<![CDATA[Chroma Tattoo - Blog]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:59:44 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[10 ways to prepare for your tattoo appointment]]>Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20:03:24 GMThttp://chromatattoo.com/blog/10-ways-to-prepare-for-your-tattoo-appointment The big day is upon you, you’re about to head into your favorite tattoo parlor to finally get that piece of body art you had designed to impeccable specifications. Maybe you’ve done this before or maybe this will be your first tattoo. Whichever the case may be, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before heading in to get your new tattoo.

1.  Dress appropriately. You’re going to be sitting still for an extended period of time. Consider wearing loose, comfortable clothing. Also, keep in mind that bits of ink may spatter so wear something that you won’t mind getting ink on.

2.  Eat first. Like we mentioned, you’re going to be sitting for a bit. It’s highly recommended that you eat before you come in for your tattoo. Or bring a snack with you.  Eating a decent meal, however, will keep you from those distracting tummy rumbles.

3.  Timing. Be prepared for your tattoo to take up to a few hours or longer. You can’t rush perfection. So, when scheduling your appointment, it’s best to make sure you have blocked off the appropriate amount of time.

4.  Calling in sick. Yes, please. If you’re sick, don’t come in. We mean that in the nicest way possible. But, do remember to call and let us know instead of just not showing up. No shows are not nice. We do require a 48 hour advance notice but we can discuss it if the situation is extenuating.

5.  Lost in translation. If you are having some sort of saying tattooed, please make sure you check with a translator as to it’s proper translation. We are not able to validate the translation but we are happy to create your tattoo based on your specifications.

6.  Personal hygiene please. This really should go without saying but, we would greatly appreciate if you took a shower and used the appropriate products to keep from emitting any odors. Thank you in advance.

7.  Don’t drink. Well, a single drink is okay but getting totally loaded the night before or even the day of your tattoo appointment can cause you to bleed more. We’d like to keep this as painless and bloodless as possible. Excessive bleeding due to alcohol in the system can prevent the ink from staying in the skin.

8.  Clean slate. Some areas have to be shaved before being tattooed. While some pre-shaving in particularly hairy areas is appreciated, let us take care of it for you. If you cut yourself, we can't tattoo the area.

9.  Clear your mind. Getting tattoos, especially for first-timers, can be a little nerve-wracking. Make sure you are 100% (or as close to that percentage) ready to get your tattoo both emotionally and physically. Remember, if you decide this isn’t something you really want to do, we do require a 48-hour cancellation in order for you to receive your deposit back. Tattoos are permanent, please make sure you’re ready for that lifelong commitment.

10. Homework. Make sure you bring in any paperwork that is required of you. In some instances, we’ll need a birth certificate. Bring your drivers license and credit card or cash.

 If you have any other questions regarding tattoo preparedness, please feel free to contact Chroma Tattoo and we’ll go over any concerns you might have.

<![CDATA[Medic Alert Tattoos?]]>Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:29:59 GMThttp://chromatattoo.com/blog/medic-alert-tattoosPicture
Pathologist Dr. Ed Friedlander displays his tattoo with a medical directive to not use CPR, which appears to be a growing
trend in North America. (Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)
If your spouse’s initials are “D.N.R.,” you should probably think twice before tattooing them on your chest. Then again, if your end-of-life plans include a do-not-resuscitate order, maybe it’s not such a bad idea after all.

It appears the tattoo craze has expanded beyond mere aesthetics into medicine. Some people are setting down advance directives on skin in addition to paper. Others are opting for tattoos on their wrists instead of MedicAlert bracelets, favoring ink over jewelry. Though there are advantages to turning your epidermis into a medical record — you can’t accidentally leave your forearm at home — some health professionals fear that paramedics and emergency physicians might not notice the tattoos, let alone treat them as proper instructions.

“Emergency responders understand the concept of MedicAlert bracelets and they look for them on the wrist. It is possible that some have learned that people are using tattoos but the chances of them looking for it are much less,” says Robert Ridge, president and CEO of the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation. “There is no overriding body that governs emergency services in Canada, so when something changes there is no national means to communicate it. Getting every emergency responder to look for something new can be a challenge.”

The days of tattoos being associated only with bikers and ex-cons are long gone. Now tattooing is firmly planted in the mainstream. A woman is as likely to have one as a man. There are reality television shows about tattoo artists. Celebrities sport tattoos, including the popular actress Angelina Jolie, who has nearly a dozen. Many professional athletes are covered in more ink than an incontinent squid.

