Reasons Not to Tattoo Yourself


Tattoos are becoming more and more common place with one out of four adults totting one form of tattoo or the other. And we all know that getting a tattoo entails using a needle that contains the tattoo pigment and inserting it into the skin several times—a simple concept, but when done incorrectly can lead to serious damage. 

However, a rising phenomenon among young adults today are at-home tattoos, better known as do-it-yourself (DIY) tattoos. This growing trend has become a cause for concern as complications could ensue such as allergic reactions and severe infections.

Are DIY Tattoos Or Home Tattoo Procedures A Risky Procedure?

Home tattooing by unlicensed professionals is not legal and must not be encouraged. The risks involved in DIY tattoos are too grave. 

1. Purchasing a home tattooing implement or equipment, especially over the internet, is a risky venture. In addition, since you are not a trained tattoo artist, there is no way of finding out whether the home tattoo equipment you purchased online is of the best quality.

When purchased from reputable sources, most of these tools are also on the cheap side. If you have ever heard of the words: ‘You get what you pay for,’ then you should know that is exactly what happens when you purchase low-priced home tattoo equipment online.

2. Tattoo training cannot be obtained by watching YouTube videos enrolling in a licensed institution. Even a skilled traditional artist isn't trained in actually performing the procedure. It's about far more than being able to draw. 

3. The  risk of getting infected with diseases such as HIV (which is the virus that develops into AIDS), Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and other types of skin infections is compounded when you perform at-home tattoos. For example, Hepatitis B, as well as Hepatitis C, can trigger liver diseases like cancer and cirrhosis as a result of the poor quality of tattoo inks used in the process as well as other factors.

4. A home tattoo does not have adequate preventive measures put in place to ensure a safe and clean environment for the tattoo process. Most people who perform home tattoos don’t know the proper postoperative care to mete out to their subjects, and that is dangerous. 

We could go on for a while, but here is the short of it: At-home tattoos can lead to harmful, lasting damage to your skin, scarring, diseases, and an unprofessional looking end result.

The best and safest way to reduce the risks of DIY tattoo is to visit a professional tattoo studio and get your tattoo done by a licensed and authorized tattoo artist. This is the only place where you will receive adequate aftercare instructions verbally and in writing on how to maintain and care for your tattoo.

About Our Ingredients

Getting a tattoo is a painful process, but most will tell you the joy of wearing your story can make you overlook the initial discomfort. The area of the skin beneath the tattoo usually becomes very sensitive and may take up to two or three weeks to heal from the effects of the tattoo needle. This is where tattoo aftercare comes in because from this point on, everything you put on your tattoo needs to be chosen with care and consideration. 

How Do I Choose The Right Aftercare Tattoo Lotion?

It is not an easy task to choose from the range of creams, ointments, and lotions that are available on the market. Nevertheless, not all of these skincare products can effectively aid your tattoo healing process, and many of them can even do more harm than good to your sensitive skin.

Ultraviolet rays from sunlight as well as other elements have detrimental effects on your tattoo, especially if your tattoo is still fresh. This is why you need a skin care product like Save Your Tattoo lotion to protect your skin from harm.

Our Secret Sauce

Save Your Tattoo lotion is composed of natural ingredients which are powerful enough to fight off the effects of UV rays and other elements.

Aloe Vera

One of the most popular and oldest homeopathic plants which help to soothe and moisturize the skin. Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and is known to relieve itching and pain. It hydrates deep under the surface of the skin while allowing the skin to breathe. Aloe vera also has reparative properties and is high in vitamins which are essential for the skin.

Zinc Oxide

This active, non-toxic and natural constituent helps to stave off the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays which cause tattoo inks to fade out.

Shea Butter

An ingredient present in almost every type of lotion under the sun. This is because of its cell renewal, nourishing, and moisturizing properties.

Essential Oils & Vitamins

Free radicals also have adverse impacts on the skin. This led us to incorporate the antioxidant blend of Borage Oil, Green Tea and Bay Leaf to provide natural protection against the elements. Skincare products, especially tattoo aftercare skin lotions without vitamins are not advisable. Our o lotion is packed with Vitamins A, C, and E which are powerful antioxidants that soothe and protect around the clock. 

Get more information about Save Your Tattoo lotion here.

