Denton Square Business Highlight: Abbey Inn

05.12.17

When it comes to getting custom body art, sometimes you may have to wait a little bit before you actually get in the chair. This time is in case you have any final revisions and for your artist to get everything ready for your session. While they’re doing that, you could go grab a bite to eat. One of the places that we here at Cap1 Tattoos highly recommends Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub! Here are just a few reasons why they’re such a great Denton Square business.

 

 

Authentic English Cuisine

If you’re craving some food that makes you feel like you’re in a British pub, then Abbey Inn has got you covered. A true favorite, the Scotch Eggs can’t be beat, and the Bangers and Mash are spot on! With an American infusion, their Churchill Steak Pasta with grilled NY strip steak is perfect to eat before a long session.

 

Bountiful Brunch

Now if your appointment is earlier in the day, then you could go grab some brunch. Whether you get their hearty Full English Breakfast or their sweet Walnut Crusted French Toast, their brunch is something worth checking out even if you aren’t getting a tattoo on the Square.

 

Drink Responsibly

First and foremost, it’s highly ill-advised to get a tattoo while drunk. However, if you drink responsibly and with a good meal, having one of their great draft beers is completely fine. They keep their draught at 29 degrees or colder! Abbey Inn also has exceptional house cocktails.

 

If you decide that you aren’t too hungry or ate before you showed up for your appointment, don’t worry. There are plenty of other great Denton Square businesses that you can check out! So if you’re ready to get back in the chair and get a new tattoo, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas today

4 Tattoos You Should Think Twice About Getting

04.27.17

Let us start by saying that we’re not telling you to not get these types of tattoos, just that you want to really think about what you’re getting. Tattoos are permanent and meant to be something that you enjoy, not regret. With that being said, Capone and Cap1 Tattoos in Denton have a few tattoos you might want to think twice about getting.

 

 

1. Words in a Foreign Language

Rule of thumb: just because Google told you that was the Chinese symbol for love doesn’t mean that it’s right. The best way to ensure that the symbol, spelling or accent placement are correct, check with multiple sources. You want to extra careful with phrases rather than just one word.

 

2. Someone’s Name

Nothing shows your commitment like willingly putting someone else’s name on your skin, but it can also be a huge risk. Most everyone problem knows someone that has a name of an ex tattooed on them. We’re not saying not to get your significant other’s name tattooed on you. We’re simply saying that you should really think about it.

 

3. Alcohol-Inspired

If you want to get the Jagermeister logo tattooed on you, go for it! That isn’t the type of alcohol-inspired we’re talking about. We’re talking about the tattoos you think are a great idea after having a few drinks. Getting tattooed drunk is not only disrespectful to your tattoo artist, but it also poses as a safety issue. Not t mention you might regret getting it. Just wait out the night, and if that design your buddy drew on a bar napkin still sounds like a great idea – go for it!

 

4. Anything from an Unlicensed Artist

This should be a no-brainer. Even if they’re your best friend or some guy that’s just willing to give you a free tattoo. Unless they’re a licensed tattoo professional, it’s a bad idea. Not only could the tattoo be done poorly, you also run the risk of developing a possible infection. And that’s the last thing you want!

 

All of this is to say, it isn’t a bad thing to be spontaneous and get fun tattoos. As long as you accept any possible future regrets. If you want a true piece of body art that you will love to show off, contact Capone today. You can also check out some of his work and more tattoo design inspirations on at Cap1 Tattoos Pinterest

6 Signs Your Tattoo is Infected

03.30.17

Since tattoos are essentially open wounds, they require a lot of attention, especially during the first week. While there are a few reasons why a tattoo could be infected, what’s really important is to be able to recognize if it is or not. That’s why Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is sharing these 6 signs that your tattoo is infected.

 

 

1. Pain

While some soreness is to be expected with a new tattoo, if it’s 3 – 5 days after your session and your pain has increased, it may be infected. It’ll most commonly be a sharp, shooting pain within the tattoo itself.

 

2. Heat

For the first two days of your tattoo, feeling heat is normal. However, if it continues to feel hot and feel as though it’s radiating heat, it’s probably infected. Now if it feels hot while having an aftercare ointment applied, it may just need to be rinsed off. When you apply too much aftercare ointment, your tattoo isn’t able to breathe, causing it to overheat.

 

 

3. Swelling

Just like pain and heat, swelling is common for the first couple of days. But if the swelling extends beyond the tattoo, then you have a problem. Pain, heat and swelling are usually the earliest signs of a possible infection.

 

 

4. Blistering

Occurring on top of the tattoo, blistering is a sign of infection and manifests as red, raised sores filled with body fluids. If your tattoo and the skin around it are red and bubbly, you’ll want to go see a doctor.

 

 

5. Discharge

If your tattoo is infected, it may ooze a slimy discharge that’s either a clear fluid with a golden hue or a thick yellow-green goo. You could also see pus that appears white, yellow or green.

 

 

6. Fever

While your tattoo may emit heat, it isn’t the same as when you’re running a fever. The fever will often accompany other symptoms. It’s virtually a sure bet that if you have a fever, then the tattoo is infected. However, fever is also a sign that your body is fighting the infection.

 

If you take care of your tattoo as your artist instructs you to, then your tattoo shouldn’t get infected. Now let’s say none of this fazed you and you’re ready to get in the chair as soon as you can, all you have to do is contact us!

What to Know About Tattoo Aftercare With Saniderm

03.23.17

What to Know About Tattoo Aftercare With Saniderm

 

While people traditionally just use simple shrink wrap to cover fresh tattoos, that isn’t always the best solution. This is especially true for tattoos in places where they may be in constant contact with clothing. For those tattoos, Cap1 Tattoos may use a special kind of aftercare wrap called Saniderm. Here are some things to know about this advanced tattoo wrap.

 

 

Basic Saniderm Information

For starters, some of the major things to know about Saniderm is that it’s latex-free and hypoallergenic, but it isn’t safe for those who have sensitive skin and are allergic to adhesives. Also, Saniderm helps to seal off your tattoo from the rest of the world and allows for your body’s natural healing elements to do their job.

 

Pros

When it comes to taking care of a new tattoo, few aftercare products can rival Saniderm. Here are just a few of the many pluses to using Saniderm.

 

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Facilitates quicker healing
  • Maintains deep blacks and vibrant colors
  • Waterproof
  • Airtight
  • Breathable
  • Flexible
  • Can be used regardless of tattoo places
  • Can be used for multiple days

 

Cons

With all the benefits, it’s hard to imagine what any disadvantages would be. In fact, there aren’t even enough to be worth putting in bullets. The first con is that it isn’t ideal if your skin is sensitive to adhesive, and the second is that it may hurt a little bit and pull out some hairs when being removed.

 

Once You Take the Saniderm Off

After the proper amount of time has passed and you choose to remove the Saniderm, clean the tattoo will with lukewarm water and unscented soap. After that, you can maintain your normal tattoo aftercare routine. While you may not need to apply any Aquaphor, you can still expect to need unscented lotion.

 

Tattoos are works of art and should be treated as such. Make sure you’re taking the best care of your tattoo possible. If you’re still thinking about getting a new tattoo, contact Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas to set up a consultation with Capone.

Common Tattoo Healing Concerns

03.09.17

It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first tattoo or your fortieth, you’ll want to make sure to take care of it and that it heals properly. If you have questions about the healing process and what to do if a problem arises, don’t worry. Capone along with Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas are sharing how to address some of the most common tattoo healing concerns.

 

 

Discharge

Also referred to as weeping, it’s normal for your tattoo to discharge for the first few hours until all the pores completely close. However, if you continue to see discharge from your tattoo, you could be putting on too much healing product. To fix it, simply blot away any excess product with a clean paper towel.

 

Dull Tattoo

While this is a normal part of the healing process because skin takes up to 30 days to completely regenerate, it could also be a sign that the skin is a little dry. Apply a small amount of aftercare ointment, such as Aquaphor, to the skin and see if the tattoo becomes bold again.

 

Peeling and Scabbing

If your tattoo begins to peel, that’s good. But you don’t want it to peel too much or too quickly. Keep it well moisturized with unscented lotion. If it is scabbing, then that means it is still early on in the healing process and the tattoo has become very dry. You can remedy this by gently cleaning the tattoo with warm, soapy water, letting it air dry and then applying some Aquaphor.

 

Redness

You can expect your tattoo and the skin around it to be red at first, but that should subside rather quickly. However, if your tattoo remains red or feeling irritated, you could be over-washing or even not washing it enough. You could also not be applying enough aftercare.

 

Rashes

If you develop a rash on the tattoo, try switching to a hypoallergenic aftercare ointment. The most important thing to do if your tattoo starts to rash up is to not scratch it. Scratching your tattoo while it’s still healing is a good way to damage your new body art.

 

These are just a few of the most common tattoo healing concerns that Capone sees. If you’ve just gotten a tattoo, the first week is the most crucial for properly healing. That’s why Cap1 Tattoos also shared the aftercare for the first week after getting a tattoo. If you’re ready to get your custom tattoo by Capone, contact Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas today.

4 Tips to Get into the Tattoo Chair Faster

03.02.17

Every person with more than one tattoo knows what it’s like when you start craving to get some fresh ink, and the last thing you want to do is wait. Simple designs can be handled by most artists available to walk-ins. That’s not the case if your heart is set on getting a more intricate piece. That’s why Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, TX is sharing these tips to help you get in the chair and get some new body art as quickly as possible.

 

 

1. Know What You Want

While you don’t have to know exactly what you want, it will help your artist design the best piece possible if you can give a broad idea of what you want. Even something as simple as subject matter whether it’s a lion or a rose can help to get the ball rolling.

 

2. Provide Reference Images

Once you’re able to tell your artist what you want, that’s great. However, taking it one step further and being able to give your artist reference images is sure fire way to get the design process started much quicker. If you’re not sure about where you can find great reference photos, take a look at the Cap1 Tattoos Pinterest! There, you can find everything from wonderfully beautiful flowers to more macabre images.  

 

3. Know Approximate Size and Placement

Sometimes, you think more about what tattoo you want to get that you forget to consider where on your body you might want it to live. For the most part, the placement and subject will dictate just how big or small your tattoo could be. One of the best ways to tell your artist is if the tattoo would be bigger or smaller than your hand. Knowing this will help them determine how long the tattoo might take.

 

4. Communicate With Your Artist

Finally, if you want to get in the tattoo chair faster, communicate with your artist. When you first contact Cap1 Tattoos, we’ll reply to the email that you provide to us. Emails are the best way to communicate with your artist about your design because then it allows them to see it all in one place.

 

At the end of the day, artists like Capone want to get you into the chair as soon as possible too because he truly loves the tattoos he creates and the people he meets. If you’re ready to get some fresh ink, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas today!

Capone’s Headed to the Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo

02.22.17

Creating a melting pot of body art genius for over 20 years, Detroit, Michigan has hosted the Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo! This year, Cap1 Tattoos will be there, and Capone will be doing an original black and gray photorealism tattoo. The event is from March 3 – 5, and if you’re in Detroit, come on out and see what all we’re up to!

 

 

You can watch Capone create some original body art, and take a look at some of his other original artwork. While we are already booked for the weekend, we’ll be more than happy to discuss a time when you could come down to Denton, TX to get your own Capone tattoo.

 

Check out Capone’s gallery to see his previous tattoos. If you want to know more about what all we’ll be doing at the 22nd Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo, contact Cap1 Tattoos.

4 Tips to Survive a Long Tattoo Session

02.15.17

Large, detailed tattoos are absolutely beautiful, but they also take a long time. While for large tattoos, Capone usually recommends breaking the design up into multiple sessions, there are exceptions. For instance, if you were traveling more than two hours, we would recommend trying to do the tattoo in one day. To help you make it through a long tattoo session, Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas has a few tips for you!

 

 

1. Get Plenty of Sleep the Night Before

Even though you’re not being active, a long tattoo session can be very tiring. The last thing you want is to be tired and irritable as your session goes on. Plus, when you get a good night’s rest, your body is better equipped to start the healing process as soon as the tattoo is finished.

 

2. Eat a Good Meal Beforehand

Being tired and being hungry can have the exact same effects when it comes to long tattoo sessions. However, if you haven’t eaten a good meal before your session starts, you could also start to feel woozy later in the day. Make sure you fuel up with a healthy meal that will give your body the nutrients it needs to make it through a 5+ hour tattoo session.

 

3. Communicate With Your Artist

One of the worst mistakes you can make when getting any size tattoo is not communicating with your artist. This doesn’t just mean letting them know exactly what you want in the design. Every artist knows that a long tattoo session can be grueling, but if you don’t tell your artist when you need a break, they won’t know. Don’t let your tattoo be a bad experience. Talk to your artist.

 

4. Bring Something That Can Occupy Your Mind

While music is perfectly acceptable for short tattoo sessions, listening to just music can only occupy your mind for so long. Bring your laptop, and Capone will get you connected to the internet so you can watch movies and zone out as he gives you your piece of custom body art.

 

Are you ready to get a large tattoo and want to bust it out in one session? If so, contact Capone at Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas today. 

Capone Shares Some Tattoo Inspirations on Pinterest

02.08.17

It can be difficult when you know exactly what you want for a tattoo but don’t know how to put it to paper. It’s even more annoying when you’re dying to get some fresh ink, but you aren’t sure what it is you want. That’s why Capone and Cap1 Tattoos are sharing some tattoo inspirations on our Pinterest! Here’s just a taste of what you’ll discover there.

 

 

Floral Inspiration

There’s nothing that can quite fit virtually any part of the body better than a floral tattoo design. The issue is that there are so many different types of flowers and floral designs that you may not even know about, and that’s okay. We’ve got plenty of floral tattoo inspirations, and you can also check out Capone’s floral tattoos!

