Sunday, August 24, 2008

Tattoo You

As you all know, my name is Lydia. There is an old song called Lydia the Tattooed Lady by Groucho Marx. And though I don't have any tattoos right now, I am going to get one soon...thus I will live up to my name and become Lydia the Tattooed Lady.

I've been doing a lot of research about getting a tat. I know which tattoo parlor in Seattle to go to and I also know that I'll need to take some steps to let my tat heal properly and to keep it looking good. Thankfully, I'll have After Inked to help me out. What is After Inked? It is a unique, convenient and natural tattoo aftercare lotion specially developed to make the tattoo healing process as easy and comfortable as possible. The patented formula also helps restore color to existing pieces, keeping all tattoos moisturized, vibrant and protected for life.

If you have any advice for a tattoo virgin, please leave me a comment. I will not lie and say I'm not nervous about getting a tattoo...I'm not one for pain...but I've thought about it long and hard and I'm ready! I'm sure I'll be blogging more about my whole tattoo process, but I'd love to hear your experiences. Ok...more on After Inked:

Thinking about getting a tattoo? The decisions you make beforehand will determine your satisfaction with the results for years to come. Artist and design are important considerations, but what you do after you’re inked is even more important!

That’s why inventor Bob Norburn along with Andrea and Bill Gerber, developed After Inked, a patented skincare treatment that naturally and safely protects a tattoo and significantly reduces healing time. Their revolutionary new formula is creating a lot of “buzz” in the tattoo community and it’s making the decision “to ink or not to ink” much easier for many people.

“More and more mainstream people are choosing to wear an outward symbol of their innermost individuality on their body”, said Briana Brumer, who joined the After Inked team as a partner. She’s witnessed amazing results with After Inked firsthand. “It’s a product that supports in the healing and also restores the original look of an existing tattoo in seconds”, She added. Briana can truthfully attest that there’s nothing like it on the market today.

If performed by an unskilled tattooist or cared for improperly, a tattoo can become a badge of embarrassment forever. So before the needle touches your skin, it’s very important to get educated about the products available to help take care of your life illustration.

Before developing After Inked, the Gerbers did a lot of research of their own and they discovered that many aftercare products in the market that do claim to be ‘all natural’ and beneficial are neither. “That’s when we decided we were going to offer a premium quality product that is safe and effective”, Bill said.

To further prove their commitment to using only the safest and most effective ingredients, the couple signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics which requires them to practice transparency and fully disclose all of the ingredients in After Inked. “We don’t claim to be all natural but we are proud to be 98% natural using only high quality safe ingredients”, Andrea said.

Andrea explained why they deliberately chose to use synthetic beeswax rather than animal-derived beeswax in After Inked. “There are many vegans in the tattoo industry and we wanted to produce the best possible product and respect the lifestyle of our customers. We also joined PETA—People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, as we do not test on animals”, she said.

The After Inked team truly believes education is the best way to protect their business and consumers. That’s why they support the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, an organization that encourages health and safety through continued education of tattoo artists and their apprentices.

The After Inked Web Site contains photographs documenting the healing process, along with dozens of testimonials from people who have experienced phenomenal results. While the Gerbers are pleased with consumer response, they are more excited that the biggest fans of their product were once their biggest skeptics.

The tattoo industry is a tight-knit and guarded community. Outsiders and their products don’t easily infiltrate it. But After Inked is endorsed—and used—by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the most reputable studios in the world. For After Inked, that’s the best endorsement imaginable.

Twig Sparks, a professional tattoo artist with over 20 years of experience designing art, says that his enthusiastic use of After Inked borders on addiction. “I really really like it. I use it as much as I can. I try to get all of my clients to use it”, He said.

Over the years, Twig has seen many bogus skincare products come and go. As a self-professed cynic, he was thrilled to discover that After Inked actually works. While working at Hart & Huntington in Las Vegas, home of the reality TV show “Inked” on A&E Network, he immediately began sharing After Inked with his clients and everyone who has used it has been completely impressed.

“It’s great for all skin types and it doesn’t clog the pores”, said Twig. “To heal properly, the skin needs to breathe and many products suffocate the skin. This goes on clean and almost disappears after a couple of rubs and it heals with no skin trauma.”

That’s important because Twig designs a lot of custom tattoos that require multiple sessions to complete. As he pointed out, “I do a lot of big pieces and the wait time between sessions is generally 14 days”. He added, “After Inked helps the tattoo to heal in half the time so people come back five to seven days later to finish their work.”

A true artist, Twig considers the human body the finest canvas he can illustrate on. “It’s something that’s living and breathing,” He said. “My tattoos are my masterpieces and “After Inked really helps preserve the integrity of my work for life.”

Ultimately, a tattoo is a very individual decision. It’s all about what you decide to put on your body—before and after getting inked. For better or worse—it’s a relationship that will last forever and After Inked helps guarantee the love affair won’t fade overtime by protecting your investment.

So whether you just got fresh ink, or you have an existing piece that you want to continue to protect and keep fresh, check out After Inked at


Laney said...

I have a BIG tattoo of an anatomically correct spine down my back that was my first tattoo and took nearly six hours. I also have a small Sanskrit tattoo on my wrist that means "non violence." Here are my tips:

Some artists will let you play your choice of music. I brought a mixed CD of music that made me feel energized and powerful. Since the needle's movement reverberated into other bones (and eventually, down into my fingertips) the pain consuming my entire upper half was somewhat subdued by the power music!

Frankly, I don't advise bringing a friend if it's going to be a big piece (over half an hour of work). I find it better to go to my "calm place" and not try to force out conversation.

BURT'S BEES HAND SALVE. I know you posted that you have a bottle of lotion already, but get a tin of Burt's Bees for your purse or something. Normally, my skin takes forever to heal-well, the "tattoo guy" told me he'd never seen a tattoo heal as fast as mine, and I owe it all to the hand salve!

I can't think of anything else earth shattering right now, but I'll keep thinking about it. I haven't been worked on in almost a year.

ALSO, I wanted to tell you that I really appreciated the thoughtfulness of your package... I was SO excited to get it, and your card and "extra" made it so much more special. I haven't had much internet access, so I didn't get a chance to email you about it... but THANK YOU!


phairhead said...

Hmmmm..... boyfriend is getting a big back tattoo. now i get to slather him up w/ After Tattoo. sounds kinky, thanks!