Tattoo artists and piercers use medical skin prep products to clean, prepare and protect the skin before they apply tattoos or piercings. Skin prep solutions are specifically formulated to kill bacteria and microorganisms on the skin before applying tattoos or piercing instruments. Markers or stencils will be applied to mark out placement and design after the skin has been properly cleaned.
The application of an antiseptic ointment or gel helps minimize the risk of contamination during the time it takes to complete a tattoo procedure. This also provides moisture and lubrication for the skin, making it the best possible canvas for transferring pigments.
A lot of people worry about pain when getting a tattoo or piercing. Many tattoo artists like to use anesthetic cream or spray to help reduce client’s pain during the tattooing process. This allows the canvas to sit still throughout longer sessions and more painful areas, so you can provide the best possible tattoo.
Aftercare products are vital to the safe and effective healing of new tattoos. Many tattoo studios will recommend that their clients use aftercare products for a few days up to a couple weeks after getting tattooed. Aftercare ointments such as Recovery, INK-EEZE and Tattoo Goo are designed specifically for aiding in the healing of new tattoos.