Polis Decay Tattoo Studio
«Is it safe to get a tattoo?»
A tattoo studio in order to operate must meet all of the health officer's requirements to get a license. Since a tattoo is done in such a legal shop with the specific sanitarian's license (and not in a home, for example, or some other place), the tattoo is safe. It is always advisable for a client to do research on the tattoo studio they choose to get their tattoo done as far as cleanliness, professionalism, and the quality of the right artistic work.
«How much do tattoos hurt?»
The level of pain varies depending on the individual, the placement on the body and many other factors. Certainly an area such as the arms and legs on our body is less painful than a tattoo on the ribs.
«How can I choose the tattoo artist that suits me?»
Several tattoo studios, even though they meet the health requirements, it is common to have tattoo artists who are not familiar with all tattoo styles (realism, old school, linear and so on) and this is normal. The most appropriate choice of a tattoo artist for a client is definitely a personal choice and has to do with the research that the individual client has done: "Everyone has the tattoo they deserve to have". There are clients who are more demanding and others who are less so. Polis Decay Tattoo Gallery definitely appeals to more discerning customers and to an audience that is very knowledgeable about tattooing. However, what we would suggest to all people is definitely to think about what they want to imprint on their body, what style it will best suit and then find the right tattoo artist.
«How do I choose where on my body to get my tattoo?»
This depends on the size of the tattoo design and the shape of the tattoo, whether it is to be discreet or on a spot that is frequently exposed, such as the arms or face. It is advisable to trust the opinion of the tattoo artist in case we are concerned about it.
Is it safe to get a tattoo when I'm sick?»
The tattoo process itself puts the body's defenses in place. This is because by creating a superficial wound our body is trying to heal it. It is best not to get a tattoo if you are not feeling well or feeling fatigue, hence a weakened immune system, as it can make your condition worse.
«Where can I find pictures and ideas for getting a tattoo?»
A tattoo design can be a ready-made design found on the internet or a custom design, meaning it can be specially designed by the tattoo artist , exclusively for the client, drawing their idea and customizing it on their body with more precision. There are many platforms (Google, Pinterest, etc.) for someone who wants to get tattoo ideas through images and photos, but also tattoos already done by various artists around the world. However, each tattoo studio usually has their own personal social media account (@polisdecay) with the works and designs of the artists they have, in order to help someone on what tattoos they would like to do.
«What do I need to know and do before having a tattoo session?»
A tattoo session can last from 1 to 12 hours. This means that the client getting the tattoo should be in good physical condition to cope better and more comfortably with the session. The preparation that one needs to do for a tattoo session is to have a good sleep, to have a bath, to be well rested in the days before the tattoo session, to have eaten a nutritious meal before the session to keep them going during the session. In case someone is not feeling well, it would be advisable to inform our shop in time.
«Is it necessary to shave the area before I get the tattoo?»
It is advisable for someone to follow the instructions given by the shop before getting the tattoo. We do not recommend that customers shave the areas on their body beforehand, because in case of epidermal injury, the tattoo cannot be done properly from above.
«Can I get laser hair removal after I have a tattoo on my body?»
Usually waxing machines, due to the fact that they detect hair that is dark in color on the skin, it is not safe to do laser hair removal once you have a tattoo in that area. It is always a good idea to ask the beauty center or dermatology office where you want to get the waxing done about what guidelines you should follow to protect your tattoo and yourself.
«What should I wear before a tattoo session?»
The ideal attire for a tattoo session is loose, baggy clothing that won't interfere with blood flow and won't interfere with the tattoo process.
«How can I avoid getting an infection from a tattoo?»
A tattoo on our body acts like an open wound. It needs regular care, to be cleaned and washed daily (at least twice a day), to stay hydrated with the special cream and not to touch it with dirty hands because the risk of getting infected is increased more.For people who have pets, it is possible that they can transfer a germ to the tattoo more easily. The area of the tattoo should be kept away from pets, especially for the first period of time and the sheets, towels etc should be changed regularly.It is advisable for the proper cleaning of the tattoo to use paper (paper towel roll) and to wipe the specific area where the tattoo is. However, in the summer months we should be careful of the beach sand, sea water or pool water , since they are a source of germs and it is very easy for a tattoo to become infected.
«How can I arrange to have a large tattoo (arm, leg sleeve, full back etc.)?»
The most enjoyable and impressive thing for a tattoo artist is large pieces on the body. A proper large and single tattoo is usually designed from scratch or put together piece by piece. The tattoo artist needs much more time to prepare a "sleeve tattoo" for example compared to a smaller design. A very large tattoo requires many hours and multiple sessions. The cost varies depending on the hours a tattoo takes, the detail, complexity and size of the design. So plan ahead and save money so that you can afford these large pieces, so that you don't leave your tattoo unfinished.
«How long does a tattoo session take?»
