the next week.

In order to accommodate for any swelling that may potentially occur, most good piercing professionals will use a longer barbell for the initial jewelry.

This use of a longer barbell is to make sure that if there is any significant swelling, there is enough depth along the jewelry to ensure the stud doesn’t get pulled into the inflamed skin and become lodged, which may cause injury or scarring.

If your piercing becomes particularly swollen, there are a few things that can be done in an attempt to reduce the swelling:

Apply a cold compress to the outside of your upper lip

Suck on a clean ice cube to soothe the inner lip

Keep your head elevated above your heart as much as possible for a few days to help drain fluid down and away from the area

Be extra-careful with the piercing and resist the urge to prod and poke the area as this could make the swelling worse and increase the risk of getting an infection

Drink and eat slowly and carefully for the first week with your new piercing

Cleaning A Medusa Piercing

A quick guide to cleaning a new piercing:

As mentioned in the section above, properly cleaning your new philtrum piercing regularly is important to promote fast and healthy healing and to prevent nasty infections can permanently scar and disfigure a piercing if not treated quickly.

As the piercing wound is open on both the outside and the inside of the mouth, there is a unique cleaning technique for both sides. However, there is one thing that should always be done before starting both cleaning routine, and that is to ensure that your hands have always been washed well before touching your new piercing wound.

While the wound may be sore to touch for several days or even up to a week, it’s still important that you attempt to clean the area as best you can.

Cleaning The Outside

When cleaning the outside of you philtrum piercing, you should try to be as gentle and delicate as possible.

If there is any dry/sticky crust or blood clinging to the outside of the wound then you should never attempt to just pick it off; instead, you should soak a cotton ball in warm water before gently dabbing it around the area in an effort to rub the crust away.

Once the area around the wound is clear, you should apply a small amount of cleaning solution (such as a saline solution) to the jewelry and wound.

You should also allow the cleaning solution to soak into the area for 30-60 seconds to ensure the wound is sterilized properly.

Finally, you should finish cleaning the outside of the wound by gently blotting it with more warm water to ensure that all cleaning solution has been thoroughly rinsed away.

To finish off the cleaning process, dab the area dry with a clean paper towel (avoid using fabric/cotton towels as these can transfer bacteria to the area).

Be Careful

Try your hardest to not get any makeup products or other lotions/ointments/creams on the area when conducting your daily facial makeup/cleansing routine.

All of these products can cause irritation and damage to the already very delicate area during the healing stages.

A good way to ensure your piercing heals as best as possible is to use a specialized piercing aftercare product, as these generally only contain ingredients that are guaranteed to have a positive effect during the healing stages.

Cleaning The Inside

To ensure the inside of the philtrum piercing is kept clean, you should make sure that you wash your mouth out with alcohol-free mouthwash after every meal for 30-60 seconds.

This swilling not only helps to ensure the area is kept disinfected, but it also helps to dislodge any food that may have been caught inside the hole.

If you’d like an alternative to mouthwash, a non-iodized sea salt blend can be used, or even a saline solution.

If you’re eating away from home and have none of the above cleaning solutions at hand, you should try to swill your mouth with clean water straight after your meal before ensuring that you try to clean the inside of your mouth properly as soon as you’re next able to.

Finally, it’s recommended that you use a brand new toothbrush after getting a medusa piercing to minimize the transferring of bacteria to the wound as best as possible.

You should continue to clean the inside and outside of the piercing twice daily (morning & night) until the area has completely finished healing.

Medusa Piercing Healing – What NOT To Do

As previously mentioned, it is imperative that you help your philtrum piercing heal as best as you possibly can to avoid any potential complications, and this means there are several things you definitely shouldn’t do while the piercing continues to heal, including:

Using alcohol to clean your piercing – Alcohol is an incredibly strong substance and will be very harsh on your delicate healing skin and will likely dry the area out far too much.

Drinking alcohol – For the same reason as above. Once inside your mouth, the alcohol could potentially cause damage to the piercing area and delay healing times.

Covering the piercing in petroleum-based products – Your skin wound needs to breathe and take in fresh air in order to heal quickly, and this won’t be possible if you apply a layer of vaseline or petroleum-based lip balm over the area.

Touching your piercing with dirty/unwashed hands – For the obvious reason of preventing the spread of harmful germs and bacteria to the site of the wound.

Engaging in oral sex or french kissing – Allowing other people’s bodily fluids (like saliva) to come into contact with your wound highly increases the risk of contracting an infectious disease. Try to avoid any related activities until both sides of the wound have completely closed up.

Exposing the wound to other harsh products and chemical – This includes, but is not limited to: makeup/cosmetics, scented/colored lotions, perfumes, body sprays and hair product.

Submerging the wound in a body of water – Most bodies of water (swimming pools, lakes, baths, and jacuzzis etc.) harbor many billions of harmful bacteria which could severely infect your new piercing if you’re not careful.

Try to keep dirty water away from your medusa piercing as best as possible, and always clean the area well if the wound gets splashed/submerged.

Smoking, chewing or otherwise ingesting any form of tobacco product – Tobacco and other related products can cause endless problems to a healing mouth wound, and you should stay away from them throughout the whole healing process.

Eating very hot or spicy foods – Hot foods/beverages could potentially burn and further damage a healing mouth wound while spicy ingredients can cause irritation and inflammation to the area.

Infected Medusa Piercings

While Medusa piercing infections are quite uncommon, they can occur during the healing stages, especially if the piercing hasn’t been looked after as well as it should have.

If you believe your wound may have become infected, then you should act fast to get the infection treated by a medical professional.

If the infection is particularly severe, it can not only cause permanent damage to the skin surrounding the piercing, but it can also affect your general health.

Listed below are the most common symptoms of an infected medusa piercing, but please be aware that you will likely see at least a couple of these symptoms throughout the first few days of healing, so don’t start to worry prematurely, things like slight redness, pain, and swelling are completely normal.

As long as the symptoms are getting better rather than worse over a period of around 5-10 days, then it’s unlikely that there’s an infection present, and the wound is probably healing exactly how it should be.

Common symptoms of an infection include:

Extreme redness that doesn’t clear or begins to get gradually worse.

Severe swelling that doesn’t disperse or starts to affect talking, eating, and drinking

Severe pain (only mild pain should be experienced after a medusa piercing)

Severe rashes or reactions that appear around the site of the wound (including excessive bleeding, pus/oozing, and crusty scabbing)

Extreme itchiness around the area of the piercing

Medusa Piercing Risks

It must be known that all piercing variations come with an element of risk, and this includes medusa piercings. It’s therefore advised that you study the risks associated with philtrum piercings as much as you can before entering a studio in order to negate any risks as best as possible.

The most common risks associated with medusa piercings are:

Infection – As mentioned above, infections are most likely to happens during the initial healing stages and can usually be prevented by incorporating good care and hygiene practices.

Tooth Erosion – This can sometimes happen when the jewelry disk inside the mouth comes into frequent contact with the upper front teeth. Over time, this rubbing can wear down the enamel and create small pits and divots within the teeth, which will also likely increase the risk of tooth decay.

Gum Recession – Like tooth erosion, except gum recession happens when the disk rubs against the gums instead of the teeth, causing the gums to wear down and recede.

