Insect-inspired Tattoos

My tattoo shop is closed for the day for routine pest control activities. Since it is our top priority to keep our shop clean and safe, we cannot allow any pest infestation. It is important for tattoo enthusiasts to get their tattoo done in a safe and clean environment to prevent infection and disease.

Our regular service provider is Pest Control San Jose CA. Aside from efficient work, the methods they use are non-toxic and environment-friendly. We also recommended their service to the other establishment close to us to ensure that our whole block is pest-free. We need to keep it that way to protect our business and our customers.

Speaking of insects, there are a lot of clients that use insects as inspiration in their tattoos. You should know that insect tattoo is not only aesthetically beautiful. It also holds deep of meaning, especially to the tattoo owner.

I listed the known meaning of insect tattoos here so that you can consider them in your next tattoo session.

Butterfly

It is the favorite tattoo theme of females. It symbolizes change for the better, rebirth and transformation.

It should be said that butterfly is not only reserved for girls. The warlords and samurais of Japan used butterfly as their symbol. The Roman Emperor Augustus also chose it as his personal symbol. The warrior priests of Mexico also used them as design for their breastplates.

Dragonfly

It is another female favorite. It invokes dreamy fairies with its mysterious features. The dragonfly represents élan and elusiveness. The dragonfly means conscious effort to express your personal wishes and dreams.

Lady bug

It represents good luck in most cultures. Some even associate the number of dots on the lady bug to the number of children a married woman will have. Aside from good fortune, lady bug could also mean Love, kindness, and faith in the good.

Bees, Hornets or Wasps

It is a symbol of hard work and social order. Just observe their habits, and you will understand why. In ancient Egyptian civilization, bees are regarded as a symbol of the soul.

In Greece, they symbolize death and rebirth, same as when the bees hibernate in their hives in winter and come out in spring.

Grasshopper and Locust

In Native American culture, grasshopper and locust symbolized creation. In Chinese tradition, grasshopper meant happiness, good health, abundance, and longevity.

In Greek mythology, the grasshopper is a symbol of immortality. It was evident when Tithonus received immortality from Zeus, and then transformed to a grasshopper.

Scorpion 

It symbolizes courage, pride, and strength. Scorpion tattoo also shows individuality and strong character.

Moth

It symbolizes attractiveness and naiveté. In Asian culture, moths represent harmony and elegance while the Germans saw it as a symbol of rebirth.

Ant 

In spite of being small, ant symbolism is prominent. It represents hard work and endurance.

Scarab beetle 

Ancient Egyptians believe that the beetle represents guidance toward the afterlife. It symbolizes achievement and self-renewal.

Spiders

The black widow is the common tattoo choice when a spider is selected in a tattoo. It represents independence.

You can discuss with your tattoo artist where to best place your tattoo to emphasize its meaning.

What To Expect From Tattoo Artists And Their Studio

So you’ve finally decided the club and get your first tattoo. You researched the design you like to live with forever, and you are ready to go. However, did you do check on the most important aspect of getting a tattoo? If you still don’t know, it is safety.

Your safety should be on top of your list once you decide to get a tattoo. It may sound cliché, but getting a disease because of neglect is not a thing to set aside. You can get a severe disease like Hepatitis and HIV from infected needles in the tattoo shop. So, make sure to get your tattoo from a licensed and reputable tattoo artist. Their studio should have the following:

  • An autoclave. It is an effective sterilizing device. A tattoo shop should have this if they take safety seriously.
  • Clean surroundings.
  • Proper hygiene of the operators.
  • Use of effective cleaning and disinfection methods.
  • Proper disposal of needles and infected items.

Here are other safety tips for you when you are getting a tattoo.

  • Check and keep your immunizations updated especially for Tetanus and Hepatitis.
  • If you are prone to keloid, it would be better not to get a tattoo because it may just turn to a big scar.
  • Make sure the tattoo shop is using sterilized and one-time use needles. They usually show the items in their sterilized package.
  • Ointments, dyes, and applicators should be placed in disposable containers and used only once to prevent contamination.

It may seem like you are going to a medical operation, but since bleeding will be common in tattoo shops, it is essential that each material used for tattooing, even the work surfaces, are adequately disinfected after each tattoo session.

After knowing some safety precautions, let’s learn what to expect on the day when you get your tattoo.

  • The tattoo artist will wash his hands and wear new gloves and a mask before the procedure.
  • The tattoo artist should make sure that the tattoo area is clean and properly disinfected.
  • The tattoo artist will tell you about the sterilization process and show you the tools that he will use. Take note that those items will still be inside their sterilized packaging.
  • The tattoo artist will use the tattoo machine to create the outline of your tattoo under your skin. This outline will be cleaned with soap and water.
  • Once the outline is set, the tattoo artist will start to color-in the tattoo. Please note that the ink should come from a fresh bottle. The tattoo artist should not reuse ink from another client.
  • The tattoo artist will clean off the blood using a sterile cloth or gauze.
  • Once the tattoo is finished, the tattoo artist will show it to you. Look at it very closely and inform the tattoo artist if there is anything amiss so they can still retouch it.
  • The tattoo artist will clean the tattoo and cover it with a bandage.
  • The tattoo artist will give you instructions on how to take care of the tattoo. Follow it, especially the instructions on caring for the tattoo until the wound has healed.

We hope that we are able to help you with your decision to get a tattoo. It will be a permanent thing on your skin so you need to make it right the first time.

The Risks of Getting A Tattoo

Before you decide to get inked finally, it is important to consider your safety. We all know that using contaminated needles can infect you with a dangerous disease. You also need to think of the ink used because it gets absorbed by our skin.

Ink and pigments used for tattooing are subject to the rules and regulations of the FDA. The ink and its pigments are considered as a cosmetic and color additive, but FDA had not regulated the tattoo ink due to other health priorities, and there were no previous safety concerns raised.

However, the FDA has been receiving reports about reactions from tattoo inks such as itching and inflamed skin. As such, the FDA has started to study the safety of tattoo inks and pigments further.

Here are some of the risks that you will be facing when you get a tattoo.

Allergies – Skin allergies can be developed due to the reaction of the body to the ink pigments.

Scarring – Scars may form after tattooing or when you have a tattoo removed.

Disease – Reusing of needles can pass infections such as Hepatitis and HIV.

Granulomas – These are small inflamed tissues that form when your immune system blocks off foreign substances but unable to eliminate, such as ink pigments.

MRI complications – These are rare instances when the tattoos swell and burn during an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) procedure.

These risks are not baseless, so it is important to think it over before your decide to get a tattoo. Please also check the tattoo artist’s shop to make sure that they use safe and sanitary tools for the tattoo. It may not prevent the risks, but it will significantly lessen them if there are strict safety procedures and precautions in place.