Friday, May 10, 2013

What is Tattoo After care?

There are several different schools of thought on tattoo aftercare. Aftercare is essentially the steps taken during the healing process of a tattoo. How you care for a new tattoo from the first day right up to the time it's fully healed and become a seamless part of your skin constitutes tattoo aftercare. 
Today, tattoo professionals have access to high quality products that assist the healing process and enhance the beauty of a tattoo. 
Proper aftercare is still a matter of debate though, and while anyone with access to a network can put out a list of do's and dont's that seems accurate, it may not be the best way to look after your new tattoo. 
We recommend always following your professional tattoo artists advice on appropriate aftercare.

This guide is our professional opinion on how to take care of the tattoo you've just got.

To properly care for your tattoo, you need to first understand what a tattoo is. A tattoo is a series of tiny nicks made by tattoo needles which deposit tattoo ink a few layers under the skin. This means that a new tattoo is quite similar to a fresh wound on the skin. Since the needles break the surface of the skin as they deposit the ink, a tattoo will form a scab as it heals up.

The first thing to do with a fresh tattoo is to let it dry and begin scabbing i.e begin healing. This could take anywhere between 4 and 48 hours from the time the tattoo was completed. The exact drying time varies between individuals as it depends on a host of factors like the individual's health, diet, lifestyle and environmental factors.

Once your tattoo begins to dry and starts scabbing, the similarity between it and a wound ends. 
From now on, the tattoo needs constant care and attention until it is fully healed, which could take 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the factors mentioned above.
Moisturization is crucial to the health of your tattoo, and we recommend using a good quality tattoo aftercare balm like Tattoo Goo or Tat Wax. A thin layer of balm needs to be massaged gently into the tattoo several times a day for two weeks minimum.
Protection from sunlight, rain, steam, dust and using a good sunscreen are also essential precautions during tattoo healing.
For detailed Step-by-Step instructions on aftercare, read our post titled How to care for your new Tattoo.

Your Tattoo is a permanent part of your skin and deserves the best care you can give it. Following the right aftercare and using high quality products specially formulated for tattoos will give your ink that extra nourishment it needs to look Spectacular!

How to Care For Your New Tattoo




Keep Your Ink looking Spectacular  



IMMEDIATELY AFTER GETTING A TATTOO



# Your tattoo has been wrapped to protect it from pollutants; keep the wrap on until you get to a clean, dust free area (indoors). Don’t leave the wrap for longer than two hours because the tattoo needs to breathe to initiate the healing process.

# Throughout the day, gently dab away any seepage around the tattoo with a clean tissue paper and keep it dry. Always make sure your hands are clean when handling the tattoo.

# The inflammation in your fresh tattoo should subside in an hour, but if you experience pain or prolonged swelling, you may use anti-inflammatory medication (pain relievers) to alleviate the discomfort.

#Don’t expose the tattoo to direct sunlight, or any kind of moisture (rain, swimming pools, or steam rooms).

#Before bed, apply a thin layer of Cipladine ointment on the tattoo. Cipladine is a strong anti - microbial that will protect your tattoo against infection. One application of Cipladine is usually enough; please consult your professional tattoo artist on whether you need multiple applications.



THE next DAY



#First thing in the Morning wash the tattoo with a mixture of warm water and salt so that the surface of the tattoo is free of particles. Dry with a clean towel and then apply a thin layer of Cipladine ointment on the tattoo.

#From the evening you can cleanse the area with warm salt water, dry it up and then apply a good aftercare balm like Tattoo Goo/ Tat Wax. Alternatively, you may use A&D ointment/Baby oil.

#Keep the tattoo moisturized by applying a small quantity of tattoo balm and gently massaging it into the skin, don’t rub. Reapply the tattoo balm several times a day; we recommend using the balm every two to three hours or whenever your tattoo has absorbed the product. Do this every day until the tattoo is fully healed.

#The average healing time for a tattoo is two weeks. During this time, make sure that your tattoo is always moisturized, it should never look dry and there should always be a thin layer of balm on it.

#Before bathing, apply a thin layer of A&D ointment on the tattoo. Use a mild pH balanced soap, and avoid using soap directly on the tattoo for the first few days.

#Protect the tattoo from direct sunlight and rain for at least two weeks. If sun expose can’t be avoided, use a high-end after care cream like Tattoo Goo which has a built-in sunscreen or a basic after care cream along with a good quality sunscreen.

