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Checking portfolios

Hey guys hope everyone is having an awesome week. One very common mistake made among people new to getting tattooed is looking at your artists portfolio. Although we are in the business of fixing up poorly done tattoos, it’s just so much easier to do it right the first time ! Here at I&R we have guys that can fill anyone’s tattoo needs. Some prefer certain styles as opposed others, but no matter what you want, chances are we can take care of it. Look through the artist’s section or stop by any of the locations!

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Aftercare instructions

Ok guys so this will be the last post on aftercare instructions for awhile. Make sure if you’re new to getting tattooed that you really look these over!

Leave the bandage on for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight!

When the bandage is removed, wash your tattoo thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm water. Do this 2 to 3 times on the first wash if necessary.

Wash the tattoo at least 3 times a day in the early stages of it healing.

Wait 48 hours after removing the bandage to begin applying lotion. Do not apply lotion more than 3 times a day!

For the next one to two weeks your tattoo will peel, flake, and lightly scab. Do not pick at your tattoo!

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Taking care of your tattoo

Hope everyone is having a great week! This week is kind of a continuation of last weeks post. We’re going to dip a little more into the things you can do to help your new tattoo heal as good as possible.

Five things to avoid

1. Your friends don’t tattoo for a living, so if you need any advice, call us! Just because your buddy recommends putting mustard on your tattoo, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea!

2. Avoid soaking your tattoo. Pools, hot tubs, the ocean, and bath tubs are all big “no no’s”. Normal showers are permitted, but NO SOAKING!

3. Avoid the sun completely until your tattoo is healed! Sunlight is a tattoo’s enemy. Once it’s healed, always use sunscreen.

4. Don’t use any lotions with aloe, A&D ointment, Vaseline, petroleum based ointments, Neosporin or any triple anti bacterial ointment, Bacitracin, or Micatracin. Any scent and dye free hand lotion or cocoa butter is sufficient.

5. Sweat, semen, oils, or saliva from someone else put you at serious risk for infection. DO NOT LET ANYONE TOUCH YOUR TATTOO.

Remember, once you leave the shop, you’re responsible for your tattoo! So take care of it! I’ll get into a little more of the aftercare instructions next week, so come back !!

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Getting a tattoo

Hope everyone’s having a great week so far! This week I’m going to talk a little about what to expect and how to prepare for your tattoo. Here at I&R we strive to give you the best possible tattoo, whether it be completely custom or picked off the wall. These guidelines are directed more towards people looking to get custom drawn work.
It’s impossible for the artist to get inside your head and see what you see, so reference is key! Look for images of the similar style and subject matter for the tattoo your looking to get. This will make the whole process a million times easier on both ends!
Listen to your artist. These guys work here for a reason. If they give you some advice on the design or placement of your tattoo, chances are they are looking out for your best interest and longevity of the tattoo. At least hear them out!
Lastly, once you leave the studio, taking care of that tattoo is totally your responsibility. It’s way too easy to neglect a tattoo while it’s healing. Taking care of your tattoo and helping it heal great can make a huge difference! Follow the instructions we give you! Nobody wants to sit through touch ups ;)
That’s all I’ve got for this week guys, so check back next week for more of my rambling!

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What’s up everyone?! This is Bob from 3rd Street and I’m stoked to announce that I’ll be taking over the activity feed here at the website. Make sure to check back weekly to hear any recent news, events, artist interviews, or just shop gossip.. This week we’ll be celebrating Riverside’s Lars Lundquist’s birthday! If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and wish him a happy sweet sixteen! Another Riverside artist, Kane Gordon will be tattooing in Staten Island, NY on Wednesday and Thursday at Bound for Glory Tattoo. That’s all for this week, but in the meantime check out the new site layout ! Until we meet again…

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