The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word tatu which means, to mark something. Tattoos have been traced back at least 12,000 years B.C. and has always been an important part of rituals, traditions, and religious rites.
Safe Semi-Permanent Tattoos
Wondering, how long do semi-permanent tattoos last? It depends upon the kind of tattoo, you are getting done on your skin. Many people keep looking for semi-permanent tattoos which last for a period of 6 months or 3-5 years. Well there is a lot of discrepancy over those kinds of tattoos, which we will discuss later. But, now here are some old and safe methods used to make semi-permanent tattoos.
Henna Tattoos: The henna pen tattoos are a fast, safe and natural way of tattooing. You can buy this semi-permanent tattoo pen online, or in beauty stores. You can draw sharp and fine lines using this semi-permanent tattoo ink pen, in black color. This type of tattoo will last for around 2-4 weeks.
Stick-ons: Do I need to say more about these kind of tattoos? Everyone when they were kids have tried these tattoos, which look gross when they are fading away, but look cool when freshly glued on the skin. Look for a good quality and good design stick-ons tattoo, and enjoy the body art for 3-7 days.
TATs: TATs or temporary airbrush tattoos, are applied to the skin surface without causing any damage to the skin. A stencil is placed on the body area, and the tattoo ink is put on the skin using an airbrush. It resembles a permanent tattoo pretty good, and can be gotten rid of using an oil or alcohol based product. It doesn't last too long and washing or bathing the skin will result in faster removal of the tattoo. But, you can increase it's life by applying baby powder to the skin area, when a TAT is freshly done.
Acquiring a permanent tattoo, by its very nature of a needle puncturing the skin in quick succession, is going to hurt. But you can cut down on that pain with several tips that will help you get a painless, permanent tattoo. Mindset is the big one.
Pick a fleshy area. Tattoos done on the hips, thighs and buttocks are going to hurt less than those done on sensitive areas without a lot of padding. Some of the most painful spots include the lower back, inner arm and other areas without much muscle but a lot of bone.
Choose a simple design. The larger and more elaborate your design, the longer the tattoo is going to take and the more pain you will feel. This is just common sense. Shading a tattoo is also more intense than simply lining one, so you may want to pick link without any shading involved.
Get your mind ready. Once you've decided on a fleshy area and a simple tattoo, start preparing your mind. Tell yourself nightly, daily and even hourly, if you have to, that tattoos are beautiful and getting one is something that you can handle. The sensation is more like an annoying massage than anything else.
Talk to the artist. Tell her that you fear the pain but your desire for a tattoo outweighs it--kind of. If that tattoo artist knows you are in a delicate state, a good one will work with you, take breaks when necessary, and do whatever she can to help you feel the most comfortable during the process.
Meditate. Once you're in the tattoo seat, close your eyes and breathe deeply for eight inhales and exhales before you begin. Continue the deep breathing, concentrating solely on your breath and nothing else. Try to block out everything else. Tell yourself that this process is temporary and that you can handle it. It will be over soon.
Treat the tattoo with care afterwards. Don't bang it, bump it, get it sun-burnt or otherwise ask it to give you more pain. Watch out for dogs that like to jump on you because they will inevitably find the spot where you just go a new tattoo
Tips & Warnings
If closing your eyes during the tattoo works for your meditation concentration, go for it. Sometimes, however, closing your eyes can make it worse. If you leave them open you can be awed by the process, the really cool design and how fast it's going to be over.
There are numbing creams that can numb an area about to be tattooed but there are some caveats. The cream takes at least 30 minutes to kick in, lasts only 30 minutes and, once it wears off, the body can be shocked because it will have a big dose of pain rather than smaller increments.
If meditation isn't working, keep a conversation going with the artist or someone your brought with you to keep your mind on something other than the tattooing process. You can also read, listen to music or, if you don't disrupt other clients, sing.
Another way to ready yourself for a tattoo is to visit the shop and watch other tattoos being done, if the people are okay with that. Watching someone else go through the process will prove that you can do it, too.
If you are terribly scared of the pain, perhaps you should instead consider temporary tattoos or another means of body art.