In the United States, 36% of people in the 18–25 age bracket have a tattoo, and that percentage increases to 40% for people between the ages of 25 and 40, according to the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC (http://pewresearch.org/databank/dailynumber/?NumberID=237). By contrast, only 10% of people aged 41–64 have one.

So perhaps it should come as little surprise that some young people with allergies or conditions such as diabetes have no qualms about tattooing that information on their bodies. Some people prefer tattoos because they can’t wear jewelry to work (electricians, for example) or because bracelets and necklaces are easily broken and lost during certain sporting activities, such as surfing. Others simply like the look of a tattoo more than jewelry.

Tanyss Christie, a 35-year-old, got a tattoo last year that declares she has type 1 diabetes. “I have a friend and she got one, too, after she saw mine,” says Christie, a mother of two. “I got a little bit different of a design for mine. It’s close to a MedicAlert bracelet, but with a little twist [see picture below].”

Mike Hillier, a 29-year-old, also has type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed late, at age 24, and never took to wearing a MedicAlert bracelet, despite being encouraged to do so by his mother and doctor. “I never really wore mine, and I was looking to get another tattoo anyway,” says Hillier, a technologist with a satellite broadcasting company. “I wanted it to be something that actually meant something.”

How many people have medical tattoos? It’s difficult to say. There is no organization keeping track. At very least, it appears to be a trend on the rise, if the extensive gallery on the website for the group Diabetes Advocacy is any indication (www.diabetesadvocacy.com/tattoos.htm). Still, despite becoming more popular, medical tattoos are still relatively rare, according to those who work in the ink trade. 

Beyond anecdotes, however, there is little information available on medical tattoos. If you conduct a search for data on the topic in medical literature, you might just see digital tumbleweeds roll across your screen. There is one 20-year-old paper, though, that presented the case of an aging emergency physician with a symbol indicating “do no defibrillate” on his chest (West J Med 1992;156:309-12). The primary purpose of the tattoo wasn’t to offer directions, however, but rather to “make a principled statement about the futility in emergency departments of continuing ACLS [advanced cardiac life support] on patients who do not respond to prehospital resuscitative efforts.”

Though relatively rare, it is still time that medical researchers pay more attention to patients who use their bodies to relay important medical information, says Dr. Saleh Aldasouqi, an associate professor of medicine at Michigan State University in East Lansing and the medical director of the Sparrow Diabetes Center. 

“This is something of medical relevance. I’m not promoting it. I’m just reporting something that I see on my patients, and I see it as a problem because they are doing it without medical advice,” adds Aldasouqi, one of the few academics to ever write about medical tattoos (Am Fam Physician 2011;83:796). “We are burying our heads in the sand if we are saying this is not occurring and we don’t have to worry about it.”

The problem with MedicAlert-type tattoos is that, unlike bracelets and necklaces, there are no guidelines regarding their design or location on the body. Indeed, a Google Image search reveals medical tattoos on upper backs, shoulders, wrists, forearms and chests. Some are simple, others elaborate. Some are black, others exploding with colour.  There are medical tattoos featuring ribbons, angel wings, snakes, horses, butterflies, skulls, hearts and even the cartoon character Hello Kitty. You see more fonts than in a word processor drop-down menu. A medical tattoo may also be hard to spot on a person with many other tattoos.

“This thing has to be standardized,” says Aldasouqi. “We have to at least teach and educate emergency personnel so they become more aware.”

As for the legal ramifications of ignoring a do-not-resuscitate tattoo, that is another matter altogether. Those types of tattoos, however, appear to be very rare. There is the odd case that pops up and makes a splash in the popular media. Dr. Ed Friedlander, a 60-year-old pathologist in Kansas City, Missouri, has a “No CPR” tattoo on his chest. Then there is Joy Tomkins, a senior citizen in Norfolk, England, who has “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed over her heart and the letters “P.T.O.” (for “please turn over”) on her upper right shoulder.

But emergency personnel are not obligated to follow a tattooed directive, which does not carry the legal weight of a written, properly authenticated do-not-resuscitate document, according to Dr. Philip Goscienski, a retired pediatric infectious disease specialist from San Diego, California. Furthermore, it could lead to trouble if a person loses consciousness for a reason unrelated to a medical condition.