4 Tips For Picking a Tattoo Salon

A craftsman is only as good as his tools and when those tools are going to be putting something permanent on your body, it’s best to do your research not only on the artists, but on their shop. Sure, smoky, dimly lit, and open 24 hours has a certain rebel appeal, but your health and safety is way cooler as second-rate tattoo artist can lead to infections. So, here are just a few tips on things to find the perfect shop for you.

1. Cleanliness

Take a look around and trust your gut - is this place clean? If it feels dirty, it probably is, but it’s helpful to know which details to pay extra attention to.

  • Clean benches and seats, organized ink boxes, and well-lit procedure areas are all good signs.
  • Look for new, sterile needles. They should be removed from fresh autoclave bags right in front of you only once the tattoo is in progress.
  • Nothing that the artist uses should ever be put back into a container - it’s either tossed or sorted for sterilization.

Note: An autoclave is an electric sterilizer that uses steam to thoroughly clean the needles and other reusable supplies. But just because your tattoo salon has one doesn’t mean it’s in use. Ask for a recent autoclave certificate to be on the safe side.

2. Trained and Certified Artists

Many states require tattoo artists to have a license before they can perform on anyone, but for those whose states do not, ask if they can produce proof of being trained under another artist. And when we say training, we don’t just mean skill. Make sure any artist you’re considering has taken a course in safe and hygienic practices.

3. Comfortable?

While you and your artist don’t have to become best friends (kudos if you do), you should have a mutual respect and feel comfortable around them. Communication is key, and if you ever feel uncomfortable, belittled, or like you aren’t a priority, you may want to move on.

4. Relevant Work

Check out the portfolios and past work on display in the shop or on their website/ social media. While they are displaying their best, it’s still a great indicator of the kind of work you can expect to have done on you. However, if your artist can’t show you any of their personal past work in an album of sorts, you may be taking a risk with choosing them.



How To Protect Your Tattoo Ink

We all care about the tattoos we invest in, but It’s important to protect that investment by protecting your ink from fading over time. Everything from the sun to the kinds of moisturizers you use play a role in keeping it as bright as the day you go it. So first, we’ll take a look at the things that put it at risk and then, we’ll give you tips on how to protect yourself against them. 

Bright Ink Is happy Ink

Risk Factor #1: Where It Is

While tattoos are permanent, certain parts of your body hold the ink better than others. Areas like the lips, feet, and fingers are known to fade faster because the skin is slightly different and in more active places on your body. 

Pro Tip: If you’re looking for something to fade over time, these places are just for you. If not, think about moving your design to somewhere else on your body like your arms, legs, back, or chest. Just remember, the more that tattoo comes into contact with other things, the more likely it is to fade. 

Risk Factor #2: Not Following Healing Instructions

Tattoos, at their core, are wounds that need to heal. Our previous post outlines the importance of the healing process. Between avoiding infections, not over exposing it to the sun, and allowing it to properly set, the first month is critical to the life of your tattoo.

Pro Tip: Follow these 5 tips to make sure you allow it to heal the right way and start the life of your tattoo on the right foot.

Risk Factor #3: UV Exposure

Ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning salons damage your skin and more specifically your ink. That’s because most of the compounds that make up the pigments used in the tattoo are negatively affected by UVA and UVB rays.

Pro Tip: Some UV is unavoidable, but if you know you’ll be outside for long periods of time, you can protect yourself. Cover up or use a natural sunblock like Save Your Tattoo.

Risk Factor #4: A Bad Tattoo Artist

It’s important to do your homework when choosing a tattoo artist. The straightness of their lines, consistency, cleanliness, and precision all play a part in the lifespan of the final product.

Pro Tip: We can’t stress this one enough - do your research. Nothing is worse than having your designs poorly executed, only paying to get it touched up too soon down the road.

Risk Factor #5: Aging

Unfortunately, this one is unavoidable. Our skin naturally changes with time and this will most likely affect the way your tattoo looks.

Pro Tip: Choose places on your body that are less like to stretch or sag over time. 

Risk Factor #6: Bad Skin Care

Healthier skin = healthier tattoos, so it’s only obvious that not taking care of your skin is bad news for the longevity of your ink.

Pro Tip: Wouldn’t it be convenient if you were on a sight that would help you do that already? Oh wait. 