A tattoo session can last from 1 to 12 hours. This depends on the design, its detail and size, and the experience of the tattoo artist.
«What is the best time of year to get a tattoo?»
Any time of year is a good time to get a tattoo. The difference is that in the summer months there are constraints with sun exposure in the first few days of being tattooed and it is fresh, and also swimming in the sea or pool is not allowed in the first few days for the safety of the tattoo (about 15-20 days). Nevertheless, it is right to take care of your tattoo throughout the year and when it comes to exposing your body to the sun, use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or 50.
«Do I need to leave a deposit for the tattoo?»
A deposit is required to book your appointment and create a custom design (a design specially designed by the tattoo artist , exclusively for the client, drawing their idea and fitting it onto their body with more precision) and we usually ask for 30% of the final tattoo amount. If the value of a tattoo is 50€ or less, then the client does not have to pay the deposit.
«What is the minimum charge for a tattoo?»
The minimum charge for a tattoo is 50€.
«What is the right age to get a tattoo?»
The appropriate age to get a tattoo officially is 18 years old. However, we do not recommend anyone younger than 16 to get a tattoo. If someone is 16 or 17 years old, they can be tattooed in our shop with a sworn statement, certified by a CDC or police station and signed by the minor's parents. This statement must state that "I allow my son/daughter *name* to get a tattoo, at this location *you* with my consent. Signature-Full Name of Parent".
«Does the tattoo I get stay on my body forever?»
The purpose of a well done tattoo is to stay on the body forever. Certainly, how good the artist I choose in terms of tattoo technique plays a very big role. A proper tattoo is perceived by having the least deviation (tonal and design) on our body from the day we got it. For a tattoo to stay properly healed it also needs the necessary care from its owner. In our years of experience we have seen that the best healed tattoos are on individuals who are in good physical condition, watch their diet, lead a healthy life and do not expose their skin to the sun for long hours. If someone nevertheless does not or cannot meet the above conditions, they can have a touch up on their tattoo (touch up = touching up an old tattoo with the same or a different piece) always provided that at least one year has passed and the tattoo artist's consent has been obtained.
«Are the needles sterilized?»
The needles used are sterile and sealed by the manufacturer. They are opened at the beginning of the tattoo process, in front of the client, and are disposable.
«What kind of inks do you use?»
The inks we use are vegetable and Vegan friendly. This can be confirmed by asking us and looking at the specific brands of the companies we use and reading the ingredients in each ink.
«How do I protect my tattoo from the sun?»
The tattoo should be covered with a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or 50. Also, it is good when exposed to the sun and heat for a long time continuously to cool it down and moisturize the skin with water.
«Do you do henna tattoos?»
Regular tattoo is not related to henna tattoo (henna tattoo = tattoo done with special ink on the skin, without a needle, by painting the tattoo design on the body). Most of the time henna inks are not properly certified and cause infections. For this reason many tattoo studios like ours do not undertake such tattoos.
«How is the tattoo process done?»
The tattoo is done with the help of a special needle, which has a container of paint attached to the top. In essence, the needle punctures the skin with small allelic pricks, and inserts the color into it, in place of the melanin. (Melanin is the substance our body produces that makes our skin look black in the summer with the sun, and correspondingly, with a lack of it, it looks white in the winter). In essence, a special color is inserted with the needle in a specific place in the skin, where it does not "leave" or is not absorbed by our body. These little pinpricks through the skin and the pouring of ink, are done in specific spots, which as a whole visually, form a beautiful design, our tattoo! In fact, the point where the ink is "poured" is such that it is very visible, since the skin is superficially transparent. The colours in tattoos are usually derived from vegetable materials, which means that they are not harmful, and are inserted into our skin to a depth of 3-5 mm.
«How long does the aftercare take and what are the instructions I need to follow?»
The aftercare of a tattoo takes approximately 1 to 2 weeks. Once the tattoo session is over, the tattoo area is covered with petroleum jelly or butter and covered with a clear film for 5-6 hours (no need to re-cover). The film is then removed and the area must be cleaned thoroughly, using circular movements gently-gently with our hand (never use a sponge), lukewarm water and cream soap (neutral pH soap) to remove any residue of ink, petroleum jelly, blood, etc. The drying of the tattoo area is done with clean paper (kitchen roll), dabbing, without rubbing. Then we put the special healing cream (bepanthol pink or fuchsia) every 3 hours on the area where we have the fresh tattoo. In 3 to 4 days, the skin starts to make a cap (which you should not scratch because the color will come off) and peel off. We continue to apply cream regularly until our tattoo becomes one with our skin. It needs regular care, cleaned and washed daily (at least twice a day), kept moisturized with the special cream and not touched with dirty hands because the risk of it getting infected increases more. For people who have pets it is likely that they will transfer a germ to the tattoo more easily. The area of the tattoo is best kept away from pets, especially for the first few days, and sheets, towels etc should be changed regularly. It would be advisable for proper cleaning of the tattoo to use paper (kitchen roll) and to wipe the specific area where we have the tattoo with a dab. However, in the summer months we should be careful of the beach sand, sea water or pool water , as they are hotbeds of germs and it is very easy for a tattoo to become infected. The final stage to complete the healing of the tattoo is at 6 months, where we now have its permanent image.