<![CDATA[Get Political with Tattooing...]]>Thu, 01 May 2014 18:18:59 GMThttp://chromatattoo.com/blog/get-political-with-tattooingGet Political with Tattooing...
You might be a little bit surprised to find out how many influential historical figures sported a tattoo!  Tattooing is quickly becoming a highly recognized and excepted form of artwork.  These days, many sports figures are defined by their tattoos, as well as people in film and television.  Even back when I started tattooing, tattoos still weren't in the mainstream yet.  We received lots of strange looks, and in some cases comments too.  Today though, it's odd for somebody NOT to have a tattoo!

Sadly, the days are disappearing of seeing the tattoos that helped define history.  I'll use a personal experience of mine to help relate what I mean.  Years ago, while in a grocery store I was taking a break on a bench at the front of the store.  This elderly gentlemen comes and sits down next to me.  He notices my tattoos and he begins asking questions about them.  A few minutes later, he's pulling his shirt sleeves up and showing me tattoos he got in Korea during the war.  Not only did he show me, I got the entire story behind every one of them!  It was like having a living and breathing history book, of not only the war but of tattooing as well.  He described in detail what the tattoo studios looked liked, what kind of characters were hanging out there, everything! Even right down to what the tattoo machines looked like. It was amazing.  Fashion statements and trendy looks are erasing the history of tattooing, but it doesn't have to be that way - Not as long as we don't forget!

Check out a few 'Tattoo Collectors' throughout our political history...

Winston Churchill. The famous former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Nobel Prize Winner had an anchor tattoo on his right arm. Lady Randolph Churchill, his mother, also had a snake tattoo on her right wrist. However it was alleged the tattoo was covered for the sake of reputation. Winston Churchill was one of the first famous politician to have, or at least admit to having, a tattoo.

President Theodore Roosevelt. The 32nd president of the United States proudly bore a tattoo image of his family crest across his chest. Not many people are aware of this famous politician’s tattoo because it was simply in a location which was not readily visible.  It was not that he was ashamed or regretted the tattoo, but the location that made it inconspicuous.

Teddy Roosevelt's tattoo was simply in a location which was not readily visible, and this information caused a stir among people of their day as well as modern-day history buffs. Neither Mrs. Churchill's nor President Roosevelt's design, however, lent itself to gaining a sense of respectability among the average voters. Even when such important figures possessed tattoos, they were still said to be socially unacceptable for the general public.

Caroline Kennedy. This famous politician with a tattoo may have regrets about her artwork. During a trip to Hong Kong in the ‘80s Caroline and cousin Kara Kennedy were challenged by John F. Kennedy Jr. and Teddy Kennedy Jr. to get inked. She ended up with a small butterfly tattoo on her arm, near the inside crook of her elbow. At the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, the audience receives a glimpse of the tattoo, which looks like it is in the process of being removed.

Barry Goldwater. Known as the father of modern U.S. conservatism, he had a very small tattoo on the underside of his left hand. This tattoo was a crescent moon with 4 dots, which is the trademark of the Smoki People. The Smoki People is a group of people, based in Arizona, which functions as a sort of Boy Scouts for grownups. Mr. Goldwater campaigned for the Presidency of the United States in 1964. This was a time in which tattoos were not socially acceptable, yet that did not stop Mr. Goldwater from being one of the few famous politicians with a tattoo.

John Fetterman. Mayor of the town of Braddock Pennsylvania. Described him as "America's coolest mayor" in many publications. He has also appeared on "The Colbert Report" in 2009.One of his forearms displays the number 15104 in bold black type, which is the zip code of the town of which he is mayor.  The other forearm bears a list of six dates. These are the dates on which people have died in awful circumstances under his watch. Now that is a dedicated mayor!

The five dots tattoo...

is a tattoo of five dots arranged in a quincunx, usually on the outer surface of the hand, between the thumb and the index finger. The tattoo has different meanings in different cultures. It has been variously interpreted as a fertility symbol, a reminder of sayings on how to treat women or police, a recognition symbol among the Romani people, a group of close friends, standing alone in the world, or time spent in prison (with the outer four dots representing the prison walls and the inner dot representing the prisoner). Thomas Edison, whose many inventions included a tattooing machine, had this pattern tattooed on his forearm.