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Are Tattoos Vegan? The Tattoo Artists Reply

Every now and then I get asked how vegan or vegan friendly are the tattoo products we use in tattooing. So I did some research to see if we really are a vegan tattoo shop.

So are tattoos vegan? Most tattoo studios still use non vegan tattoo inks and consumables. But lately there are more and more companies that are taking this into considerations. Getting a vegan tattoo doesn’t only refer to the ink, but also to other products like transfer paper and stencil cream.

Many customers nowadays are only wanting vegan friendly tattoos. There is actually a lot more to this and finding out if your local tattoo studio is vegan friendly can be quite tricky. In this article we will cover all the aspects of a true vegan tattoo and the tattoo products I have found to be truly vegan.

What Tattoo Inks Are Vegan

I am very pleased to say that nowadays more and more tattoo ink manufacturers are interested in creating vegan tattoo ink and also in protecting our little non spoken friends.

As one of my vegan friend found out, tattoo studios also have a hard time in knowing if the inks that they use are vegan or not. So I have done some research and these are a list of vegan tattoo ink brands that I found.

1. Kuro Sumi – this is an excellent black ink tattoo that have the carbon black pigment derived from burning a plant that is found in Japan. The manufacturing process is plant based from start to finish and this makes it all vegan. This carbon pigment is used in the Kuro Sumi Outline Ink and also in the Kuro Sumi Greywash Ink.

2. Silverback Ink – this company has found the vegan tattoo ink niche in the market and has developed this ink to make sure that all their vegan friendly customers are 100% served with quality ink.

3. CrazyHorse – this is a 100% American tattoo ink produced only with organic ingredients

4. Eternal Inks – this company has refused to use glycerin carriers derived from animal fats or use any animal products in their color sets and also in their greywash sets, and we salute them as this company is one of the big players on the tattoo ink market

5. Intenze Inks – usually in the beginning of the company it was rumored that they were using crushed bones for their black pigments, but since the company had a makeover they have removed anything to do with animal products and are now 100% vegan products. They have now some of the best inks on the market, both in the Greywash Kits and the Color Kits.

6. Dermaglo Inks – this company is so selective that it does not sell any of their products to anybody except professional tattoo artists and tattoo studios. They also insist that none of their products have been tested on animals and that they are strict against those type of testing.

7. Fusion Tattoo Inks – this is a family run business that puts the animal friendliness of their products on a very high place. They boast with some of the higher concentrations of pigments in their inks, yet are dedicated to remain 100% vegan.

Does Vegan Tattoo Ink Fade Faster

There were times that vegan tattoo inks did lack resilience once they were tattooed in the skin and the UV rays would make them fade a lot faster than the other products, But with massive developments in the tattoo industry, the products that are sold these days from all reputable suppliers are sure to compete with the less animal friendly tattoo inks that were used before.

Some might say that the vegan tattoo inks used now are actually more resilient to fading than the old tattoo inks.

This could be also attributed to the fact that the tattoo market has been requesting vegan friendly products for quite a number of years, so the manufacturers had to listen to this and research on tattoo inks that used animal products or were being tested on animals have been dropped and frowned upon by industry leaders.

So if you follow the aftercare of your tattoo you will enjoy your vegan tattoo for a very long time and will also be happy that you have not contributed anymore to the suffering of our unspoken friends.

Vegan Tattoo Supplies For A Tattoo Studio

When deciding whether to get a tattoo if you are a vegan, you might have a limited choice in tattoo studios and artists that are willing to do the actual research regarding the ingredients in the products that they use.

So when one of my customers came in the studio and asked if our tattoo shop is vegan friendly, I have decided to look into it and see the actual implications of becoming a vegan friendly tattoo studio, in case we weren’t already.

Little that I knew is that being a vegan friendly tattoo studio is actually quite expensive, and requires a lot of research and emailing back and forwards with suppliers and manufacturing companies, as there are hundreds of products and consumables that we use daily.

No wonder most tattoo studios don’t really care about our animal friends and only care about the bottom line. Vegan products are twice if not more the price of normal products, and only as of lately more and more companies are going vegan with their products.

I started looking at the transfer paper that we were using for creating the stencils. We used normally Spirit Carbon Paper but on further research, found out that it wasn’t vegan as it used gelatin in the carbon mix. So after phoning our current supplier, we found that Spirit also makes a vegan version of the same paper, but twice as expensive called Repro Vegan.