 

Textures

If you want your tattoo to really come to life, then you’ll need the depth and motion created by textures. Whether it’s the soft flow of a feather or an anamorphic layer that makes a tattoo become otherworldly, there are plenty of ideas for tattoo textures.

 

Nautical Inspiration

Simple nautical tattoos such as and a single line anchor or trident are excellent small tattoo ideas. However, if you want a nautical tattoo that can tell a story on your skin, you’ll need to look at the imagery on Cap1 Tattoo’s nautical board. There, you’ll find photographs and hyper-realistic illustrations so you can really dive in.

 

Animals

Do you have a true passion for animals or one animal in particular? Maybe you want an animal for what it represents to a certain culture, such as how the tiger is seen as a sign of powerful energy in Chinese culture. Whether you’re looking for predator or prey, there’s animal tattoo inspiration for you!

 

Don’t feel bad if you aren’t completely sure what you want as your newest tattoo. Go visit the Cap1 Tattoos Pinterest page for some inspiration and check out Capone’s past tattoos on our website.

Tattoo Ideas to Honor Loved Ones

01.25.17

We firmly believe that every tattoo is a piece of art and tells a story, and that is especially true of tattoos that honor your loved ones! Whether it’s honoring their memory or honoring their importance in your life, they always tell a story. Today, Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, TX is discussing tattoo ideas to honor loved ones.

 

 

Mother

Aside from the obvious “mom” or “mother,” you can choose various symbols or phrases that represent what your mother means or meant to you. If your mother had a favorite bible verse, then you could get that in a beautiful font. You also always have the option of doing a portrait.

 

Father

If your father served in the military, a very befitting way to honor him would be to do a military-inspired design. If you and your dad had a shared interest in something like a show or activity, you could choose a design that references that.

 

Child

When you have a child, they become your whole world. A lot of parents choose to get tattoos that represent their child. It can be as simple as their initials in a cross or flower, but you could also get their baby footprint that was taken when they were born.

 

Spouse

While people sometimes end up regretting getting tattoos that represent their spouse, there are some great ideas that can show just how much they mean to you. If you or your spouse work in a field where wearing a wedding ring is dangerous, then you could choose to get a tattoo in place of a ring.

 

Are you wanting to get a beautiful piece of body art to represent one of your loved ones? If so, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas today and we’ll be more than happy to help you create a magnificent design that will truly honor your loved ones. 

Benefits of Getting a Tattoo During the Fall and Winter

10.21.16

While any time of year is great for getting a tattoo, some times of the year are slightly better than others. Today, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is going to share some of the biggest benefits of getting a tattoo during the fall and winter months.

 

 

Less Sun Exposure

While everyone loves being able to soak up the sunlight during the spring and summer months, it’s not always great for tattoos. The sunlight can fade your tattoo and slow down the healing process. However, the cooler months are perfect for getting a tattoo because you cover more of your skin with long sleeves and pants. That means you can easily get a full color tattoo and not worry about the colors fading in the sun.

 

Less Sweating

Along with the heat of summer, comes a lot of sweating which is bad for your new tattoo. The colder weather also causes your skin’s pores to tighten and actually helps the skin to hold the ink better. However, while you sweat less, you can also run a higher risk of dry skin. So, you’ll want to make sure to keep your new tattoo and skin properly hydrated.

 

No Sacrifice of Pool Time

Being able to take a dip in the pool is a big bonus during the summer, and when you get a tattoo in the summer, you have to give that up. However, when you get a tattoo during the fall and winter months, you don’t have to worry about that! The only thing you would have to look out for is if you get in a hot tub or take a hot bath.

 

When it comes to getting a tattoo, the fall and winter months truly are the best times to get a tattoo.  If you would like to get a tattoo during these colder months, contact Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas today. We are booked three – four months, so if you would like to get a tattoo before the weather starts to warm up, reach out to us as soon as possible. 

Tattoo Style Series: Black and Gray Photo-Realism

10.13.16

There are many tattoo styles out there from traditional to new school and everything in between. Many tattoo artists specialize in only a few specific styles. For example, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas specializes in black and gray photo-realism. Here are some of the basic components that you need to know about black and gray photo-realism tattoos.

 

 

Fine Line Details

We’re all familiar with the saying, “The devil is in the details.” This reigns especially true in photo-realism tattoos. Regardless of whether it’s in a flower or in a face, if even a single line is out of place, it can throw off the entire design. A perfect example of these fine line details would be this black and gray portrait with a rose tattoo.

 

White Ink

While white ink can be used to add the perception of light to a design, in the case of photo-realism tattoos, white ink also brings the design to life. However, white should only ever be used as an accenting highlight color. Using too much white can actually wash out the tattoo and make it appear flat.

 

Texturing

Using a variety of techniques and shades of gray, Cap1 Tattoos can create the perfect texture for your tattoo. Textures help to bring your image to life and make or break the design. To see an example of some of the realistic texturing Cap1 Tattoos can do, take a look at this stuffed animal memorial tattoo.

 

Angle of Light

Giving the perception of a light source within your tattoo design is extremely necessary if you want a design to properly read. This black and gray image of a flying blue jay uses the angle of light to make this bird seem to truly take flight.

 

These are just some of the major components of black and gray photo-realism tattoos. If you want to bring your favorite designs to life with the always-beautiful simplicity that is black and gray, contact Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas today. You can also take a look at our tattoo gallery to see our other great work. 

What You Need to Know About Tattoo Cover Ups

10.07.16

Do you have a tattoo you regret getting or that you just don’t like? If so, that’s okay. There are a lot of people that get something they later regret, and that’s why Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas also does cover ups. However, before you get your tattoo covered, there are a few things you need to know about tattoo cover ups.

 

 

Size

To properly ensure that your tattoo will be covered up, you’ll want the new design to be at least twice as large as the one you’re covering up. This is mainly because you want to ensure that you are covering up what you don’t want and also adding some design components that you do want. Making it a large tattoo is the best way to do that.

 

Solid Design

Your new design will need to be solid with a lot of coverage. You won’t be able to have a lot of negative (blank) space in the design, so you’ll need to get a tattoo that has a lot of solid coloring. If you want to have some negative space, it will have to be in the area that isn’t covering that old tattoo. That’s why we recommend that you get a tattoo that’s twice the size.

 

Black and Color Ink

The new tattoo will most definitely need to use a lot of black and black shading, especially if the old tattoo is very dark. As for other colors, warm colors such as reds, yellows and oranges don’t work well for cover ups. However, colors like blues, greens and purples.

 

Multiple Layers

Covering up an old tattoo isn’t always easy and can’t always be done in one sitting. Depending on the old design and saturation, it may take multiple sessions and multiple layers of the new design to cover up the old one. Because of this, the key to getting a cover up is to have patience.

 

If you’re not happy with one of your tattoos, don’t worry. Cap1 Tattoos will gladly talk to you about your options for covering it up. Contact us today to set up your private consultation with a tattoo artist and take a look at our tattoo gallery to see what Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas is capable of. 

Breaking Down Tattoo Meanings

09.29.16

Does your body art hold a special meaning to you? Usually, the best tattoos always hold some sort of significance to the person they’re on. There are also many small tattoo designs that have some pretty cool meanings. Today, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, TX is going to tell you about the meaning of some of the most common tattoos.

 

 

Semicolon

This tattoo became popular around 2013 and holds a very deep meaning. Just like a semicolon is used when a writer could have ended a sentence but chose to it, a semicolon tattoo is used to represent when someone could’ve ended their life, but chose not to. This tattoo shows support to those struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury.

 

Anchor

When a boat is out at sea, it depends on the anchor to stay in one place. That’s why the anchor tattoo is the perfect design to represent stability and strength. It can represent a person or moment in someone’s life that helps them stay strong.

 

Lotus Flower

While there are slightly different meanings depending on the color, there is one meaning that resounds with all of them. The lotus flower literally grows in muddy water. So for the wearer, it represents rising from the muck and achieving something great.

 

Infinity Symbol

Just as the infinity symbol suggests, it represents something that is never-ending. It can be the concept of infinite time or endless possibilities. The meaning of the infinity symbol can also be supplemented with other visuals such as feathers.

 

Mandala

The literal translation of mandala is circle or like a circle. So the mandala tattoo represents wholeness and denotes balance and perfection. A mandala can be in a variety of designs, but they’re always intricate designs with a lot of line work.

 

Koi Fish

Japanese culture has long revered the Koi fish as a symbol of strength and overcoming adversity. This is because they’ve been known to swim up waterfalls and against strong currents.

 

These are just a few of the many tattoos that hold great meaning. If you want to get some beautiful, custom body art that holds a special meaning to you, contact Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas today. 

Bringing Your Friend to Your Tattoo Appointment

09.28.16

Getting a tattoo, especially your first one, can be a little nerve-racking, and that’s okay. You can always bring a friend to your tattoo appointment, but there are a few things your need to consider before doing that. Today, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is going to tell you about some of the things to think about before you bring a friend with you.

 

 

Do Not Bring a Big Group

While it’s completely fine for you to bring a friend to your appointment, there’s no need to bring a big group. In fact, that’s exactly what you should not do. Having one friend sitting close by is okay, but a big group is just distracting to your artist and will make the workspace feel very congested.

 

Bring a Friend That Can Occupy Themselves

The best kind of friend to bring is one that can keep themselves busy. Whether they’re playing on their phone or reading a book, if they can keep themselves occupied then they are welcomed to join you. A little bit of talking is okay, but you don’t want someone that will distract your artist.

 

Possibly Travel in Separate Cars

If you plan on getting a large tattoo, understand that they will take longer to complete. That means that if your friend isn’t willing to sit with you through the whole appointment, it may be a good idea to travel in separate vehicles. However, if the two of you are traveling from far away, you can ride together and your friend can also leave to do something on the Denton Square. They could get coffee at West Oak Coffee Bar or explore the selection at Recycled Books.

 

At the end of the day, if you will feel more comfortable having a friend with you at your tattoo appointment, you are more than welcome to bring them. If you’re ready to get your custom body art near Dallas, Texas, contact Cap1 Tattoos on the Denton Square today to set up your private consultation.

Denton Square Business Highlight: Recycled Books

09.21.16

Cap1 Tattoos is currently located within the Dark Age Tattoo Studio on the Denton Square. When you come for your appointment, you’ll meet with you artist for any final decisions about your design. Then, they will go back and create your design. This process can take a couple of hours, so having something to do to occupy your time would be nice. Thankfully, there are plenty of things to do on the Denton Square. Last month, Cap1 Tattoos talked about enjoying a cup of coffee at the West Oak Coffee Bar. Now, we’re shining the light on a place that’s perfect for those who love to discover new and old things – Recycled Books.

 

 

Books

Heaven for those who consider themselves to be a bit of a bookworm, there is nearly half a million books available for purchase on the shelves of Recycled Books. They span over three floors of winding corridors where you can find half priced books in Literature, Mystery, Sci-Fi, History, Texana, Science, Psychology, Art, Children’s Books, Cookbooks and more. If you want to read it, chances are they have it.

 

Movies

For the movie buff, the also have thousands of movies. From Blu-Rays, DVDs and even VCR, all of their movies are guaranteed to play without any problems. Their collection covers all genres from wide releases, independent movies and cult classics. They also have television series and documentaries.

 

Vinyl Records

With over 20,000 CDs and 15,000 records spanning a wide variety of genres, you can easily find something by your favorite artist. Just like with their movies, they only sell records and CDs that are guaranteed to play perfectly. Find your favorite music of a new artist or even one that you haven’t listened to in a while.

 

There is always something fun to do on the Denton Square while you wait for your artist to finish your tattoo design. If you’re looking for custom ink in Denton, Texas, contact Cap1 Tattoos today to set up your private consultation. 

The Dangers of Not Getting Your Tattoo Professionally Done

09.16.16

In Texas, for an artist and tattoo parlor to be legitimate, they must comply with the safety codes set forth by the Drugs and Medical Devices group within the Texas Department of State Health Services. It should come as no surprise that there are quite a few risks that come with not using a professional, licensed artist to give you a tattoo. Today, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is going to tell you about some of the medical and non-medical dangers of not getting your tattoo done by a professional.

 

 

Higher Risk of Getting an Infection

Since you’re using an unlicensed artist, they aren’t legally held to the same level of cleanliness that licensed professional are. Therefore, you have a much higher risk of your tattoo getting infected. Not only will there be a high level of discomfort with an infected tattoo, but if it is severe enough, it can do irreparable damage to the design itself.

 

Hepatitis C From Unsterile Needles

Aside from regular infections, you run the risk of contracting Hepatitis C from an unsterile needle. Whenever you get a tattoo, make sure you see your artist take out the needle from a fresh package that you watched them open. If you go to sit down and they already have the needle in the tattoo machine, ask them to put a fresh needle on in front of you. If this request upsets them, get up and leave. A professional artist, such as Capone at Cap1 Tattoos will always show you that he is using a brand new needle.

 

Bad Execution

Finally, even if the artist uses sterile equipment, you have a chance of getting a bad tattoo. If they aren’t a licensed professional, then you can assume that they may not be truly serious about giving you the best body art possible. A good rule of thumb with this is that many unlicensed tattoo artists won’t charge as much as a licensed professional. However, you’ll get what you paid for. A tattoo will be on your body forever, so you want to make sure it’s going to be the best it can be.

 

If you’re looking to get a custom tattoo by a licensed tattoo professional near Dallas, Texas, then you’ll want to book an appointment with Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, TX. Contact us today for your private consultation.

Custom Tattoos vs. Pre-designed Tattoos

09.13.16

When choosing whether you want to get a tattoo, you need to decide whether you want to get a custom design or use a design that you found from the Internet. There are certainly advantages and disadvantages to both. So to help you decide which way you want to go, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is going to discuss the pros and cons of custom tattoos vs. pre-designed tattoos.

