Updates on the madhouse called Taattoo!

Lots of changes have happened since we started blogging here, so we thought we’d update you guys on what’s happening at Taattoo as of 2017!

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You guys remember our two tattoo apprentices, Sam and Jack (Pablo)? They have both flown the nest – Jack late last year and Sam as of the beginning of this year. We wish them the best of luck in their futures, wherever life takes them!

In our tattooing department, we, of course, have our experienced and talented Andy who is the main tattooist in the studio at the moment. Under his wing are our newest additions to Taattoo – Ellis and Kris! They are soon to be Taattoo’s new tattoo apprentices, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media to see their progress as they’re training, practising and eventually getting unleashed onto the public!

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In our body piercing department, we have Senior Piercer, Sophie! She is currently nearing the THIRD year of her life sentence! She is fully experienced in all things body piercing and is always up for a challenge! Under her wing is Junior Piercer, Poh. She started her piercing apprenticeship here at Taattoo late summer 2016 and has been gaining more experience and knowledge every day! She has now completely all her training and is competent and confident in ALL piercings performed at Taattoo. She is absolutely loving her journey to becoming a piercing master and welcomes any and all piercings, from ears to nips to bits!

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Our piercers are still offering BOGOF piercings every Tuesday for #twofortuesday – and have recently introduced the 1/3 off Thursday offers! Every 3rd Thursday of every month, ALL piercings are available for 1/3 off the price!

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Lumiere Professional Laser Clinic (@Taattoo) offers laser tattoo removal and carbon facials and is run by the fabulous Ema. Lasering and carbon facial treatments are now available by appointment ONLY, as Ema now only comes into the studio for her clients’ appointments. As with tattoo bookings, a deposit is needed to make any bookings with Ema!! Find Lumiere’s page on social media to keep up to date with special offers or discounts Ema will be offering on both lasering and carbon facials and don’t miss out on a mega deal!

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And I think that’s it for today, guys and ghouls! Thanks for reading and see you next week for our next blog post…..

Is that swelling or are you just pleased to see me?

So, you’ve recently had a cartilage piercing. There are lots of different locations this includes; tragus, helix, forward helix, rook, snug, conch, anti-tragus, daith and scaffold. While this blog post may not be directly aimed at ALL of these piercing locations, it’s a good bit of info to take into consideration if you have one of these/want one of these piercings..

Your initial jewellery will be appropriately sized to cater for any swelling that will occur with your new piercing – the size/diameter depends on the location and how much they tend to swell. Some, such as snug piercings swell more than others, such as helix piercings.

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We understand this can be super annoying for some people, but trust us when we tell you – it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re a lucky bugger, you may not swell all too bad and only need a few millimetres of the initial jewellery when it’s fully swollen. Some piercings can fluctuate during the first stages of healing (generally the first week or two) meaning it can be more or less swollen from day to day.

 

It’s important to keep an eye on your swelling – if you’re an unlucky one (this isn’t all that common) and swell to the length of the jewellery and it becomes tight, come back and see us immediately. Ibuprofen (if you can take it) and ice compressions can drastically reduce swelling for most people and can prevent excess swelling before it gets to the point where you need longer jewellery. Of course, proper aftercare and TLC with your new piercing also decrease the risk of over-swelling!

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So, your new piercing is well into healing and the swelling has subsided – this usually occurs within a few weeks for most people, although some locations and individuals can take longer! Once your new piercing is settled and the jewellery is now annoyingly long again, it is important to come back for a check-up and downsize.

Prime time for downsizing is a hard one to get right. Ideally, as soon as the swelling has comfortably subsided, shorter/snugger jewellery should be put in instead to eliminate any problems that could occur in the final stages of healing.

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Above left: fresh anti-tragus piercing with a 10mm curved barbell.

Above right: healed anti-tragus now fitted with an 8mm curved barbell.

Jewellery that is too long can cause problems for your healing piercing and is a common cause of piercing bumps (hypertrophic scarring), as your piercing is more likely to get caught and distorted whilst sleeping – which can cause a nice, straight piercing to become crooked/wonky over time. This is a common problem for; helix, forward helix and tragus piercings!

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Luckily, we now stock the official No-Pull Piercing Disks to combat these bumps! (as seen in the left hand photo) More info can be found on our Facebook page: @Taattoobodypiercers.

