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  1. I am pretty well padded so the tattoo over my left shoulder blade wasn’t much of a problem, but I really wanted to crawl off the table both times my ankle was worked on. Thanks for sharing your lovely article.

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  3. I was hoping you can answer this for me…I had a old tattoo re-done and unfortunatley I had a reaction with the old and new inks which created an infection…I have gone through a serious of anti-biotics and the infection is gone….but, I have multiple scabs on that tattoo, it is healing around the edges and is looking nice, but the scabs on the red areas are still large….my question is this can I soak my tat to soften up the scabs as I don’t want them to get pulled off and take the ink out….BTW it is on my ankle so there is a lot of movement there…

    Thanks so much
    Laura

    • Truthfully, I would leave it alone. The last thing you want to do is take the scabs off before the area is completely healed, and if they get soft they might rub off too soon. I know they’ll drive you nuts while the healing process is going on, but it’s best to wait and let nature take its course.

      • Thnak you so much for your advise I did not soak, pull, pick…. I just washed it twice a day and let the scabs dry up and they came off all by themselves…this tatoo was a mess it looked three dimensional with the scabs…unbelievable it came out quite nice…It will need a little touch ups but, I think all tattos do….again thanks so much…

        Laura

      • Thank you so much for your advise I did not soak, pull, pick…. I just washed it twice a day and let the scabs dry up and they came off all by themselves…this tatoo was a mess it looked three dimensional with the scabs…unbelievable it came out quite nice…It will need a little touch ups but, I think all tattos do….again thanks so much…

        Laura

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  5. I’m finally getting my first tattoo finished and (hopefully) getting my full second one. I have a few problems, though. Beforehand when I got the other two pieces done, I felt incredibly sick before getting in the chair and somewhat during. Is there anything you recommend to help calm myself down beforehand? Also, during the sessions it was excruciatingly painful for me. The first tattoo is on my left shoulder blade and I know there is bone close by, but it was terrible. Is there anything that doesn’t involve drinking or medication (since I know they will turn you away for that) that would calm that as well? I’m going to try music this time to block out the gun sound, but I’m not sure if this will help entirely. Thanks so much! 😀

    • I have found that meditation exercises beforehand help. There’s a book called The Relaxation Response that explains one way to do it–I’m sure you can find that at the library.

      There’s not much you can really do while the ink is being applied other than try your best to relax. Tense muscles make it hurt more. I am pretty well padded so the tattoo over my left shoulder blade wasn’t much of a problem, but I really wanted to crawl off the table both times my ankle was worked on.

      Let your artist know that you’ve had problems and be sure that he or she stops and lets you take a break from time to time so you don’t get overly stressed. The music will help too (I often listen to music while I’m at the dentist for just the same reason).

  6. help! i have this awesome tat and unfortunately haven’t taken care of it like i should have over the yrs. i was wondering if there is any way to “freshen up” the outline of a tat to bring it back to life? would love to get a professional answer asap, thanx.

    • The best way to freshen up the tattoo would be to go back to the artist who did it and ask him or her to touch it up for you.

      If that’s not possible, talk to another reputable artist whose work appeals to you, and ask him or her what can be done.

      I had the tattoo on my ankle freshened up and amplified by an artist I met at a tattoo show on the Queen Mary. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that kind of spur of the moment inking, but in my case it turned out really well.

  7. thank you for mentioning my book.. Im finally getting the opportunity to rewrite it.. fifteen years after I wrote the first version.. I hope you’ll send me pix of you to include and permit me to interview you for the new book..
    thanks again.. amy

    • I don’t have many pictures of myself showing off my ink, and I’m not sure why. Here is a photo of me right after my dragon was finished.

      I’d be thrilled to be included in your new book! I wish my mother were here to see that–I gave her a copy of the book to try to get her to understand my desire to be tattooed. Alas, she remained unconvinced. 🙂

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