 

 

Custom Tattoos

These tattoos are going to be created using original ideas and artwork by your or your artist. The best way to pick an original piece is to look at their gallery to see what style they do best.

Pros:

  • No one else will have your tattoo

  • More meaningful

  • Great for large pieces

  • You can get exactly what you want


Cons:

  • Requires more time for designing

  • Usually cost more

  • Appointments are scheduled further out


All in all, a custom tattoo is perfect if you want to have a large, complex tattoo. It will give you the chance to truly express yourself with beautiful body art.

Pre-Designed Tattoos

These are the tattoos you saw on Pinterest, Google or even photo-realism portraits. They’re basically designs that you take to your artist and ask them to do exactly what is already designed.

Pros:

  • Usually cheaper because there’s no cost of design time

  • Good for simple designs

  • You know you’ll like the design

  • Great for getting matching tattoos


Cons:

  • Other people may have your same tattoo

  • May not hold as much meaning


At the end of the day, the decision as to whether you get a custom tattoo design or use a design you found on the Internet is up to you. Regardless of which type you want, Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas can give you an extraordinary tattoo. See what styles of tattoos Cap1 Tattoos is best at by checking out our tattoo gallery and contact us today to set up your private consultation.

Picking the Proper Tattoo Placement

09.09.16

When it comes to getting a tattoo, one of the biggest things you have to consider is where you’re going to get it. The appearance and flow of the tattoo can drastically change simply on where it’s placed on the body. To help you make sure you’re choosing the right place, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is going to give you some tips on picking the proper tattoo placement based on design type.

 

 

Large, Narrow Designs

If you want to get a large, narrow tattoo, the best placement options depend on whether it’s meant to be seen horizontal or vertical. You can use your lower back, upper chest and upper back for large, narrow, horizontal designs. Your best placement options for a large, narrow, vertical design are the forearm, bicep and calf.

 

Overall, Large Designs

For overall large designs, you want to choose a place on the body that gives you enough space to be able to get all the details in the design. The best placement options for overall, large tattoo designs would be your thigh and back.

 

Circular Designs

Circular designs can be a little tricky because their placement is immensely important to the overall flow. Your best options for placement of a circular tattoo design would be the shoulder, back of the neck, peck and upper forearm.

 

Portraits

When choosing where to place a portrait tattoo, you have to think about what places will provide a flat area for the artist to truly capture the details of the person. Ideal placement of a portrait would be your shoulder, peck and bicep.

 

Text

For text tattoos, the placement really depends on how large the text is. You’ll want to add small text in places where it easily fits. Places like the wrist, ankle and back of the neck are great for small, single-word tattoos. For large text tattoos, you can place them on ribs, shoulders and chest.

 

While these are what Cap1 Tattoos says are the best places to get these types of tattoos. However, when it comes down to it, it’s ultimately your decision and your artist will respect that. If you’re looking to get a custom tattoo near Dallas, Texas, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton today.

Cap1 Tattoos in San Antonio, Texas October 7th – 9th

09.04.16

Cap1 Tattoos artist Capone has an artistic base in painting. While he loves tattooing, his first passion is painting and using that to further his tattoo abilities. That’s why he will be in San Antonio, Texas during October 7th – 9th for a David Kassan painting workshop about advanced life painting and drawing. Not only will this workshop help Capon to further his ability to create in-depth photorealistic tattoos, but also further refine his ability to capture the true essence of his subject.

If you’re interested in getting a custom tattoo by Cap1 Tattoos in San Antonio, contact us right away! 

 

The Commitment of Getting a Tattoo

08.31.16

There is a lot that goes into getting a tattoo, especially when you want to get a large, custom design. Getting a tattoo shouldn’t be taken lightly, and you should understand the level of commitment that comes with it. Today, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is discussing the commitment of getting a tattoo.

 

 

Commitment to the Time

While plenty of tattoos can be done in one setting, many tattoos may take multiple sessions. The general guide is if the tattoo is the size of your palm or smaller, it can easily be done in a single session, whereas if the design is larger than the palm of your hand, you can expect it to take multiple sessions. If you want to get a large tattoo, you need to be committed to putting in the amount of time it will take to complete it.

 

Commitment to the Design

Another major component of getting a tattoo is to be committed to the design. One of the worst things you can do is constantly change your mind about what you want. If you are still unsure about the exact design you want, you may not quite be ready to get the tattoo, and that’s okay. Cap1 Tattoos is willing to work with you and make sure that you’re getting the design that you really want.

 

Commitment to the Artist

The biggest thing you need to remember is that your artist is depending on you to be at your appointment and to let them know, in a timely manner, if you won’t be able to make it. Your artist is committed to being at your appointment and is committed to giving you the tattoo you want. Proper communication is the key when it comes to being truly committed to your artist.

 

There is a lot of commitment that goes into getting a tattoo. One of the best things you can do is to find a tattoo artist that you like and continue to use them for every tattoo you get. If you’re looking for a tattoo artist that you can trust to be as committed to your tattoo as you are, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, TX today.

Rescheduling and Canceling Tattoo Appointments

08.26.16

Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas understands that things happen and you may need to reschedule your tattoo appointment. However, there is a right and wrong way to go about doing so. Today, Cap1 Tattoos is sharing the proper way to go about rescheduling and canceling tattoo appointments, as well as the repercussions of doing either with Cap1 Tattoos.

 

 

Rescheduling

When it comes to rescheduling your tattoo appointment, the most important thing is timing. You can never reschedule too early. Cap1 Tattoos asks that you give at least a one-week notice before your appointment. However, Cap1 Tattoos also sets our appointments 3 – 4 months out. That means if you do need to reschedule, don’t be surprised if we aren’t able to find a spot for you right away.

 

Depending on your tattoo, we may be able to get you in quickly, or you may be pushed back a couple of months. Cap1 Tattoos allows you to reschedule up to two times. After that, you forfeit your deposit and will have to put down another deposit if you set another appointment.

 

Canceling

Same as rescheduling your appointment, Cap1 Tattoos asks that you cancel your appointment at least one week before. This way, the artist can have enough time to find someone else to fill your slot. Cap1 Tattoos understands that emergencies happen. However, please be considerate to the artist because they are setting that specific time out of their day to focus solely on you. Regardless of how early you cancel your appointment, your deposit is non-refundable so you will not be able to get that back.

 

A tattoo is a commitment and Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, TX takes our appointments very seriously. Do yourself and the artist a favor and make sure that the date you set for your appointment is completely open and that you will be able to be there. Your artist is depending on you to be there on the day and time you have scheduled. If you would like to schedule a private consultation, contact Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas today. 

Denton Square Business Highlight: West Oak Coffee Bar

08.18.16

One of the things to consider when getting a tattoo is the amount of time it may take. Cap1 Tattoos doesn’t believe in rushing the design time because the artist always wants to make sure you’re getting the best design possible. While some tattoo artists aren’t in a central area, Cap1 Tattoos is at Dark Age Tattoo Studio in Denton, Texas. That means there is plenty to do while you’re waiting on your artist. Today, Cap1 Tattoos is going to tell you about one of the best places to go while you wait – West Oak Coffee Bar

 

 

Delectable Coffee

If you’re looking to grab an amazing cup of coffee in Denton, then West Oak Coffee Bar is the place to go. You could get adventurous and try one of the barista specials like the Summer Tonic on their summer menu, or you could always go with a classic cappuccino or pour over. They also offer multiple types of tea and non-alcoholic drinks on tap.

 

Craft Beer

If don’t want coffee and want to get a taste of Texas, then West Oak Coffee Bar also offers 10 different Texas craft beers on tap. However, they don’t keep the same beers on tap all the time. They have beers from breweries such as Nine Band Brewing in Allen, TX and even Denton’s own Audacity.

 

Tasty Food

No matter the time of day, you are sure to find something good to eat at West Oak Coffee Bar. If you’re hungry for breakfast food, then you’ll enjoy their Breakfast Toast. You could also get a delicious grilled cheese and cup of tomato soup. They also have baked goods and pie in case you want something sweet. West Oak Coffee Bar cares about the ingredients that go into all their products and also offer vegetarian and gluten-free options.

 

Friendly Atmosphere

Whether you’re sitting outside watching people walking around the Denton Square or sitting inside looking at art done by local artists, you’re sure to feel the spirit of Denton. The open beam ceiling makes it feel nice and open, so even when they’re busy, you don’t feel like the space is crowded.

 

West Oak Coffee Bar may be new, but it’s a mainstay on the Denton Square and a great, local business. If you’re looking to get some fresh ink, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas today. 

Color vs. Black and Gray

08.12.16

When it comes to getting a tattoo, the biggest thing to think about is whether or not you want the tattoo to have color or simply be black and gray. Some designs look better without color. However, the decision is ultimately up to you, the client. To help you make an informed decision on which to go with, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is sharing the pros and cons of getting a color tattoo vs. a black and gray tattoo.

 

 

Pros of a Color Tattoo

The best benefit of having a color tattoo is simply that it has color! This means it will be more vibrant and will easily make a statement. Color tattoos are bright, vibrant and allow for unlimited color combinations and creativity. To make sure you’re choosing the right colors, take a look at Cap1 Tattoo’s guide to choosing the right colors for your skin tone.

 

Cons of a Color Tattoo

While color tattoos are much more vibrant, their biggest downside is that they take longer to complete and will be more expensive. It’s also likely that they’ll take multiple sessions, whereas the same design in black and gray could be done in a single session. In addition, if you’re outside in the sun a lot, the colors have a greater chance of fading and will inevitably need to be touched up.

 

Pros of Black and Gray

What’s great about black and gray tattoos is that they can be completed in a much shorter amount of time yet still contain a lot of detail. Using tone, texture, shape, composition and weight, Cap1 Tattoos can give your black and gray tattoo the illusion of being three-dimensional.

 

Cons of Black and Gray

The negatives to a black and gray tattoo are few and far between. You can never go wrong with a black and gray tattoo, as long as you choose an artist that has proven their ability to create immaculate black and gray body art.

 

If you’re still on the fence as to whether you want to have color in your tattoo or go with the original black and gray route, that’s fine. When you schedule your private consultation with Cap1 Tattoos, you can discuss the specific pros and cons of each for your tattoo. To see what Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas can do, take a look at the tattoo gallery.

Answering Your Questions About Tattoo Supplies and Equipment

08.10.16

It’s no surprise that there are a lot of questions surrounding tattoos, especially when it comes to the supplies and equipment being used. Every artist is different and each one has their own way of doing things. However, today, Cap1 Tattoos in North Texas is going to answer your questions about the supplies and equipment we use.

 

 

What kind of ink do you use?

Cap1 Tattoos uses Eternal Ink for all the colors. It’s made with organic pigments and is free of any animal by-products, making it vegan. They make over 281 different colors, so no matter what colors you want your tattoo to have, Eternal Ink will have it. For black and grey tattoos, we use Dynamic Ink.

 

What type of machine do you use?

There are two main types of tattoo machines. The first is the traditional, coil tattoo machine, and the second is the more modern, rotary tattoo machine. Rotary tattoo machines are also referred to as a cartridge system. Cap1 Tattoos specifically uses a Cheyenne Hawk tattoo machine and needle cartridges.

 

Why do you use a cartridge system?

The biggest reasons as to why Cap1 Tattoos uses a cartridge system is because it helps with the stabilizing process and they’re also safer than traditional machines. They’re designed so that the needles have less range of motion, meaning your artist can easily create beautiful tattoos with immense details.

 

Do you use latex gloves?

Since we never know if a client has an allergy to latex or not, Cap1 Tattoos stays on the safe side and only uses non-latex gloves. Our focus is making sure that every client can get his or her tattoo safely.

 

Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is focused on safety first! That’s why every piece of equipment that is used is designed to ensure client safety while also enabling the artist to create the best work possible. If you have more questions, visit the Cap1 Tattoos website and check out the FAQ page. 

The Biggest Tattoo Trends

07.29.16

Since tattoos first entered into mainstream and pop culture, there have been major trends in tattoo design or placement. Some were fairly good, and others weren’t so good. Today, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is going to go through some of the biggest tattoo trends.

 

 

Tribal

No list of tattoo trends would be complete without mentioning tribal tattoos. Technically, tribal tattoos were popular over 2,000 years ago when Samoan tribes would use the tattoos as a symbol of their connection to their culture. However, in the ‘90s tribal tattoos hit pop culture and many young males flocked to tattoo parlors to get a tribal tattoo.

 

Lower Back (Tramp Stamp)

While the men of the ‘90s had tribal tattoos, women had lower back, or “tramp stamp” tattoos. This trend continued into the 2000s and is still trending today, though it’s not quite as common.

 

One Word Statements

Around the mid to late 2000s, many people were getting one word tattoos. Usually, the word had some kind of deeper meaning to the person. However, certain words were used so much that the tattoos stop being unique and devolved into more of a trending novelty.

 

Barbed Wire

Starting in the late 80s, barbed wire tattoos were a symbol of hope, faith and salvation. However, once the tattoo became mainstream, it lost that meaning and now holds a spot in tattoo design infamy right beside tribal tattoos.

 

Chinese Characters

While this trend started in the 90s, it’s still going to this day. Many of the Chinese characters tattooed are the same one word statements that people got in the 2000s. This was an issue because people wouldn’t do enough research on the true meaning of the characters and would end up having a tattoo that meant something other than what they originally intended.

 

Wrist Tattoos

This trend is immensely popular and is actually a great place to get a tattoo for those who want to have a small tattoo that can be easily shown off or hidden. Wrist tattoos are still very common and will more than likely stay popular for quite some time.

 

While there’s nothing wrong with getting a trending tattoo design, Cap1 Tattoos believes that your tattoo should be unique to you. For truly unique tattoos near Dallas, Texas, visit the Cap1 Tattoos website today and take a look at our tattoo gallery

Touching Up Your Tattoo

07.27.16

There are a number of reasons as to why you may be getting a touch-up on your tattoo. It could be to solidify some colors that have faded or to simply keep your tattoo looking fresh and beautiful. There are also a lot of questions surrounding touch-ups. So today, Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, TX is going to answer some of the most common questions regarding tattoo touch-ups.

