FAQ & Info

 

BEFORE GETTING A TATTOOED AND PIERCED IT IS GOOD TO KNOW!

This text contains most of the important information as well as answers to most frequently asked questions relating to our services. We have compiled it in order to inform you about changes in your daily routine that are required once you get a tattoo or a piercing.

CAN TATTOO OR PIERCING DO ME HARM?

We guarantee that our piercers and tattooists use the best and safest colors and tattoo equipment, one-time usage needles and sterile jewelry made from clinically tested materials. Besides the one-time usage of materials and accompanying equipment, the safety is guaranteed also by AUTOCLAVE sterilization which, using high temperatures and vapor under pressure, most safely destroys AIDS, hepatitis and numerous other contagious diseases. We do not use jewelry, colors, materials or disinfectants which we suspect to be harmful in any way.
We are taking all these measures to protect our clients from contagious diseases, infections and allergies. Regardless, problems may occur, usually because a person did not follow aftercare instructions, or because of accidental injuries, or unpredictable reactions of your body – these however are beyond our control and we cannot be held responsible for them.

Have you ever seen tattoos done in the Army, in prisons, at home or on drunken parties? Why do you think that your tattoo or piercing, made under the same conditions will look good and will not have any health complications?

DO I NEED TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?

Most of the time you need to book an appointment for tattooing, piercing, exams, drawing and consultations regarding possible design changes. Sometimes we can take you in immediately, if we have an opening. Usually there is no waiting period for piercing, as it lasts for only 15 minutes, including the preparation and explanation of instructions.
In order to book an appointment for tattooing, you must come in person and decide upon the motive, size, colors and placement on the body, so that we can determine the price and time required to make the tattoo – those things we must know before we schedule you for a tattoo.
Upon this you leave a deposit or a prepayment, which is refundable if you show up on time. In case you do not show up at all or you are late so we think you could disrupt the rest of our schedule, the deposit is non refundable. Should you decide to cancel your appointment or to change it, you must inform us at least 24 hours beforehand, or you will also loose the right to get your deposit back.

WHAT IF I’M UNDER 18?

If you are under 30 years of age, bring a document with your photograph on it, so that you can prove your age.
As there is no law defining that for the tattooing or piercing a client must have a certain age, each salon follows its own rules and ethical norms. We can provide you service if you are over 16 and under 18 only if you are accompanied by one of your parents or guardians. You and your guardian both must present documents with photos (ID card, driver’s license or a passport). Documents must contain the date of birth, same last names and same addresses. If last names or addresses are different, you should bring your birth certificate, to prove the parenthood. Those with guardians that are not their parents should present a document proving the guardianship.
If a parent or a guardian cannot come, they can send us a statement STAMPED BY THE NOTARY, allowing us to perform the tattoo or piercing on an underage person.

WHAT SHOULDN’T I DO BEFORE TATTOOING AND PIERCING?

You must not come hungry. Within two hours before tattooing or a piercing you must have meal.

You must not come sleep deprived. Tiredness and lack of energy caused by hunger can cause nervousness, uncontrolled jerks, increased sensitivity to pain, even dizziness in some cases. You must not use drugs, alcohol and most of the medications 24 hours before tattooing or piercing, as they would cause increased bleeding and directly influence the quality and the duration of healing period.

It is not recommendable to expose yourself to the sun or solarium at least 10 days before tattooing, as it will increase the your pain and bleeding, and could cause stronger fading of a tattoo. Sun and solarium do not harm piercings.

Two weeks before the tattoo or piercing procedures do not use self-tanning cream, shower gels with glittering particles, nor any other beauty product containing glitter. On the day of tattooing or piercing do not use any beauty product near the area that is to be tattooed or pierced.

WHAT SHOULD I WARN MY PIERCER/TATTOIST ABOUT BEFORE A PIRCING OR A TATTOO?

You must inform us in due time if you have any chronic or contagious diseases, heart conditions, seizures (epileptic and similar), hemophilia, hemolargia, any immune system disease, high or low blood pressure, diabetes, any kind of allergies on metals, band aid, crèmes, iodine, soap, sea food or latex. Similarly, you must warn us if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or are inclined to dizziness or vertigo, or if you have any skin problems (acne, numerous moles, scars etc).
Some of this cases shall demand a consultation with a physician about possible negative effects of tattooing or piercing, having in mind your particular condition. Some of the conditions can lead to rescheduling or giving up tattooing altogether. Should you, however, in fear that we might cancel your appointment, fail to disclose any information, we will not be responsible for damages to your health, or to the quality of your tattoo or piercing.