Scarring – Poor healing around the wound area or accidental damage to the piercing site can lead to permanent skin damage in the form of scarring. The risk of medusa piercing scarring can be minimized by caring for the wound properly during healing and being careful not to have the piercing pulled on, ripped out, or otherwise damaged throughout its lifetime.

Medusa Piercing Jewelry

Like all piercing variations, there is a huge selection of medusa jewelry available for every style imaginable, with all shapes, sizes, materials, and colors instantly available at most jewelry shops worldwide.

While the most common type of jewelry by far is the standard labret stud, there are dozens of other types available, such as balls, spikes, rings, and chains, among others; the world is your oyster!

When searching for your piercing jewelry, you’ll likely come across a range of sizes and may be unsure which size to choose. As a rough guide, most medusa piercings will usually be done in either a 16 gauge or an 18 gauge, therefore, use these sizes as a starting point when picking out your new jewelry.

If you’re still unsure about the correct size and don’t want to make the wrong decision, it’s always best to consult a piercing professional so they can give you a face-to-face opinion on what sizes and jewelry types will best suit your own specific piercing.

Labret Piercing Guide

The labret piercing has become a hugely popular symbol of style for women and men alike over the past several years.

However, when looking to get a new piercing (especially one that is so visible on the face), you’ll want to be certain that you know as much as possible about what you’re getting yourself into.

This article sets out to explain everything you need to know about labret piercings, so sit back and get that bottom lip ready for some beautiful new bling.

What Is A Labret Piercing?

A labret piercing is the perforation of the central point below the lower lip. Although many people believe that a labret piercing is placed on the outer lip itself, the piercing isn’t physically attached to the lip at all.

While many would class it as a lip piercing or an oral piercing, it is technically better to be described as a facial piercing.

In terms of the most common piercing setup, a labret stud is usually made up of three main parts. These include:

The Disk – The flat section placed at the back of the piercing (within the mouth) which is used to secure the rest of the stud from the inside and to stop the stud from slipping out of the lip.

The Bead – The visual part of the stud that appears on the outside of the mouth. Labret beads come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors to perfectly suit the style of the wearer.

The Barbell – The short rod-like middle section that passes through the hole in the lip and connects the disk to the bead.

A Short History

In terms of the history of the labret; although it’s unknown as to when the specific point in time was with regard to first sightings of this piercing, it has been documented that men and women living on the north-west American coast were sporting labret piercing as far back as 3,000 years ago in order to visual display various aspects of their tribal lives such as wealth, social status and rank.

Labret Piercing Variations

While the most common type of labret piercing is the single central perforation beneath the lower lip, there are many variations of this piercing, of which the more popular are:

Vertical Labret Piercing

The vertical labret piercing, unlike the standard labret, actually goes through the lip. Another difference is that the barbell is usually curved, allowing the piercing to sit better with the natural contours of the lip.

While only one bead is visible on the outside of the mouth with a standard labret, both sides of the barbell are visible with the vertical labret – one towards the top of the lower lip and one pointing downwards out of the underside of the lower lip.

One advantage of the vertical labret is that due to the position of the barbell and beads, the likelihood of any of the stud coming into contact (and affecting) the teeth/gums is low (more about labret piercing risks later).

Horizontal Labret Piercing

The horizontal labret piercing, like the vertical labret, has two beads attached to a curved barbell, but the main difference is that the piercing goes straight through that fattest part of the center-lower lip horizontally so that the beads sit next to each other (normally between 1-2cm apart).

As both sides of the piercing have to go through the extra-sensitive lip tissue (as opposed to just one with the vertical labret), this piercing can be slightly more painful during the procedure.

Side Labret Piercing

The side labret piercing is a single bead positioned underneath the lower lip like a standard labret, except it’s placed to either the far left or far right of the mouth instead of toward the center.

Double Labret / Dolphin Bite Piercing

A double labret (or dolphin bite) piercing is when two standard labrets are placed very closely next to each other side-by-side underneath the lower lip. Double labrets can even sit on top of each other vertically.

Double vertical labrets can also be created in the same manner so that two beads are visible side-by-side underneath the lower lip, and two beads are protruding out of the lower lip itself.

Snake Bites

Snake bite piercings are when a pair of side labret piercings are present underneath each side of the lower lip, so in total there are 4 beads present (2 on each side).

Spider Bites / Viper Bites

Spider & Viper Bite Piercings are the names given when there is a pair of labret piercings on just one side of the mouth (so it’s basically half of the snake bite piercing mentioned above).

Lowbret

A lowbret piercing is when the skin is perforated much lower down the chin, usually as far as possible until there is no more ‘grab-able’ skin to pierce through toward the bottom of the gum area.

Although not as common as labrets, lowbret piercings are popular amongst body modifiers due to them being in a better position on the face to be stretched to wider diameters.

Lowbret piercings can also be doubled up on, so two lowbrets are sitting between 1-4cm away from each other (depending on personal preference).

Along with all of the variation above, a labret piercing can also look striking when matched with other piercings such as the Medusa, Monroe, and Smiley piercings.

What Happens During A Labret Piercing?

While labret piercings look relatively straightforward and simple, it’s imperative that they’re placed as perfectly as possible to prevent common problems such as enamel erosion and gum damage (among other risks, which are mentioned later in the article).

Therefore, when it comes to piercings, it’s always best to ensure you chose a well-respected and experienced specialist.

This is particularly the case when it comes to facial piercings; you don’t want to be walking around with a botched and off-center stud beneath your lip. For this reason, it’s advisable to do a bit of research for good piercers around the area before just walking into any old shop.

As for the piercing itself, it will usually be done extremely quickly (within a matter of a couple of seconds).

Firstly, the piercer will proceed to clean and disinfect the lower lip area before giving you an antibacterial mouthwash to kill any harmful germs which may be residing behind the area which is about to get pierced.

After this, the piercer will most-likely mark entry and exit points inside and outside the mouth to ensure the needle goes exactly where it’s intended to.

From here, the piercing professional will clamp your lower lip to allow for better steadiness and visibility before quickly but carefully passing a hollow needle through the skin.

Finally, the needle is removed, and the jewelry/stud is inserted and fastened in place by screwing on the bead section – and you’re done!

After the procedure, your piercer will likely give you instructions in the form of an aftercare sheet which will explain how to look after the piercing to ensure it heals as well as possible and ends up looking exactly as intended.

Labret Piercing Pain – How Much Does It Hurt?

The pain during the piercing process isn’t considered too bad when compared to other mouth/oral piercings, although a horizontal/vertical labret will likely hurt somewhat more than a standard labret due to sensitive lip tissue being involved rather than just skin.

However, you must remember that the experience will all be over in a matter of seconds and the whole feeling will generally just feel like a quick and intense pinch.

It’s also worth noting that a small amount of pain and discomfort should also be expected in the coming days once the piercing process has been completed.

This discomfort is down to the body’s natural reaction to skin perforation, which usually causes at least some amount of localized bruising and swelling (which in-turn is usually accompanied by mild pain).

The pain itself usually begins as a throbbing pain for the first day or so, followed by tenderness when the area is touched for the following few days.

Don’t worry if the area bleeds slightly after the procedure as this is relatively common. Taking aspirin or other blood-thinning medications shortly before or after the procedure can also prolong bleeding.

Finally, you must remember that when it comes to pain, everybody is different. What somebody may find hurts a lot, you might find that it doesn’t hurt at all.

For this reason, if a friend has already had a labret piercing and says it hurt a lot, this doesn’t mean your experience is going to be just as bad. Try not to worry about the pain too much.