 

 

Is it normal to need a touch-up?

Tattooing isn’t a perfect science and sometimes tattoos can fade, blur or change for a variety of reasons. It’s completely normal for a tattoo to eventually need a touch-up. So, don’t worry if your tattoo doesn't’t look as vibrant as the day you got it.

 

How long should you wait before getting a touch-up?

This really depends on your tattoo and how well it stayed in the skin. However, you always want to wait until the tattoo has completely healed, which usually takes about a month. You may also want to touch-up colors, fine lines and intricate details every few years to keep your tattoo looking beautiful and vibrant.

 

How do I know if I need a touch-up?

While a touch-up is always optional, there are a few signs that your tattoo may need a touch-up. One sign is fading, which as mentioned earlier, is completely normal. Also, if you spend a lot of time out in the sun or in chlorinated water, such as a pool, then you’ll more than likely want to get your tattoo touched up.

 

Are tattoos on some body parts more likely to need a touch-up than others?

Tattoos on body parts that frequently are in motion will most likely need to be touched up. Areas such as feet, hands, wrists and elbows are especially susceptible to fading because they are usually in constant motion, being rubbed by clothing or in direct sunlight. However, a tattoo on any part of the body may require a little touch-up every few years.

 

While it’s completely normal to eventually get a tattoo touched up, it heavily depends on how well you maintain both short-term tattoo aftercare and long-term aftercare. Whether you’re looking for some fresh ink or want to get an old piece touched up, contact Cap1 Tattoos today.

Why You May Need Multiple Sessions

07.19.16

While some tattoos can be finished in a single sitting, others may take multiple sessions. That’s why, today, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, TX is explaining why you may need multiple tattoo sessions.

 

 

Large Designs

Large tattoos obviously take more time, and therefore may need multiple sessions to be completed. While you may be comfortable with getting tattooed for many hours straight, your artist may decide that it will be better if you break it up. This is especially the case if you have sensitive skin because it’s much easier for sensitive skin to become raw and tender when being tattooed.

 

Color and Shading

Sometimes, your artist may recommend doing multiple sessions if you want to add color or shading to the tattoo. This is mainly so that the tattoo can heal and then you and your artist can clearly see what areas need the color and shading. It’s also a way for Cap1 Tattoos to ensure that you’re getting the best color and shading possible.

 

Intricate Detail

Cap1 Tattoos love doing tattoos that have a lot of intricate detail. However, be prepared for it to possibly take multiple sessions. Adding a lot of detail entails working on a small section of the tattoo for a longer amount of time. Splitting it up into multiple sessions is just another way that Cap1 Tattoos makes sure that every line is absolutely perfect.

 

Your First Tattoo

When it’s your first tattoo, there are a lot of unknowns. You don’t know how your body will react or what your pain tolerance is. That’s why many artists may like to split up your first tattoo into multiple sessions, especially if it falls into any of the previously mentioned reasons.

 

At the end of the day, the decision to do your tattoo in multiple sessions can be made by either you or your artist. It could be because you have a low pain tolerance or simply because your artist may feel more comfortable completing your tattoo in multiple sessions. If you can’t do multiple sessions, tell your artist that when you meet for the consultation. That way they know to set aside plenty of time for your actual appointment. If you’re looking to get some fresh ink, whether in one or more sessions, contact Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas today.

July 25th-27th Los Angeles, California.

07.19.16
Cap1 Tattoos will be in Los Angeles, California July 25th through the 27th for a Casey Baugh workshop and may have some openings for some ink time. If you would like to check our availability for these dates please contact us as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you out on the west coast!

 

How Your Tattoo Deposit is Put to Use

07.15.16

Cap1 Tattoos’ appointments are normally booked 2-3 months in advance, and to ensure that you’re serious about getting a tattoo, we do require a deposit that is equivalent to one hour of tattooing. While your deposit is nonrefundable, that money isn’t lost. Today, Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas is going to tell you how your tattoo deposit is used.

Secures Your Tattoo Appointment

First and foremost, your deposit lets Cap1 Tattoos know that you really do want to get a tattoo. This also ensures that your tattoo appointment is set in stone and will only be moved by your request or in the instance of an emergency with the artist.

 

Covers the Cost of Design Time

Cap1 Tattoos believes that every tattoo is a work of art and that it should be treated as such. That’s why your tattoo deposit also covers the cost of the tattoo design time. Even though the deposit is only equivalent to one hour of tattooing time, Cap1 Tattoos usually takes approximately 3 hours to design your custom tattoo, and it is designed on the day of your tattoo appointment.

 

However, if your tattoo is simple and requires little to no time to design, then your deposit may be applied to your tattoo time. Cap1 Tattoos doesn’t believe in charging you hourly for design time because we believe that no part of the tattoo process should be rushed.

 

So, When Do You Pay Your Deposit?

While most clients pay their deposit on the day of their consultation, that isn’t required. If you want to take a couple of days to think about whether you’re ready for the tattoo or not, that’s fine. However, no appointment date will be set until the deposit has been paid. Cap1 Tattoos accepts multiple forms of payment, including PayPal.

 

Cap1 Tattoos wants to give you what you want because we are truly passionate about creating beautiful body art. If you’re still unsure about getting a tattoo, feel free to take a look at the tattoo gallery to see why so many people choose Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas for their custom body art. Now, if you’re ready to set up a private consultation with an artist to discuss your custom body art, contact Cap1 Tattoos today.

How Cap1 Tattoos Designs Your Custom Body Art

07.13.16

Every tattoo Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas creates is meant to make a statement and be truly unique. Whether it’s a custom design or photo-realism, every tattoo is specifically designed for each client. To show this, Cap1 Tattoos is breaking down how your custom body art is designed and the things that are taken into consideration to make every tattoo a work of art.

Client Meeting

The first thing Cap1 Tattoos likes to do is to meet with the client on the day of the tattoo appointment. This way you and your artist can discuss any final thought you or they may have for the design. If you have any comments, questions or concerns, this would be the time to voice them.

 

Tattoo Placement

During your final meeting, before your artist begins to design your tattoo, they’ll take a close look at the placement. This will involve taking pictures of the area as well as measurements. Placement is everything for a tattoo, and Cap1 Tattoos wants to make sure that your custom body art perfectly placed.

 

Design Time

While every artist has a different creative process, it will generally start the same. First, your artist will begin by gathering all the image examples you sent them. Then they will do independent research to piece together the final tattoo design. This process can take up to 3 hours. However, this time is completely covered by your deposit.

 

Final Client Review

Once your artist has finished designing the tattoo, they will meet with you to make sure you’re completely satisfied with the design. This is your last chance to voice any concerns before the artist creates the stencil.

 

Stenciling

If you fully approve of the design, then the stencil will be created. Once the stencil is created, the artist will place it on the skin and when they lift it up, the design will be left on the skin. At this time you’ll be able to properly see the placement and design of the tattoo. If you feel uncertain or uneasy about the placement of the design, please say something to your artist.

 

Cap1 Tattoos is all about giving you the custom body art that you deserve. All tattoos are designed with the client in mind. To learn more about custom body art near Dallas, Texas, visit the Cap1 Tattoos website today.

In-Person vs. Not In-Person Tattoo Consultations

07.06.16

 

Earlier this week, Cap1 Tattoos discussed why to have a tattoo consultation. Now, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is going to talk about the pros and cons of having an in-person consultation vs. not in-person, as well as when one is better than the other.

In-Person Consultation

 

  • Pros

There are a lot of benefits to having a consultation with your artist in-person. Being face-to-face allows you to get comfortable with your artist, as well as easily discuss the specific details of your tattoo such as size, design, placement and color.

  • Cons

The only issue that can arise with an in-person consultation may be scheduling it. If you have a very busy schedule, then it may be better to do your consultation over the phone and email. However, Cap1 Tattoos is able to do consultations 7 days a week and can usually work with your schedule.

Not In-Person Consultation

 

  • Pros

Do your consultation through email and talking on the phone can be great if you live in another state, or are just unable to come out to Denton. To make up for not being able to meet in person, your artist may add a complimentary hour onto your appointment for final revisions. This way Cap1 Tattoos can ensure that you’re getting exactly what you want.

 

  • Cons

One of the disadvantages of not doing your consultation in-person is that you don’t get to meet your artist beforehand. However, this isn’t much of an issue to some people and if you are a repeat client of Cap1 Tattoos, then an in-person consultation may not be as necessary.

 

At the end of the day, it all depends on your comfort level with your artist. If you’re comfortable with your artist and they have a firm grasp of what you’re wanting, then there may not be much of a need to meet in-person before your appointment date. With that being said, Cap1 Tattoos loves to meet our clients beforehand because we believe that every tattoo is a work of art. So, whether you’re looking to get your first tattoo or your fiftieth, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas today to set up your person artist consultation.

 

Why to Have a Tattoo Consultation

07.03.16

Cap1 Tattoos has said it once, and we’ll say it again, getting a tattoo shouldn’t be something done on a whim, especially large or complex pieces. Every part of the tattoo should be thought out, from the placement and size to color and design. The best time to discuss these details with your artist is during the consultation, but many people don’t realize just how important and helpful a consultation is. That’s why Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, TX is explaining why you should have a tattoo consultation.

 

Get to Know Your Artist

Having a consultation gives you the chance to properly know your tattoo artist. This way you can feel more comfortable with them so you don’t feel like a complete stranger is tattooing you. Cap1 Tattoos considers every tattoo a work of art, and so we like to know the person who is getting the work of body art.

 

Iron Out the Details

The biggest benefit of having a tattoo consultation is that you can iron out all the details with your artist face-to-face. This is so you and the artist can be on the same page and know exactly what is expected. Everything from size and placement to design and specific colors will be discussed to make sure that every area of the tattoo is clearly understood. This also always your artist to clearly see the area they have to work with rather than having to depend on pictures sent by email.

 

Secure an Appointment

Once you have gotten to know your artist and have hammered out all the details, you can put down your deposit and secure an appointment time. However, you don’t have to pay your deposit that same day. Cap1 Tattoos knows that you may want to take a day or two to think about it, and that’s fine. If you choose not to pay the deposit that day in-person, Cap1 Tattoos also accepts payments via PayPal.

 

A tattoo consultation is a rather important part of the tattoo process because it helps to make sure that both you and your artist are comfortable with each other and are on the same page about the tattoo. If you want to get some fresh ink in North Texas, take a look at our tattoo gallery and then contact Cap1 Tattoos today to set up your tattoo consultation.

5 Things to Think About Before Getting a Tattoo

06.29.16

Getting a tattoo, especially your first, is a big deal. While small, random tattoos are fun, the ones that matter the most are the ones that make a statement. However, for a tattoo to truly make a statement, it should be well thought out. To help you plan out your body art, Cap1 Tattoos in North Texas is telling you 5 things to think about before getting a tattoo.

 

1. Design

The design is obviously a very crucial part of what makes a good tattoo. You should have a clear idea of what you want, yet still be open to suggestions from your artist. Keep in mind that they’re the professional and they’ll know if a design will work or not.

 

2. Placement

Along the same lines as the design, the placement can make or break a tattoo. Be open to artist suggestions because the piece that you want on your calf may look better on your forearm or bicep. If you are dead set on a certain placement, be sure to let your artist know before they begin designing your tattoo.

 

3. Black and Gray or Color

The next big consideration is whether or not you should get color. The thing to keep in mind with color is that over time, it’ll fade and will require a touch-up. Obviously, it would be a few years before you need a touch-up, but that’s something you should keep in mind.

 

4. Is it Meaningful?

Tattoos are a work of art and the best ones aren’t dictated by the style, but rather the significance. Whether they’re paying homage to your childhood, in memory of a loved one or to symbolize your connection with someone else, the best tattoos always hold a special meaning to the wearer.

 

5. Make a Mindful Decision

Cap1 Tattoos has said this many times before, but you should never take the decision to get a tattoo lightly. You should never get a tattoo while under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. Not only could you end up with a tattoo you regret, but you could also end up doing more harm than good.

 

Tattoos are beautiful things, but you should always take these 5 things into consideration before getting in the chair. For well thought out, masterfully designed body art in Denton, Texas, contact Cap1 Tattoos today.

Tattoos in The Workplace

06.26.16

The reason that many people don’t get a tattoo is because they’re afraid they won’t be able to get their dream job. For the most part, this isn’t really a problem, safe for a few positions. Today, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is sharing what has changed for tattoos in the workplace.

 

What Does Modern Research Say?

Here are just a few statistics that show how the stigma of tattoos in the workplace is starting to change.

 

  • Heavily tattooed professionals felt like they were more accessible to younger co-workers.
  • 86% of young professionals don’t feel like tattoos reduce their chance of getting a job.
  • Grooming and business attire were more important in the hiring process than tattoos or piercings.

 

However, there are still some negatives because it all depends on the hiring manager’s perception of people with tattoos.

 

What Does This Mean For Tattooed Professionals?

While there has been a clear shift in the business world towards tattoos, many people still cover up their tattoos when having an interview. Once they have the position, they may choose to still cover them, or begin to show them. Ultimately, it’s at the discretion of the professional.

 

Jobs where it’s Best to Keep Tattoos Covered

While Cap1 Tattoos thinks you should never be ashamed of your body art, here are a few jobs where it is probably best to keep your tattoos covered.

 

  • Teacher – Many schools won’t hire teachers that have large, visible tattoos because they don’t know how parents or children will react.
  • Sales – While this may depend solely on your customer, some older customers may still hold a stigma towards those with tattoos.
  • Customer Service – Along the same lines as sales, some older customers may feel uneasy towards those with tattoos.

