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Basic things you should know before getting a tattoo

Text: Myrna Fernando Interview: Noel Orsal
Oct 15, 2018
Planning to get a tattoo? Remember that the intensity of pain depends on the body part that will get inked.

Over time, the public’s perception about people with tattoo has changed.

With more local celebrities—both males and females—getting inked, it has become somewhat fashionable.

Planning to get one?

Here’s what PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) learned from its quick chat with Tantan Palaboy (his screen name in the tattoo industry) at the Dutdutan 18 tattoo expo of clothing brand Tribal.

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How long does a session take?

For minimal tattoos, it lasts "30 minutes to one hour."

But for the more elaborate designs, you need to allot "three to four hours."

The tattooist added, "Kung malaki ‘tapos madetalye, matagal po yun. Pero isang session lang naman. Depende pa rin sa design."

How painful?

"Naku, depende sa tolerance sa pain ng magpapa-tattoo. May iba kasi na parang wala lang, nakakapag-text-text pa. Meron ding iba, na umaaray talaga.

"Depende rin sa body part."

According to Independent.co.uk: ribs, elbow, and the top of the foot, kneecaps, the bottom of the foot, sternum or breast bone, and rib cage.

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How to prepare?

"Uminom ng maraming tubig.

"Huwag po magpuyat para hindi nai-stress yung balat pag tinatattoo-an, 'tapos huwag din po intoxicated sa araw na iyon kasi may tendency na maging bloody pag tinusukan ng karayom.

"Dapat okay kundisyon ng balat nila.'"

It's also best to avoid eating any of this food that can thin the blood 24 hours before getting inked: Salmon, red wine, cinnamon, aspirin, turmeric, almonds, cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic, olive oil, pineapple, ginseng, chamomile tea.

What if you’re keloidal?

"May after care na kailangang sundin pero hindi natin masasabi kung hindi magiging keloid," he said.

With his seven-year experience as a tattoo artist, he observed, "Kung keloidal, mangyayari talaga yun so ang advice ko, kung yun ang concern mo, huwag na lang.

"Case to case din kasi."

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How long is the down time?

"Depende po kung malaki yung ginawang canvas, kapag mas malaki, mas matagal yung healing. Pero kung mga line works lang, inaabot lang ng one week to two weeks.”

How much?

At the Skinworkz Tattoo & Body Modification, PHP1,500 for 2x2 black-gray and PHP2,000 for 2x2 colored tattoos.

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