DOES IT HURT?

It doesn’t hurt so much that you wouldn’t do it again. Tattooing causes irritating stinging feeling of which the intensity depends on the location of the tattoo and your personal sensitivity threshold.
With piercing, you will feel momentary stinging sensation, when the skin is pierced – which takes less than a second, except for the tongue piercing – the tongue is sensitive and swollen the first couple of days. During tattooing or piercing process the human body excretes its own anesthetic (endorphin) whose excretion is prevented by different opiates (alcohol, marihuana and its derivatives, speed, cocain, LSD, xtc, heroin, different pills etc).

If we suspect that you have used anything of the above, we shall refuse to perform any procedure on you without additional explanation. If you have used anything of the above, please leave our studio and come back at another time, in order to avoid any unpleasant situations.

WHAT MUST I DO AFTER THE TATTOOING?

After the tattooing is done you will have the chance to see how we protect your fresh tattoo. Then you will receive detailed instructions regarding the maintenance and protection that we will describe here in short. During the next ten days you will have to wash and air the tattoo putting Bepanthen ointment 5-6 times per day in regular intervals of 2,5-3 hours, and, when necessary, protect it with a plastic foil from clothes, bedding and soap foam.
Try to organize your routine so that in the first ten days you spend as much time at home, and keep your tattoo well aired, without foil. For the first month the tattoo should be covered with cloth when you are in the sun or in the solarium, and during the next two months you should put a sun block cream with SPF 50+.

WHAT I MUST DO AFTER PIERCING?

You will have to rinse the pierced area twice a day and spray with Octenisept. Each piercing requires somewhat different treatment, so you will maybe have to wear wider pants, change position in which you sleep, stop using beauty products near the piercing etc.
For most piercing there is a rule that you should not, in the next 3 – 6 months, swim in rivers, lakes, and pools or take baths in the tub, and that you should not take out the jewelry. Perspiration, body fluids, touching with hands, pressing, pulling, hitting and similar could cause numerous problems like redness, infections, jewelry migration, rejection of the jewelry or keloid scars on your piercing. All of this sounds complicated, but actually requires only about 10 minutes of your time a day, which is not much compared to the time you will spend solving the problem once it occures.

The time required for the piercing to completely heal depends on its position on the body, your personal anatomy, immune system and many other circumstances, so healing can take longer than from the stated average periods.

Ear cartilage
4-6 months
Ear lobe
6-8 weeks
Tragus
2-3 months
Nostril
2-3 months
Septum
4-6 weeks
Lip
6-8 weeks
Cheek
2-3 months
Tongue
4-6 weeks
Eye Brow
2-3 months
Bridge
3-6 months
Nipple
4-6 months
Navel
6-9 months
Labia
2-3 months
Labia
4-6 weeks
Clit hood
4-6 weeks
Prince Albert
4-6 weeks
Frenum
2-3 months
Ampallang
4-6 months
Apadravya
4-6 months
Guiche
2-3 months

 

HOW TO CHOOSE?

When you are choosing a way in which you are going to decorate your body, it is recommendable to make the right decision, and you can do that only if you are informed properly. As there are no specialized tattoo & piercing magazines in Croatia, and writings in the local press on those topics are incomplete and often inaccurate, the only real information you can find are this and similar web sites from quality tattoo artists and piercers, or by going to available studios to get a first hand information. Being lazy, impatient or whimsy in reaching a decision you will probably regret sooner then you think. When you are thinking for the first time what to choose, take into consideration certain characteristics of these two ways of decorating your body. Those less decisive could start with piercing, as it can be removed almost without a trace, and is somewhat wider accepted in the society and families. The negative side of it is that the healing takes much longer than the healing of a tattoo, so clients often lose self discipline in maintenance. Then various infections and other complications may occur.

Tattooing has another problem. It takes about ten days for a tattoo to heal, and with the proper care no complications should arise, but the first tattoo is rarely a result of well thought through and informed decision. For the first tattoo, most of people will demand a design that is too small, has too many details, and they will want it in a place that is completely unsuitable for it, at the same time refusing to accept any piece of advice, claiming that it is the first and last tattoo that they will have. In reality, a huge majority of clients, in our experience, come back, wanting to expand the first tattoo, as it becomes too small for them, after a while. Many of them put new, bigger and higher quality tattoos each of the following times, as they have freed themselves from fear of pain and reactions of their surroundings. Ask for help in choosing a design and the part of the body where you’d like a tattoo, and we will advise you in such a manner that later it would be possible to expand that tattoo, or include it in larger designs, if you will want that.