 

If you’re in a career where tattoos are still stigmatized, here are some of the best places to get a hidden tattoo.

 

What You Need to Keep in Mind About Tattoos in the Workplace

Regardless of how accepted tattoos become in the workplace, they will always mark you as different. Your coworkers will ask you what your tattoos mean and your boss may still judge you, but at the end of the day, your tattoos are artwork. Never be ashamed of them and always wear them with pride.

 

For beautiful body art near Dallas, Texas, contact Cap1 Tattoos today to set up your private consultation. 

Choosing the Right Colors for Your Skin Tone

06.23.16

One of the biggest things to remember about a tattoo is that they are true works of art, and just like in art, the choice and use of color is just as important as the design itself. However, some colors don’t look as good on certain skin tones. That’s why, today, Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas is going to share some tips on choosing the right colors for your skin tone.

 

Pale Skin

Fair and pale skin generally supports all ink colors, except yellow, which won’t be very visible on your body. However, you can use yellow to fill in minor details of the pattern or design. Colors like red, orange, blue, green, purple and black can look amazing on fair and pale skin.

 

Brown Skin

Brown skin tone is perfect for dark hues of blue, red, purple and black. The difficulty with this skin tone is that it’s in between pale and dark skin, so oranges and yellows will be hard to see. Even highlights of green and white would be beautiful on the skin, even if you decided to tan.

 

Dark Skin

Those with dark skin should stay away from bright, light colors because they won’t be very visible. The border of the tattoo should also be bold and not thin. This will help the tattoo be more prominent. The best colors for individuals with dark skin are black and red. Anything lighter may not be visible.

 

Tips to Remember

  • When choosing a color, always consult your tattoo artists because they will be the best judge of what colors and patterns compliment each other.

 

  • Black ink is always a safe bet because it will show up on virtually every skin tone.

 

  • Colors and tattoo designs go hand in hand, so some colors may not look right in certain designs.

 

Colored tattoos are beautiful, but keep in mind that they do require a little more maintenance and may need to be periodically touched up. For breath-taking and colorful body art, contact Cap1 Tattoos today to set up your private consultation.

Busting the Most Common Tattoo Myths

06.19.16

There are a lot of myths out there surrounding tattoos. Some of them are extremely farfetched, yet some of them are almost believable. To help you know what’s true and what’s not, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is going to bust some of the most common tattoo myths.

 

There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Ointment

This couldn’t be more wrong. Your tattoo needs to be able to breathe. If you put too much ointment on it, the skin will actually begin to bubble and cause complications with healing.

 

Take Painkillers Before Getting a Tattoo

While it may seem like a good idea to take aspirin or drink alcohol before getting a tattoo to help with the pain, this is a bad idea. Alcohol and painkillers actually thin your blood, which means you’ll end up bleeding even more during your tattoo.

 

Chlorine Fades Your Tattoo

Yes, you should avoid getting into chlorinated water while your tattoo is still healing. However, once your tattoo has healed, you can safely swim in a pool without having to worry about your tattoo fading.

 

You Can’t Give Blood After Getting a Tattoo

This one is partially true. While you can’t give blood immediately after getting a tattoo, you eventually can. Each state has their own rules and guidelines, but the waiting time generally is between 6 months to a year.

 

Any Artist Can Be a Tattoo Artist

It takes more than just artistic talent to be a tattoo artist. Tattoo artists have to go through a lot of training to get their license. Using a tattoo machine requires much more skill and precision than a pen or pencil. A tattoo is permanent and the only way to “erase” a poorly done tattoo is to cover it up.

 

Getting Colored Ink Hurts More

This isn’t true. It’s all about perception. The only reason why people say that colored inks hurt more is because the color is usually added at the end of the session when the skin is already raw and sore.

 

These are just a few of the most common tattoo myths. For more tattoo advice or to schedule a private consultation with an artist, visit the Cap1 Tattoos website today. 

Breaking Down the Different Tattoo Styles

06.15.16

Tattoos are a true art form, and there are many different styles of tattooing. Today, Cap1 Tattoos in North Texas are going to break down some of the major tattoo styles.

 

Traditional

Traditional tattooing is one of the first styles of modern tattoos. With solid black outlines, a bold color pallet and extreme precision, traditional style tattoos stand the test of time. Common imagery includes roses, daggers, hearts, eagles and nautical items.

 

New School

Cartoon-like in design, new school tattoos use vibrant colors and exaggerated features and dimensions. New school tattoos are one of a kind works of body art created by the artist. They can consist of any and everything in a bubbly, vibrant cohesion.

 

Black and Gray

Just as the name of this style implies, black and gray tattoos only use black ink. When the artist dilutes different amounts of black ink with distilled water, they then create the different shades of black and gray. This style lends itself best to creating amazing details and depth without having to use a lot of colors.

 

Japanese

Japanese style tattoos are generally large and may be a full back, chest or sleeve. While this style allows for some artistic freedom, there are quite a few artistic rules that all adhere to the ancient traditions. Some of the most common imagery includes cherry blossoms, lotus flowers, koi fish, dragons and waves.

 

Geometric

With intricate designs that use symmetry and repetition, geometric tattoos require skill and precision to create a uniformed piece of body art. Many geometric style tattoos are black and gray and can appear to be three-dimensional or create an optical illusion.

 

Realism

Exactly what it sounds like, realism mostly consists of portraits. Realism tattoos require an eye for detail to be executed properly. When finished, the tattoo should look as if it’s a photograph on the skin.

 

Script

Simply put, script style is like calligraphy with a tattoo machine. The artist will usually create a custom font so that the tattoo is perfect for its placement. Generally, script tattoos are gothic and flow with a clear direction.

 

Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas enjoys tattooing all styles and would love to speak with you about your next tattoo. Take a look at our tattoo gallery and contact Cap1 Tattoos today to set up your private consultation.

Best Places to Get a Hidden Tattoo

06.12.16

Most people get tattoos because they want to show them off. However, a lot of people don’t end up getting a tattoo because they’re worried about them being visible for one reason or another. While you should proudly display your ink, if you need to keep a tattoo hidden, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, TX has a list of some of the best places to get it.

 

Inner Bicep

As long as you’re wearing short sleeve shirts, your inner bicep is a perfect place to get a tattoo. While the inner bicep is a bit more sensitive, a tattoo there gives you the freedom to be able to show off your ink in the summertime with a sleeveless shirt.

 

Ribs

Unless shirtless, no one would even know that you had a tattoo on your ribs. For women, a rib tattoo can be perfect because you can still wear dresses and, depending on the placement of the tattoo, even backless dresses. However, the ribs are one of the more painful places to get a tattoo, so you should keep that in mind.

 

Thigh

For men especially, a thigh tattoo is ideal because you can get something fairly large and easily keep it hidden. While it can also be a good placement for women, it would restrict you from wearing short shorts and skirts. Unlike the ribs or inner bicep, the thigh is on of the least painful areas to get a tattoo.

 

Ankle

The ankle is a great place to get a tattoo you need to keep hidden because even if you aren’t wearing socks, most people won’t look down at your ankles. However, one thing to consider with an ankle tattoo is placement and how your shoes or socks may rub up against the tattoo while it’s still trying to heal.

 

Foot

Just like an ankle tattoo, a tattoo on the foot is easy to hide unless you’re wearing sandals. The foot can also be an extremely painful place to get a tattoo and will take longer to heal unless you’re able to let it properly breathe throughout the day.

 

If you want to get a tattoo, but need to keep it hidden these are the best spots on your body. For more information about Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, visit our website and contact us to set up a consultation today. 

Least Painful Areas to Get a Tattoo

06.08.16

Let’s first start by saying that everyone has a different tolerance to pain. Certain areas may be extremely painful for some while not painful at all for others. With that being said, if you’re looking to get a tattoo, but don’t want it to hurt, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is going to tell you the least painful areas to get a tattoo.

 

 

Shoulder

Technically it’s the shoulder blade, but the shoulder muscles help to give a bit of cushioning for the needle. It’s also an ideal place for your first tattoo because it allows you to get a fairly large tattoo that can be easily hidden.

 

Thigh

Along the same lines as your shoulder, the thigh is a very easy place to get a large tattoo that you want or need to keep hidden. The thigh is also a good place to get your first tattoo because you can easily keep an eye on it as it heals.

 

Forearm

Tattoos on the forearm aren’t very painful unless you go all the way up to the elbow ditch. They’re also good because you can easily avoid sleeping on top of them, which as Cap1 Tattoos has stated in the past, is really bad for your tattoo.

 

Calf

Since your calves have a lot of muscle and meat, they can easily take the force of the tattoo machine and don’t require you to be in an uncomfortable position while the tattoo is being done.

 

Wrist

Growing in popularity in recent years, wrist tattoos are perfect for someone who wants a small tattoo as their first. The wrist can be slightly more painful, but overall it’s fairly painless as long as you avoid getting too close to the bones on either side of your wrist.

 

Generally speaking, areas that are more “meaty” are less painful to tattoo, whereas bonier places such as your ribs, spine, feet and hands can be very painful. Take your specific pain tolerance into consideration when getting a tattoo. Don’t be afraid to let your artist know when or if the pain gets to be too high and you can easily take a break.

 

To see all the areas of the body Cap1 Tattoos has worked on, visit our website today and take a look at our tattoo gallery.

5 Ways You’re Damaging Your New Tattoo

06.05.16

 

The first two to three weeks after getting your tattoo are extremely important. This is the time when your tattoo is the most vulnerable and most likely to be damaged. You may even be doing something and not know that it’s bad for your tattoo. That’s why today, Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, TX is sharing 5 ways you’re damaging your new tattoo.

 

1. Touching

Our hands are filthy, and your new tattoo is like an open wound. You need to keep it clean, and that means not touching it. The only time it’s okay to touch your tattoo is while you’re cleaning it, but other than that, you should avoid touching it until it has fully healed.

 

2. Over/Under-Caring

You may not know this, but there is a fine line between over-caring and under-caring for your tattoo. Too much “care” and you could slow down the healing process. Too little care and your tattoo could become infected. Find the perfect balance with Cap1 Tattoos’ previous blog about short-term tattoo aftercare.

 

3. Sleeping On Top of Your New Tattoo        

For your tattoo to properly heal, it needs to be able to breathe. Generally, the best time for this is when you’re sleeping. However, if you’re sleeping on top of your new tattoo, it won’t be able to breathe and heal as quickly.

 

4. Picking & Scrubbing

Whatever you do, do not pick or scrub any scabs or dry skin that form. Your tattoo isn’t coming out and nothing is wrong! Scabbing is a very normal part of the tattoo healing process. Let the tattoo heal by itself and everything will be fine.

 

5. Sunburn

Getting a sunburn is one of the worst things you could let happen to your new tattoo. Prolonged sun exposure is awful for the tattoo. Not only does it damage your skin, but it also impedes the healing process and causes the colors to fade.

 

One of the biggest things you have to keep in mind is that your new tattoo is a piece of art that is essentially an open wound. You need to keep it safe and clean all the time. For more helpful tattoo advice, visit the Cap1 Tattoos website or contact us today to schedule your tattoo consultation.

 

What To Expect When Getting Your First Tattoo

06.01.16

Getting your first tattoo is a life experience that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You probably have a few friends that have tattoos and you’ve finally decided to get one. You ask your friends all these questions, but they give you all kinds of different answers. That’s why today, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is going to tell you what to expect when getting your first tattoo.

 

Finding an Artist

One of the hardest parts to getting a tattoo is finding the right artist. Research the artist and look through their portfolio to get a sense of them as an artist. Check out the Cap1 Tattoos gallery.

 

After you have found the artist you want, contact them about an appointment. For most tattoos, Cap1 Tattoos prefers to do a consultation in which the artist sits down with you to go over everything and answering any and all your questions.

 

Discussing the Design

During you consultation, you and your artist will discuss your tattoo design. When it comes to the design, there are a lot of variables that can come into play – such as size and placement. You’ll need to be able to clearly communicate what you want, which may include bringing in sample images so that your artist can see exactly what you’re wanting and to ensure that there’s no confusion later on.

 

Setting an Appointment

After you have had the consultation, you’ll set a date for an appointment. Don’t expect to be able to be tattooed on the same day or even same month. Many artists are booked a month or two out, so you should take that into consideration if you’re traveling to the artist. It’s also best to leave the day of your tattoo open. You don’t want to be in a rush to get somewhere afterwards, and you don’t want your artist to rush through your tattoo.

 

It’s a big deal getting your first tattoo because no matter how many tattoos you get, you’ll always remember your first. All in all, expect the tattoo process from consultation to touch-up to take up to a couple of months, depending on the size and intricacy of your tattoo. If you’re looking for true body art in North Texas, visit the Cap1 Tattoos website and contact us today to set up an appointment.

Tattoos and Sensitive Skin

05.30.16

Skin type can greatly affect how your tattoo heals and will determine which aftercare regimen works best for you. Having sensitive skin comes with some quirks, especially when it comes to getting a tattoo. So today, Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas shares a few things you should know about tattoos and sensitive skin.

How Sensitive Skin Reacts to Tattoos

While it’s completely normal for your tattoo to be red and swollen right after you get it, sensitive skin will more than likely be swollen and red a bit longer. Generally, tattoos on sensitive skin will also take longer to heal and you should take extra steps to keep it from getting infected.

What to Look Out for

If you have sensitive skin, you know that some things just aren’t as easy and that even things that are completely normal can cause issues. These are the things you should really look out for:

  • Moisture rash – This happens when you apply too much ointment and leave it on too long.
  • Excessive sweating – Too much sweat on your tattoo is bad enough for people without sensitive skin. Keep sweat away from it at all costs!
  • Dryness – Keeping your tattoo dry is important, but you don’t want the tattoo itself to dry out because then the skin can crack and allow an infection to set in.