How Much Does A Labret Piercing Cost?

The cost of a labret piercing can vary greatly depending on several different factors, including the popularity/demand of the piercer, the experience of the piercer, the location (country/city) of the shop and the type of jewelry chosen for the piercing.

Generally, however, the price will usually end up being between $40-$65.

What To Do Before Getting A Labret Piercing

In order to ensure the piercing turns out as successful as possible, it’s important to undertake a few preparatory steps before heading to the shop.

Firstly, the mouth harbors many billions of bacteria, some of which can become harmful if they enter a cut or opening.

Therefore, it’s vital to ensure you focus on maintaining a comprehensive oral hygiene regime in the week leading up to your appointment:

Brush – Brushing your teeth, gum-line and tongue at least twice a day and after any sugary meals/snacks helps to keep the bacteria numbers in the mouth lower, which should help to boost healing properties within the area once the piercing has been completed.

Floss – Ensuring you floss after meals will help to remove bits of food from between your teeth. These small bits of food are typically eaten by bacteria to help them survive and multiply, therefore by removing one of the food sources you’re helping to keep bacteria numbers down.

Wash – Swilling an antibacterial mouthwash around your mouth after brushing helps to finish off killing any bacteria that may have ended up surviving after the brushing. Mouthwash can also reach areas you may have missed with the toothbrush and floss.

Labret Piercing Aftercare & Cleaning Guide

Your labret piercing will only heal as well as your aftercare routine allows it to – therefore you should to ensure you care for your piercing as best as you possibly can until the area has completely healed (which means that the skin inside of the piercing has completely reshaped and regenerated).

While it may seem easy to look after a new piercing while it’s healing, there are a few things you must do to make sure that you minimize the risk of any problems arising, such as infections and excessive scarring.

Do Not Touch Or Play With The Piercing

It is imperative that you keep your hands (and other objects) away from your new piercing as best as possible. Although your hands may look clean, they will still likely harbor many billions of bacteria that may cause harm to your open wound if transferred over to the area via touching.

Just as important is not playing with the piercing by pushing/pulling it with your fingers or moving it around with your tongue – this could disrupt the healing process, increase healing times and potentially even cause more damage to the area.

Clean The Outer-Lip Area Correctly

t’s important not to use harsh skin care products or artificial ingredient on your piercing at all as these can irritate the area and delay healing times. This means that you should keep things like regular soap, gels and alcohol-based products away from the area.

Instead, you should use natural, skin-sensitive ingredients to gently clean the area.

A lukewarm saline or salt solution added to a cotton ball or Q-tip is perfect for cleaning a new labret piercing. However, a cooler/chilled salt solution can instead be used if the area is swollen, as this could help to help reduce some of the swelling.

Make sure to clean the area morning and night, and at any point in the day where you believe the area may have come into contact with germs or bacteria (like touching the area with dirty a dirty hand).

Also, you must ensure sure that when drying the area after cleaning it, you apply an unused and clean paper towel to gently pat the area until no longer wet.

By using a normal, pre-used towel, you are increasing the risk of contracting an infection in the area.

Finally, Try your best not to get any kind of makeup product or lotion/ointment/cream on the area when conducting your daily facial care routine as these can all cause irritation and damage to the delicate area while it’s healing.

A good way to ensure your piercing heals as best as possible is to use a specialized piercing aftercare product, as these generally only contain ingredients that are guaranteed to have a positive effect during the healing stages.

Continue To Brush Your Teeth

Although the area directly behind the labret piercing can become quite swollen and painful for a few days after the procedure, you should still try to ensure that you keep your mouth as free from bacteria as possible, which means to carry on with your daily brushing routine.

A soft bristle brush and a mild unflavored toothpaste can help to prevent any irritation to the site of the piercing.

Use A Salt Solution Mouthwash

Many commercial mouthwash products are either alcohol-based or contain quite harsh and irritable ingredients. For this reason, it’s recommended to wash your mouth out with a warm sea salt solution (not table salt) at least twice a day and after meals.

As well as helping to keep your mouth clean, it also helps to remove any trapped food particles which may have become lodged around the site of the piercing.

Leave The Original Stud In

While the labret is healing, you should ensure that you keep the original stud inserted without changing it or otherwise removing it.

Removing the stud prematurely can not only cause irritation, but it could allow bacteria into the unhealed flesh, potentially causing an infection. Accidentally poking the already-inflamed flesh with the stud can also cause damage and delay healing times.

Avoid Smoking, Drinking Alcohol And Eating Spicy Food

Smoking while your labret is still healing is a definite no. All of those nasty chemicals from the cigarettes will seep into the wound and cause all sorts of damage which can delay healing, cause infection and even cause more serious problems years down the line.

Alcohol should be avoided as it can cause excessive drying-out of the area and also sting badly if it gets into the wound.

Likewise, spicy food can really cause the area to burn if it comes into contact with the piercing, and can also potentially cause other side-effects such as redness, rashes, and itching.

If handling spicy food, remember to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing.

Eat Carefully

Having a labret piercing will take some getting used to, and you will have to be careful when eating, especially while the piercing is healing and is still very sore/tender.

Make sure that you chew food very slowing to ensure that you don’t accidentally bite down on the piercing as this is definitely not a fun experience, and could potentially cause the surrounding skin to tear.

Avoid Tanning Lotion

Like makeup and other face creams/products; tanning lotions, ointments, and creams can contain quite strong chemicals and can therefore cause irritation to the area while it’s healing. For this reason you should refrain from applying sun protection products to the area while it’s still healing.

If you plan on going outside for prolonged periods in intense sunlight, you may need to ensure the lower half of your face is kept out of direct sunlight as best as possible (sunburn on a new piercing is not fun and can cause permanent scaring if you’re not careful).

With all of the above aftercare tips, you will want to make sure that you keep following them for about 10 days. This is approximately the amount time it sufficiently takes for the skin within the piercing to close up so the possibility of infection becomes much lower, and pain completely subsides.

If your piercing still feels/looks tender after 10 days then continue your care routine until any lingering symptoms finally go away.

If after two weeks the area is still very red, sore, and swollen, you may want to consult your piercing professional to ensure that there aren’t any complications such as an infection.

How Long Does a Labret Piercing Take To Heal?

A labret piercing typically takes about six to ten weeks until it has repaired enough to be considered healed. However, tissue within the tunnel will continue to repair itself for up to 9 months until the whole inner wall has completely toughened up and regenerated.

Therefore it’s still important to take good care of the piercing for much longer than the first few weeks. The longer you can nurture your piercing for, the longer it will hold up and stand the test of time over the coming years and decades.

While the above timescales are rough averages, many factors can dictate how long a labret piercing takes to heal, including how well you clean and look after your new piercing, and how your body responds to trauma.

Everybody is different when it comes to how effectively and quickly they take to fully heal from damage caused to the skin and the tissue beneath, and therefore it’s very possible that you could heal much quicker, or much slower than the above timescales, depending on the capabilities of your body.

Looking after your body by getting adequate rest, exercise, hydration, and nutrition will go a long way to ensuring you’re in the best position to heal your piercing as fast as possible.

Labret Piercing Infections

Although uncommon, labret piercing infections do occur, and while they can be successfully treated if you act fast, they can also cause permanent damage to the area (mainly due to scarring) if you’re not careful and don’t try to treat the infection quick enough.