With tattooing or piercing, as well as with other things, people quickly discover a collector’s passion. People change with age, they change partners, music tastes, political ideals, the way they dress and think, so you cannot say with certainty that in a few years you’ll not want a bigger tattoo then the one you are have now, or another piercing. If you still feel that your tattoo should be small, then avoid detailed and complicated designs, as in a few years they will blur and become completely unclear if made too small.

 

STILES

Most of tattoo designs can be divided into several basic styles, where some of them can be combined or mixed. Here we will present the most common ones.

Tribal

Tribal or neo tribal came as the modern derivative of traditional tattoos of tribes Iban and Kayan from Borneo, and is mostly consisted of abstract group of black spikes. Very often fans of tribal tattoos are returning to the original tribal styles from Borneo, New Zealand, Samo, Tonga, Tahiti and other parts of Polynesia.

Celtic & Viking

Celtic, Viking, Germanic and Croatian knotwork adjusted from old carvings and border decorations to modern tattooing. It is often used as a supplement in warriors’ scenes, wizards’ scenes and mythical creatures from old European tribal tradition.

Haida

This style derives from Haida and Kwakiutl tribes of American Indians. It represents their totems, drawings, paintings and tattoos that, by their popularity, achieved the status of the unique style. There are many more ornamental styles, not less worthy, but very rarely used in tattooing so we won’t mention them here. Here is a wide unexplored area waiting for people in search of rare and unusual tattoo motifs.

Realism

Understandably, this style imitates nature as much possible. With these tattoos we reproduce photos of family members, pets, favorite animals, music or movie stars, Indians, motorcycles, cars or cult symbols.

Fantasy

It’s a stile that idealizes scenes and figures from history, mythology, religion, and fairy tales of any nation in the world. Fairies, wizards, unicorns, dragons, myth warriors and pagan gods mix here with Christian, Buddhist and other saints, angels and demons.

Japanese

All of you have seen Japanese movies with tattooed bodies of Jakuzas. Their style recycles, for centuries, the iconography of samurai, dragons, fish and Buddhist deities spread across all available body parts.

Traditional

This classic form of tattooing encompasses the whole range of old-style naval, army and circus tattoos, together with accompanying superstitions that they protect from illness and death, or bring luck in cards and love.

Neotraditional is a modern, technically and artisticlly polished variant of the same iconography that is not necessarily connected by the same meaning. It is colorful mass of many stabbed hearts, hula dancers, playing cards and dice, sailing boats, roses, anchors and such.

New School

This is a new style that assembles a mixture of characters from comics, cartoons, graffiti, skulls, demons and other different motifs from other tattooing styles, arranged in a colorful, excessive and funny way. In this style there are no rules and limitations, except that it should be done in a quality manner.

Biomehanics

This style derived under the influence of science fiction illustrators and movie décor, from movies like Alien and Star Gate. Fans of this style tattoo aliens, their technologies, architecture or cuts in the skin that, in appearance, disclose parts of the robot or alien anatomy.

 

TATTOOING INSTRUCTIONS

Failing to follow these instructions could result in a drastic lack of quality, paler and cracked tattoo with blurred lines and uneven coloring.
You should therefore read the instructions more than once and follow them strictly and regularly.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO AFTER TATTOOING?

  • Immediately after tattooing buy BEPANTHEN OINTMENT in the pharmacy ( we don’t recommend any other products )
  • You will also need see-through adherent foil, adherent tape, paper towels or tissues

You should start the following procedure approximately 2 – 5 hours after tattooing, and it should be repeated every 2-3 hours (except while you are sleeping) throughout the following 7-10 days.