 

Tips and Trick for Sensitive Skin Aftercare

You should always start with the aftercare regimen that’s suggested by your tattoo artist. However, it’s completely fine to make adjustments to properly fit your needs. For the most part, short-term tattoo aftercare for sensitive skin is the same as it is for normal skin. Though, there are a few extra steps we suggest you take if you have sensitive skin.

  • Washing – While you should already be washing your tattoo 2-3 times a day, if you have sensitive skin, we suggest upping it to 4-5 times a day.
  • Ointment and Lotion – Since it’s easier for the pores of sensitive skin to get clogged, it best to use healing ointment and lotion that is very light and sheer.

 

Many people with sensitive skin are understandably weary about getting a tattoo but with the proper aftercare, there’s no need to worry. For beautiful, worry-free body art, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas today.

Tattoo Aftercare Part 2: Long-Term

05.25.16

Earlier this week, Cap1 Tattoos talked about short-term tattoo aftercare. Today, we’re going to share some tips for long-term tattoo care because we want to make sure your tattoo stays looking fresh and beautiful. Here are the important things you should know for long-term tattoo aftercare.

Moisturize

Keeping your tattoo and the skin around it moisturized is important because you don’t want the skin to become dry and crack or flake. This is especially important in the fall and winter because the cold wind can easily dry out your skin. However, you should avoid using petroleum-based products because petroleum jelly can cause the ink to fade.

Apply Sun Block

One of the biggest enemies to tattoos, no matter how long you’ve had them, is the sun. While it’s obvious that you should apply sun block in the summer, it’s beneficial to apply a small amount whenever you’re going to be spending the day outside – regardless of the season.

Avoid Tanning Beds

While the sun is bad, tanning beds and sunlamps are even worse because they use harmful ultraviolet light to tan the skin! The high-intensity of light can affect the ink and cause a painful reaction. If you want to tan, do it naturally and make sure to apply sun block to your tattoo.

Watch Out for Rashes

Rashes will most commonly appear after prolonged, unprotected exposure to the sun. However, they can also appear if you start using a new skin care product or even laundry detergent. If you start to notice a rash or mild skin irritation, change what you expect may be the cause. If the rash doesn’t go away, you should contact your doctor.

It’s completely normal for the tattoo to lighten up once it’s done healing and as your body fully accepts the ink. Your tattoo is a piece of artwork, and should be treated like one. If you’re not willing to take the time and effort to keep your tattoo healthy and beautiful, then you need to think about whether you really want one or not.

Tattoos may be a responsibility, but they are completely worth it. For beautiful body art in North Texas, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas today. You can also view some of the previous work in our tattoo gallery.

Tattoo Aftercare Part 1: Short-Term

05.23.16

Getting a tattoo is a process and a lifelong commitment. You’ll have to take good care of your tattoo if you want it to keep looking as clean and fresh as the day you got it. Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas has already discussed the first week after getting your tattoo, but there are plenty of other things you should know about short-term aftercare. Here are the major things to know for short-term tattoo aftercare.

Washing

We can’t express this enough. You must keep your tattoo clean at all times! For about the first 2 weeks, you’ll want to wash your tattoo 2-3 times a day – when you wake up, at lunch or when you get home from work and just before you go to bed. Once it has started to heal, you can cut it back to just once a day.

Ointment

There are a lot of great tattoo ointments out there, but Cap1 Tattoos recommends using Aquaphor. You’ll want to apply it multiple times a day, generally after your tattoo has dried from being washed. Don’t use too much though because that will actually slow down the healing process. You should also only really need to use it for the first 3-5 days, or until the tattoo has mostly healed and is just starting to peel.

Lotion

Once you stop using the healing ointment, you should start using unscented lotion. This will keep your tattoo hydrated and will also help to relieve the inevitable itching sensation that comes with the peeling. It’s best to only apply unscented lotion to your tattoo because the chemicals in scented lotion can harm your new ink.

Tight Clothing

Just like you wouldn’t want to wear tight clothing when you have a bad sunburn, you don’t want to wear tight clothing with a new tattoo. The rough cloth can irritate your tattoo and slow down the healing process. Avoid wearing tight clothing for at least the first 2 weeks.

Ultimately, short-term tattoo aftercare is about 2-3 weeks. This is the time when you have to be extra careful with your new piece of body art. Once finished with your tattoo, we’ll walk you through the whole aftercare process and answer any questions you may have. If you’re looking to get some fresh ink, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas today. 

The First Week After Getting Your Tattoo

05.19.16

The most crucial time for your new tattoo is the first week. This is the time when it’s the most susceptible to damage and infection. Your tattoo is a work of art and how you treat it in the first week determines how it’ll look for the rest of the tattoo’s life. Here are a few things Cap1 Tattoos near Dallas, Texas want you to know about the first week after getting your new tattoo.

Bandage

When your artist is finished, they’ll thoroughly clean the tattoo and will cover it. They may cover it with plastic shrink-wrap, which you’ll leave on no longer than a few hours. They may use a specialty plastic bandage, such as Saniderm, which you can leave on for multiple days to aid the healing process.

Cleaning

It’s immensely important that you keep your tattoo clean at all times, especially in the first week. Don’t panic when you see flakes of ink wash off the first few times of cleaning. That is a completely normal part of the healing process.

Always use unscented soap when cleaning your new tattoo. The chemicals used in scented soap can cause skin irritation and a burning sensation. To prevent too much ink from leaching out, use cold water for the first few days.

Scabbing and Peeling

For the first couple of days, your tattoo will look vibrant and shiny. However, it may start to look as if it has a white haze over it. That’s completely normal and will eventually go away as the skin begins to peel. Just as you aren’t supposed to pick at the skin peeling from a sunburn, the same goes for tattoos. Picking at scabs and skin flakes before they’re ready to come off can seriously damage your new ink!

Sleeping

When it comes to sleeping, you want to let this be the time when your tattoo can properly breathe. If you can, try to prevent letting your tattoo come into direct contact with your sheets. However, don’t be surprised if you wake up in the morning with an imprint of your tattoo on your bed sheets.

Cap1 Tattoos wants to ensure that your tattoo stays healthy and safe, especially in that crucial first week. If you’re looking to get some fresh ink, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas today to schedule a consultation.

Caring for Your Tattoo During The Summer

05.17.16

Summer is a great time of year and it's usually the time when a lot of people decide to get a tattoo. While sumer is a s good of a time as any, the Texas summer isn't the most forgiving when it comes to the health of your tattoo. That's why today, Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas is going to share a few tips to care for your tattoo this summer. 

Avoid Direct Sunlight

One thing to keep in mind is tattoos, especially new tattoos, don't react well to direct sunlight. Since a fresh tattoo is virtually an open wound, it's extremely sensitive. Therefore, direct sunlight will cause an uncomfortable burning sensation on the tattooed area. As for older tattoos, direct sunlight without sunscreen will cause the colors to fade and lose their luster. 

Apply Sunscreen

The best way to prevent the sunlight from damaging your tattoo, other than covering it, is to apply sunscreen. However, not all sunscreens are good for your tattoo. If you're trying to figure out which type of sunscreen is best, take a look at our previous blog where we discussed 4 tattoo sunscreen essentials

Avoid Excessive Sweating

Texas summers are notoriously hot, and with the triple digit heat comes a lot of sweating. While sweat can keep your cool, it can also affect your new tattoo. Sweat holds a lot of bacteria that can get into your new ink while it's trying to heal. The biggest culprits of this are gym machines because you're coming in contact with other people's bacteria and sweat, which could get in your tattoo. 

Beware of Water

Finally, look out for water. While a shower is completely fine, you should avoid pools, hot tubs, lakes and other bodies of water when you have a new tattoo. The chlorine in pools and hot tubs will tamper with the fresh ink during the healing process. The same goes for lakes and oceans because the bacteria in the water could get into your tattoo and cause the area to become infected. 

The summer is a great time to get a tattoo, as long as you're willing to take the steps needed to keep it clean and protected. If you're looking to get a tattoo this summer, contact Cap1 Tattoos in Denton, Texas today and schedule your consultation. 

Should You Bring a Friend to Your Tattoo Appointment?

01.07.16

Most Likely Yes, But It Depends . . .

 

Getting a tattoo can be an exciting, exhilarating experience for those of us who have a few pieces of ink under our belts. In fact, it can be quite therapeutic for some people. However, if you’re new to the world of tattoos, it’s perfectly normal to feel a sense of apprehension, nervousness or even fear prior to getting your first tattoo. If you’re the kind of person who needs to bring a friend along in order to keep the fear or nervousness at bay, you’re (most likely) in luck, for many tattoo shops will allow you to bring a buddy. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

 

Don’t Bring the Whole Squad

It’s nice to have a group of friends that is there for you through thick and thin. They can sit and laugh with you through the good times and help you through the bad times, but when it comes to getting a tattoo, be sure you don’t walk through the tattoo shop’s doors with the entire posse in tow. It is distracting for the artist and will cause a lot of unnecessary congestion in his or her workspace. This being the case, if you must bring a friend with you, it’s best to just bring one.

 

The Best Friends Are Occupied Friends

We all have that friend who simply can’t sit still or keep himself or herself occupied for hours on end. Not only is it better to bring just one friend with you when you get a tattoo, but it’s also best to bring one who can occupy himself or herself for the duration of your entire tattoo session. Unless you’re planning on getting a simple, small tattoo, you’re more than likely going to be sitting in the tattoo chair for at least a couple of hours. If your friend can’t cut it, perhaps it’s best for him or her to stay home.

 

Friendly Takeaways

While friends can distract you from the pain or discomfort of getting a tattoo, they can also distract your artist. Think about it: do you really want the person who’s permanently inking your body to be distracted while tattooing you? For the best experience, it’s best to bring just one friend with you to your tattoo appointment if you simply must have the companionship. Just make sure he or she can keep busy without your undivided attention and respect your artist’s time, workspace and shop protocol.

Tattoo Equipment Sterilization

01.05.16

Tattoos and Dirtiness Do Not Mix

 

It’s a brand new year, which means it may be time for a brand new tattoo. But before you head out the door for your nearest tattoo shop, let’s talk about cleanliness. When it comes to getting a tattoo, cleanliness is of the utmost importance, especially as far as tattoo equipment sterilization is concerned. The process tattoo equipment sterilization is an extremely important topic anyone who’s considering getting a tattoo should be aware of. It is the tattoo artist and shop’s top priority to keep the area where tattoos come to life as clean as possible. This being the case, tattoo equipment sterilization is accomplished in a variety of ways, all of which are very important to the livelihood of the shop and to the individual client’s safety.

 

A Deeper Look into Sterilizing Tattoo Equipment

Autoclave sterilizers are, among people in the tattooing industry, considered to be the gold standard when it comes to sterilizing any type of tattoo equipment that is not deemed single use or disposable. However, the mere presence of an autoclave machine in a tattoo shop is not necessarily a guarantee that the shop is up to standard, for these machines must be inspected on a regular basis. Do not be afraid to ask to see the autoclave machine at your chosen tattoo shop. A reputable establishment won’t be afraid to tell you about its tattoo equipment sterilization protocol.

 

Makeshift autoclave machines, such as pressure cookers or toaster ovens, are not acceptable and pose a safety risk. Much of the equipment used from client to client, including rubber gloves, color cups, needles, razors and other items, should be disposable and never reused. When visiting with your artist during the consultation process, do not hesitate to ask about his or her sanitation practices. You could even ask for a tour of the workspace because it is important for the client to be proactive and get a tattoo from a qualified artist and studio that follow the necessary tattoo equipment sterilization guidelines. 

 

What Should Happen During Cleanup?

The cleanup that occurs after the tattooing process is as important as the sanitizing practices that take place beforehand. The person cleaning the tattoo station should spray and wipe down the entire work area(s) using a medical-grade sanitizing spray. Any plastic bags or plastic wrap taped to spray bottles, table surfaces and other pieces of tattoo equipment should be removed and thrown away. Any disposable items, such as color cups and rubber gloves, should also be properly thrown away. Further, needles should be placed into a medical-grade sharps container. These are just a few practices that should take place between clients; some artists may opt to go even further, which is a good thing.

 

Tattoo Equipment Sterilization Takeaways

Any artist who upholds the necessary tattoo equipment sterilization standards will take the time to make you feel comfortable and safe about the cleanliness of their station and the tattoo shop as a whole. Do not hesitate to ask questions. If anything feels off or the artist refuses to answer your questions, rethink your commitment to that particular shop. Your health and safety is always of the utmost importance, so be sure to find a tattoo artist who feels the same way. 

Does This Look Infected?

12.17.15

What You Need to Know About Tattoo Infections

 

Getting a tattoo, especially your first one, can be an exciting, nerve-wracking and even exhilarating experience. Sure, there is bound to be some apprehension when it comes to the pain aspect of getting inked, but the finished product is always worth it—if you go to a reputable tattoo shop, that is. While they are works of art and help to convey one’s unique story to the world, tattoos should always be treated with special care during the healing process to avoid a tattoo infection.

 

What is a Tattoo Infection?

To understand tattoo infections, it’s important to know that a tattoo is, at its core, an open wound. During the inking process, the tattoo machine pierces the skin anywhere between 50 and 300 times per minute. Since the skin is protects our bodies from bacteria and other impurities, getting tattooed is like etching tiny holes in our bodies’ outer armor. This action of course weakens the skin’s defenses and can allow infectious agents (i.e., “bad-guy” germs) to infiltrate the tattooed area, which can lead to a tattoo infection.

 

Tattoo Infection Causes

Tattoo infections can be caused by a handful of things. Unfortunately, it is not unheard of for certain tattoo artists to be the culprits. Whether they fail to follow proper sterilization protocol or severely lack personal hygiene, tattoo infections can stem from artists who don’t take the necessary precautions. This, however, can be avoided by going to a licensed, reputable tattoo shop. Perhaps the most common cause of a tattoo infection comes from failure to follow appropriate aftercare, which calls for the person to keep his or her tattoo clean and protected with wound ointment. You can read more about proper tattoo aftercare here.

