If you’re contemplating getting a tattoo for the first time, you may be having many questions. You may not know where to get genuine answers between friends, the internet, and a tattoo artist. Although a reliable artist will answer all your questions, below are some frequently asked questions about tattooing that you should explore.

How are Tattoos Applied In Kenya?

Tattooing is simply inserting ink into a person’s deep layer of skin. Although ages ago artists could manually perforate the skin and infuse ink, nowadays, nearly all Kenyan artists have machines that control the needles up and down as they deposit ink into the deep layer of your skin. Electronic devices are pretty effective.

Is Tattoo Application Painful?

Yes. But, pain tolerance is different for everyone. Some people describe the pain as stinging, others tingling, and yet others compare it to burning. Apart from your pain threshold, more factors affecting the pain you feel include:
• The body part you’re tattooing.
• The size and quantity of needles used.
• Your artist’s technique

What are the Most Painful Body Parts to Tattoo? 

Each body part will be relatively painful, but some may be more painful than others. If you have a low pain threshold, you may need to be hesitant about tattooing your groin, breasts, nipples, armpits, head, ankle, inside upper arm, buttocks, stomach, and rib cage.

How Much do Tattoos Cost in Kenya?

You pay for what you get because, in tattooing, charges vary with tattoo size, quality, and expertise of your artiste. Simple, ordinary tattoos can cost between Ksh 1,500 and 2,500, but more complicated ones can even go above Ksh 150,000.  

Do Artists Numb You Before Tattooing?

Tattooing artists may use topical tattoo anesthetics to put the skin nerves to sleep, but they cannot put you to sleep. Tattooing artists are not medics and lack the knowledge to administer anesthesia. Although most people yearn for it, mishandling anesthetics can lead to life-threatening complications. Also, some artists are hesitant about using numbing ointments because they may cause the needle to slip.

Is it Advisable to Take Painkillers Before Getting a Tattoo?

No. Aspirin and ibuprofen are said to thin the blood and should be avoided 24 hours before getting your tattoo. Taking them may trigger bleeding and eventually prolong the tattooing and healing processes. Instead, hydrate your body, take a meal, and find ways to distract yourself during the process. You carry your earphones and a good playlist to distract you from the pain.

Can One Go for Tattooing When Tipsy to Ease the Nervousness?

No. Most artists dislike handling intoxicated clients because alcohol thins the blood, robbing your clotting centers, which may decelerate the healing process. Also, drunken clients are likely to make decisions they may regret when sober, and they may end up blaming the artist. No artist wants to control a stubborn client who fidgets constantly and cannot stay still. It’s both risky and time-consuming.

Is the Tattooing Procedure Safe? 

Yes, it is. However, safety entirely depends on your artist’s skillfulness. If your friend just purchased a tattooing kit and wants to try it on you, both of you will be in grave danger. Making a simple mistake could injure both of you badly. Again, the process involves blood, and you may easily contract infections from an amateur. 

What is the Risk of Infection Since Tattooing Involves Use of Needles?

There should be minimal risk of infection. Experienced artists usually sterilize their items and keep them safe. High-end artists are careful about their client’s safety and use a strip to show when their tools are sterilized and ready for use. They also disinfect their working areas and use plastic bags on spray bottles to prevent cross-infection. Your artist should also use disposable gloves and masks, especially during this COVID-19 era.

Where Can One Get Tattoo Designs to Copy?

It is not advisable to copy tattoo designs because it obstructs your artist’s creativity. Instead, liaise with your artist to develop custom tattoos that represent your perception and worldview. If you already know what you want, explain it to your artist or even draw an image of what you anticipate. Work toward creating a unique design because the artists do not want to copy their competitors’ work, yet creativity has no limit.