  1. WASH!: wash your hands. If tattoo is wrapped, remove the foil. Under slowly running tepid (lukewarm) water thoroughly but gently, using your fingers (not your finger nails), wash away the remaining ointment and dried blood. Then rinse with cold water. If you do not have running water on hand, use bottled water.
    Tattoos should be washed, but should not be immersed into the water. You can use mild PH neutral ( 5,5 ) soap, but not the body wash you normally use when taking shower, because they usually contain perfumes that can irritate the tattoo.
  2. DRY!: after the washing, gently pat dry the tattoo with a paper towel or paper tissue, no rubbing and scratching. Keep the tattoo in open air for 10 minutes before you salve it again with bepanthen ointment.
  3. SALVE!: the most important thing in the next 7-10 days is to keep the tattoo constantly lightly salved, in order to prevent the formation of scabs which would damage it. 10 minutes after the washing gently salve the tattoo with see-through light layer of bepanthen ointment. The tattoo must be clearly visible, with no white marks of the ointment. The excess of the ointment you can remove gently with a paper towel or paper tissue, as too thick a layer prevents the skin from breathing and can cause inflammation (redness and pimples).
  4. PROTECT!: the most ideal way is to keep the tattoo in the open air, in no contact with clothes, water (except for when you wash it), sun, bedding, dirt, pets’ hair, dust, chemicals and similar. When you are unable to avoid one of the above, protect salved tattoo with adherent foil, but then you should change it regularly every 2 – 3 hours, with washing, drying and salving in a previously described way. Try to reschedule or avoid, during the next 7 – 10 days, all activities that require continuous and long wearing of the protective foil, as it prevents the skin from breathing and causes inflammations (redness and pimples). Do not wear the foil for more then three hours in continuity, except for when you are sleeping. Do not use bandages, gauze, band-aid or similar in any circumstances.
  • After 5-6 days the tattoo will peel in color and itch. That is the normal healing process. You must not pull peeled parts from the tattoo (they must fall off themselves) or scratch the tattoo.
  • During 10-14 days from tattooing you cannot take a tub bath, nor swim in the pool, river, lake or sea.
  • After peeling off the tattoo will acquire a matte nuance, and the skin might be dry in that area for a while.
  • The intensity and the sharpness of the color vary from person to person, depending on the skin type. Tattoo colors do not cover your natural pigmentation, but they blend with it, which means that colors will appear brighter and sharper on fair skin.
  • During 4 weeks from the tattooing you should protect the tattoo from sun and solarium by a thick cloth (clothing or thicker gauze). Following that, during the next 2 months, during times when you are exposed to the sun, salve regularly the tattooed area with sun block cream containing SPF 50+.
  • Intensive perspiration, sports activities and the usage of sauna should be avoided during two weeks from the tattooing.

THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE BASED ON EXPERIENCES FROM MANY GENERATIONS OF TATTOO ARTISTS.
THEY WILL UNDENIABLY HELP YOU TO KEEP YOUR TATTOO A QUALITY ONE, FOR YOUR PLEASURE AND OURS AS WELL.

 

PIERCING INSTRUCTIONS

Not following these instructions might result in inflammations, jewelry migration or jewelry rejections, scars, allergies and similar problems!
Therefore you should follow these instructions carefully, precisely and regularly.

In order to safely perform your piercing, we strictly follow the rules of positioning, we work with sterile, single use needles, sterile tools and particularly finished jewelry, anatomically adapted to the part of the body where it should be placed, made out of the materials that do not cause allergies. It is your obligation to protect your health and beauty by strictly following the instructions that we have compiled here, in order to help you reduce the possibility of problems occurring during the healing process.

YOU MUST NOT!
During the whole healing time period:

  1. touch the piercing with your fingers, unless you are washing it
  2. play with the piercing
  3. take out and put back the jewelry
  4. sleep on the piercing
  5. use make up, beauty products, perfumes or scented soaps near the pierced area
  6. swim in lakes, rivers, pools or take a bath in a tub
  7. bring piercing in touch with bodily fluids of other people

During and after the healing period:

  1. wear tight clothes around pierced area , for example seam of the trousers over the belly button etc .
  2. bring yourself in situations that can end in hitting or pulling the pierced area or piercing itself
  3. touch the piercing with dirty hands

GENERAL PROCEDURE WITH PIERCING

The following procedure is applicable for all piercings except for those explained later. Repeat this twice daily, after showering or after stronger perspiration. During showering wash using unscented antibacterial. Then carefully rinse the piercing with warm water (almost hot) to remove the residues of soap or shampoo, and to soften crusts that often appear around the hole and on the jewelry in early phases of the healing process. When crusts are softened gently remove them with cotton ear sticks. Carefully wipe with a paper tissue and put drops of OCTENISEPT on places where the jewelry enters the holes. One drop on each side is enough. Do not use towels previously used by other people, and change your bedding more than usual. Wear cotton T-shirts and not synthetic ones over nipple and belly button piercing. Exhausting life rhythm and irregular diet increase the possibility of complications during healing, so it is recommendable to use multivitamin and zinc supplements.

