Tattoo Aftercare – Top Tips & Important Advice

Tattoo Aftercare – The Complete Guide

Besides choosing your tattoo design and getting the ink done at a studio, tattoo aftercare is by far the most important aspect of your tattoo journey. Post-tattoo care should not be taken lightly – you need to know how to take care of a tattoo as best as possible. Failing to follow your tattoo artist’s advice could lead to damaging consequences.

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Prevalence of Tattoos in Martial Arts

Prevalence of Tattoos in Martial Arts

Tattoos have been a cultural staple for hundreds of years, with their meanings and styles of art evolving over the centuries. Understanding the significance can be difficult because tattoo meanings in western culture differ significantly from meanings in other cultures. Since there are also different styles of martial arts, it can be difficult to distinguish the meaning of each tattoo. As much as martial artists exist in their own culture, each style has its own culture as well. Tattoos in martial arts often reflect the style and culture of their country of origin, e.g. Tae Kwon Do (Korea), Judo (Japan), Kung Fu (China), etc.

Before tattoos became mainstream in western culture, they served as a representation of those outside of mainstream culture. This included prisoners, soldiers, veterans, etc. The portrayal of tattooed individuals led those to associate criminal and rebellious behavior with the form of art. It also represented those within the lower class and were very much looked down upon by members of ‘high society’ American.  In the 1990s, the stigma of tattoos began to shift. Tattoos slowly became normalized, with Asian culture having a significant design influence. Nowadays, it might even be hard to find someone who doesn’t have any ink on their body.

If one were to take a sample of martial artists, you might see a variety of symbols tattooed on them. These symbols typically are ways people self-identify with particular ideologies or lifestyles. Martial artists were at one time seen as counter-culture (similar to tattoos), and might even still be to some. It’s not unusual to see two or more counter-culture phenomena collide in a way that martial arts and tattoos have.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship was created in 1993, and since then the UFC has taken the world by storm. It brought MMA to the forefront of popular sports and spawned many more iterations of professional combat sports. Due to the melting pot of fighting styles that MMA represents, your average fighter could have tattoos that represent words, pictures, and ideologies from all over the world. With tattoos being so mainstream in Western culture, they are simply becoming representations of personal expression. The majority of MMA fighters with tattoos have likely gotten them to represent something meaningful or person to them. There is also the possibility of getting one because the attire for this sport allows them to display who they are through their ink which lets them be recognizable from a far distance. For example, UFC legend-turned-bareknuckle boxer Chris Leben, decided to get tattoos in order to stand out. Leben wanted people to be able to recognize him when he’s fighting. He claims that his tattoos are a portrayal of himself.

Society’s perspective on tattoos has drastically changed from subculture to pop culture, similar to professional fighting. Tattoos are no longer geared towards those marginalized from society, and professional fighting is no longer seen as barbaric or unacceptable. Both ideas have even found success in television, with MMA fights hitting the millions in PPV buys and reality tattoo shows such as Miami Ink airing in over 160 counties. It’s interesting to think about professional fighting and body art, two ideas that were traditionally viewed as taboo coming together in a noticeable way as more mainstream and acceptable.

Author Bio

This article is written by Mike Liera, general manager at The Arena Gym. It is the largest combat sports facility in San Diego, offering world-class instruction in Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and more.

Ingrown Hairs On A Tattoo – Causes & Treatment

Ingrown Hairs On A Tattoo

If you just got a tattoo and discovered ingrown hairs sprouting on the freshly tattooed parts of your skin, you might be in a bit of a panic.

Do the ingrown hairs mean you’re having a bad reaction to the tattoo? Will they ruin the ink or the design? Is there anything you should do to treat these ingrown hairs?

In this article, we’ll go over what causes those ingrown hairs, why you shouldn’t worry about them, and what you should (and shouldn’t) do if they pop up over your tattoo.

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Tongue Piercing Healing Stages & Aftercare Guide

Tongue Piercing Healing Process & Care Guide

Tongue piercings are one of those piercings that really make a statement, but only if you look after them properly. The tongue piercing healing stage is extremely important, and you should take care of your new piercing as best as you can throughout this initial phase.