​For this reason, you should ensure that you keep your piercing as clean as possible until it has fully healed, and if you see any severe reactions around the area, you should consult your piercing professional or a doctor as soon as possible to seek further advice.

There are several infection symptoms to keep an eye on, but many of these symptoms can also occur if piercings that are healing perfectly fine, so don’t worry if any of these symptoms develop.

However, if symptoms begin to get worse instead of getting better, or if they still don’t decrease or subside after 7-10 days, you should start to seek medical advice just to be sensibly cautious.

Common infection symptoms include:

Extreme redness that doesn’t disappear or begins to get gradually worse.

Severe swelling that doesn’t disappear or starts to affect talking, eating, and/or drinking

Severe pain (only mild pain should be experienced after a labret piercing)

Severe rashes or reactions appearing around the site of the piercing (including pus leakage, excessive bleeding and crusty scabbing)

Extreme itchiness around the site of the piercing

Labret Piercing Risks

It must be remembered that all forms of body modification carry some element of risk – and this includes labret piercings.

If you’re thinking about getting your labret pierced, you must consider that the below risks, although generally uncommon, can occur (mainly due to the location of the piercing):​

Tooth Wear

Over time, the disk behind the mouth can occasionally come into contact with the teeth and slightly rub against them.

This is not a problem if it happens sporadically, but if rubbing happens often and over a long period of time (many months to years), the disk can begin to chip away at the tooth enamel and cause erosion (dips and divots) within the teeth. This erosion can eventually lead to decay if bacteria works its way into the damaged areas.

For this reason, you should ensure that you check your bottom front teeth regularly to make sure no gradual damage is being caused over time.

Tooth Drift

Tooth drift frequently affects people who have worn labret piercings for long periods of time with little amounts of time with the stud removed from the piercing.

Tooth drift is the problem caused by the disk behind the lip area constantly pressing against (or between) the front teeth. When this happens over extended periods of time, the disk can, in some instances, push the bottom front teeth slightly out of alignment.

As mentioned, this only occurs in a handful of cases, but if tooth drift does occur due to your labret, then you will likely need braces to realign the affected teeth.

Gum Damage

​If the labret is placed lower on your chin, it may rub against the lower gum instead of the teeth.

If this happens for too long, it could cause the gum-lines to recede, which in-turn could cause teeth root exposure.

Exposed roots can cause painful sensitivity issues and increase the chances of tooth decay.

In extreme circumstances the disk can eventually wear into the jaw bone, causing more severe issues such as tooth loosening.

For this reason, you should check your gum health often and see a dentist frequently.​

Embedding

Sometimes, especially if the piercer is inexperienced and inserts a piece of jewelry that is too small, embedding can occur.

Embedding is the term used when the disk or bead tightens against the lip and can in some cases actually be engulfed into the lip itself.

While all labret piercings will generally cause small amounts of swelling initially; sometimes the swelling can be more severe, causing the lip to grow in size and press against each component of the piercing.

This is why it’s important for the piercer to initially use jewelry that is slightly too big to ensure that it has enough room to remain loose in the case of excessive swelling.

If embedding does occur in a new piercing, it’s best to go back to the piercer to get the labret removed and to get a bigger piece of jewelry put in, and this should fix the problem.

While embedding can cause extra swelling and soreness to the lip area, any extra damage done will likely only be temporary.

Labret Piercing Jewelry

Like all piercings, there is a variety of studs and jewelry available for your labret piercing any many different shapes and sizes.

Labret appearance and style possibilities are almost endless​, with balls, rings, spikes, and chains all available to purchase to ensure your piercing looks unique to your personal piercing style.

When searching for labret jewelry, you will likely come across items that have multiple sizings. A specific size can be chosen depending on how you want to wear your specific piercing, but generally a 16 gauge is a good standard size/width for this specific piercing and facial area.

If you are unsure about jewelry sizes, it’s always best to consult a professional face-to-face for their opinion on your particular piercing.

Summary

All variations of labret piercings can look hugely impressive if done correctly and matched with a piece of jewelry that suits your style and personality.

As long as you care for your labret piercing throughout the healing stages ​and try to avoid the risk factors mentioned above, you should have a beautiful piece of facial art for years to come.

Tattoos After Weight Loss: How Much Do They Change?

During body inking, the tattoo ink usually penetrates deep into the skin. The condition of the skin during that particular time will determine the quality and the general outlook of your tattoo.

Distortion of the tattoo appearance can be brought about by many factors like rapid change in weight loss or gain. This can make your tattoo to look saggy or off point.

The skin is the most dynamic organ on the body, and this implies that it can stretch or shrink at any time. Unfortunately, the tattoos are not flexible, and this is the reason behind its distortion during stretching or shrinking.

Weight loss or gain can make the tattoo to shift the location depending on the area on the body. The location of the tattoo on the body plays a vital role during stretching or shrinking.

At Obama Tattoo Studio, we have analyzed some detail information about what causes the alignment of tattoo lines to shift during weight loss.

Let’s continue…

How to Minimize Tattoo Distortion after Weight Loss

The region around the belly, thighs and upper arms tend to have a sizeable adipose tissue. This is the reason why are susceptible to shift in tattoo appearance and location.

Small tattoo designs are usually affected much with weight loss, and they can be difficult to correct unless you want to undergo tattoo removal process.

However, in case you had a large tattoo design, you can fill in some links to the blurred lines so that it can regain back its previous appearance before the weight loss.

Our experts recommend that you lose weight slowly to keep the tattoo design intact. Rapid loss of mass does not hold the tattoo art intact since the skin does not shrink naturally.

You will notice the formation of stretch marks around the belly and the upper arm in case the body does not lose weight slowly. This will make your tattoo design to appear saggy and unappealing.

You can drink plenty of water during your journey to weight loss to keep the tattoo design intact throughout. When the skin is hydrated, the quality of skin is maintained and there will be few changes on the tattoo design.

How Can Weight Gain Affect Tattoos?

Have you ever thought of gaining weight? This is something that is never fun at all, and there is nothing you can do. Weight gain automatically affects the design and the shape of the tattoo. The tattoo design will stretch and change its original form.

The location of the tattoo on the body will determine how much the tattoo design will change. Large tattoos tend to vary little due to the area it covers on the body.

Tattoos with complicated designs or patterns will easily portray some of the changes brought about by weight gain. The alignment of the tattoo lines will become stretched and less visible.

The most popular type of tattoos affected on the body is Sleeve tattoos that are located on the upper arm and the shoulder. The muscle change due to weight gain will affect the appearance and the shape of the tattoo.

Weight gain is linked to stretch marks. This is an indication that the skin has reached the maximum stretching limits after gaining weight. The marks can run either horizontally or vertically, and they tend to be white or red marks.

Stretch marks around the tattoos will ruin the design and the shape of your tattoos. You will only have an option of removing or going for a retouch which seems to be expensive in the long run.

Tattoos after childbirth usually look pathetic and unappealing due to the several stretch mark lines that break up the ink particles. It will be more painful when you visit your artists for retouch for correction.

How to Minimize Tattoo Distortion after Weight Gain

Unlike weight loss, weight gain usually affects the design of the tattoo more since the skin struggles to keep up with the changes.

Handling weight gain is something you cannot avoid, but if you are gaining it deliberately, then you need to control it with ease.