**You may continue to apply oil/ointment on the tattoo for a week after it’s completely healed.**



PRECAUTIONS



DO NOT use too much tattoo balm
Always apply a thin layer of balm/oil on the tattoo, using too much will smother the tattoo.
DO NOT use Vaseline 
Under any circumstances. Use the specially formulated tattoo aftercare creams like Tattoo Goo/ Tat Wax.
Alternatively, consult your professional tattoo artist on what product to use.
DO NOT Itch 
The Tattoo is bound to itch when the healing process starts. Keep the tattoo well moisturized so that the skin peels away in soft layers. The healing process must not be hurried in any way, doing so will only damage the tattoo.
DO NOT use multiple products on your tattoo
 Doing so may cause chemical reactions between the different products and this could harm the tattoo. It’s important to only use products that are specifically formulated for tattoos.
DO NOT swim
 In lakes, swimming pools, bathtubs or any water bodies until your tattoo heals.
DO NOT expose your tattoo to direct sunlight
 Until it’s completely healed your tattoo is vulnerable to sun damage, so try to keep it covered when outdoors. Once healed, use a good quality tattoo balm with sunscreen.
DO NOT lift weights or do stretching exercises
Avoid strenuous workouts or stretching until the tattoo is completely healed.
DO NOT wear Woollen or Nylon clothing
 Loose cotton clothing is recommended during the healing process.
Watch what you Eat
Foods rich in starch or protein should only be consumed in moderation or avoided altogether.
Drinking Alcohol is not recommended until the tattoo is fully healed.
Improper diet may aggravate the tattoo and increase the heat in your body, which may erupt as boils.
DO NOT deviate from the Professional Tattoo aftercare
Please call us with any questions you may have.

Healthy eating habits will hasten the healing process and enhance the beauty of your tattoo. Include fresh fruits & vegetables in your diet and take a daily Multi-Vitamin Supplement.

If you experience any of the following symptoms: a lot of pain, deep redness around the tattoo or an allergic reaction like rash or bumps around the tattoo, contact us immediately.


If you ever have any concerns or questions about your tattoo don’t hesitate to give us a call or drop by the studio!



Above All, ENJOY YOUR INK!


CEO, Lead Tattoo Artist


Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore

Happiness in a Tattoo


The pursuit of Happiness forms a big part of human nature. Its a desire common to people everywhere, wherever they are in the world. A fact that was proven here at Eternal Expression, by a new friend who's travelled halfway across the globe to reach us, and to have her idea of complete happiness embodied forever in tattoo ink.
An old friend shared his idea of spirituality in the form of a tattoo that represents faith through adversity. Both very different ideals, but part of the same greater theme.

As artists we strive to bring visions to life and give them a physical form. To create the ideal expression of human thought and feeling is our ultimate goal. But this process is a two way street - a perfect tattoo is a pure reflection of your spirit, and we can only reach this ideal through communication and understanding.

With every tattoo we create, we understand our fellow beings a little better. At the core, we are all the same, regardless of where we come from or what we do in our lives. All of us have dreams and goals, it just so happens that one of our goals is to bring your dream tattoo to life.

 To all our friends, old and new : We appreciate the faith you have in us, and we're honoured that our work is a permanent part of you.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Highlights of 2012! Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore

Saluti!

Welcome to the Premier post of 2013


Veer Hegde and Everyone here at Eternal Expression, Bangalore's Finest Tattoo and Piercing Studio want to wish You an Amazing 2013

To kick off the year, we thought we'd start by publishing the Highlights of the Year 2012
The Year gone by was absolutely Brilliant and we have a whole lot to share with each one of You, so let's Begin.

This past year was an Awesome Trip and we made some beautiful memories.  ;">A lot of wonderful people have left an indelible impression on our lives, and our tattoos have formed a bridge of art that's allowed us to touch their lives as well.


We created breath taking portrait tattoos of cherished subjects, symbolizing immortal love in Ink.

We embarked on voyages of Faith, accompanying the devoted on their sojourn. And we returned from our journey with a heightened sense of purpose, and far greater respect for the Universe and all that's in it.

Captivating pieces in black and grey, tattoos which had a singular theme or a  unique story behind them, have all made our tattooing memoirs so much Richer and compels us to share some of these incredible experiences.


Every tattoo we've done has a tale to tell, and each picture is followed by a written Chronicle to give you a glimpse into its history.


We hope you Enjoy, and don't forget to tell us what You think!