5 Tips to Help Your Tattoo Heal

Congrats! You’ve just made the amazing decision - to get a tattoo. Whether you’ve been planning it for years or were just feeling spontaneous, the healing process is important to ensuring a vibrant life for your new ink. While Save Your Tattoo isn’t for fresh tattoos, we’re here to help with 5 things to do after you get your tattoo to keep it looking fresh for life.

1. Keep the Covering On - No Peeking!

We know it may be tempting to look underneath the banadage, but leaving it on is an important first step in the process. Removing it too soon can cause it to over expose, heal improperly, or get unwanted blood or ink on your clothes. While most artists agree that the minimum time to leave it on is 2 hours, your tattoo artist will be to tell you exactly how long you should wait depending on the size and placement. When it’s time to remove the bandage, soak it with warm water first to help it come off easier.

2. Keep it Clean

Gently wash the tattoo with lukewarm water and unscented, mild soap 2 or 3 times a day for a few weeks. Do NOT use a washcloth, loofa, or any sponge as these can harbor bacteria. Also, avoid holding the tattoo directly under the water as the stream may be too harsh on your healing skin. Splash water on the inked area and gently rub with your hands. Then, pat it dry with a paper towel and allow it to breathe for 30 minutes before covering it again.

3. Moisturize

Using an ointment after washing your tattoo for the first few days will help prevent infections and keep it hydrated. A thin layer is all you need. Once it begins to peel, switch to a unscented lotion. We suggest keeping a bottle at home and purchasing another that you can bring with you to use throughout the day if you are often on-the-go. Avoid any heavy ointments or lotions that may contain petroleum as these can be too heavy and cause the ink to fade.

4.Wear the Right Clothing

For the first couple of weeks, it’s important to avoid wearing tight-fitting or restrictive clothing. As your skin heals, it will inevitably excrete plasma and excess ink which may cause your clothes to stick to your skin. Gross. In the case that it does get stuck, soak it with warm water like you did with the bandage to avoid damaging your tattoo.

5. Other Do’s and Don’t

  • Avoid going into large bodies of water (pool, ocean, hot tubs, etc.). Showers are fine as long as they are not too hot.
  • Keep the tattoo out of direct sunlight.
  • Avoid activities that lead to excessive amounts of sweating.
  • Resist the urge to pick, peel, or scratch at any scabs or hard layers of skin.
  • Once it’s finally healed, use Save Your Tattoo to keep it looking clean and bright.


Permanent Makeup

Tattoos serve many different purposes. Remembrance of loved ones, daily reminders, self-expression, body art, etc. But have you ever thought of tattoos as makeup?

Source: Natural-you

Source: Natural-you

According to the society of permanent cosmetic professionals, a cosmetic tattoo refers to ”Tattooing the appearance of traditional cosmetic eyebrows, eyeliner, and lip color among other associated services.” While there is no clear history of the rise of this trend, it has its obvious benefits:

  • Scar and blemish cover-up
  • Those with active lifestyles can avoid reapplying throughout the day
  • You can save time in the mornings getting ready
  • Save money in the long run with a one-time payment over years of purchasing products
  • The perfect eyeliner and eyebrow shape everyday

Seems like a win-win-win situation, right? However, because the procedure is the same as any other tattoo, the same considerations should be made when weighing the pros and cons: 

  • Assess whether or not you are ready for the permanent change
  • Consult a professional about whether or not a tattoo in sensitive areas like the face would be right for you
  • Makeup trends might not be the best (Ie, green eyeliner or a specific lip shade) - we suggest getting a more neutral base line and building on top with regular, store-bought solutions
  • Do your research and choose a tattoo artist you trust
  • Establish a post-care routine that will keep your skin healthy
Source: Transform Esthetics

Source: Transform Esthetics

Permanent makeup or cosmetic tattoos have some serious benefits. From more natural looks to eyeliner wings that never smudge, it provides a time saving, consistent option for countless people. If you choose to get one, make sure to do it safely, choose a timeless look, and consult a permanent cosmetics professional. 

United by Ink

While tattoos can help us express unique parts of ourselves and our stories, they can be used to commemorate others. Kory Poxton for example got one to help understand her daughter Tarly a bit better. 

Tarly has been diagnosed with Netherton syndrome, a serious skin condition that causes blistering and itchy skin. She has to apply special moisturizers six times a day just to keep it under control. As the only one of her family to be diagnosed, Tarly asked her mother why she had it while everyone around her didn't. Kory decided to do something about it. 