Rapid gaining of weight will not give your skin a little time to stretch naturally, and you may end up having several unwanted stretch marks that ruin your tattoo design.

As mentioned earlier, the condition of your skin will determine the quality of your tattoo. Therefore, it is recommended to increase intake of water to make the skin healthier.

You can also apply a good moisturizer on your skin and tattoo area so that the design can keep up with the drastic changes brought about by weight gain.

I prefer the use of cocoa butter and aloe vera gel. These two moisturizers help to improve the elasticity of the skin. An elastic skin will give the tattoo an opportunity to stretch and shrink naturally without affecting its design.

According to research, improving the elasticity of your skin will reduce the chances of getting stretch marks. I recommend you apply moisturizers on your body after showering and before going to bed.

My Tattoo Has Changed, What Should I Do?

If you are experiencing distorted tattoos after weight loss and gain, I recommend you visit your tattooist and discuss how to fix. This is the only solution to your problem.

The tattooist will assess the current tattoo and try to fix up through retouch. In case of any complications, they will advise you on what to do.

I recommend you take all the necessary precautions concerning how to minimize weight gain or loss so that to avoid affect the general appearance and shape of the tattoos.

You can reach the experts at Obama Tattoo Studio through the contact page for more information and guidance concerning tattoos after weight gain or loss.

Wrist Tattoo Pain: How Bad Do Wrist Tattoos Hurt?

Wrist tattoo pain is another series of tattoo pain that highlights how much wrist tattoos hurt for most people. It is good to know that most tattoo hurts regardless of the location.

Fortunately, wrist tattoos are eye-catching. This placement will enable you to monitor the tattoo healing process in a very cautious way.

This tattoo placement also plays are very hefty role as far as your general appearance is a concern. Although they are found on a prominent spot, they can easily be covered while going to work.

Do Wrist Tattoos Hurt?

What you should know about wrist tattoo pain is that all tattoos hurt regardless of the spot. The pain from body inking does not matter regardless of your race or occupation.

Well, some tattoos do hurt more than others and according to my experience wrist tattoo hurt most. The feeling of wrist tattoo is up there on the tattoo pain scale and so many people find it hard to withstand.

However, the pain from tattooing is never the same since every person has its own way of withstanding the pain. The good news is that wrist tattoos look so awesome on light skin people.

The skin anatomy around the wrist is so thin and the needle requires less pressure before reaching the bones on the hands. The vibration of the tattoo machine gun causes a lot of discomforts while inking the wrist.

The frequent skin puncturing by the needle while tattooing will foster a sharp and intense pain around the wrists. You need to pick a small design in order to able to withstand the pain since it will take a short time to ink.

Wrist Tattoo Pain Spots

The wrist region has different thickness of the skin and bone arrangements. This implies that the pain level is going to vary from one point to another.

Here are some of the common wrist spots that describe why tattooing process hurt most around the wrists. The spots include:

The side of Wrist Tattoo Pain

This region has a lot of bones and nerve endings. These two factors are the reason why inking the area can be pretty painful to some extent.

Outer Wrist Tattoo Pain

Getting the tattoo on top or outer part of the wrist is the less painful until the tattoo gun needle hit the bones around the joint.

Generally, other areas around the outer part of the wrist are not painful at all but personally, I got to experience intense pain when the needle struck the lump bones around the wrist joints until I told my artist for a break.

Inner Wrist Tattoo Pain

The skin around the inner wrist is so thin and very sensitive due to nerve endings. This is the reason behind much pain when tattooing.

The pain is quite manageable but you are going to experience something intense and sharp around the wrist. The general area of the inner wrist is quite small and your tattooist will take little time to ink.

How to Make Wrist Tattoos Hurt Less

There are several factors you need to put into consideration so as to minimize the level of pain. These factors include:

Use a Tattoo Numbing Cream

You need to apply a numbing spray or cream in order to withstand the pain during the inking process. The numbing products will give you the ability to have a high tolerance to the tattooing process.

The effectiveness of the numbing products varies from one person to another. However, we have received a lot of positive reports about numbing cream products after application.

Pick a Gentle Artist

The skin around the wrist is thin and delicate. You need to have an experienced tattooist in order to get a quality tattoo design with less pain.

However, you will still experience some pain and discomfort regardless of picking a professional tattooist. This is obvious but there is some artist who is just gentle in nature.

Choose a Small Tattoo Design

The wrist has become popular in the recent days about tattoo placement but the pain is usually intense. The good news is that the region usually accommodates a small tattoo design.

The pain resulting from inking a simple design around the wrist is much less as compared to large designs. According to research, the smaller the tattoo design the less painful it becomes.

How to Care for a Wrist Tattoo

The region around the wrist is very vulnerable to infections and therefore, you need to strictly follow aftercare routine in order to heal your new wrist tattoo.

Our hands do a lot of things on a daily basis and this is the reason why they are prone to the formation of bumps as well as scrapes.

You need to be extra careful after getting inked around the wrist to avoid being knock by objects while undertaking your daily routines.

The tattoo around the wrists usually takes longer to heal since the region is located on the hand joint as compared to other parts of the body.

The joints are used to the frequent movement and this will disturb the healing process of the wrist tattoo. After getting inked around the wrist, try to take some rest so that you can give it a humble time to heal effectively.

Most tattoos inked around the joints tend to crack when it starts to heal and form scabs. This usually distracts the healing process of the tattoos.

I recommend you keep the tattoo moisturized and elastic in order to prevent cracking. Cracking usually results in the loss of ink and make the area to appear patchy.

Summary

Wrist tattoo is quite painful but because the area is too small, the size of the tattoo is also small and this implies that the pain is usually short-lived.

According to the tattoo pain scale, the wrist tattoo pain is higher than other parts of the body like foot tattoo pain. The amount of pain is dependent on your ability to withstand it and this is the reason why the level of pain is variable from one person to another.

Foot Tattoo Pain: How Bad Do Foot Tattoos Hurt?

Foot tattoo pain is one of my tattoo pain series and I thought is worth to share with you. We will be discussing how much foot tattoo hurts and foot tattoo aftercare routines.

Before we start the discussion, I know foot tattoo is for crazy people, right!

I have seen so many people coming for this kind of tattoo design and I was like, are you serious? Do you really want to do this?

The response is always yes…

Well, almost all types of tattoos hurt but it depends on different factors. The main determinant is the location of the tattoo on the body.

In this piece, you will get to know the foot tattoo placement that is most painful and least painful. Continue reading in order to get yourself prepared for this.

Do Foot Tattoos Hurt?

Of course yes.

All tattoos do hurt. Therefore, foot tattoos are not an exemption. The degree of pain varies from one person to another.

According to our research, foot tattoos are more painful than other parts of the body. You should prepare psychologically before stepping into a tattoo parlor.

There are so many factors behind the foot tattoo pain. The skin surrounding the whole foot is thin and it is fully covered with nerve endings.

The vibration of the tattoo gun usually causes a lot of discomforts when inking the skin on the foot since the needle penetrate near to the bones.

The feet are known to be bony everywhere and this even makes the parts that are not close to the bones like the bottom of the feet to be also sensitive.

During the tattooing process, the vibration sensation caused by the needle while entering into the skin can trigger that painful feeling. This is the reason why tattoos on the feet tend to be uncomfortable.

However, a lot of people are still going for feet tattoos and for this reason, I think the pain is not that bad as I thought initially.