Portrait Tattoo by Veer 

Hegde Eternal Expression Bangalore
Portrait Tattoo by Veer Hegde Eternal Expression Bangalore

A Black and Grey Tattoo Portrait of a client's (who is now a friend ) wife when she was expecting their first child.
This was the most cherished memory of the young father, and he wanted it immortalized on his skin.
The entire family including the little one was involved in the making of this tattoo, which took one whole day to complete.




Mother Mary Tattoo
Mother Mary Tattoo  by Veer Hegde Eternal Expression Bangalore
A custom design created by Veer, it shows the visage of Mother Mary weeping tears of blood.
Done in Black and Grey along with one single shade of Red.













Rajput Tattoo Sun Shield Warrior Sword - by Veer Hegde at Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio
This Tattoo was inspired by a Rajput emblem that features crossed swords and a shield.
The shield has been personalized to include the person's Star sign, and is designed to look like a flaming Sun.




Shirdi Sai Baba Tattoo by  Veer Hegde at Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore
Our first Shirdi Sai Baba Tattoo, created for an ardent devotee.
The tattoo is in Black and Grey, depicting Sai Baba seated on a rock
 Features a Tulsi maar and Dhuni on either side of Baba, with a Neem tree forming the background










Pentagram Tattoo by  Veer Hegde at Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore
Another First! Deviating from the usual religious themes, this bold tattoo was specifically created for a young musician.
The piece features a Ram's head complete with horns, an inverted Cross and a Pentagram Star




Scorpion Tattoo by  Veer Hegde - Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore
A large three dimensional scorpion custom designed by Veer for a client, to match his personality ; )




Shirdi Sai Baba Tattoo by Veer Hegde - Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore
The Neem Tree that frames the background of this tattoo is a representation of the actual
 Neem tree under which Sai Baba meditated in Shirdi, and this tree still lives today.
Its leaves are believed to have great healing powers, charged with immense positive energy.
We were fortunate to be gifted a leaf from this sacred tree by our friend and client.



Sanskrit Tattoo by  Veer Hegde - Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore
A tattoo dedicated to the client's mother, as tribute to a Mother's unconditional love
The words are written in Sanskrit language using Devanagri Script
The font used here was created by Veer exclusively for this Sanskrit tattoo



 Cross Rosary Tattoo 

Bangalore
Cross & Rosary Tattoo
By Veer Hegde - Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore
This tattoo was created for a young man as a dedication to all the things he values most in life.
Every large pearl of the Rosary carries the initials of a family member, and the beads link them together forever



Shirdi Sai 

Baba Tattoo Bangalore
Shirdi Sai Baba Tattoo
By Veer Hegde - Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore

Pink Crystal 

Butterfly Tattoo Bangalore
Pink Crystal Butterfly Tattoo 
By Veer Hegde - Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore
A perfectly detailed minute Butterfly Tattoo in Vibrant Pink
The wings of the butterfly are designed to look like facets of a Crystal




Saggitarius - The 

Archer Tattoo Bangalore
Sagittarius - The Archer Tattoo 
By Veer Hegde - Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore
Part Warrior Woman, Part Mythological Archer.This tattoo was created as an fantasy representation of  The Sagittarius Archer. An exclusive design, never to be repeated : )



Bal Ganesh Tattoo Bangalore
Bal Ganesh Tattoo 
By Veer Hegde - Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore
The Young Ganesha depicted in this Black and Grey Tattoo is seated, and playing the flute
This tattoo has a soft finish, with no hard lines or harsh edges.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio, Bangalore at the 1st India International Tattoo Convention Delhi- October (7th-9th) 2011

Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio, Bangalore at the 1st Tattoo Convention of India - Indianink Tattoo Convention WTC, Colaba, Mumbai- April (9th-10th) 2011

Now this was happening for the first time in India a country in which tattooing is not so alien.
Tattoo`s have been part of our culture since ages and then came along this fine day where the art and the artists from around India and Mohan Gurung from Nepal being the Judge for the Best Tattoos of the Event came together.

Tattooing has really not been promoted in such a mainstream event ever before in the country. The Best Tattoo Artists from the entire nation where there either with stalls or just checking it all out.

Tattoo Conventions coming up after this one

1. 1st India International Tattoo Convention, Delhi (7th - 9th October)
2. Indian Ink Tattoo Convention, Club West End Goa (17th - 19th November )
3. Tattoo Republic Convention, Pune (17th - 18th November )

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tattoo Art - March 2011- Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio, Bangalore

Tattoo Art April 2011 by Veer Hegde - Lead Tattoo Artist and Owner Eternal Expression Tattoo Studio Bangalore, India

Highlights of this album include the buddha tattoo, The Rose and Heart custom tattoo design and many more.