Source: Daily Mail

Source: Daily Mail

'I contacted a couple of tattooists and got a heart-shaped tattoo on the top of my thigh. It is pink and looks just like her skin and it says ''little me'' underneath. 'Tarly loves it and she's told absolutely everyone about it, saying that it is just like her skin but pretend.'  

Read more about this inspiring story here.



What Tattoo is Right For Your Sign?

You may have missed it, but an article on Cosmopolitan UK yesterday sent us spinning. They reported that NASA had not only shifted the signs but added a new only completely. Luckily, it's not true, but it did get us thinking about how deeply people identify with their signs. So, we asked ourselves - what tattoo should your sign get? 

International London Tattoo Convention

This weekend in London, over 400 of the worlds best tattoo artists will gather to showcase their talent. We could go on and try to describe some of our favorites, but it'd probably be better just to show you: 

Lianne Moule
Country: United Kingdom
Known for: bright usage of color, full sleeves, abstract, water color style tattoos

Tang Ping
Country: People's Republic of China
Known for: Body suits

Ellen Westholm
Country: Sweden
Known for: Black and grey fantasy portraits

Claudia de Sabe
Country: United Kingdom
Known for: Japanese-style

Check out the work of these artists and more here. 

Move Over, Rogaine.

From hair transplant surgery to Rogaine, dealing with male patterned baldness is common - almost 70% of men experience it at some point in their lifetime before the age of 35. However, not many of the solutions are all that effective. So, Matt Lulo of Scalp Micro USA in NYC came up with an alternative. 




By tattooing thousands of little dots in place of hair follicles, men experiencing hair loss can "fill in the gaps" giving a look of a fresh buzz. The process can either be permanent or temporary can only costs around $2,000 as opposed to $10,000 for traditional transplants. 10/10 for creativity, Matt. 

If you ever choose to put a put a tattoo on your head, face, or any other part of your body that is often exposed to the sun, bring our travel-sized lotion bottle to apply as necessary. 



You've just spent a great day at the beach, out on the water, or relaxing by the pool. Unfortunately, you might have forgotten to put on sunblock, missed a spot, or sweat it off before you had time to apply more. You head home to find that your shirt now feels uncomfortable and your skin is red or raw. Unfortunately, you’ve got a sunburn. They are caused by overexposure to damaging UV rays from the sun. While they are usually self-treatable and resolve within a week, they are painful and can be annoying to deal with. If you ever find yourself with a sunburn, try one of these helpful steps to help aid recovery. 

Image via Flckr by  Sophie Carys Whitehouse

Image via Flckr by Sophie Carys Whitehouse

1. Assess the Damage

As we mentioned, most sunburns are mild enough to treat at home with a little TLC. However, some can be far more serious. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, head to the doctor for a more thorough examination and treatment plan. 

  • Blisters
  • Fever or chills
  • Swelling
  • Nausea 
  • Dizziness

2. Avoid the Sun

It seems like common sense, but many people who get sunburned will continue to go back out into the sun and worsen the problem. Wear sunblock, clothes that cover the burn, and a hat every time you go outside. Avoid the sun as much as possible during peak hours (10am - 4pm). 

3. Cool Off

Taking a cool (not cold) shower or using a cool, damp towel can help take the heat off of your skin and relieve pain. There are also many over-the-counter products that contain aloe vera or soy that can be used to soothe sunburns with a cooling effect. 

4. Stay Hydrated

An important step in recovering is keeping your skin hydrated to promote healing. Using moisturizer often and throughout the day will help relieve pain and keep your skin from peeling. Getting a lotion with Vitamin E or C may even promote faster healing and damage reversal. Don’t forget your insides, too. Drink plenty of extra water. 

5. Take Your Medicine

If you see a sunburn beginning to form, take a dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Not only will they curb the pain, these anti-inflammatories and pain killers help reduce swelling, redness, pain, and long-term damage.   

Sun burns are treatable, but the best practice is to prevent it in the first place. Over time, this damage to your skin can cause premature aging and in some cases, skin cancer. Your best defense is to wear sunblock and frequently reapply it after going in the water or sweating. It may take longer to see a tan but it is worth it in the long run. You can learn more about the damaging effects of the sun and how Save Your Tattoo can help here.