A new tattoo is similar to an abrasion. Poor care and unsanitary treatment can cause wound infections and scar tissue. In addition, wound infections can lead to a less attractive tattoo. If you take good care of the tattoo, it will take two to six weeks for the wound to heal. The tattoo artist will provide written instructions on tattoo aftercare. Please read this carefully. Hygiene guidelines for tattooing – June 2014 Page 43 of 53
During tattooing, the skin breaks down, creating a wound. If you take good care of the tattoo, it will take about six weeks for this wound to heal.
If the tattoo is covered with a sterile compress or cling film, you may remove it after 3 to 5 hours. Wound spray or adhesive clear film should remain in place until it wears off or falls off on its own. You may shower with a tattoo.
Treat the uncovered tattoo wound as follows:
- Wash the tattoo twice a day with a mild unscented soap;
- After washing, pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel;
- Apply an ointment to the wound that the tattooist gave you or that he or she recommended.
Make sure during the healing process:
- touch the tattoo wound as little as possible (wash your hands first before caring for the wound);
- Do not scratch the tattoo wound;
- do not cover the tattoo wound with tight or soiled clothing;
- de tatoeagewond niet afdekt met pleisters of verband;
- Avoid (bubble) baths, swimming pools, saunas and steam rooms;
- do not expose the tattoo wound to sunlight or the tanning bed.
Tattooed skin remains very sensitive to sunlight even after healing. Therefore, always lubricate your tattoo with sunscreen. Note: Contact your doctor in case of extreme redness, swelling, bleeding, wound fluid, color change or chronic pain.
Tattooing involves risks. Therefore, make sure you are well rested and have eaten enough. Inform the tattoo artist of any medication or skin problems, allergies, epilepsy and hypersensitivity reactions. And check at www.veiligtatoeerenenpiercen.nl that the studio where you want to get a tattoo is licensed. This license indicates that the studio works according to the hygiene guidelines of the National Center for Hygiene and Safety
Don't get a tattoo:
- In places where you have had plastic surgery or radiation in the past year;
- On a scar that is less than a year old;
- In a place tattooed less than six weeks ago;
- In an area where a tattoo was lasered away less than three months ago or where the laser wound has not yet healed;
- On irritated skin such as bumps, dark moles or swelling;
- If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- if you are pregnant.
Discouraged tattooing in certain conditions:
- chronic skin disease
- allergy to tattoo materials or ink
- immune disorder
- cardiovascular abnormalities.
Do you have any of these conditions or are you taking anticoagulants or antibiotics ? And do you still want a tattoo? If so, discuss your options with a doctor first. For background information on the above risks, visit www.veiligtatoeerenenpiercen.nl. Tattooing Because a wound is created during tattooing, there is a risk of infection of diseases transmitted through blood, such as hepatitis B and C. Therefore, check that the tattooist works hygienically. Being hygienic is also important to prevent your new tattoo from getting infected.
In any case, note that:
- the skin before tattooing is cleaned, disinfected and, if necessary, shaved with a new disposable razor;
- the needles and ink are packaged sterile and used only for you. The needles are packaged individually, ink is in small ink cups;
- clean tissues are used during tattooing to clean the skin;
- the tattoo artist wears gloves during tattooing and changes them if he or she touches anything other than the tattoo machine, a tissue or your skin;
- the tattoo is cared for and covered afterwards.
Rules of the House
- Refusal of clients under the influence of alcohol/drugs
- Smoking is not allowed in the studio
- We do not tattoo persons under the age of 15.
- For persons 17 or younger, we only set tattoos with parental permission. If in doubt about age, we ask for identification.
- We ask all our clients to come to the appointment alone.
- Consent form and copy of identification required by GGD regulations
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we recommend always making an appointment in advance to avoid disappointment and to ensure adequate time for consultation and tattoo session.
After having your tattoo done, you will be given instructions for aftercare. It is essential to follow these to maintain the quality of your tattoo and prevent infections. Read more on our information page.
If you cancel within 48 hours before your appointment, you will receive a refund of the deposit or a voucher. Cancellation more than 48 hours will forfeit the deposit.
The price of a tattoo depends on the size, complexity and location. Please contact us for a specific price estimate.
Everyone experiences pain differently, but generally it feels like a constant scratching or burning sensation. We do our best to make it as comfortable as possible for you.
Yes, you can bring your own design. We will review and discuss it with you to make sure it is set perfectly.
Due to hygiene and space considerations, we ask that you come alone. Any exceptions can be discussed in advance.
You must be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo. A valid ID is required.