NH Tattoo Parlors: How to Identify a Professional Artist

January 6, 2014

When you’re thinking about getting a tattoo and are checking out tattoo parlors in NH, there are a few important things to look for. At Tattoo America, we want our customers to know everything that comes along with getting a tattoo; from sanitary precautions, to quality tattoo work, and how to properly care for your new tattoo while it’s healing. Unlike most tattoo parlors in NH, we at Tattoo America regularly inform both current and future customers with important information regarding both tattooing and body piercing.

Once you’ve decided to get a tattoo, the first thing to look for in a tattoo parlor is how the artists work. You have got to make sure that a tattoo artist or body piercer is a consummate professional with all the prerequisite certifications required to do body modifications. Then make sure that a tattoo artist works in a sanitary environment, with sterile equipment, consistently washes his or her hands, and always wears gloves while tattooing. Make sure that the needles used by a tattoo artist come from hermetically sealed packages before they do any tattoo work.

An image showing sterile needles for tattooing.

Keeping it Clean and Healthy

Be sure that the tattoo parlor and its employees keep everything extremely clean. For non-disposable equipment like tattoo guns and other instruments, a professional tattoo artist should use a heat sterilization machine, more commonly known as an autoclave. At both Tattoo America locations, we regularly maintain a hospital-like sterile environment and use state of the art autoclave sterilization on all non-disposable pieces of equipment. We also consistently clean our shelves, tables, and sinks with a strong anti-bacterial solution that ensures optimal cleanliness.

An image showing Scott Jones giving a tattoo.

Once you’ve gotten your tattoo finished, you’re going to want it to heal correctly. Otherwise, scabs could form and your tattoo could lose some of its bold color. There are a few simple tips to follow regarding the maintenance of your healing tattoo.

  1. Take bandage off in 2 hours and wash with soap and water (preferably anti-bacterial soap). Wash the tattooed area 3 to 4 times a day and do not apply ointment for the first 3 days.
  2. Starting on day 4, apply a thin coat of ointment. We recommend a water based ointment called Aquaphore. Apply Aquaphore at least once daily (preferably 1 hour after showering) and be sure not to smear or over apply the ointment.
  3. On day 6, switch to unscented moisturizer. Apply often until your tattoo is fully healed.
  4. No picking, swimming, or tanning!

Follow these simple steps and your tattoo will retain its quality for years to come.

Do not rely on your friends for advice! We are professionals. If you have any questions, please give our Nashua location a visit or a call at (603)-594-3007 or call our Seabrook location at (603)-474-9304.