Sure you might say its only paper, but a tattoo studio with 5 artists and a lot of customers goes through quite a considerable amount of carbon paper. If you ask me its worth every penny,

Then we looked at the stencil application cream that we used which is called Anchored and after a quick google research we have found that it actually is a vegan product, so that means we were already doing our bit by using this product for our tattoos. So not only Anchored was a great product, it was also vegan. Who knew!?

The next step was finding if the inks are vegan, as some tattoo inks used charred animal bones and other animal related products, we had to find if our tattoo inks were vegan. So we have decided to send an e-mail to the manufacturer of our tattoo inks.

The email came back the next day and when opening the email we saw that the Intenze Tattoo Inks that we were using were in fact 100% vegan.

Vegan Tattoo Aftercare Products

When one of my customer was asking me to suggest a tattoo aftercare cream or kit that is vegan, I was quite surprised that there were not a lot of options out there. Now there are specialized brands that only deal with vegan products, but I strongly feel that vegan products should be the majority and not the exceptions.

After researching a few brands and products, here is what I found to be some of the best vegan tattoo aftercare products in my opinion:

1. Panda Balm – one of their best products is Wundpflege and its so versatile that it can be used as a moisturizing cream, as a tattoo butter whilst tattooing and also as an aftercare cream. It’s made 100% from natural products and does not have any chemicals or any other irritants in the salve. It’s also Paraben, Fragrance and Petroleum Free.

2. Zlatan Tattoo Enhancer and Aftercare – this Tattoo Enhancer is a new body lotion that contains nourishing oils that protect and uplift your tattoos, while still functioning as a great body lotion it is also a fantastic tattoo moisturizing aftercare cream.

3. Hustle Butter DeLuxe – any professional tattoo artist has used or has at least heard of the quality of this product. This butter is included in most select tattoo studios in the world and most artists will swear by its effectiveness. This is also probably one of my favorite aftercare product.

4. After Inked – although a newer name on the market, this company has been vegan orientated from the onset and although a bit more pricey than the others, if you are looking for a product built vegan from the ground up, this is the one for you.

Related Questions

Is A Vegan Tattoo More Painful? Tattoos are made by piercing the skin with a needle, and depositing minute particles of pigment into the skin in the dermis layer (the second layer of the skin).

Where Should I Get My First Tattoo? As a tattoo artist I always recommend your first tattoo to be on the forearms as this is an area that is less painful and I also recommend to start with a small tattoo that is personal, rather than jump in the “deep end”.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will try to answer them as soon as possible.

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Can Tattoos Cover Up Self Harm Scars? – Tattoo Artist Answer

As a tattoo artist I got asked lately quite a few times if scars can be covered up with tattoos. So I have decided to give you some information about this.

So can tattoos cover up self harm scars? Self harm scars can be covered by tattoos if the scarred tissue is fully healed. Usually there are a few different approaches that can be taken to cover up scars but most designs used are quite detailed and usually flow with the scarred tissue that is being covered.

We always need a consultation with the customer prior to a tattoo appointment as we need to ensure they qualify for a “medical tattoo” and what the customers are wanting to achieve with covering up their self harming scars.

Self Harm Scars Tattoo Cover Ups

In the last few years we had more and more customers asking for tattoos that can cover up self harm scars, and we have started helping more and more people getting body art that cover up the scarred tissue.

When dealing with scarred tissue in general, we need to know that the tissue is fully healed as we wouldn’t want to create more damage to the tissue. But when it comes to self harm scars we usually take a much more detailed approach in finding out what exactly is best suited for the customer.

We usually ask the customer how old are the scars this to make sure the scars are not that recent and we found that if the answer is under 6 months, the psychological situation that has caused the self harm might also not be resolved. In this case, we might as for a letter from the customers family doctor, as this might give us a second medical opinion telling us if the scars are healed.

The next step, being very delicate, is trying to find if the self harming situation is dealt with on a psychological level, as we wouldn’t want to cover the existing self harming scars, just for in the near future to have our work destroyed by new self harm. If we are unsure, we might refuse to tattoo the customer or ask him to come back in a few months time under the pretext that as at this moment in time we are very busy for a new consultation.