 

As soon as your swelling has gone down, come and see us! We will be able to tell you if you are ready for a downsize or not – if you are, we will happily downsize your jewellery for free*! It’s also a perfect excuse for us to get healed/partially healed pics of our piercings!!!

 

*Downsize/jewellery change is a free service within a 3 month limit from when we did the original piercing.

Bump-Busters!

Hypertrophic Scarring, gone in an average of 2-4 weeks!

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Annoying bump on your piercing? The No-Pull Piercing Disk is proving to be the fastest and easiest way to nurse a bumpy piercing back to health! A few weeks wearing one of the super discreet medical grade silicone disks over your problem piercing works to decrease and eliminate your piercing bump.

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Light pressure from the disk onto the scarring helps to provide comfort and compression while the bump flattens until it’s completely gone. These little miracles can also be autoclaved – so they can be sterilised and ready to use in FRESH piercings such as; tongue, lips, cheeks and navels to provide comfortable healing without embedding or irritation!

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Have a pesky piercing bump? Come and see us Tues – Sat (9:30am – 6:00pm | Weds (9:30am – 4:30pm), or alternatively, send us an email at taattoobodypiercers@gmail.com OR send a message to our Facebook page: Taattoo Body Piercers!

To cover or not to cover… Now, that is the question?

With the massive influence of TV shows such as Tattoo Fixers etc, the cover-up has been brought to the forefront. So, when is it right to do a cover-up? Remember, when it comes to a good cover-up, the only ink that will cover black is black. No matter how much you see an artist applying a baby blue or pale pink over a black ‘I nailed it in Ayia Napa 2015’ its never going to work. It may look grand when its first done but get through those first weeks of healing and the old one will stand proud like its been overdosed on viagra.

Most tattoo artists may recommend a few courses of laser treatment to get rid of some of the black because colour is easier to cover than the lining ink. Also, another big problem can crop up if the tattooist has drilled for oil. Yes, i’m afraid the embossment of the old tattoo will still be visible, even after laser treatment, so just be aware of that one.

Sometimes, its worth trying to incorporate than to cover, if you’ve got an old tribal, (obviously black ink) then what do you do there? Some options are available such as Japanese pieces, religion, but it ain’t going to cover with a mandala! So please don’t take that one to your tattooist. I always suggest to our clients that if they need to look for ideas, then look for a picture not a pattern, at least if you can get into the clients mindset then your going to find a solution somewhere for you both.

Into the Light- Lumière Professional Laser Clinic

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Lumière Professional Laser Clinic are launching a new treatment so I thought I’d give you an insight into Lumière and what they do as well as some info on the new treatment.

Laser tattoo removal arrived as a new service at Taattoo in 2012. Interest grew for the new service and at the beginning of 2016, we decided to give the service its own identity in the form of Lumière Professional Laser Clinic. Along with the new name, came a new fully qualified laser technician called Ema (pictured below).

emaA Q-Switched Nd-Yag Laser is used for all treatments Lumière has to offer. For tattoo removal,  this machine emits a laser or pulse of light that is absorbed into certain colours of ink. The body can then break down the ink particles and absorb them.

Now for the new treatment…Lumière are launching…

Carbon Laser Facials

Sometimes called Carbon Laser Skin Rejuvenation, this innovative treatment is listed as one of the top 10 beauty treatments in LA. Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Aniston are said to be die-hard fans. It is also referred to as the ‘Black Doll’ facial due to the colour of the carbon face mask and porcelain skin results.

It is a non-invasive, pain free treatment great for:12

  • Treating minor skin imperfections
  • Rejuvenating the skin
  • Reducing fine lines & wrinkles
  • Removing dead skin cells
  • Reducing acne, acne scars and post acne discolouration
  • Stimulating collagen growth
  • Improving skin tone and texture
  • Clearing pores to help reduce blackheads and whiteheads

 

Results can be seen after your first treatment but to see the maximum effects, we recommend a course of 6 treatments over a 12 week period.

All treatments, including laser tattoo removal are carried out in a private treatment room.

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What happens during the treatment?