Our personality determines how a tattoo feels like. If you have a high tolerance level then you will be able to cope up with the pain and discomfort easily.

Every person experiences the pain differently and therefore, you may get a foot tattoo without experience much pain.

Do not allow the past experience of your friends discourage you from getting a foot tattoo of your dream. It is good to experience the pain on your own in order to develop your own experience.

Look at your foot…

It looks pretty ugly right! Well, get your mindset right in order to lift its appearance with amazing foot tattoo design. Pick the design that matches well with your appearance and fashions.

How Long Does A Foot Tattoo Take To Heal?

The healing process of foot tattoo begins immediately after the inking process. You will experience a lot of discomfort during this time but they will diminish when the healing is complete.

You will experience itching sensation throughout and it is recommended never to scratch that area that has a tattoo. This is in order to prevent infection on the area.

Healing process undergoes the normal tattoo healing stages and it might take about ten to twelve days for it to heal completely.

Can you wear socks after a foot tattoo? Well, I do recommend you go barefoot for some time until some scabs are formed. However, you can wrap the tattoo with a clean badge then cover it with a sock before putting in your shoe.

Ensure the inked area is clean and moisturized in order to speed up the healing process. In case you get a sunburn on the tattoo, it will take longer to heal.

NOTE: Put on shoes that are light and not tight in order to prevent friction from occurring.

Foot Tattoo Pain Scale or Spots

Foot tattoo pain after inking is normal but it usually subsidized after some few hours. Here are some of the spots on the feet that are very painful when inking.

Toe Tattoo Pain

Toe tattoos are for crazy people, right! Most people who like tattoos on the toes have a high tolerance level of pain. This is because the toes are bony thus you will experience a lot of pain while tattooing.

Therefore, the deeper the tattoo needle goes into the toe, the more the pain you experience. The good news is that the area around the toes is not big hence the time of tattooing will be short.

You will be expected to develop a good mechanism on how to withstand the pain during the tattooing process.

Bottom of Foot Tattoo Pain

There are a couple of reasons why many people do not like tattooing the bottom of the foot. To begin with, the skin around the bottom is highly wrinkled and the tattooist will find a hard time to design the artwork.

Secondly, the design of the tattoo will fade away after sometime due to frequent friction while walking in foot wrap with socks and shoes.

Also, the intensity of pain at the bottom of foot after tattooing is so much just like at the top of the feet. You need to a person who has the ability to withstand much pain in order to pursue it.

The side of Foot Tattoo Pain

There is a lot of flesh around this region hence the pain is not that intense like the top of the feet. The excess flesh helps to cushion it from the tattoo gun needle.

The side of the foot is usually narrow hence does not provide adequate space of the tattoo design. Therefore, the tattooist will creep the design up to the top of the feet which has mentioned earlier will result in a lot of pain.

Top of Foot Tattoo Pain

The anatomy of the feet shows that the top of the feet is highly bony and it is covered with a thin layer of skin. The region also has numerous nerves ending. If you opt to get a tattoo on the top of the feet then be prepared to experience much pain.

How to Make Foot Tattoos Hurt Less

There are a number of things to put into consideration in order to make foot tattoo least painful. These factors include:

Choose a small size tattoo design

Foot tattoos have become popular in the recent days despite them being painful. However, most people prefer simple designs that are small in size in order to combat the intensity of pain. According to our experts, the smaller the tattoo the little amount of pain you experience.

Pick a Gentle Artist

Regions that are bony on the body requires a gentle tattooist. If you pick a rough artist then expect to experience much pain in the long run.

Unfortunately, you will still experience a lot of pain tattooing the feet but the gentle artist will maneuver to come up with ways in order to make it less painful.

Use a Tattoo Numbing Spray

You need to develop your mindset before heading for body inking. This is because the unsettling mind will result in a lot of panic and pain.

Fortunately, there are a lot of reputable numbing creams or sprays for tattoos. They will help to reduce the amount of pain that you are likely to experience.

You should note that the effectiveness of these creams or spray varies a lot from one person to another. Some few people will enjoy the experience after application of the creams while others will not at all.

How to Care for a Foot Tattoo

Feet are normally used on a daily basis thus you need to be extra careful on how much you care for your tattoos. When the process of inking is over, you will be expected to reduce the amount of pressure applied on the feet.

You will also be expected to avoid wearing footwear until the healing process is over. This may imply that you take some few days off from work in order to experience the best healing process.

Keep the area moisturized in order to prevent any formation of bad scabs that occur as a result of dryness. Avoid wearing socks in order to prevent pulling of the already formed scabs due to friction.

Bottom line

Getting inked on the feet is not as bad as people may think but you are likely to experience some a bit of pain. The amount of pain will vary from one person to another. It will never be the same at all.

Where comparing the level of pain with other parts of the body, foot tattoo pain is much higher than them all.

You should always put at the back of your mind that the level of tattoo pain matters with the person able to tolerate it.

Tattoo Pain Scale: How Much Will It Hurt?

In the modern world, the culture of tattooing is very common regardless of age and race. The battle with the inking pain as resulted in to the topic tattoo pain scale.

Does tattoos hurt?

Yes. All tattoos are very painful regardless of the location on the body. However, there are some parts of the body that hurts less as compared to the others.

The picture below outline some parts of the body that hurts more and less. You can have a look before thinking about body inking. It will help you in making informed decisions.

Tattoo pain scale 1-10 varies from one person to another. Some people may feel less pain while other more pain but on the same spot. This is the reason why tattoo is not for everyone.

Where Do Tattoos Hurt The Most?

Different people experience different pain level and this is due to the differences in tolerance level. Despite the pain, the trend at which people are getting this type of body modification is alarming until the government has put restriction on age.

Here is a list of tattoo placement that can be grouped as the most painful or otherwise:

Ribcage

The region near or on the ribcage is the most painful part for getting tattoos. Most experts of tattoo who have covered themselves with this body inks can confirm that.

The region does not contain adequate fatty tissues to offer cushion from the pain. Therefore when inking, the tattoo gun needle get closer to the bones and the central nervous systems. This two factors has made the ribcage to be very sensitive to any sort of pain.

Also, during breathing, the ribcage move up and down. Therefore, after tattooing, the pain is going to be renewed every day since it is must you breathe in and out.

Head and Surrounding

This part of the body has a lot of nerves and the skin attaching to the skull is very thin. When inking the region around the head, expect to experience a lot of pain in the long run.

This is the part of the body that is considered to be the most painful when tattooing when it comes to tattoo pain comparison. You need to be prepared psychologically in order to withstand the threshold of this pain.

Inner Thighs

The region has thick layer of fat tissues that can help to cushion from the pain but it is considered to be the most painful part of the body to get a tattoo. This is because of the friction while walking and also not exposed to environment for faster healing.

Fingers and Hands

Every person across the world has a dream of inking either the fingers or the hands. This is because tattoos on fingers and hands are very common in the recent days.

Unfortunately, the level of pain experienced while inking hurt so much. This is because the two regions have thin layer of skin and this make the tolerance of pain while inking to be low.

You can read my article about finger tattoo pain and get to know some of the common factors contributing to it.

Inner parts of the wrist

Have ever had a look at your wrists on sunlight? Well, the region is covered by several blood vessels and nerve endings.

The part of the body does not contain any form of muscles for padding the needle while inking. Most people prefer tattooing very small words around the part but the pain is too much to withstand.