Tongue piercings are mysterious. They are somewhat hidden, but immediately noticeable the moment you talk. If you’re considering a tongue piercing thinking you’ll be able to hide it from your boss, think again! That flash of jewelry is a real attention-getter.

Not to mention, you’re going to go through some growing pains as your tongue piercing heals. We’re talking about a bit of swelling and you sounding funny for a while when you talk. Nothing major.

You want an awesome tongue piercing, right? Then you need to know the healing stages and aftercare routines offered within this guide. The only way to keep your new piercing looking its best is to keep it healthy.

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How to Remove Henna Tattoos

How to Remove A Henna Tattoo

Henna tattoos are not permanent but they can, however, last quite a long time. Removing henna tattoos is not an easy process, although it can be achieved with the help of a few everyday items and some “elbow grease.” Let’s dive into the details now and see how you can remove it yourself.

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Infected Tongue Piercings – Symptoms & Treatment

Infected Tongue Piercings – Symptoms & Treatment

Tongue piercing infections may not be the first thing you think about when deciding to get a tongue piercing, but they are a real risk. The thing to remember about infected tongue piercings is that they are almost completely avoidable if you follow good aftercare and oral hygiene routines.

However, if you don’t take care of your mouth and keep it clean, then tongue piercings are a really easy piercing to get infected. The conditions in your mouth make it prone to a buildup of bacteria, and that bacteria can enter the open wound of your tongue piercing while it heals.

The good news is that once the piercing is fully healed, you don’t usually need to worry about infections anymore. So you just have to get through those first couple of months to avoid the most serious complications of infection.

Whether you are thinking about getting your tongue pierced or had it done recently, you need to make sure you cover this information to prevent a nasty infection.

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Keloid Piercing Guide – How to Get Rid of Keloids

How To Get Rid Of Keloids On Piercings

Scarring is a common concern for people who are thinking of getting a body piercing. Though, not every type of scarring is the same.

One type of scarring you might not know much about is known as keloid scarring. Keloids are unusually prominent and visible scars that can form when healing from a piercing or some other kind of wound.

Keloids can be alarming, so it’s a good idea to know the risks and how much work is involved in getting rid of one before you get a piercing.

We’ll go over all the things you need to know about keloid scars, how to prevent them, and what you can do if you already have some spreading on your skin.

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How To Find A Good Tattoo Artist – Top Tips

Finding A Tattoo Artist – What To Look For

Finding a tattoo artist can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. There are a number of different things you should look for when choosing the best artist to do the work. Tattoos are for life, so selecting an artist is not a decision you should take lightly.

Take your time and choose an artist you feel comfortable with. Make sure you have confidence in their abilities before getting started.

Take into consideration the following factors to help you find the artist or shop that is right for you.

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Stick and Poke Tattoos – Everything You Need To Know

What Is A Stick And Poke Tattoo & Should You Get One?

Stick and poke tattoos are on the rise, but are they really safe? One could wonder why anyone would choose this method over the standard method carried out with a tattoo gun. There are many good reasons as to why people choose the stick and poke tattoos—one of which is how inexpensive they are, but are they worth it?

We will go through everything there is to know about these do-it-yourself tattoos. Where did they start and how were they made in years gone by? If you have any questions, I’m sure you will find the answers here.

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How To Cover Up A Tattoo Using Makeup

How To Use Makeup To Cover Up A Tattoo

Even if you love your tattoos, there are probably times you wish they were out of sight.

You might, for instance, worry that the tattoo on the back of your hand will give the wrong impression during a job interview or if you have to appear in court. Or maybe you have an obnoxious uncle who will probably make a lot of annoying and awkward comments about it at the upcoming family reunion.

You might even be auditioning for a part in a play or a film but feel that a tattoo would be the wrong image for the character.

In addition, many professional makeup artists are hired to temporarily cover the tattoos of brides, who don’t want it to clash with their wedding dress, draw too much attention to it, or have it featured in their wedding photos.

Yet is a makeup cover job, something you can do yourself at home and how effective is it? In this post, we’ll tell you how to cover a tattoo using conventional makeup and answer some common questions about concealing tattoos.

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