We first wipe the face with a non-fragranced, alcohol free cleansing wipe to clear away any makeup, oil and dirt that may be on the face. A thin layer of carbon is applied to the entire face and left to dry for a period of 10-15 minutes.
Once dry, we use the Nd-Yag Laser to remove the carbon. The laser causes an implosion of the carbon particles as they absorb the light. It focuses on the upper layers of the epidermis, exfoliating the skin and removing any debris from the pores.
The treatment minimises pore size and the heat transmitted from the laser stimulates collagen renewal. Only a minor sensation, similar to pins and needles is felt throughout the treatment.
Once the paste has been removed by the laser, we cleanse the skin using another cleansing wipe to ensure any left over carbon is removed. We then apply a moisturising lotion containing SPF to protect your newly refreshed face.
If any initial flushing or mild redness occurs after this treatment, it should fade within a couple of hours. The full effects of the treatment should be visible the following day.

Aftercare

As it is a non-invasive treatment, you can return to your normal daily activities and beauty regime straight after your treatment. We do, however, recommend that you refrain from re-applying any makeup for at least 2 hours after your facial and continue or start a daily cleanse, tone, moisturise routine.

Introductory offer*

£35 per treatment

£200 for a course of 6 treatments

*offer runs until the end of 2016

Sams Life Questions Part 1…

SamSo, I have a lot of questions on life and no one at Taattoo has the answers.

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Like, if you somehow had a room full of microwaves, all with metal inside, and could set them all off at the same time, would it blow? Blow the room? The house? The street?

 

 

I mean, how much damage can a fork or a spoon do? Does it even make a nuke considering you nuke your food in one?

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I also visited London this year and while I was stood outside ar Liz’s house, looking at the beaver headed guys I got to thinking…

download (2)What if the Queen went AWOL and thought ‘fuck it’ and started shooting or blowing up soldiers and people marching at her parades. Would she be shot? Or just left to it? Would she suffer any consequences? Or just be told to go to her room a while and think about what shes done, only allowed out when she is ready to say sorry. 

Also, say the zombie apocalypse happens, and Liz gets bit, would someone shoot her? Or is she  no harm? I mean, if she has false teeth, can a zombie even infect a person with teeth the same material as a barbie doll?

If anyone has the answers I seek, please let me know, stay tuned for another instalment of Sam’s Life questions…

Carbon Laser Skin Rejuvenation.. What you need to know..

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A guest post from Lumière Professional Laser Clinic

What is a Carbon Facial?

Carbon Laser Skin Rejuvenation is a non invasive and pain-free laser treatment that is brilliant for treating minor skin imperfections and blemishes.

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What does it treat?

The facial is great for treating any fine lines and wrinkles you may have and also tightens and clears pores to help reduce blackheads and whiteheads. The treatment is good for reducing acne, acne scarring and reducing any post acne discolouration. It also improves the skins texture as well as stimulating collagen growth.

Why is it also called the Black Doll Facial?

The treatment gets this nickname from the effect that it leaves on the face, it is said to give you a porcelain dolls complexion. It is one of the most advanced treatments for minor skin imperfections and promotes a smooth and glowing complexion.

How many treatments will I need?

A visible difference should be noticed with one individual treatment; however, to achieve the maximum results from the treatment you should have a course of 6 treatments. A 7-10 day break in between each treatment is advised for the best results. After this you should be able to see your full effects for up to a year. As carbon Laser Skin Rejuvenation gives an instant improvement to skin tone and texture, some people like to have a single session to have porcelain skin before an event such as a wedding.

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Does it hurt?

No, the treatment doesn’t hurt as it is non invasive and gentle, most people describe the sensation as a light tingling feeling, or like a sort of pins and needles.

Do I need to use any special creams after the treatment?

We will put you a moisturiser on that contains SPF 30 to protect your skin, and then you should just continue (or start) with your daily skin routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising.

Can I put makeup on straight away?

We would advise you not to. As the treatment opens your pores the makeup can seep into the pores and clog them, meaning that the treatment you have had will be a little pointless. We recommend leaving a 6 hour gap between the facial and you re-applying a full face of makeup.

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How long does the treatment take?

The treatment takes approximately 45 mins from start to finish including allowing drying time for the carbon paste. You should also allow an extra 15 minutes for your consultation and to fill out your forms for the treatment. 

This article was written by Lumière Professional Laser Clinic, they offer high quality laser tattoo removal treatments at affordable prices. 

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