Calf sides

In case you are the kind of person who has low or zero tattoo pain tolerance, I recommend you get a tattoo on the region above the ankle and under the knee.

The region is far away from the shin bone and this is the reason why it is less painful. The calves do not contain any form of nerve endings but if it is the back of the knee then expect a lot of pain.

Outer area of the arm

This is the easiest part of the body to get a tattoo artwork. The region has a lot of flesh and it is not close to the bones. However, you might experience pain as the needle puncture your skin. The pain subsidized immediately after inking and it also heals faster.

Arm Pits

This is the most weird part have seen people getting tattoos. However, the tattoo stands out after inking is healed. There are several communities in Amazon Forest that consider this as the rite of passage.

Unfortunately, this is the most painful experience that you can put yourself in when getting body ink. The region is highly vascularized with blood vessels and auxiliary nerves. It will take long to heal.

The feet

The feet region is the most delicate for tattooing. This is because it does not contain any fats and flesh that covers the bones directly.

Most of the nerves in this region are highly exposed and you will experience a lot of pain when getting tattoos. This is because there is nothing available to offer cushion while needle piercings.

Where Do Tattoos Hurt The Least?

For those people who cannot withstand the threshold of pain from tattooing then buttocks are the nice spots for you. However, the region get exposed while in the bathroom or on the beach while bed tanning.

The thighs, forearms and calves are also considered to be less sensitive. Therefore, they are the prime spots for getting tattoos in case you have low tolerance to pain.

The parts of the body mention contain a lot of flesh and they do not contain nerve endings. Nevertheless, you will experience stinging and burning sensation while undergoing body inking.

Will My Tattoo Definitely Hurt?

The good news is that all the tattoos hurt regardless of the location. This is because the skin is being punctured severally.

Not all the tattoos are created on the same way and it is the reason why the tattoo pain scale varies from one region to another.

There are various circumstances around inking that defines how painful or painless tattoo will be on the various body parts.

How to Set Up a Tattoo Gun and Use It

In this post, you will learn how to assemble a tattoo machine from scratch and also how to set up a tattoo gun for the lining.

Are you a starter in the tattooing industry? Well, it recommends you start by purchasing a starter kit. Nowadays tattoos flourishes outside tattoo studios and many people are opting for home studios.

A starter kit for tattoo contains the following basic elements:

  • Ink: There are kits that contain all varieties of colors and others just basic colors.
  • Tattoo gun: They tend to appear in sets but it usually depends on the type of kit that you have opted to buy.
  • Armature bars: These are the parts that help to control the needle while inking.
  • Coil parts: It is known for controlling armature bars.
  • Needle: It is an instrument that is used to puncture your skin while inking.

Note: The content of your starter usually vary depending on the price and the location of the supplies store.

How to Set up a Tattoo Gun Correctly

Setting up a tattoo gun is very easy and simple. It is recommended to work in a clean environment while setting up the tattoo machine.

Here are steps on how to assemble a tattoo gun:

First Phase: Arrange the Components

Assemble all the recommended components together. Organizing the parts will give you a clear overview of how the tattoo machine gun will look like if they are assembled in an appropriate manner.

Look at the tattoo machine carefully first. Ensure there are a contact screw and front spring underneath. The two create a distance similar to that of the coin. What controls the lines between the tattoos is the distance between the two components.

If the distance is not in the correct position, just know it will ruin your tattoo at the end. Try to adjust the screw in order to increase or decrease the distance.

Second Phase: Prepare the Needles

You need to thoroughly check your needles. The needles are supposed to be pre-sterilized and packed in a well-sealed package bag.

Inspect all the dimensions of the needle careful. You should note that dull or bent needles can result in excess bleeding, painful inking process, and the probability of scarring.

Inspect the tube where you are supposed to hold thoroughly. They are supplied in two ways: autoclaved and disposable. Ensure the package is sealed and if not discard it. Insert the needle into the tube.

Third Phase: How to Assemble a Tattoo Gun

Insert the needle in the tube slot once it is in the tube. Slide it up in order to make tight. The wingnut will help to connect the tube with the tattoo machine.

Ensure the eye loop of the needle faces on the left when inserting the armature bar nipple ring. This is an indication that the needle is inserted correctly.

Note: If the needle is inserted incorrectly, you are likely to experience a lot of pain while inking your body.

Also, ensure the length of the needle is correct. This is the distance between the tips of the needle to the tube. Secure the two by tightening the screw.

The recommended length of the needle usually varies between 0.04 of an inch and 0.07 of an inch. Place a rubber band around the coil. This will help to bring out clean lines and also stabilizes the needle.

Fourth Phase: Power

All starter kits for tattoos have power supply devices. You are not supposed to adjust the settings since it works properly.

I recommend you buy a power supply device that has a much digital or analog display. Use the right voltage before inking process begins. The recommended voltage is between 1.5 and 18 volts.

The footswitch and a clip cord are also some of the most important components of tattoo gun power. You will be expected to buy them separately since they are less expensive and not part of the starter kits.

How to Use a Tattoo Gun

It is good you know how to set up a tattoo gun for lining in order to avoid infection but bring out clear lines on the skin.

You are expected to wash your hands thoroughly before handling the tattoo machine. You should wear latex gloves when following tattoo machine assembly instructions. It will help to prevent transmission of bacteria causing infection while inking.

Have a firm grip on the needle tube in order to hold the tattoo gun in the right manner. You should note that the tattoo machine tends to vibrate a lot, so be very careful when holding it.

Ensure the machine is over the top of your hands while tattooing. If you are not holding it correctly, I assure you that there is nothing that will take place.

You can control the flow of power by use of the footswitch. You need to do a lot of practice before trying it on the real person.

You can try tattooing a watermelon and learn on how to tune a tattoo machine properly. This will take time but in the future, you will become perfect.

Summary

The guide above has outlined the various phases on how to assemble a tattoo machine from scratch and I hope it has been of good value.

You need to test your equipment before trying out your first new tattoo. You can check on how to set up a tattoo gun needle depth and the process will be simple later.

Getting a Tattoo on Antibiotics: Ultimate Guide

It’s intoxicating, isn’t’ it?

Your dream of tattoo freedom. Well, what about the tattoo on antibiotics?

It is a major decision of getting an appealing tattoo design on your body. Did you know even contemplating is part of decision making?

You need time to think about it. It can take up to months or years for you to decide fully. You will be expected to plot and plan about it in advance since tattooing result in a permanent mark in your life.

Body inking is a side-gig that make you stand out from the crowd. This is the reason why so many people go for tattoos without even planning.

What about your current health status? Are you on any medication? What are the consequences of getting tattoos while on antibiotic prescription? How long should you wait before getting a tattoo after antibiotic prescriptions?

Oh crap! Feels risky, right?

You do not need to be. There are several precautions you need to put into consideration before thinking about body inking. This will help to minimize the chances of risks occurring. And you will be sure of the right time.

The good news is that it is not too risky to get tattoos while on antibiotics medications. But you need to think twice.

Let’s find why…

Can You Get a Tattoo While Taking Antibiotics?

Tattooing process usually involves poking the skin repeatedly with the needle and sometimes the needle may puncture the skin deeper than expected.

The puncturing process by the needle enables the ink color of your choice to penetrate and spread along the desired tattoo design boundaries.