Next step is drawing on tracing paper the location of the scarred tissue and delimitation of the space we have to work with. We wouldn’t want to draw designs and keep having to ask the customer to reveal the self harm scars every time we want to try a new design idea.

Then after a lengthy consultation in which we try to find out what style of tattoos the customer likes and what ideas s/he might have we can start the designing process. We also explain if there are any compromises that need to be made in order to have a successful cover up.

Using the information we have gathered from the customer, we will start drawing the tattoo design that was agreed on using the tracing paper with the delimitation and locations on the self harming scars.

In some cases we might create two designs for the same customers, in case we might have a different idea, or there are options to the customers ideas.

At this moment in time we will ask the customer to come in for a stencil fitting, to make sure that everything fits the way it should and the customer is happy with the design and approves it. At this point we will book the tattoo session at a convenient time that suits the customer and we have availability.

What Makes A Successful Self Harm Tattoo Cover Up

A successful self harm cover up needs to accomplish at least two things:

1. To “take the eye away” from the actual scars

As we are born and taught to look at images from the focal point outwards (the main design piece) and analyze the details, this is something that needs to be taken in consideration by your tattoo artist when dealing with your self harm scars cover up. When there are multiple elements of the design that seem equally important, then we will always view them as we would view a text. This is from left top corner and “read” them all the way to the bottom right corner.

This is a very important aspect of any cover-up, especially when dealing with scarred tissue.

2. The colors in the design have to be equal or darker than the darkest tone of skin

For this reason, colors like red, brown or dark blues are quite important when dealing with a self harm scar cover up.

As I get asked a lot of times if scars can be covered up with text or portraits of loved ones, I always try to explain to my customers that because this two types of tattoos require negative space (clean skin) they will not be successful in what we are looking to achieve.

If there is only one scar, a good place to hide it would be in a dark shadow of the design or if there is a portrait in the design, hair is one of my favorite places to make them disappear.

What Designs Cover Up Self Harm Scars Best

There are a few ways to choose a design that will look great as a tattoo, but will also be very effective in covering up self harm scars.

This type of work can be done with different approaches.

Use The Scarred Tissue

I’m sure if you google scars tattoos you will find a lot of funny and witty ideas in which scars have been used to be part of the design. It all comes down to how you are as a person and how seriously you take yourself. If you like a laugh and think that your scars are a part of your past and don’t really care about being part of a tattoo design, then go for it.

I’m sure your tattoo artist can help you turn your scar into a 3d piece of art.

Cover The Scars

For example if the scars are vertical in a narrow space, they can be part of a tree trunk and that might even make the tattoo look better as the raised tissue will give it a 3d type effect.

If there are multiple smaller horizontal scars they can be part of a stretch of water where different blues can hide them really well and also use the space above to create a beautiful scenery.

Cover And Use The Scarred Tissue

I had a case where the customer rally loved the look of skull tattoos and was asking me if there is any way we can use that to cover his self harm scars. He was more into the darker style of tattoos.

Because he had quite a few small self harm scars that were in all directions, I have proposed to make a skull in which the scars were acting like drops of blood that looked like they were actually 3d on the skull. The result was really good and the customer was delighted.

As you can see these self harm scars can be covered up successfully in a lot of designs, it all comes down to having a good consultation with your tattoo artist and then to use your imagination. Don’t worry if you can’t come up with any ideas, as I’m sure your tattoo artist will help you there.

Will Self Harm Cover Up Tattoos Hurt More Than A Normal Tattoo

Because scar tissue doesn’t usually have any nerve endings in them, they are usually the segment where the customer only feels the vibrations of the needle, and doesn’t hurt at all.

In fact, I had customers that said that the sitting on the tattoo chair for a long period was more annoying than the actual tattoo. So this will give you a better understanding of how painful tattooing scarred tissue is.

The cases where scars hurt more than normal are very few and far between. Inner thighs seem to be the areas where the scar tissue is more gentle than normal, but again, these cases are not that common.

Keep in mind that when tattooing scarred tissue the actual tissue itself will swell up more than normal, but within 2-3 days, the swelling will reduce to its normal size. So don’t get alarmed if when your tattoo artist is doing your cover up the scars look more prominent than usual, as this quite normal.