 

What Are the Symptoms?

Tattoo infections, like normal skin infections, are not to be taken lightly. While it can oftentimes be treated with normal aftercare, there shouldn’t be any hesitation to go to the doctor if you suspect a tattoo infection. Some of the most common symptoms include the following:

 

  • Fever ­– A fever is your body’s way of telling you it is fighting something. If your temperature rises above 99 degrees Fahrenheit, it is wise to seek medical attention.
  • Bad smell – “Bad-guy” bacteria emit a foul odor, so if your tattooed area smells bad, it’s quite possible that you have a tattoo infection.
  • Abnormal discharge – It’s normal for your tattoo to “weep” for a day or two after getting it, but if you start to notice yellow or green pus coming from your ink, it’s probably infected.
  • Prolonged pain – Expect your skin to feel tender or even a bit uncomfortable for a few days after getting tatted up. However, if you notice that the pain doesn’t subside after a couple of days or increases, you very well may have a tattoo infection. 
  • Excessive swelling – It’s absolutely normal for your skin to be slightly swollen after getting a tattoo. However, if the tattoo site appears excessively puffy or begins to spread, you may have a tattoo infection.
  • Skin inflammation – If you notice that the area in and around your tattoo site is pink or red in color, your skin is likely inflamed. If this area is a lot warmer than the rest of your body and has not gotten better within the first few days of getting a tattoo, you’d be wise to schedule a doctor’s appointment.
  • Red streaking ­– If you see red streaks stemming from your tattooed area, your body may be dealing with blood poisoning. It is highly important to seek immediate medical attention if you suspect blood poisoning, as it can be deadly.

 

Tattoo Infection Takeaways

Generally speaking, tattoo infections can be totally avoided by strictly following your tattoo artist’s aftercare instructions. It’s also a good idea to steer clear of questionable and unclean tattoo shops. If at any point during your healing process you suspect that you have a tattoo infection, seek medical attention. For pointers about how to avoid infection, feel free to contact us online or stop by for a visit!

 

Eight Things Tattoo Artists Love

12.14.15

At the end of the day, everybody wants to be treated with the basic degree of common courtesy and respect  -- including tattoo artists. When you think about it, it's very easy to treat your tattoo artist right by simply remembering the Golden Rule. If this rule, for some reason, slips your mind, consider these eight things tattoo artists love before getting your next piece of ink, for doing so will make for a better experience for everyone. 

1. Knowing Your Budget

Inquiring about the estimated price of a tattoo design is very appropriate and expected. However, tattoo artists love it when clients walk into their shops with a clear idea about what they are willing to spend. Tattoos are works of art, and good art can oftentimes be expensive. So keep in mind that big, colorful and intricate designs tend to be the most costly. 
If you only want to spend, say, $100 or a tad more on a tattoo, expect to get one that is relatively small in size. If you want something big and stellar, you'll need to spend a little more. If you just want to get a general idea about pricing, tattoo artists love to hear people say things like, "Hi, I have an idea about a tattoo, and I was wondering if I could speak with you to get an idea about how much it will cost."

2. Being Cooperative While Filling Out Paperwork

Unnecessary remarks about protocol are unfortunately things tattoo artists have to deal with on a regular basis. We all have different protocols to abide by at our jobs, that's just the way of things. At tattoo shops, clients must show their IDs when filling out paperwork because it's the law. That means, even if you're 45, you'll need to show your ID. This being the case, full cooperation at the tattoo shop is definitely among the things tattoo artists love. Remember to not get frustrated or make any snobby remarks about something that has to be done. 

3. Showing Up to Your Appointment on Time 

It's not a good idea to stand anybody up, but standing your tattoo artist up or arriving late to your appointment is a sure-fire way of showing him or her a high degree of disrespect. Therefore, arriving to your appointment on time is near the top of the list of things tattoo artists love. Remember that an artist's time is just as important as yours. They alter their days to fit clients in, so be sure to have the courtest to show up on time, or, at the very least, give a few hours' notice if you have to cancel. 

4. Not Complaining About a Quoted Price

If you disagree with a quote for a tattoo design, be sure to keep it to yourself or be open to changing the design to fit your price range. Like we mentioned earlier, tattoos are pieces of art, and art can be expensive, expecially if the designs are carefully crafted and complex. Clients who refrain from complaining about and harshly negotiating the quoted price of a tattoo designs are among the things tattoo artists love. Remember that they are professionals who deserve to be compensated for their time and skills. 

5. Arriving to Your Appoint Sober

If you're one who requires liquid courage or some other controlled substance to muster up a backbone, perhaps you should rethink your decision to get a tattoo. Besides being very annoying, showing up drunk or high to your tattoo appointment is dangerous. Alcohol and other substances thin the blood, which means you'll bleed more during your session. So, for everybody's benefit, be sure to arrive at your tattoo appoinment nice and sober. 

6. Bringing a Friend Who Can Wait

Tattoo artists expect people to bring a friend or two to their tattoo appointments. However, if you want to bring your whole squad of friends with you to your appointment, rethink your decisions. All the talking and huddling around the workspace will distract your artist. If you do decide to bring a friend with you to your appointment, be sure they know that they will be sitting and waiting for quite sometime. Tattoo artists love it when the people clients bring with them can occupy themselves and refrain from distracting behavior. 

7. Saying No to Smoke Breaks 

If you're a smoker, it's best practice to light up prior to coming in for your appointment. Pausing your session for a smoke here and a smoke there is definitely not among the things tattoo artists love. Artists get into "the zone" while they are working, and asking for smoke breaks -- especially during a session for a small tattoo -- takes them out of it. 

8. Tipping

Clients who are willing to tip top the list of things tattoo artist love. Contrary to popular belief, artists do not receive the full amount clients pay fo their tattoos. If your artist is lucky, he or she will receive about half of what you pay. The rest goes toward the tattoo shop's operating expenses and supplies. The tipping standard is 18 to 20 percent of the total cost of your tattoo. So if that sounds a little steep, consider saving a little more money before you come in for your appointment. 

Baths and Fresh Tattoos Do Not Mix

12.11.15

Tattoos are beautiful, oftentimes expensive pieces of art, so it’s highly important to take care of them—especially during the first few weeks after getting them. To ensure the healing process goes smoothly, it’s vital to follow the aftercare instructions your artist gives you. That being said, every reputable artist knows you shouldn’t take a bath after getting a tattoo, so he or she should definitely include this bit of information when giving aftercare instructions. But does this mean you can’t get your tattoo wet at all? Absolutely not.

 

Getting Your Tattoo Wet

While some people may think that it’s a no-no to get their tattoos wet in any form or fashion for the first few weeks after getting them, this is totally false. Since your tattoo is, at its core, an open wound, it is essential for you to keep it clean and allow it to breathe. You must be sure to wash it with antibacterial soap a couple of times a day for the first few weeks following your tattoo appointment and follow the proper aftercare protocol according to your tattoo artist. However, if you’re one who enjoys a bath from time to time, just be sure not to take a bath after getting a tattoo; it could do way more harm than good.

 

Taking a Bath After Getting a Tattoo

Since your tattoo is an open wound prior to fully healing, submerging it in standing water (e.g., water in pools, hot tubs and bathtubs) can cause infection because this type of water is full of potentially harmful bacteria that can easily penetrate your healing tattoo. In addition to not taking a bath after getting a tattoo, you should avoid swimming, soaking in a Jacuzzi or submerging your tattoo under water.

 

It is perfectly safe to shower, though. Just be sure to pat your tattoo dry with a non-fluffy towel or allow it to air dry when you’re finished. If you do, however, find yourself in a situation where getting your tattoo wet is unavoidable (i.e., other than washing or showering), simply wash it with antibacterial soap and allow it to air dry for the best results.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about why you shouldn’t take a bath after getting a tattoo or why you should not submerge your tattoo under water, feel free to contact us, and we’ll be happy to help out in anyway we can!

 

 

 

Tattoo Appointment Tips

12.03.15

Heed These Pointers to Make the Most of Your Appointment

So you've made the decision to get a tattoo. That’s great! Now what? Why, it’s time to set up a tattoo appointment, of course. This initial part of the tattooing process is just as important as getting the actual piece, so be sure to start off on the right foot.

 

Finding Your Tattoo Artist

Looking for an artist who is capable of completing your tattoo takes time and a bit of patience—it should, at least. Start things off by viewing an artist’s portfolio either online or in-person, for this is a good way to get an idea about the type of work he or she can do. Some artists specialize in a particular area of tattoo work, so if you are looking for something in particular—such as a portrait piece or an abstract work—it is best to seek out an artist who can best suit your needs.

 

If you’re struggling to find a reputable tattoo artist or shop, simply ask around. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a great artist and/or shop. It’s also a good idea to have a clear idea about what you want your ink to look like when you call an artist to set up your tattoo appointment. Time is of the essence for an artist, so it’s very helpful to walk into your tattoo appointment having a solid idea about what you want and where you want it. Feel free to bring any sketches or images with you to this appointment. 

 

Your Initial Tattoo Appointment

It is during the first tattoo appointment that your artist will discuss your ideas with you and provide an estimate for completion time and cost. Please remember that these are only estimates and are subject to change. Note that the artist will not be able to discuss the logistics of your tattoo via email or over the phone, as there is a lot of information to discuss, such as size, placement, color and your own personal expectations.

 

Getting a tattoo is a very involved process. Be sure to keep this idea in mind when scheduling your tattoo appointment because your artist's time is just as valuable as your own. If you are out of town and/or unable to complete an in-person consultation, the artist will give his or her due diligence to assist you via other communication methods, such as email, texting or phone calls. At the time when you book your tattoo appointment, you may be required to make a small deposit to secure your appointment time. Generally, this deposit will be subtracted from the price of your tattoo on your appointment day. However, if you do fail to give 24 to 48 hours’ notice of cancellation, you will likely forfeit this deposit. 

 

When You Get to Your Appointment

Arrive a few minutes early to your tattoo appointment to allow plenty of time to complete the pre-tattoo paperwork; be sure to have your ID ready. When your artist is ready for you, he or she will call you back to the tattooing station and prepare your skin for tattooing. It’s a good idea to discuss any last-minute changes or ideas with your artist at this time, as this will be the last opportunity to amend your design. As work begins on your tattoo, remember that your artist likely has another appointment scheduled after you. This being the case, it is helpful for you to do your best to sit still and avoid any unnecessary interruptions to allow your artist to work his or her artistic magic and bring your ideas to life. 

 

Further, if you walk into a tattoo studio wanting to get inked the same day, keep the complexity of the tattoo you want to a minimum. Most studios that serve clients on a predominantly appointment-only basis have little time between tattoo appointments to complete walk-in tattoos. Having a clear idea of what tattoo you want and where you want it placed will help in this situation. Do not be offended if the artist does not have the time to complete your tattoo, especially if it is a large, complex piece. Take pride in knowing that your artist wants to give every client the best possible tattoo experience and leave you happy and satisfied.

 

Ready to Make Your Tattoo Appointment?

If you’re ready to get inked, we’d love to hear your ideas! Contact us today, and we will happily schedule your appointment. See you soon!

 

 

 

The Most Painful Places to Get Tattooed

11.22.15

It’s Going to Hurt, But How Much?

Everyone knows that getting a tattoo involves enduring varying degrees of pain and discomfort. Think about it, the tattoo machine’s needle etches ink into the skin at a relatively rapid rate, so there’s bound to be at least a little nagging discomfort—even for the most experienced tattoo connoisseur. The amount of pain a person experiences while getting tattooed depends on his or her pain threshold (i.e., the amount of pain her or she can withstand at any given time) and the area of the body getting inked. If you’re planning on getting a new tattoo soon and are worried (or just curious) about the pain, it’s important to know about the most painful places to get tattooed.

 

Fold of the Arm and Back of the Knee

If you’ve ever gotten a cut on the fold of your arm (also known as your elbow ditch) or the back of the knee, you know these areas are highly sensitive. This sensitivity comes from these areas’ thin layers of skin and lack of muscle. Tattoos on these areas look awesome, but just know that they are some of the most painful places to get tattooed.

 

Hands and Feet

Take a look at your hands and feet. You’ll probably notice the skin is quite thin and that there isn’t a whole lot of cushion between the skin and ligaments and bones. This lack of cushioning makes the hands and feet some of the most painful places to get tattooed, especially if there is any shading involved.

 

Elbow

Many people view the elbow as one of the coolest areas to get inked, but it’s also one the most painful places to get tattooed. You can thank your body’s lack of natural cushioning of the elbow for this. Additionally, in order to properly distribute the ink and overall design, you’ll have to twist and turn your arm in multiple ways for the desired effect. Afterward, you’ll most likely experience some swelling.

 

Inner Arm

The inner arm is one of the most popular spots on the body to get tatted up; just think of how many people you’ve seen with ink on their inner bicep. Despite its popularity, the inner arm is one of the most painful places to get tattooed thanks to its thin layer of skin and the nerve endings beneath the skin. If your pain threshold is low and you just have to get a tattoo in this area, it may be wise to opt for a script tattoo.

 

Chest

As you know, your chest houses your rib cage, making it one of the most bony areas of the body and one of the most painful places to get tattooed. The pain factor can be lessened a bit if you’ve been hitting the gym and focusing on your pecs. But if you haven’t been pumping the iron, expect to feel some pain, especially if you have a low pain threshold. 

 

Just because these areas are some of the most painful places to get tattooed doesn’t mean you should shy away from getting your new piece. Remember, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger—and in this case, much more rad! If you’re ready to get your new ink, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us today. We’ll be happy to distract you from any pain you may experience during the tattooing process.