Can you get a tattoo while on antibiotics? Yes. Because the risk involved is relatively little. Unfortunately, the result will not be optimal.

Generally, anything that enters into your bloodstream is treated as foreign bodies. The tattoo ink is composed of colored metals such as lead and titanium. The content of the ink itself becomes foreign objects in the body.

The respective blood cells in the body will respond by rejecting the tattoo ink and that is why your tattoo artwork will look blurred.

Oh No! The blurred effect looks disgusting, right?

Majority of people won’t be pleased with the blurred tattoo unless it was intentional. Does the heavy scabbing on tattoo look bad?

Let’s continue…

Intake of antibiotics into the body is meant to help the immune system fight illness that is causing infection on the skin or internally.

Well, is it good to double the work of your immune system? No. Tattoos are supposed to be treated as separately as wounds. You need to take care of it appropriately and with responsibility.

Risks and Precautions

I always advise my clients who are antibiotics to wait before thinking about safe body inking. It sucks to experience much pain, waste money and time while rushing for tattooing process.

When you subject your body under much stress with tattooing while it is still nursing infection just know it might result in further complications. The worst part is getting an allergic reaction. It sucks, right!

Antibiotics can compromise the healing process of tattoos. This is because the antibiotics will fight it back by making the body to reject the tattoo ink.

In the long run, the tattoo design will become blurred and distorted in appearance. Such designs will force you to remove the tattoo and this is process is very costly. It is even worst to mention the pain.

I recommend you wait until you are in good health condition. In case you are about to take the last tablet of antibiotics, wait for a maximum of two weeks until all the ingredients of the drug are washed away from the bloodstream.

Alternatively, you can opt for tattooing and give it time to heal before adopting the course of antibiotics. However, I recommend you consult your doctor before interchanging the course of treatment. Is your health important than tattoos? Think safe.

If you have already made an appointment with your tattooist then ask if you can get one while on antibiotics. Most professionals prefer to ink individuals who are healthy in order to get the optimal result.

A bad tattoo sucks on the eyes of the artists. Just wait until you are healed before inking. Obama tattoo parlor isn’t going anywhere and you’ll be glad your result came out better in the end.

How to Make Tattoo Ink with Pen Ink and Pencil Lead

Does your tattooist know how to make tattoo ink? What goes into your mind when your artist mixes some ink colors?

It is scary, isn’t it?

Having to tell the truth to someone about tattoo ink poisoning who may not want to hear. The brutal honesty will set you free.

It sucks to see your client having a tattoo that scabs badly and takes longer to heal. I always talk to my clients before making an appointment for body inking.

The thought of hurting your client with the truth is scary. And I do not want to do that. This is the reason why a prepared this post to teach you how to make homemade tattoo ink.

Homemade tattoo ink is suitable for those youth with the aspiration to get tattoos but they do not fall in the majority age according to the rules of the U.S.

Homemade tattoo ink is also an alternative for those individuals with less budget but they have that strong desire to have a tattoo on their body.

Sometimes finding the right colors for your tattoo design can be difficult. This is because you need colors that are appealing especially on something that is going to stay forever on your skin.

About four people out of ten in the United States of America have a tattoo according to several surveys conducted by our experts.

FDA does not regulate the number of people getting tattoos but it is much concern about the ingredients used in making tattoo inks.

I am glad you are still reading. Let’s start…

In this post, you are going to learn about the composition of tattoo ink and how it is created. We recommend you visit a professional in order to get a tattoo. This will reduce the chance of getting an infection since they tend to use hygienic equipment.

Well, in case you find a professional who wants to use homemade tattoo ink that is fine. Let’s continue…

What Is Tattoo Ink Normally Made Of?

There are huge jargons that are used to describe how the ink pigments spread around the tattoo design but let us keep it easy for you.

You will need a solvent for dissolving the ink pigment so that it can spread out easily from the point where the needle was inserted.

The common solvent used in many tattoo parlors across the U.S include ethyl alcohol, distilled water, and propylene glycol among other antiseptic formulas.

The application of alcohol swab on the skin before tattooing is specifically meant for increasing the permeability of the skin.

According to studies, these pigment colors contain some heavy metals like mercury for red, lead for yellow and nickel for black.

The common organic chemicals contain carbon from ash or soot, arsenic, beryllium, calcium, and lithium. In addition, natural ingredients derived from plants can also make a good vegan tattoo ink.

Do you know how to make tattoo ink with pen ink? Does your artist know how to make tattoo ink with pencil lead? Continue reading in order to learn how to make tattoo ink with food coloring.

Unfortunately, there are some tattoo ink manufacturers who always do not want to disclose the ingredients of their inks. The majority tend to use lightening agents such as lead or titanium so as to reduce the production cost.

It sucks to see such companies existing modern society despite having tough regulations in the tattoo industry.

According to the environmental health news report, the presence of benzo(a)pyrene in black tattoo ink is known to cause cancer in animals.

Is It Possible To Make Your Own Tattoo Ink?

Lots of tattoo specialists have decided to mix their own inks in order to be sure of the content. Majority of these simple recipes are non-toxic and they are said to be similar to those of Native American tribes.

It is good to ask your tattooist about the content of the tattoo ink before considering body inking especially if you are concern about ink poisoning.

I normally start with a base of witch hazel or sometimes I may intend to use other antiseptic solutions such as vodka.

I would then proceed with a little bit of propylene glycol alongside the similar amount of medicated grade glycerine. Then, I finalize by mixing the pigment powder in order to acquire the required tattoo ink color.

You can buy your own pigment powder from a reputable tattoo ink supplies company and then make your own at home.

It is recommended to perform the activity in a very clean environment. Remember to wear the masks and gloves in order to ensure no germs enters your mixtures.

Sterilize the container where you are going to store the ink and keep it away from direct sunlight so that the colors do not fade away.

DIY tattoo ink is also known as “prison tattoo ink.”

Does it mean you rob a bank first? NO.

DIY tattoo ink is quite common in many prisons but you can make it at home. Unfortunately, prison tattoo inks are prohibited in many prisons across the U.S like the famous Indiana Maximum Prison.

However, this does not imply that it is no longer used. There are some prisoners who serve death sentence and they happen to be fond of these body inking since it is no longer a problem.  

Do you know how to make tattoo ink from wood ashes? Here is the way…

You will be expected to have baby oil, water, tin can, and charcoal. Burn the cotton wool in the tin can filled with baby oil. The tin can helps to make the soot black. Scrap off the black powder and mix with water to form the ink.

In case you have a limited budget then I recommend you try the prison ink. Carbonized black ash from burnt wood can make a very dense ink. For DIY tattoos, it is recommended to use Vodka instead of water. This because it is antiseptic and has a clear appearance.

Summary

Each states health department in the U.S regulates various tattoo shops and studios. However, the rules do not inhibit tattoo specialists from exploiting their talents and skills.

Tattoo inks are considered to be part of cosmetics according to the FDA and it is the reason why it does not apply some regulations at this time.

Therefore, when you prepare your own ink, it is up to you to make sure it is safe and device methods that will protect you while undergoing body inking.

Unfortunately, lots of homemade tattoo ink usually wash away or fade out with time. This will force you to consider a professional touch up or opt for tattoo removal.

I recommend you buy professional ink rather than making homemade tattoo ink since it will save your money and also time. Moreover, professional tattoo inks are much safer than homemade. The decision is now in your hands.

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