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Frequently Asked Questions: Koloni Tattoo

Getting a tattoo, especially in the Paradise Island of Bali, is undoubtedly a one of a kind occasion. But how should you prepare for it? What are some of the things people like you have asked before getting a tattoo? We at Koloni Tattoo Canggu Bali team have compiled several most frequently asked questions to help you get started. We’ll gladly answer any of your questions you send us, but to save you the time, you can look over this list of questions many people like you have asked. It always pays to be prepared. 


Q: My tattoo starts to peel, is this normal?


Why does your newly tattooed areas of the skin flake off? Don’t panic. Peeling is a part of a healing process of any kind of tattoo. Peeling will not cause the tattoo ink to fade, The tattoo is inked under your dermis, while the peels that you see are from the epidermis, the outermost layer of your skin. Let your skin peel at its own pace. What you have to do during this stage is simply moisturize. This helps your skin feel less dry and it helps with the itch. After the dead layers of skin has been shed, the new surface would reveal a crisp, gorgeous form of your new tattoo. 


Q: How to care for my new tattoo? 

Tattoo after-care is one of the most frequently asked tips our artists in Bali tattoo studio always receive. And it’s definitely one of the most important things that you should be doing once you’ve got your tattoo! We know you’re in Bali and it’s all about the sun and the beaches. But avoid swimming, surfing, tanning, and any kind of activities that may irritate the vulnerable areas of your tattoo. We always encourage you to ask your tattoo artist Bali for after-care instructions. We’ve touched a bit on tattoo after-care in our tattoo Bali page, so now we’ll elaborate on that.


  • Avoid swimming for 2-4 weeks. Smaller tattoos are faster to heal so you’ll probably be able to hit the beach again in 2 weeks, but larger tattoos like sleeve tattoos or back pieces would take longer. Always allow a good chunk of time for your skin to heal to be on the safe side. 

  • Apply moisturizer. Moisturizing during the healing process is one of the simplest routines that pays off big time. Put on a lotion after you’ve cleaned your tattoo, and do this several times a day during the first few days for 1 - 2 weeks of the initial healing process. This helps your skin well-hydrated and will help soothe itches and irritation. A lot of people have asked us what moisturizer we recommend when getting their tattoo. So we have made them available in our place. Have a look at moisturizers suitable for tattoo after-care sold in our Bali tattoo studio.

  • Avoid the sun. This means no tanning! UV rays remains one of the most damaging to both skin and the ink. UV rays has the ability to break up the pigment of your tattoo. During the healing process, this is crucial, so make sure to wear loose clothing over your tattoo and apply sunblock over it. 

  • Pat, don’t rub. Whether it’s after a shower or after your routine tattoo cleaning during a healing process, when drying, pat the tattooed area gently. This minimizes the friction on your skin and this prevents your skin from becoming irritated from excessive friction. 


Q: How long does it take for a tattoo to heal? 

Going to the best tattoo studio in Bali that uphold the European standards is extremely important for health and safety reasons when getting a tattoo. The hygiene and safety procedures are naturally going to affect how your tattoo will heal.


Tattoo healing process depends on several factors, and this includes your body and your skin’s ability to heal as well. But as a rule of thumb, many tattoo artists agree that the first 2 to 6 weeks is the time when your tattoo is most vulnerable, and a crucial healing process takes place during this period. This is the time frame when you need to take special care of your tattoo. Avoid doing anything that may get your tattoo irritated or even become infected. Your tattoo artist can only give you instructions of after-care and estimates on how long your particular tattoo will heal; but the real healing process is highly individual. 


Q: How can I prepare before my tattoo session in your studio? 

Once you’ve booked your appointment with us and we’ve agreed on a design, now it’s time that you prepare yourself to the best of your ability, whether this is the first or the many times you’re getting a tattoo! 


The rule of thumb is: take care of yourself. Get a good night’s sleep. Eat a good meal and make sure you’re well-hydrated. The tattooing process is going to take some time. And your body is going to be put under some degree of stress because of the tension (your body is expecting pain) and experiencing some pain. While most of the time, it’s nothing that you couldn’t handle, your body will still need the energy and all the support it needs as it receives the wound. 


Q: Should I shave the area I’m going to tattoo? 

Tattoo artists are usually going to run their razors before a session to make sure that the area is completely free of hair before they start inking. This is standard procedure.


Q: Is it safe to get a Piercing Bali?

Safety is a valid concern when getting a piercing in Bali. You should never settle for less than the standard safety and health practices. No going to the cheapest piercing parlor you encounter in a shady corner of Kuta. Do your homework and research reputable places to get piercings in Bali and best place to get a tattoo in Bali. 


Don’t sacrifice safety for a cheap body piercing or tattoo, go to the best piercing and best tattoo shop in Bali. We only use the highest quality equipment, single-use disposable needles, and high quality jewelry. We’ve also talked about piercing in more details in our Piercing Bali page that covers how you can prepare for a piercing in Bali during your holiday, so be sure to give it a read. 


Q: What’s the minimum age to get a piercing? 

You need to be at least 18 years of age if you’re going to the studio by yourself. Individuals below 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian. 


Q: Why is a deposit required? 

We’ve talked about the tattoo deposit in our Bali tattoo prices page, so make sure to give it a read to stay informed. A deposit is a common practice to help protect the artist’s work, their time, and effort, and all of the preparations done before artists actually get to ink you. We’ve blocked a portion of our day just for you. Deposits help ensure that our clients would show up during the day of the appointment.


Q: Is there anything else I should know before getting my tattoo? 

Researching the tattoo artist should always be the first step you do regardless whether it’s your first or your many times getting tattooed. Come to the studio or parlor to talk about it (or email them, whichever works for you). Let your artist know if it’s your first time. Actively communicate with your tattoo artist. This will help a lot in finalizing the design and making sure that you’ll have no regrets when getting your tat. During the day of your tattoo appointment, make sure that you wear clothing that are not tight in the area you’re going to tattoo. Wear loose clothing to make sure that you’re comfortable.


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