How to Pick the Right Tattoo Shop

11.12.15

They Are Not All the Same

Thinking about getting some new ink? Congratulations! You’re about to get a beautiful piece of art on your body that’s unique and helps to tell the world your story. If you are new to the world of tattoos or are simply looking for a new place to get tattooed, there are some considerations you need to make when it comes to how to pick the right tattoo shop.

  1. Cleanliness is Everything ­– When it comes to picking the right tattoo shop, the importance of cleanliness cannot be overlooked. You will be able to tell if a tattoo shop is clean almost immediately after walking in. If everything looks clean, organized and conveys the fact that management cares about how the shop looks, you’ve found a likely candidate for the right tattoo shop. If not, turn around and go someplace else. It’s also good to note that every reputable tattoo shop has an autoclave certificate (“autoclave” is fancy word for electric sterilization mechanism), so don’t hesitate to ask to see it.
  2. Paperwork is in Order – If you’re wondering about how to pick the right tattoo shop, the second item to consider is paperwork/licensure. Every reliable tattoo shop is made up of artists who are well trained and licensed to tattoo. Artists must also have bloodborne pathogen certificates verifying they know how to work with bodily fluids (e.g., blood) in the workplace and are aware of the proper protocol to follow in order to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens (i.e., the bad guys in the blood that can cause illness and disease).
  3. Choosing the Right Artist – Tattoo shops employ multiple artists, so it’s important to find one who can give you what you want. Artists have their own unique styles and oftentimes specialize in one or a few particular styles. Do your research to be sure your prospective artist can carry out the style of tattoo you desire. In case you’re not sure about what you want, look through the artists’ portfolios—either online or in person—to see if you like what they can do.
  4. Word of Mouth – Another important thing to consider when thinking about how to pick the right tattoo shop is word of mouth. Ask people who have gotten tattooed at your prospective tattoo shop to see what they say about it. You should also check out the shop’s online reviews on sites like Yelp! or  Google Plus; you may be interested to hear what people have written. Just keep in mind that some people out there are never satisfied with their experience anywhere and use these sites simply to bash various establishments and their employees. That being said, look for patterns in the reviews; if something is wrong, you’ll notice multiple people commenting about it.
  5. Proceed with Caution – Be weary of any type of specials, like “$30 Tattoo Tuesday,” “Buy One Get One” or anything resembling a sale. Remember, you get what you pay for, so a cheap tattoo is definitely not what you want. It’s also important to note that a good tattoo shop gives good customer service. The artists and personnel don’t have to have a bachelor’s degree in communication or even be overly personable. However, they need to have a general sense of how to treat people and know how to follow good manners. If you run into any attitude or if your prospective artist seems annoyed or put out by interacting with your or answering questions, head for the door.

Wondering how to pick the right tattoo shop? Just be sure to follow the tips we’ve outlined above. It’s also helpful to use your best judgment. Say you walk through the door of a local shop, talk to someone, get a tour and something just doesn’t feel right. Simply trust your gut instinct and look for a different tattoo shop.

If you are considering getting some new ink, we invite you to look through our gallery and schedule a consultation if you like what you see. We’ll be more than happy answer any questions you have about how to pick the right tattoo shop!

Tattoo Sleeve Tips

11.08.15

Pointers for Getting Your Next Sleeve Tattoo

So you think you want a tattoo sleeve, huh? You’re not alone. The popularity of these arm-covering tattoos has only risen in recent years. Once only thought to be for bikers, criminals, sailors and other hard individuals, tattoos are (generally speaking) more welcomed in today’s society, which has prompted millions of men and women to flock to their favorite shops for some new ink. A handful of these people have every intention of getting a full-blown tattoo sleeve. Whether they begin as a bunch of smaller tattoos or large and in charge from the get-go, sleeve tattoos tell a story that’s unique to their wearers. In any case, here are some tattoo sleeve tips for when you head out to get yours.

Scale and Placement

Regardless of if you want a full, half or quarter sleeve tattoo, you need to consider its size and placement. Oftentimes, people start out with one or a few tattoos on their arms and then opt to get more and more. If you think you will want to fill your arm in with a tattoo sleeve, tell your artist that there’s a possibility of you doing so. That way, he or she can make decisions regarding the right scale and placement. 

Choose the Right Artist

There are a myriad of tattoo artists out there who each have their own distinct styles and tattooing methods. Your tattoo sleeve needs to tell your story in a way that’s fitting to your personality and character, so it’s important to find an artist who can tell that story the right way. So do your research before booking your tattoo sleeve session. Whether you go online and look at artists’ portfolios or go to a shop in-person, you need to scope out the environment and schedule a consultation. If you and your consulting tattoo artist don’t really hit it off, by all means go out and find another one. A tattoo sleeve is far too big and important to have done by someone who doesn’t really get you.

Will Your Sleeve Have Color?

If you want your tattoo sleeve to incorporate some color, be sure to look closely at the design your artist draws up. If you don’t like blue and the design incorporates it, be sure to speak up and tell your artist because there’s no going back once he or she has started the tattooing process. Also, if you’re so inclined, ask your artist’s opinion about what colors would look good on your skin. There are many different skin types and tones, and the fact of the matter is that some colors simply won’t look as aesthetically on some people as they do on others.

Be Ready to Sit In that Chair—for a While

Due to their size and extreme detail, tattoo sleeves always require multiple sessions to complete. Depending on their designs, these types of tattoos can take anywhere from 15 hours to more than 40 hours to finish. So if you’re the kind of person who cannot sit still for several hours at a time, learn to distract yourself or perhaps reconsider your decision to get a tattoo sleeve. You’re going to be sitting in that tattoo chair for a while.

Your Sleeve Will Need Filler

Regardless of if your tattoo sleeve is comprised of a handful of individual tattoos or an all-in-one design, you will need filler or transitions for a truly seamless look and feel. Filler/transitions help connect one tattoo to another, bridge the gap between subjects and make all the components work together to tell your story. Whenever you’re talking with your tattoo artist, keep these matters in mind and ask how he or she will approach the filler.

Ready to Rock a Sleeve?

If you are ready for the commitment of getting a tattoo sleeve, consider these pointers as you work with your artist to tell your own unique story through ink. Feel free to peruse our artists’ portfolios, and don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation. We’ll be more than happy to discuss the many options you have available to you!

Tattoo Sunscreen Essentials: Four Things to Consider When Choosing a Sunscreen

11.01.15

Even though summer has passed, let's face it, when you live in Texas it's always shorts and tank top weather. Regardless of if you have tattoos or not, it's always a good idea to protect yourself from the sun's harmful UV rays with the proper sunscreen, especially if you're planning on spending a lot pf time outside. Over exposure to UV rays can cause mild to severe sunburns, and can increase your risk of getting skin cancer. If you have tattoos, not only does the sun still pose these threats, but can also cause your tattoos to fade at a much quicker rate. So if you're tatted up and planning on spending some fun in the sun, consider these pointers:

1. Specialized "Tattoo Sunscreen" is a Marketing Gimmick 

There are quite a few brands of sunscreen out there that offer products marked as "tattoo sunscreen." This is a marketing scheme to convince people with tattoos to spend more money. Tattoo sunscreen is essentially regular sunscreen with a different label. However, there are certain things you need to keep in mind when purchasing sunscreen -- the ingredients!

2. Bring on the Zine (Or Titanium)!

So what exactly is in sunscreen that blocks UV rays? That would be zine or tutanium! When looking for a sunscreen to protect your ink, look at the active ingredient on the product label. If it says "zine oxide" or "titanium dioxide," you're in luck. If it doesn't, put it back on the shelf. Immediately. Tattoo sunscreen needs to have either of those elements for the highest level of protection. 

3. Don't Spray It

Tattoo sunscreen should be a cream, not a spray, oil, or powder. Sunscreen in the form of cream covers the surface of your skin better than the alternatives and is harder to rub off. 

4. SPF and Protection 

When choosing a tattoo sunscreen, the best bet is to choose one that is SPF 15 or higher. However, SPF shouldn't be the only element you consider. To get the maximum amount of sun protection, choose a sunscreen that is broad spectrum and guards against both UU/UVA and UVB rays.?

 

The Takeaway 


You spent hard-earned money on your tattoo, so you should do everything in your power to protect it. Don't be fooled by specialized "tattoo sunscreen" products and pay more than you have to. Simply follow the aforementioned guidelines, and, by all means, protect your tattoo from harmful UV rays appropriately. 

Cover It Up!

07.14.15

5 Things You Should Know About Cover-Up Tattoos

Change is a part of life. In fact, it's the only constant you can depend on 100% of the time. Whether it's drastic or subtle, change is inevitable--especially when it comes to we humans. We change a lot during our time here on Earth--physically, emotionally, and mentally speaking--so it comes as no surprise that we tend to change our minds about various aspects of our lives a myriad of times. While changing your mind can be frustrating or even a bit intimidating, sometimes it's necessary, especially when you change your mind about a tattoo.

If you've grown tired of looking at that once awesome tattoo that was rad for about a year or two, it may be time to get a cover-up tattoo. Whether you need to hide an outdated Chinese symbol that may or may not mean "Harmony," or cover-up a tattoo design that simply doesn't suit the person you are today, consider these five things before heading to the tattoo shop for a cover-up tattoo.

1. Size Matters 
For it to be truly effective, a cover-up tattoo needs to be about three to four times larger than your current tattoo. Since it needs to be bigger, think long and hard about what you want your cover-up tattoo to look like and convey about your personality so you don't have to cover up your cover-up tattoo down the road.

2. Hold the Flash (In Most Cases)
While a tattoo shop's flash designs (i.e. those pre-drawn tattoo designs in a shop's portfolio) can be beautiful and intricate, they usually do not work very well as far as larger cover-ups are concerned. The best thing to do is collaborate with your tattoo artist so he or she can develop a custom design that will serve as the perfect cover-up tattoo.

3. Cool It Down 
If you're in the market for a cover-up tattoo and want to have some color, it is generally a good idea to stay away from warm colors, like orange, yellow, and red, because they don't do well as cover-up colors. You'll fare better with cool colors, so think greens, blues, and purples. 

4. Camouflage
Scales, feathers, leaves, and darkness are perfect elements for cover-up tattoos. Think birds, coy fish, dragons, or pretty much anything with dark colors, and/or shading. 

5. Layers of Ink
It's not uncommon for a cover-up tattoo to require two, or even three, layers of ink to hide the old tattoo. Yes, this means you may have to schedule a couple of sessions with your tattoo artist, but it'll be worth it. Just stay patient! 

Schedule a Cover-Up Consultation
At the end of the day, the best thing to do to get the best cover-up tattoo is to schedule a consultation with your tattoo artist. They make a living transforming skin--whether tatted up or not--into living works of art, so they'll know exactly how to approach your cover-up tattoo. So, if you've changed your mind about one of your tattoos, congratulations! It's time to make another change and cover it up with a new, improved tattoo.

Please contact us anytime through our contact page, and we'll be happy to discuss your tattoo ideas and carefully craft a cover-up design that's right for you! 

 

Preparing for and caring for a tattoo during the summer months

06.25.15

 

Do you envy the tattoos of others because of the way they look during summer? Then it is possible that they must have been doing some maintenance work on them. Getting your dream tattoo is just as important as the method you will be adopting for your Tattoo Summer skincare. It has become really important given the fact that tattoos are likely to fade out most especially during the first few months that they are executed on your skin.

 

You need to learn the best Tattoo Summer skincare methods so that you can be envied by others around you. These tips are so easy that anybody can apply them and see the results. However, for best results, it is advised that you are consistent with them. Some of them will be explained below.

 

Stay Away from Water

 

If you want your tattoo to stand the test of time, then let this be number one among your Tattoo Summer skincare methods. In your first 2 – 3 weeks of having your tattoo on your skin, you are not supposed to go to the water. Its simple avoid the hot tubs and showering for some time. If by any chance soap happens to get on your tattoo, wash it off immediately.

 

Always Cover It

 

In the first 4 weeks of your tattoo, it will be wise for you not to expose it the sun. This is because your tattoo can be easily bleached whenever it is exposed to the sun. Its UV rays can easily penetrate the tattoo. Tattoo summer skincare is very vital in this regards that once you miss it, you may regret it because an exposure to the sun may make the colors to start appearing as black.

 

Don’t Touch It When It Shows Signs of Wanting to Peel Off

 

This can be really disturbing most especially when it is your first time of having a tattoo on your skin. What you are advised to do here is to leave it as such is normal and will heal within a very short period of time. Even if are you feeling like its scratching you, don’t touch it because you may remove some of the designs.

 

Preparing for a tattoo during the summer months does require special care and planning. Skincare is especially important during these months because people tend to spend much more time outdoors in the sun.

 

A rule of thumb is to avoid spending excessive amounts of time outside before and after your tattoo appointment without sunscreen to avoid burning the skin. A tattoo artist will not be able to tattoo sunburnt skin due to the damage done to the skin. Avoiding tanning beds for at least 2 weeks prior to your tattoo is also important. Tanning beds, just as the sun, emit a UV light that reacts with the ink of the tattoo causing it to fade the ink, therefore making it necessary to avoid them after being tattooed as well.

 

If you need to spend time outdoors, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends to wear clothing that covers your tattoo, or to apply a SPF 30 or greater sunscreen liberally to preserve the quality of your tattoo. Avoid swimming in chlorinated or salt water for a period of three weeks while your tattoo is healing as well. Each of these are important to keep the skin from drying out, and to ensure the tattoo heals correctly. 

Now Accepting Walk-Ins

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Beginning in March, Capone will be taking walk-in tattoos every Friday untill the end of April. For black and gray, color and realistic tattoos, stop by Dark Age Tattoo located on the Denton Square. Dark Age Tattoo studio is a house full of talented artist that specialize in different styles ranging from realistic to illustrated tattoos.