Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Black & Grey vs. Full Color: Things to Consider

                One of the most crucial questions to ask yourself when trying to come up with an idea for your next tattoo is whether you are wanting your new piece to be in black and grey or full color. Both styles certainly have advantages and disadvantages when it comes to healing, longevity, contrast, and other factors. We often get asked the pros and cons between the two different design choices so we figured it would be an important topic to address.

                Black and grey tattoos are certainly the more popular option when it comes to the two styles as they have been around longer and is a classic design choice. One of the biggest pros of this design option is its longevity. The shades of black and grey generally have a less chance of fading and are less susceptible to the damages of sun exposure because of their chemical make-up. One key component to consider for black and grey tattoos is the tattoo style you are looking for in your piece. Traditional, Japanese, lettering, realism, geometrical; it is all on the table with black and grey. Realism, however, can get a little tricky when it comes to black and grey because it requires an eye for depth, shading, size, etc. So, if this is the style you are looking for, be sure to research your artist carefully to ensure you get the multi-dimensional look you are going for. The final component in the pros column for black and grey is that they generally take less time than full-color tattoos depending on the style you choose. Working with two shades cuts down on time so, if you are worried about sitting through the pain of a tattoo, black and grey may be the right option for you.

                Full-color tattoos may not have been around for as long as black and grey tattoos but, over the years, they have become a staple in the tattoo community. Using bright colors in a tattoo is a great way to convey the overall tone of the design and, for many people, they add more expression to the overall piece. Depending on the colors you select, color tattoos can offer an eye-popping contrast to light and medium skin tones, and certain artists are trained to make color pop on any skin tone. Something important to remember when looking at tattoo designs or the work of the artist you are interested in is you will want to be sure to look at the before photos of the piece and what the color looks like after the healing process. This will ensure that you know what you are getting into when selecting full-color for your newest addition.

                We hope that this information will help you to select which way to go for a tattoo that is uniquely yours. Overall, both tattoo styles are great for different reasons and, if you make sure to do your research beforehand, you should be happy with your newest piece no matter which style you select.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Tattoo Pain: Why Does It Hurt So Good?

Tattoo Pain: Why does it hurt so good?

Your brain is 100% unique to you and only you. The way you feel and perceive pain can be vastly different from one person to the next. When we feel pain during a tattoo, sensory receptors in our skin send a message via nerve fibres to the spinal cord and brain stem and then onto the good old brain where the sensation of pain is registered, the information is processed and the pain is perceived. The response from there is what is unique to us.

So, if it hurts, why do we do what we do? Why are we so willing to put money into countless hours of what could easily be described as torture? A long time ago tattooing was more of a cultural ritual in which the pain was precisely the point! You earned your stripes, patterns, and designs. This holds true in many cultures.

Here in the US the popularity of tattoos has exploded. On average 1 in 5 persons have tattoos. 70% of those have more than one, 20% have more than 5. 32% of people with tattoos claim that it’s an addiction. ( 

On the other hand its easy to argue that tattoos are not addictive at all but really just a perception of what truly draws them to tattoos. Many simply enjoy the collection of art accumulating on their body. Much like a collector of art or classic cars, nothing beats the excitement of getting something new.

When we receive a tattoo, yes it hurts but the pleasure and enjoyment we get from having that piece of art on us forever makes the pain worth it. Whatever the reason behind the tattoo: a memorial of a loved one, a design from a favorite artist, something that helps us find our identity, or even something absurd that makes us laugh when we look at it. We go back for more and more because we appreciate the way it makes us feel.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Blood Borne Pathogens and Bacteria: What are they and what do they mean for your new tattoo?

Blood Borne Pathogens and Bacteria: What are they and what do they mean for your new tattoo?

One of the many aspects of getting a new tattoo that is over looked by many is the need for a clean and sterile environment. In today's world we have seen a rapid increase of pop-up tattoo parlors and an increase in home tattoos. Sadly, this has been over looked for far too long. The biggest issue here is blood borne pathogens and a clean sterile environment where the tattoo is being performed.

So, what exactly is a blood borne pathogen? A blood borne pathogen is infectious microorganisms in human blood that cause disease. Some examples of these diseases are but not limited to hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Having a proper field preforming tattoos is crucial to preventing the spread of these diseases.

Aside from blood borne pathogens there is also a risk from bacteria causing infections such as staph or MRSA (a staph super bug)
How are these contracted you might wonder? They are due to cross contamination that occurs around an open cut, wound or abrasions. What’s cross contamination? It’s process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one substance or object to another, with harmful effect. Meaning this can occur from not washing your hands properly, and having uncovered and un-sterilized equipment being used to preform a medical procedure, a piercing or even a tattoo.

That’s why pop up shops and kitchen tattoos with no knowledge of blood borne pathogens or bacteria aren’t just unethical it’s deadly. In order to protect yourself it is crucial that you do your research! Find an established studio, take a look around and see for yourself!
Here at Lucky Bamboo Tattoo we cover EVERYTHING that the artist could touch during an appointment. Everything is wiped down and disinfected prior to setting up with sterile single use items. Such as drape sheets, pillow cases, bottle bags, clip cord sleeves etc. 

Artists are required by the health department to be blood borne certified. Which means they are trained to know how to prevent cross contamination to protect the client. These precautions shouldn’t stop here in the studio. After your appointment we send you with a sterile bandage that is designed to keep your tattoo safe and clean during the crucial phases of the healing process. Any new tattoo should be handled with care. Wash your hands before switching out or removing your bandage. If your unsure of what to do you should contact the studio/artist and follow their directions.
We can not stress enough the importance of not doing home tattoos and to do your research!