If you’re reading this right now, you probably realize that the US is rapidly becoming a tattoo nation – that is, more and more people are getting inked, and social acceptance of tattoos is at an all-time high.
Unfortunately, along with this increase in popularity comes a backlash from an overly conservative segment of society that will stop at nothing to throw a wet blanket over this trend. Like most burgeoning trends, tattoos have their naysayers, and I’m guessing that most of these naysayers skew toward an older demographic with the time, status, and resources necessary to actually try and influence the trend. Read on for my analysis of the situation… Continue reading
There is no doubt about it – whether it’s a piercing or a tattoo, the concept of “body branding” is rapidly growing in popularity. In fact, this trend is the reason why we created our tattoo numbing cream in the first place. But like many things in life, this trend has both pros and cons, and one of the main cons is that more and more people are being exposed to contaminated tattoo ink.
Tattoo ink can become contaminated by a variety of elements, especially mold and bacteria. In fact, in 2012, tattoo inks contaminated with a type of bacteria called non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) led to multiple cases of serious infections in at least 4 states. Although this might seem relatively minor, it’s important to understand that contamination of this sort can lead to more serious problems, up to and including lung disease and internal organ infection! Continue reading
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade, you probably have noticed that more people in the US have ink now than ever before. There are many factors driving this trend, not the least of which is the power of celebrity influence. So for today’s post, since GoNumb.com is intricately tied to the tattoo industry, I thought it would be fun to explore some of the drivers of this rise of the tattoo nation.
Decades ago, tattoos were signs of rebellion – gang membership, prison life, punk culture, etc. But today, things are different. Yes rebellion is still one piece of the puzzle, but these days most people believe that getting a tattoo is a sign of individualism, personal expression and self-realization. The trend no longer favors the idea of getting a tattoo because you’re a badass; instead, these days you’re getting a tattoo because you’re self-enlightened. For some folks, it’s akin to a religious experience! Continue reading
More and more people in the US are getting inked (happy news, since we’re in the tattoo numbing cream business!). A whopping 21% of US adults admitted in a 2012 Harris poll that they have at least 1 tattoo, up from 16% in 2003. Also, the same survey reported that people are getting inked younger compared to previous generations, and for the first time ever, more women reported having a tattoo (23%) than men (19%). In the aggregate, these trends indicate that more and more people have experienced a tattoo nightmare (in fact, in the 2012 Harris poll, 14% said they had at least 1 tattoo they regretted, which seems like a good proxy). So, I thought I’d do a public service for all you first-timers out there and outline a few tips to help you avoid the dreaded tattoo nightmare… Continue reading
The reality that not all things are created equally is true for pretty much all aspects of modern day life, including tattoos. There are health, safety, and workmanship qualities that can vary dramatically from one tattoo shop to the next. I have personally seen shops that should have been quarantined long ago, yet are still in business. I have also seen employed tattooists with such weak skill sets that they shouldn’t be tattooing a dirt hole much less someone’s skin (and yes, having a tattoo removal done to correct poor artwork is painful and expensive, so you will clearly want to avoid this!). Thus, it’s truly a case of buyer beware. So if you are new to the wonderful world of tattooing, or if you’ve moved to a new area, how can you pick the best tattoo shop for your needs? The answer, thankfully, mostly boils down to common sense. Continue reading
Obviously we here at GoNumb.com are primarily concerned with tattoo preparation ala tattoo numbing cream, but recently I’ve received a bunch of questions related to tattoo aftercare. This is absolutely critical, as the 1-3 week period of time between getting the ink and it being completely healed is probably the most important time in terms of the long-term appearance of the tattoo. Even though there are dozens of methods out there, and different people may react differently to each, there are some general recommendations that are always applicable when it comes to tattoo aftercare. So, like any good blogger, I decided to make that the topic for today’s post! Continue reading
There’s no doubt about it, getting a tattoo hurts! The degree of pain can vary, and depends on things such as your own pain tolerance, skin sensitivity, and whether or not you used a tattoo numbing cream beforehand. And of course, the specific part of the body getting tattooed will go a long way toward determining the level of pain you might expect. As such, what follows is a list of the top 5 most painful tattoos you can get.
One of the most painful tattoos is any ink applied directly on the eyelid. Not only is this a sensitive area in general, but the layer of skin on the eyelid is ultra thin and therefore does little to buffer the pain. Plus, many people (like me) have some sort of strange phobia for anything near the eye, which tends to magnify the perceived level of pain. Continue reading
Tattoo numbing agents (cream, spray, or gel) are now commonly used in many tattoo shops. If you’re thinking of getting a tattoo and using a numbing product to decrease the pain, there are a few things to consider.
First, it’s not that painful. Most people say that the experience of getting a tattoo is similar to the discomfort you feel with a mild sunburn. If you can tolerate that, using a numbing cream for your tattoo session might not be necessary. The idea is to always use it with caution and moderation, if you need to use it at all. Continue reading
Do tattoos hurt? My young nephew asked me this question recently while I was with him and his brother. If you must know, I was babysitting the kids for the weekend as a favor to my baby sister who has always stood by me through thick and thin.
It may seem like a naive question for those of us who have them, but for other people peering into the lifestyle of those who measure beauty by each inch of painted skin, it’s a valid question. Continue reading
Were you ever getting a tattoo and thinking about how much pain it is? Ever wonder how so many people are able to get tattoos (not to mention body piercings, waxings, cosmetic injections, etc.) without cringing? How did they develop such a high tolerance to pain? Are you the one that turns and runs at the thought of needles? If so, then numbing cream for tattoos is the answer – especially GoNumb’s Insane Numbing Cream, which is a super strong topical anesthetic that will numb the top layer of your skin, without any swelling or distortion, to allow the most pain free procedure possible. Continue reading