The real cost of a cheap tattoo

Contemplating a new tattoo? This is a great blog post to read if you are planning on shopping for your next tattoo based on price alone.

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Unlicensed tattoo artists often work from their homes, sometimes offering customers designs for little more than a tenner.

But if they are not sterilising equipment properly, the real cost could be much greater.

Blood borne infections such as Hepatitis B or C and HIV can be transmitted through contaminated needles, and the symptoms can remain hidden for years.

Even if it is not that serious, painful infections can scar the skin.

article_img Unsterilized equipment can lead to infection. Credit: Cardiff Council

Unregistered tattooists, or scratchers, are hard to trace, so Hartlepool Council has become the first in the country to introduce hygiene rating systems for tattoo studios.

article_img-1 A sticker in the window of a salon achieving full marks in the new hygiene rating system. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

They hope that by promoting the legitimate businesses, they will raise awareness of the risks, and let customers know where they…

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Tattoo Aftercare Products

Here at Copper Fox Tattoo Company we like to keep our aftercare simple yet effective.

Taking care of a new tattoo isn’t rocket surgery, as long as you follow our advice. In this post I will go over soaps and after care products.

When you get home remove the bandage from your new tattoo and wash with warm, soapy water. You can’t go wrong with Dr. Bronners Castile Soap , if you don’t have this use a mild non-scented soap. For years before I discovered Dr. Bronners I used Dial Antibacterial Soap to clean my fresh tattoos. When washing the tattoo use your hand and activate the soap until you clean all the plasma from the area. This is the most important  part of the caring of your new tattoo because any plasma left on the tattoo will coagulate and form a scab which can result in possible trauma to the tattoo while healing.




After you clean and rinse your tattoo thoroughly, pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel. You will want to allow your tattoo to air dry for around 30 minutes before applying your aftercare product. Choosing an aftercare product can be quite a task due to the abundance of products marketed specifically for tattoos. We used to carry and sell Ink fixx but I personally was not a fan of the smell or the waxy residue feeling it created. I use Aquaphor and have done so for 8 years, however I have pondered switching to a natural aftercare product. I will document my experiences in future posts so check back often for updates on the following products.

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Once you have chosen your aftercare product apply a thin layer on the tattoo. I can not stress enough on using a minimal amount of aftercare product. A little goes a long way and you don’t want to suffocate the tattoo this will only complicate healing.

Once your tattoo heals you have more decisions to make into protecting your tattoo from the sun. Upon doing research I have realized just how many new companies have jumped on the tattoo bandwagon. I am not  as familiar on this as I would like to be, but something tells me there is no real difference from these products and the regular sunscreen market. Perhaps I will sample a few of these over the summer to see if there are noticeable differences such as fragrance, longevity, and application.


So I end this blog with an invitation to you, the reader, to share your experiences with after care products.

Finger/hand/side of feet Tattoo FYI

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With the popularity of visible tattoos on the rise, with the encouragement of social sites like pinterest and tumblr, we have noticed an increase in the interest of below the wrist and above the collar tattoo requests. If you have been thinking about getting a new tattoo in the aforementioned areas please take the time to visit and read the link provided below. As a shop we try to educate you in what makes a good, long lasting tattoo instead of a future regret.