Related Questions

Do self harm tattoo cover ups require special aftercare? Tattoo cover-ups require a bit different of an approach to normal tattoos as they are more sensitive to UV rays (sun, tanning beds, etc), so make sure to ask your tattoo artist what they recommend.

How long does a cover up tattoo take to heal? Cover up tattoos take about 4-6 weeks to heal and if the aftercare procedure is followed correctly then there should be no scabbing appearing. The aftercare cream that is being used also can have an impact on how fast the cover up tattoo heals.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them below and I will reply to them as soon as possible.

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Will My Tattoo Fade? – Answered By A Tattoo Artist

As a tattoo artist I get asked every few days if a tattoo will fade. So, I decided to write this post to answer the most common questions about tattoo fading,.

So will my tattoo fade? It is normal for a tattoo to fade as the ink particles in the dermis layer of the skin get broken down over time by your body and eliminated. Tattoos that are exposed to the sun more frequently will fade faster than tattoos that are less exposed. 

Most people think that black or black and gray tattoos will fade slower, but there is more to it. Yes, black and gray have quite a long-lasting skin time in comparison to other pigments, but this all depends on the actual manufacturer as there are every manufacturers of tattoo ink might have a different recipe for how and what they mix to get the required shade or color.

Another influencing factor in how fast a tattoo fades is the style or tattooing, as some styles require almost perfect saturation, whilst other styles require less saturation.

Why Tattoos Fade

First of all let me explain how a tattoo actually gets done.

A tattoo gets created when a needle that has tattoo ink on it, pierces the skin and passes through the epidermis layer and deposits tiny particles of ink into the dermis layer of the skin.

The reason tattoos are permanent is that the dermis layer doesn’t regenerate like the epidermis layer. The epidermis layer is mostly made up of dead skin cells that protect the dermis layer and is almost transparent.

Imagine the ink droplets like little microscopic bowling balls that gets pushed into the skin.

So, unlike drawing or painting where ink is placed on top of the canvas, the tattooing process is totally different.

As our body is used to fighting any foreign body it finds, our immune system will always try to attack those tiny bowling balls and break them up into smaller pieces in order to evacuate them from our body.

UV rays are the biggest enemy for any tattoo as they are only ones that can actually break those tiny particles into smaller pieces.

Once our body finds any particle broken of from the original foreign body, it will try to take it away and dispose of it.

This is why if you want your tattoo to last and look crisp for as long as possible, you will have to avoid UV Rays.

Which Tattoo Style Fades Faster

It is not a question of which tattoo style fades faster, but more to do with the amount of the pigment density that the tattoo artist puts in the skin (saturation). Although different artists use different levels of saturation, this would probably be a general view on the styles and how much saturation it requires.

The more saturated the skin is, the slower the tattoo will fade.

I would probably list them as follows from the most saturated to the least:

  1. Black Out – This is the procedure where large areas of skin get covered in pure black ink and are a new trend in body art. I would not recommend it as it is not going to be easy to remove it, even with laser tattoo removal sessions, as it’s quite a considerable area.
  2. American Traditional (Old School) – This style requires bold black lines and color saturation, which mean that also colors like green and reds are saturated for to make it look like a block of color.
  3. Tribal Style – Be it Maori, Polynesian or any other kind of tribal style tattoos, they also require a good color saturation of black and this will make them less inclined to fade fast
  4. Geometrical – it basically is what it’s names implies. Geometrical shapes usually tattooed in black in over small to medium areas. This style requires bold lines and/or solid filled repetitive blocks.
  5. Neo-Traditional – this style is more of a blend between American traditional style and more modern realistic style. Also in neo-trad all colors can be used and is not limited to the 4-5 colors of the old school style.
  6. Trash Polka – a mix of realism black, geometrical and color splashes is used to define this style, and although the realism part of the tattoo might fade faster, the geometrical and color splashes will last a bit longer as they have a good saturation.
  7. Realism – be it black and gray realism or color realism, this style uses a lot of negative spaces (clean skin) in order to create an almost 3d looking effect. Things like portraits or images of statues usually tend to fade a lot faster as the saturation of the pigment in the skin is not as dense as other styles.
  8. Watercolor – usually this is composed of black and gray realism and “splashes of color”. For these “splashes of color” to look realistic, they will have areas when saturation is very limited, almost to fading into the actual color of the skin.
  9. Dot work – as the name explains, dot work is the method of using a tattoo needle to create an image using dots. In order to create darker areas, the dots are placed closer together and to create lighter areas, the spacing between individual dots is left larger, almost to the point where it fades into clean skin. This process makes dot work tattoos some of the fastest fading style of tattoos.