«Will I be able to go swimming at the beach?»
When tattoos are done in the summer months, we clarify to clients that "tattoos in the summer" is not a problem. A client should be aware that a tattoo cannot be put in the sea for 10-15 days (the reason is because the sea has iodine and will alter the colours or because a fresh tattoo is an open wound and can get an infection). The fresh tattoo to go in the sun needs at least 20 days (the reason is because it is still in the first layers of the skin and needs to be protected). In all cases with the sun we need to protect our tattoo with a 30 or 50 protection sunscreen.
«How do I know if I have a good tattoo on me?»
A tattoo is judged by many factors if it is good. The most important factors are that a tattoo that has just been done (a fresh tattoo) has as little deviation as possible after it has healed, that the skin has not been traumatized, and that the ink has not "spit" on us.
«Will the tattoo go bad if I gain/lose weight?»
If we choose to get a tattoo on parts of the arm and leg we have little to no chance of deforming it. For a tattoo to be altered we need to gain or lose about 35 pounds and the spot we have chosen to get the tattoo should be areas such as the abdomen or ribs. Before getting a tattoo it would be good to consult the tattoo artist as to the choice of design and spot so that we can make the best choice.
«How much does a tattoo cost?»
The question "how much does a tattoo do" is a question equivalent to how much does a car do. What tattoo, in what spot, what size, black and white or color, simple or detailed? These factors determine the cost of a tattoo.
«Can I put anaesthetic cream before the tattoo?»
Anesthetic creams are not good to put on the tattoo. The main reasons are skin distortion and alteration of colors. The majority of the anesthetic creams last from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, and the skin pores must be open for the cream to be absorbed better. A tattoo artist should not go over and over the same areas and should work the tattoo scan by scan, from the bottom up and complete 100% of each area that is finished. This is a good solution for both the client's pain and to avoid using anesthetic creams.
«Do you have a catalog of ready-made tattoo designs?»
The tattoo artists at our shop periodically put out tattoo flashes (tattoo flashes = a variety of small designs, usually themed, available for tattooing). For all available designs you can ask our shop for more information by contacting us by email([email protected]) or Instagram (@polisdecay).
«How do I make an appointment for a tattoo?»
By sending a message to the Polis Decay Instagram page (@polisdecay), by email ([email protected]) or by phone (210 32 26 714).
«Can I get a tattoo over a scar mark?»
To take on a tattoo, the client must consult with the shop manager or tattoo artist. If a scar over the skin is not too deep or does not protrude too far from the skin, we can take it on. 85% of our body can be tattooed and the ink can be left on. Usually when we undertake to tattoo over a scar, our goal is to hide the scar or make it as invisible as possible on the body. It certainly plays a role that the design we choose to place on the spot is appropriate. If it is not suitable, it is advisable to consult our tattoo artist for the best choice we can make and show confidence.
«In what circumstances can I not get a tattoo?»
There are some situations where we are not allowed to get a tattoo, or where we need to consult a doctor first and have them tell us if we can get the tattoo. These cases are if someone has allergies to pigments, an ingredient in the inks, sensitivity or chronic skin conditions (e.g. psoriasis), if they have a reduced immune function (AIDS, HIV, are undergoing chemotherapy or using corticosteroids) or have problems with blood clotting (thrombocytopenia). Also, in case of pregnancy, tattooing is prohibited, as all substances are absorbed by the foetus and there is a high risk of infections.
«How can I see the work of the artists (tattoo artists) of your shop?»
Each tattoo artist in our shop specializes in their own personal style, but that doesn't mean that they don't take on other tattoo styles. The best way to keep up to date on a daily basis is our Instagram page (@polisdecay). There you can see all of our aesthetics, as well as the artists' work to see what style suits you. Otherwise he can make an appointment at our space or contact us via email or social media and we can guide him with our expertise.
«I recently got a tattoo. When can I get a new one?»
With a recently done tattoo it is best to wait for the tattoo to complete healing. In case we want to do a tattoo in a different spot, away from the previous one that was done recently, we can do it the next day. But when our old tattoo is fresh and has not healed, it would be advisable to avoid getting a new tattoo in the surrounding area. But there are cases of very good and experienced artists and after consultation with them, to do a back-to-back tattoo session (back-to-back-session = tattoo session, in which on the first day a part of the tattoo is worked on scanned and on the second day the rest of the tattoo is perfected also scanned). This is a situation that the majority of tattoo artists do not choose.