TREATING THE PIERCING AROUND THE MOUTH

The outer part of the piercing is cleaned according to the general procedure described before. The inside you should rinse with water after eating and drinking, or after smoking a cigarette.
Regular teeth brushing is a must (watch out, not to damage the piercing with a toothbrush). If you are using mouth wash dilute it with water (half & half) as it could be irritable for the fresh piercing. Pulling, hitting or playing with the piercing can hurt gums, which can lead to loosening of teeth and bleeding of gums. If you are suspecting that part of the jewelry has grown in to the inner side of the lip, schedule an examination with us as soon as possible.

TREATING THE PIERCED TONGUE

The general procedure does not apply for the tongue. Brushing your teeth regularly after meals and rinsing after eating, drinking or smoking is enough hygiene wise. If you use a mouthwash, dilute it with water ( half – half )
A tongue piercing inevitably causes swelling and pain in the tongue. The pain decreases after 3-4 days, and pain disappears after 8-10 days.
Warm food and warm beverages increase the swelling and the pain, so you should wait for the food to cool off completely before eating.
You should also avoid very spicy food. The tongue swells more during the night, so check the upper and lower ball each morning. If you notice that more than half of the ball is inside the tongue, or covered by mucose, push the ball out until you can see it completely.
Cold water, ice, ice cream and cold beverages will decrease the swelling. Voltaren can help with the strong pain. Eat in small bites and chew slowly and carefully, watching not to bite the metal or the ball as thus you could damage your teeth. Do not play with the jewelry, as thus you would interfere with the healing process and cause the growth of keloid scarring around the jewelry.
The jewelry we insert during piercing is much bigger due to the swelling and can be replaced by a smaller one a month and a half after the piercing.

TREATING A GENITAL PIERCING

Genital piercing should be cleaned according to the general procedure already described. If piercing passes through the urethra, you should urinate after the rinsing in order to remove the soap and disinfectant residues, and thus avoid irritations. Use preservatives and avoid oral contact for at least two months after the piercing.
After sexual intercourse wash a wider area around piercing. The over usage of anti bacterial soaps and OCTENISEPT can disrupt vaginal flora and hence cause yeast infections, irritations and similar. For vaginal piercing you should wear cotton underwear or a cotton pad, while for male genital piercings we recommend slip underwear, rather than boxer shorts.

INFECTIONS

You will notice them by whitish, yellowish or greenish secret from the hole (on the tongue it could be harmless plaque). If it does not stop after 2-3 weeks of using OCTENISEPT or if the hardening part starts to widen, alert us. Do not take out the jewelry as the holes will close around the infection and thus the drainage will be prevented and treatment will be harder to do.
Do not clean the piercing more than two times per day, as you will just irritate the wound and slow up the healing.

KELOID SCAR

Wild flesh growth around the hole is a consequence of irritation by clothes that press, by sleeping on the jewelry, by cracking after hits or overstretching the pierced skin, by cosmetics, sun tanning creams, scented soaps and shampoos, fungus etc. Keloid cannot heal until the source of irritation is removed.

We shall list a few methods that can help dealing with keloid, but before beginning any of these treatments make sure to consult your piercer! Too long, too much or unnecessary usage of any of these products is dangerous for your health and for your piercing as well!

  1. VITAMIN-E OIL should be applied once per day on the piercing, leave for 10 minutes and then rinse.
  2. HYDROCORTISON CREAM is applied once per day and left.
  3. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE is good only for fungus keloids. Soak once a day.
  4. ASPIRIN (just for tongue and lip) grind into a fine powder, add few drop’s of water and make a paste that should be applied once a day on the keloid, and then rinsed after 5 minutes.

GROUPS OF PIMPLES AROUND THE PIERCING

Localized inflammation by streptococcus can be treated as follows: break the tops of pimples, put a hot cloth on them, keep for 2 -3 minutes and then apply antibiotic cream (not ointment, as it takes longer to act). If the pimples reappear, consult your doctor, to prescribe you an antibiotic.

JEWELRY MIGRATION AND REJECTION

Jewelry migration and rejection is the movement of the piercing to the side or towards outside from its original placement, which is caused by stretching of the skin during weight gain, pregnancy, pressure caused by pants’ seam, pulling, hitting, sports’ injuries, sleeping on the jewelry, wearing too heavy or too big jewelry and such.
It is usually followed by other complications like keloid scars and inflammations. You will notice this process by changing color, dryness and thinning of the skin that holds the jewelry, or by jewelry that sticks out more and more from the skin, and is moved to the side from the position where it was originally inserted.
In these cases, you should urgently contact us so that we can assess whether the jewelry should be replaced by more appropriate size, or it should be removed. If you do not do that, the skin holding the jewelry might break and leave a scar.