This list is made purely for an informative purpose and does not represent a certain chart of how fast your tattoos will fade. As like any tattoo design is different, so is each artists view on these styles and different artists might saturate the skin more, whilst other artists prefer a very light saturation in their tattoos.

This is very prominent in realism tattoos, where some artists tattoos are quite dark and bold whilst other use negative space quite predominantly in their style.

Which Ink Color Fades Faster

Well, this depends on the actual pigment that is used to give the tattoo ink it’s color or shade.

If we were to choose a color based solely on how fast it fades to being almost completely done, my list would be as follows:

  1. White – you will find that white ink is usually used for highlights (the place where the light is reflecting from the object that is being tattooed) and not really used as a filler color. The reason behind this is that white ink usually fades the fastest and if exposed to UV rays (sun, sunbeds, etc) it will turn yellowish in color, which in some cases, it could be darker than the skin around it and can really make the tattoo look unpleasant.
  2. Yellow – this color has been found to be one of the fastest “disappearing” colors in the tattoo ink spectrum, and tattoo artists will try to refrain from using this color to as little as possible into their designs, unless the design requires a large area of yellow. Designs like sunflowers are some of the most common designs that require large areas of yellows.
  3. Pink – my years of experience have taught me that probably one person that I tattoo per year, might come back to reveal that the pink ink has totally disappeared. At this point in any of my consultations with customers that want pink ink in their tattoos, I will always explain that there is a risk of the pink ink disappearing once the tattoo is healed, and ask them if they are ok to assume the risk. In one instance, a customer of mine wanted a pink and a blue rose design, both roses coming out of the same stem. We went ahead and tattooed the design I created and once the tattoo was done, the customer saw the tattoo and was very happy with the result. Fast forward 6 weeks, the customer comes again into the tattoo studio and reveals the tattoo. If anybody else had seen this tattoo, they could have sworn that there was no pink rose ever tattooed on that skin. Although I used different shades of pink (4 to be more precise) all the pink in has completely disappeared. So keep that in mind when looking to get a tattoo that has pink.
  4. Blue and Green – in my experience is a lovely colors to use into any tattoos, but as the years go by, I find it that it lightens up quite a lot.
  5. Red – this is probably the most controversial color in any tattoo artists set. This could be that if a customer is ever going to be allergic to a color, it’s usually going to be red. Don’t get me wrong, tattoo ink allergies are very very uncommon, and if a person discloses a few allergies in their consent form, I usually do a dry test. A dry test mean that I will clean and disinfect a small area of skin usually on the wrist and apply a very small amount of tattoo ink and leave it for maybe an hour. If when I clean the area I find that the skin underneath is irritated or itchy, I will probably advise against using red and maybe proceed another dry test with all the other colors that will be used in the tattoo.
  6. Black – the color of choice for most artists. Although black is fantastic to work with and sits quite well the test of time, after a few years or too much exposure to the sun, you will find that it will slowly turn blueish. We all know a person with an old tattoo that looks blue, although it was black at one point.

How Can I stop My Tattoos From Fading

In order to give a tattoo the best chances keeping your tattoo looking like the day it was done for longer starts with planning your tattoo.

If you get your tattoo in an area that is not prone to UV exposure or repeated damage (like hands, feet, elbows, face, etc), then you are already a step ahead than many others.

Some of the best areas to get tattoos that will stay crisp are chest, upper arm, back, thighs and stomach, or pretty much any area that doesn’t come into contact with the suns harmful rays, especially if you live in a tropical climate, and you are usually dressed lightly.

The second thing you can do is choose a high SPF sunscreen cream when going on holiday.

Also, try to avoid areas that are always being rubbed by items of clothing, like hips lower neck, etc.

 

I hope this helps you understand why tattoos fade, and don’t let this discourage you from getting an amazing piece of body art. Tattoos can be amazing art pieces that can show your life story or can immortalize life events or even just be cool artwork and you will be the canvas that gets to take pride in wearing them.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Ink On!

