Getting a tattoo is still popular in Denmark. Around 600,000 Danes currently have one or more tattoos, and it is estimated that between 50,000 and 100,000 Danes get a tattoo every year. This proves that decorating your own body with creative patterns and motifs is still very popular.
Below you can read more about what to look out for when getting a new tattoo, how to prepare before a tattoo and other tattoo tips.
These are the rules to follow when getting your first tattoo
Before you get your first tattoo, there are some things you need to be aware of. In Denmark, there are some rules in the tattoo industry:
- It is forbidden to tattoo people under the age of 18.
- Tattooing on the neck, face and hands is prohibited.
- However, cosmetic tattoos are allowed if the tattoo artist has completed special training.
Although it is generally illegal to tattoo the face, there is an exception. For example, if you. wish to have permanent eyebrows tattooed, this is possible if the tattoo artist has special training. The reason the law says you need special training is that there are a number of risks involved when tattooing the face.
When you get a tattoo on your face, you are tattooing a particularly sensitive area of your body. For natural reasons, extra care is needed when tattooing around the eyes, where a tattoo artist needs special training.
How to relieve the pain with some painkillers before the tattoo
At Painfree, we carry pain relief creams you can use before your new tattoo to make your next tattoo appointment less painful. The cream acts as a local anaesthetic, but does not completely remove the pain. However, the cream is effective if you need to make a larger motif.
If you are getting a larger tattoo, it will obviously take longer to complete. The Danish tattooists usually do not tattoo for longer than 4 hours at a time – this is because of the pain that you will be exposed to over a longer period. With Painfree creams, it’s possible to stretch this time so you can finish your new tattoo faster.
Here you can see our full range of pain relief products for your new tattoo.
Create the best circumstances for you and your new tattoo
Before you get a tattoo, it may be a good idea to prepare yourself in the best possible way. When you get a tattoo, your body is working at full speed. First of all, your body is not used to being exposed to constant pain, which makes it physically tired more quickly. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to get through your next tattooing session.
You can do this before you get a tattoo
Below you can see what we recommend you do before you get a tattoo:
- Please bring an illustration of what you want to be tattooed.
- Make sure you are well rested.
- Avoid drinking alcohol the day before.
- Remember to eat a good meal an hour before you go on the bench.
- Please bring snacks and something to drink if you are having a larger subject made.
Practically speaking, it’s a good idea to bring a picture or illustration of what you want tattooed. This puts your tattoo artist in the best position to create the new tattoo you have in mind.
It is also important that you get a good night’s sleep the day before you are to be tattooed. As I said, your body works at full speed when you’re under the needle, so try to bear that in mind before you make too many plans the day before you have an appointment.
It is also a clear recommendation that you do not drink alcohol the day before or in the hours leading up to your tattoo. Alcohol dilutes the blood, which makes you bleed more when you get tattooed. This can complicate the process for the tattoo artist, which can lead to a poorer result.
It’s important that your body has everything it needs when you get a new tattoo. That’s why plenty of nutrition is important. We therefore recommend that you eat a good solid meal an hour before you are to be tattooed. If you’re doing a larger motif, it’s even a good idea to bring some extra food. It doesn’t have to be much. A little sugar can be good for your body, so you keep your blood sugar up and don’t suddenly get a headache.
You can do this after you have been tattooed
After you have been tattooed, it is important that your body gets the necessary rest. The best thing you can do is to keep your body completely calm for the first few days. After about a week, you’ll probably start to notice that your new tattoo itches. It is important that you let the wound on your tattoo fall off naturally – otherwise you may risk damaging your tattoo.
The best thing you can do for your new tattoo in the days after you’ve been tattooed is to apply a moisturising tattoo cream. The cream keeps your tattoo from peeling, which is good for the healing process. At Painfree we have a range of aftercare products – you can see it here.
9 quick tattoo tips
Now you know what to do before and after you get a new or your first tattoo. You’ll also have knowledge of the rules around getting tattooed and how we at Painfree can help ease your pain when you’re on the couch. Below we have listed 9 quick tips to keep in mind when getting a new tattoo:
- You shouldn’t rush into getting a tattoo.
- Explore all options when looking for a skilled tattoo artist.
- Prepare as much material as you can as inspiration for the tattoo artist.
- Don’t be afraid to ask the tattoo artist questions.
- Think carefully about where you want your new tattoo.
- Consume enough food and fluids.
- Wear comfortable clothes when you get a tattoo.
- Remember to relax.
- Remember to treat your new tattoo.
In addition, we will also provide an extra tip for you to consider. If you’re thinking of using colour in your next tattoo, be aware that the colour red in tattoos in particular can trigger allergic reactions. A reaction is not guaranteed, but if you want to reduce the risk of swollen and itchy skin, stick to the black colour when getting a new tattoo.
Do you have questions about your next tattoo? Contact us here
We hope you have learned more about tattoos and how to go about getting your next or first tattoo. Of course, we are always ready to help you if you have any questions about any of the above or our products. You can write to us at [email protected] – we always reply to your email within 24 hours. We look forward to hearing from you.