If you are looking to get your first tattoo or simply want to add to your personal ink collection, Pattaya is a great place to be. There are many tattoo parlours in Pattaya with many talented tattoo artists in and around the city. The choice is almost over whelming where to choose the right shop and artist for you. A quick Internet website and Facebook search will reveal many options that should help you to narrow down your final choice. There are many things to consider, here is a list of guidelines that will help you to decide;
1. Shop cleanliness – If you take a good look round the premises, you will soon see if general hygiene and cleaning practices are adhered to.
2. Is the tattoo artist qualified? Do they have official certification and verification of hygienic practices? Any established artist will proudly display certificates and qualifications in a prominent place, usually at the shop entrance and sometimes even in the shop window. Tattoo artists who work within the law have to be officially certified by the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand, in Pattaya certification is issued in cooperation with Pattaya City Tourism Authority. The artists name and photograph is also clearly visible on the Public Health certificate.
3. Any furniture that will come into contact with your skin should have a waterproof barrier, that is replaced after every sitting.
4. Sterile inks should be poured into sterilised cups before use, then discarded after the session.
5. New, sterile needles should only be used for each sitting. It is considered professional practice for these to be opened in front of you by the artist, who will be wearing latex surgical gloves. Some shops provide a further level of protection by sterilizing all needles and ink cups in an Autoclave sterilisation unit.
6. Talk to the artist prior to your sitting Make sure you are comfortable with communicating and understanding each other, your session could be for several hours. It is important to feel as relaxed as possible.
7. Before choosing your artist take a good look through their portfolio of work. You will have already formed an idea of what design and style you want and it is important that you chose the right artist for the job because tattoos are permanent! Make sure the work they show you is theirs,, often portfolio pieces are signed, some could be from magazines and on line articles that will help reassure you the you are in the hands of a professional tattoo artist.
8. It’s not a good idea to base your choice on who makes the cheapest offer, unless you have conducted your research thoroughly. Follow the guidelines and your intuition too. Cheap may mean the artist is using inferior equipment and inks and could be cutting costs that might compromise safety and hygiene.
9. It’s recommended go to a professional tattoo parlour rather than a home tattooist. Some artists will sterilise needles on a stove using boiling water, this really is not 100% safe. Shops that use Autoclaves are the way to go, these machines are expensive and it shows they are serious about their work.
10. Before starting the inking process ask the artist about aftercare. It is easy for a tattooed area of skin to become infected, this can lead to serious problems and expensive hospital visits.
11. Piercings – many tattoo parlours offer piercing services which include, ear, nose, eye brow, lip, tongue, nipples, belly button and sometimes other more sensitive areas! The same hygiene requirements need to be adhered to as with tattooing. If all tools are sterilised professionally then it should in theory eliminate the risk of infection and contracting serious life threatening diseases and viruses. This cannot be taken lightly as good, safe practice and professionalism are of the utmost importance.
There are many styles of tattoos available in the many tattoo parlours in Pattaya. This includes bamboo and standard needle work, traditional temple tattoos, life like photographic tattoos, fantasy designs, free hand designs, intricate computer generated designs and 3D designs. Anyone considering a tattoo should conduct extensive research as the finished artwork is permanent. The first stage of the tattooing process is the outline, followed by the shadows then filling in with black ink or coloured inks is the last process.
Depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo this can be completed in one sitting for a smaller design up to 4 to 5 long sittings for a full back design, which can take up to 30 hours in total.
Numbing crème can be applied to alleviate pain, most tough guys don’t use it! Also, after a day or two, some scabbing is to be expected and your artist will explain how to take care of the tattoo and healing process, what you can and can’t do, what lotions to apply and so on. One thing that is common sense though is to avoid sunlight until the Tattooed area has completely healed. Too much sun will also speed up the fading process too.
One of the best ways to find the best artist and Tattoo parlour in Pattaya for you is to ask someone that you see who has a new looking tattoo that you like the look of. It won’t take you long if you go to a few bars, particularly in the Soi Buakhao area where there are several excellent, highly recommended tattoo shops. You can also ask about costs too over a few beers, most guys with a new tattoo will be more than happy to talk about their passion for ink!Tweet