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About Me

Welcome to AlphaTattooAcademy.com. I have built this website to answer all your questions regarding the tattoo industry and tattooing, but also to help you become a tattoo artist, or if you are already a tattoo artist, to become an Alpha Tattoo Artist.

What does being an Alpha Tattoo Artist mean:

An Alpha Tattoo Artist is any person that has learned the art of tattooing (self-taught or apprenticeship based) and wants to go to the next level. When I say Next Level, I mean an authoritative tattoo artist in your area.

Just like a pack of lions have an Alpha Male (the leader), so will the tattoo industry in your area. Becoming an Alpha takes time and effort, and it never ends. If you are tired of being just another tattoo artist, and want to find out the best ways to take it to the next step, this is the place for you.

My Story

My story is quite a simple “from rags-to-riches” story that starts in Eastern Europe and ends up in United Kingdom.

Growing up in post communist Romania, I saw older folks with tattoos, and although knowing that these tattoos were made in prison or the navy, I couldn’t but help be intrigued on how they were made, and actually admiring some of them.

I have never been the boy genius my parents wanted my to be or even excel at any art form. But I was always curious and wanted to become better than anybody.

Growing up from a poor background, I always had to improvise and find ways to fit in with the richer kids, that mom and dad offered everything they could ever ask for. They were getting for Christmas a new pair of Adidas trainers, I was getting Adiadora (or some weird knock off name). And this made me always push to want to become better than everybody.

I started being more and more interesting on how things work and at one point I was known for being the kid that used to fix other kids remote control cars, or bikes or etc.

Every Sunday I used to go to the Flea Market and try to sell anything I would get for free from neighbors or people that were clearing out their basements or garages. This was all to get money to buy tools and books about anything and everything technical.

By the time I was 13 I used to come home from school and throw my school bag in my room and take my working bag and go to a close by neighborhood where there were houses getting built up, and help the different home-owners with digging their gardens, or foundations for garages or sheds.

It was back breaking work, but the happiness of seeing my mothers smile whenever I gave her some money, and the pride it gave me of making my own money, felt really good.

I still always had the interest of art and tattoos at heart, but I had no talent whatsoever. In fact the best thing I could draw were stick men.

Then when I was 18 I actually went in for my first tattoo. Back in those days, there were no tattoo studios as such and although the place I got my first tattoo tried to look like what we call nowadays a “tattoo shop”, it was dark and dingy.

I still remember the tattoo artists face, all tattooed up and mean looking and me, an 18-year-old skinny boy wanting a tattoo.

He had some nasty tribal style tattoo designs on the wall and I chose the biggest one and asked for a price. The price was actually exactly a months wage of my work at that moment in time, but because I was so fascinated about tattoos, I had to get it. So I paid and I sat down on the chair.

The tattoo was meant to go on my back right between my shoulder blades. So as he started tattooing, I finally started questioning my decisions. As the artist started tattooing me, I began questioning anything and everything.

The artist was quite a nice guy, and started explaining more and more about tattooing. About the tattoo machine (at that moment in time, there were only coil tattoo machines) and how he makes the needles and how he boils them to “sterilize” them. Looking back now, I can consider myself really lucky that I didn’t get an infection or any diseases, but back then these procedures were considered the latest methods and were also considered very safe.

Although I nearly passed out when he started tattooing my backbone, he managed to finish my first tattoo. It took about 4 hours of moaning and groaning on my behalf and a lot of talking on the artists behalf.

The moment I walked out the “tattoo studio” I felt 10 feet tall and the coolest thing since sliced bread. I was so very proud of my tattoo, that you would have though I won the lottery.

Obviously when anybody would ask me how painful it was, I would say: “I didn’t feel a thing!”. Luckily for me YouTube wasn’t invented back then as my tattoo session would have been a viral video.

Fast forward a few years, and life coming in the way, I ended up in UK, owning a garage and working like crazy to pay bills, one morning I could not get up from bed.

My fiance, took me to the hospital, and after a lot of tests and examinations, a few months later, my GP calls me in his office and says: “If you want to still walk when you are 50 you will have to stop lifting.”. That moment the world came crashing down on top of me. Turned out that all the heavy lifting on engines and gearboxes has damaged my L2 and L3 vertaebres and if I kept doing what I was doing, there was a serious chance of me not being able to walk.

My head was going 100 miles per hour, and didn’t know what to do. I thought to myself that I need to change careers, but what.

