Although I have never had a tattoo, a couple of years ago I developed a special-order product for after-tat skin care. During the process of creating Tattoo Soothe Skin Mist, I got acquainted with the world of ‘getting inked’.
One thing that struck me at that time (and doesn’t seem to have changed much since) was the general lack of information about pre and after-tat skincare – everywhere!
But that is starting to change, thanks to the gentleman you see above.
Meet Dan Hunter – he's all about skincare – particularly in relation to tattoos.
Earlier this year, Dan launched Authority Tattoo which is quickly gaining recognition and attention from folks all over the tattoo industry.
I asked Dan if he would share his story with me, and he kindly agreed to let me share it with you.
Could you give us a bit of background about yourself?
Although I personally never tattooed anybody, studying fine arts at university along with constantly being around experienced tattoo artists (who happened to be close family friends and acquaintances etc.), I grew up to be rather experienced in the art form. This led me to actually judging at several large tattooing conventions around a few states during the 90's.
Some tattoo inks have been preserved with thimerosal (also known as Merthiolate) which is mercury based. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think there is enough awareness as to the ingredients in the ink being used for tattoos?
But I definitely agree that much more can and should be done to raise awareness to unknowing customers that many inks do in-fact contain trace amounts of various heavy metals (depending on color and supplier).
Although a few leading ink brands have now been ordered to disclose the fact that their products do contain traces of heavy metals to their buyers (namely tattoo artists), this warning rarely makes it down to the final customer in the artists chair - so yes, more can be done to ensure that ink components are disclosed to the people that are actually having them injected into their bodies.
However, like I mentioned, I believe the risk of harm is still small with all inks as long as work is performed by professional and experienced tattoo artists – not to mention that most good artists will be more than willing to look into using organic inks containing no heavy metals should you raise your concerns with them and should they be able to source the requested ink from a supplier (although you must be aware that tattoo quality/longevity may be compromised by using more healthy but less-effective ink components).
What made you turn your interest to the care of skin in regards to tattoos?
For example, our definitive guide to tattoo aftercare is by-far the most comprehensive article about the subject on the internet, and I made it so because it’s extremely important for the health of not only your tattoo, but the health of you and your skin.
Poor tattoo aftercare can really cause some nasty side-effects (including infections such as staph, among many others). This is why it’s so vital for people to know what they should and shouldn’t do in the important 2-3 week healing window post-tattoo.
Many people fail to realise that a tattoo is only going to look as healthy as the skin that it is drawn on, and the longer you keep your skin well-moisturized and well-nourished throughout the LIFE of the tattoo (not just the first two weeks of healing), the better the tattoo is going to look throughout its whole lifespan – and that is why I’m trying to promote the importance of good skincare in relation to good tattoo aftercare.
Find AuthorityTattoo here.
Do TellDo you have a tattoo? Did you have trouble finding info on after-tat skincare?
More About Thiomersal and TattoosA review of Thimerosal and its ethylmercury breakdown
Mertholiate Poisoning, Medline Plus
Focus on T.R.U.E. Test allergens #23 Thimerosal
Do all tattoo pigments use mercury and other toxic heavy metals, Scientific American