Happy April!

Spring is officially here!  Well, actually it was a couple weeks ago, but April is a month that usually feels like it really embodies springtime.  

April is also the month that two of our artists, Lisa and Rhona, will be celebrating birthdays!  Schedule a consultation with either of them by calling us at 417-782-2500, because all they want for their birthdays are to do badass tattoos! 

What Happens if You Hate Your Tattoo

The goal we have for every client who walks into the shop to get tattooed is that they leave with something they love.  Our artists work very hard toward this goal--spending hours on prepping each client's tattoo, from collecting references, consulting back and forth to make sure all the elements wanted are included, the timely process of drawing many versions of the tattoo until it's absolutely perfect, to tattoo day--making last minute changes, sizing, stenciling, etc.  

That being said, there are still things that can cause a client to end up dissatisfied with a tattoo.  Perhaps you were tattooed by an artist at another shop who didn't communicate well with you.  Maybe you feel as though you've simply outgrown the design you chose many years ago.  It could be that you got a beautiful tattoo that you just don't want anymore (names, etc).  

At Blacklist, we have options for those of you who are wearing a tattoo that you just want gone.  Not only are all of our artists very experienced in cover-ups, but we are partnered with Blacklist Laser and Cosmetics to offer tattoo removal.  The laser technicians at Blacklist Laser are absolutely incredible, and work as hard for their clients as our artists do for ours.  We also work with Blacklist Laser to offer specials to those who want to do targeted lightening and work toward a cover-up.  

Let us help you!  Call us or them for a consultation today regarding your cover-up or beginning the removal process! 

Spring Time and Tattoos

We are heading out of winter and into spring, and this is one of the best times of the year to get tattooed!

Have questions?  Want an estimate?  Have an artist picked out that you're ready to book with?  Fill out our consultation form and we will get everything going for you!!

March and April are great months to get tattooed because you can be all healed up by summer and ready to swim, barbecue, and do all the great things that you sometimes have to take a break from while your tattoo is healing! 

Spring Break

Spring Break is right around the corner, and we know that usually means vacations, sun, and fun!

Here are some quick tips for how to take care of your tattoo while you are vacationing!

  • Try to plan your tattoo appointments around your vacations so you never have a fresh tattoo that is trying to heal while you are on vacation.
  • For healed tattoos, sunscreen is still super important!  Your tattoos are always susceptible to sun damage, especially lighter colors, so be sure to load up on the SPF if it's impossible to keep the area covered!
  • If you have a healing tattoo while you are on vacation, be extra careful not to expose the area to the elements.  Airports have incredible amounts of bacteria, as do bodies of water, and people!  
  • Absolutely do not swim while you have a healing tattoo!!  Your tattoo is a healing wound and that is one of the fastest ways to impede the healing of your tattoo at the least -- at worst you expose yourself to a ton of potential infections
  • If your tattoo is healed and protected, don't forget to show it off!

Have fun!


What Does It Feel Like To Get a Tattoo?

The internet is full of information regarding what it feels like to get a tattoo, yet for all of us who haven't ever gotten a tattoo, it's still an unnerving mystery.  Our minds race during the preparation for our first tattoo--a lot of people will tell you the smell of the soap their artists used to prep their skin will illicit strong memories of that first tattoo for quite a long time after.  We are hyper focused on every single thing that is going on because we have absolutely no idea what to expect.  

The number 1 question regarding tattoos is, "Did that hurt?"

The answer, of course, is yes, it did.  Tattoos hurt.  The artist is putting a range of needles dipped in ink into your skin at varying speeds, over and over again.  Although there are many different things to take into account, the baseline of the matter is, no matter where you get tattooed, it will always be a process which creates a wound in order to permanently etch artwork into your skin.


So, What does it feel like?

We often tell our clients that the best thing we can liken it to is a cat scratch on a sunburn.  While that's pretty accurate, it's not exactly an easily accessible memory to have something to compare it to for preparing yourself for your first tattoo.  

Also, it's important to remember that pain thresholds are different for everyone!  Although there are generally accepted "easier" (bicep, calf, forearm) or "rougher" areas (ribs, elbow ditch, chest), it really depends person to person.  

What's the best advice I can give to a first-time client?

I tell every client that the moment the needle touches their skin for the first time, no matter how painful it actually is, that their first thought will be "That's it?"  And I'm right about 98% of the time--because our imaginations tend to psych us out more than real life ever could.

Next, I tell people that even when it hurts really badly, our egos don't usually let us stop-- we know that if we stop in the middle, we are going to walk out with a half-finished tattoo and probably feel pretty lame, not to mention how the tattoo might look.  Our minds sort of protect us from that by basing everything on the knowledge that we must get through it.  

Lastly, I tell them that, truthfully, in my years in the industry I've never had a client tap-out and leave with only a half-done tattoo.  I have faith in every single one of you to find the fun in the tattoo process like we do--after all, it doesn't hurt us when we tattoo you (lol).  




Convention Time!

In a few days, our artist Rhona McBain will be hitting the road to attend the 20th annual Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention.  We are super excited about making a few more appearances on the convention circuit this year, with more news to come about which conventions our artists or we as a shop will be attending.  

Check out the Villain Arts website to see what kinds of amazing things Rhona will be up to while she's tattooing in Philadelphia! 

And make sure to keep an eye on our instagram and facebook for live updates this weekend!