Then coming out of the shower one morning, I saw a little of my back tattoo in the mirror and it just clicked to me, that I should become a tattoo artist. I love tattoos, I love art, so How hard can it be?!

Well, turned out that it was difficult, as I wasn’t an 18-year-old boy, and I could not absorb information as I used to. So I started asking Mr. Google a million questions and reading articles and watching thousands of videos on how to tattoo and anything related to tattooing. But a lot of information was contradictory, and there were not may sources of reliable information.

It seemed like everything was such a massive secret. For my health and my future, I had to find those secrets. Luckily for me somebody I knew was an actual tattoo artist, and was quite a good one at that time and was very popular. So I started visiting him more and more at his work, and I was always asking a million questions. In the meanwhile, I took every online course I could afford or get my hands on and was also tattooing on “fake skin” at home.

So about a year later, he came to visit me, in the garage, and he was telling me how unhappy he was at the tattoo studio he was working out of and how he would like to move somewhere else. Without thinking or any hesitation, I asked him if he would like to open a tattoo studio with me.

He actually said Yes! My mind was going again 100 miles per hour. What should we call it? What should we have inside? How can we get a license? Which part of the town should it be in? Hundreds of questions kept running through my head.

In fact, I couldn’t even sleep the first night as I was buzzing.

After asking him once again if he is sure he wants to open a tattoo studio with me, I went and started looking at renting premises. I found a great location, and showed him pictures from the outside, and was explaining to him all the pros and cons of the location, and we have both decided we should sign the contract.

A few days after signing the contract (a 5 years lease) his girlfriend comes into the garage all screaming and bollocking saying I should let him be, as he is all stressed up about it, bla bla bla. So naturally, I phoned him and asked him what that was all about, to which he replied that he doesn’t want to do this anymore.

You can imagine my disappointment knowing that I had already signed a 5-year lease on a premise that was costing a lot of money. But, fortunately for me, my fiancee told me that she knows how much I wanted this and that she will not let me be put down by this, and kept reassuring me that it will work and it will be fine.

So I started pouring every cent I had in buying everything needed for the tattoo studio, and we were going after work every evening and were decorating, fixing pluming, putting flooring down, etc until midnight after which we went home all shattered. But I never gave up. This had to be done and it had to work.

Before I officially launched the tattoo studio, I realized that I had no tattoo artist to tattoo customers, as I was still at apprentice level, and we didn’t know anybody that would come in and tattoo.

My “former partner” decided that he would rent a chair in the tattoo studio, and he offered to find me a couple of tattoo artists to start in the studio and help me launch. Phew. This made me feel a lot more confident in launching the tattoo studio.

As I found out a month before opening that the 2 artists my former partner found and agreed to come weren’t going to come anymore. One found himself buying his own tattoo studio, and the other one started being a diva (quite common in with tattoo artists). So I was back to square one, and by this point I was a week away from making a Grand Opening to my own tattoo studio with no artists.

A good friend of mine, found me a tattoo artist, and after talking on messenger for a couple of days, that tattoo artist actually agreed to come to the UK and tattoo in my studio.

The day I was meant to pick him up from the airport was the day before the grand opening. The stress levels were incredible. Needles to say that I didn’t sleep the next few days, and I was worried that this artist was going to let me down like all the artists.

But landing day came, and we met. This one person saved my financial life and gave me hope in humanity once more.

Lovely guy, no dramas, no diva antics, and he also gave me a ton of advice and pointers on what to do and how to do it.

So grand opening day came and it was a success. We were the talk of the town, and we were welcomed really well in the area.

After that with his help and hard work I started tattooing paying customers and becoming better and better every day, and now I can actually call myself a professional tattoo artist with great pride, with my work published in a few online magazines and forums.

Had I known where life was going to take me, I would have started leaning to tattoo a lot sooner.

Why Do I Want To Help You

As you seen from the little story about myself, I could have saved myself a lot of headache and stress if I would have learned to tattoo sooner, and I would have not been in the situation where I had to rely on other people.

So It’s my time to give back.

I will help you with as many articles and tips and tricks about tattooing as possible, and I will try to answer all the questions you might have. Also, I will make a resource page where I will help you find all the resources that helped me become an Alpha Tattoo Artist.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Flo Lazar

Founder of

AlphaTattooAcademy.com