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Thinking about a tattoo, but is it what good girls did in the 1940's?

Discussion in 'The Powder Room' started by Miss 1940's, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. I've always been told A & D ointment which is a diaper rash ointment and all of my tats have healed great, so have the hubby's, and his are larger than mine. I find it doesn't dry out and it really doesn't tend to get sticky.
  2. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

    Wow -- Tattoo Goo is the ONLY thing that doesn't make me break out. It's the only stuff I use. It's not a scam -- depends on your skin. My tats have healed PERFECTLY with it, with no irritation to my skin. What doesn't work for you may work for someone else depending on skin type.

    A&D ointment, Aquaphor, petroleum jelly -- I stay away from. They have given me acne and rashes in the past. Even just a tiny bit.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011
  3. Crazy8s

    Crazy8s New in Town

    Plain old Lubriderm unscented lotion will heal quicker than anything else I've ever seen if used as directed. The petroleum based stuff gets overdone by 90% of the people that seem to use it which makes the tattoo take forever to heal. The only problem with the Lubriderm is that you have to stay on top of it and make sure you're not letting the tattoo completely dry out. Your tattoo should never be allowed to scab. If moisturized properly, it should dull as the upper layers of the epidermis are dying then begin to flake like a sunburn. As long as you don't pick at the flakes or scratch at it, it should heal nice and bright.
    That's my opinion, but I'd still recommend you listen to your Artist. Nothing drives us more crazy than when one of our clients completely ignores what we tell them and proceeds to get their advice from their "friend" that is usually covered in terrible tattoos that scabbed over and never healed properly.
    Everyone is different though and eventually if you get enough tattoos you'll figure out what works for you. Common sense dictates that if whatever your using irritates your skin, stop using it and give your Artist a call to discuss alternatives. Keep it clean (no infection) and keep it moisturized (no scabs). Doesn't need to be complicated.
  4. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

    That's exactly what Tattoo Goo does for me -- prevents scabbing, keeps it moist, yet lets it breathe. I suffer no bad skin reactions to it and I LOVE the smell! I've tried everything from lotion to Aquaphor to A&D ointment and they all made a red, bumpy ring around my tattoo. Just a tiny bit of Tattoo Goo goes a long way for me. Have the naysayers ever used it? I'm curious.
  5. C-dot

    C-dot Call Me a Cab

    I've used it, and I can't say it interfered with my healing at all, and I too liked the smell :) However, I'm a cheapskate, and the Vitamin E cream was free. I'm just going by what my artists told me (all artists have different techniques.)
  6. I wouldn't spend 8-10$ on some small container of goo when I can use something that works well FOR ME for 2$. I've worked jobs where I couldn't carry around lotion, so I used something that could last all day. No pimples, no scented irritation, no drying out. Like I mentioned if you use a little bit you wont suffocate your new tattoo, and it will stay lubed for a while.
    It didn't work for you I guess, so you found something that did.
  7. Lady Day

    Lady Day I'll Lock Up Bartender

    I remember this conversation distinctly. The only thing I've ever used on any of my tattoos has been plain old aloe lotion.

    "Stings a little, but opens your pores," my tat guy said. "Neosporin or any petroleum ointment coats the top of the skin. You can get more scabs that way. You want you skin to be able to breath so it can heal faster in and out. Pat it on, don't rub it."

    I did that twice a day, and I was healed in 10 days.

  8. The work speaks for itself.
  9. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

    Tattoo Goo is FREE from my artist!! lol He lets us take what we want.

    I got a tattoo last week and I'm getting another one on October 22. :)
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2011
  10. C-dot

    C-dot Call Me a Cab

    How did it come out? :)
  11. kittyred

    kittyred New in Town

    i've only got one tattoo at the moment, and i used bepanthen on it, the tiniest little bit ever, and it healed super quickly. gonna get another tattoo in a couple months, so excited!
  12. Lilydelacruz

    Lilydelacruz New in Town

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your reply and story! My hubbie collects tiki and I collect vintage Florida Citrus adverts and products, so I am working towards a citrus pinup label.

    I wholeheartedly agree on to each their own. For me personally I love the asthetics of tattoos on people, but for my body I would need to have it on a place where it can be covered up. There are evenings were I want to doll up and don't want to cover a clashing tattoo and I have a professional workplace where they are not allowed. For those of you in creative fields and with the means to get fully tatted up...go for it! I love looking at your gorgeous artwork and envy you!
  13. Lenore

    Lenore Practically Family

  14. C-dot

    C-dot Call Me a Cab

  15. flat-top

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  16. Lenore

    Lenore Practically Family


    Wanted to bump this thread because I waaaaaant a tattoo. Yes, I talked about it previously, but because of finances, they never occurred. Stupid lack of money. I'm thinking around my birthday this year I'm going to get a stylized ouroboros in between my shoulder blades. I've also come across my grandmother's embroidered peacocks that she made in the early 60's I believe. I think one of the smaller ones would translate great to a tattoo, and it would be a great memorial to my grandmother at the same time. I still want my stars and compass too... I want a lot of things lol

    Anyone got any new ink they want to show off?
  17. TheSacredFemme

    TheSacredFemme One of the Regulars

    Interesting that this thread has just popped back up. I've been googling "average woman, tattoos, 1930, 1940, 1950" without much success. There is a fabulous book out there centred around women and tattoo culture. It does move chronologically as far as I'm aware.

    I too worry about my, hopefully, future tattoo interfering with my "image" as the PR industry is notoriously dependant on appearances and looks. Furthermore, whenever I bring up wanting a tattoo (or shock, horror, several!) everyone in my circle of friends turns around and goes, "No, that's so unlike you, you're so classy and vintage...no, no, that would not work!" Certainly words that have put me off the idea.

    For the longest time I was looking to get an old school, Sailor Jerry type sleeve but through all my tattoo research I had a dream a few months ago (I know, mumbo jumbo). In this dream I was in the shower and could see my back. On my shoulder blade was a tattoo of a red robin sat in a gilded, intricate, open cage with the words, "Cages or wings, which do you prefer?" incorporated. This dream has finally erased doubts of not being about to get used to me with a tattoo or it not looking right. I saw it, didn't I? And it looked awesome. Later on I realised that my subconscious turned one of my favourite songs into a tattoo for me. Nifty!

    Now it's just down to getting the right artist to match up their vision with the vision in my head. I absolutely adore coloured tattoo so someone will have to do fine work.

    Lenore, I love the peacock idea! But clearly I'm partial to birds!
  18. Lenore

    Lenore Practically Family

    Hey, don't discount dreams as mumbo jumbo. Sometimes they cut right to issue at hand and we don't even realize it at the time. I think the dream tattoo sounds fantastic. I can't wait to see it one day.

    This is the embroidery (well, one of many) that my grandmother did. I think she was most proud of her peacock series, which is why when I see peacocks I always think of her.

  19. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

    I'm a legal assistant (on my way to becoming a paralegal), lover of vintage, and covered in tattoos. All my tattoos are vintage-oriented to reflect my interests. Here's one of my recent tattoos:


    It's Clara Bow. I have Jean Harlow on my other shin :)
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2013
  20. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

    Another I got a few years ago:


    From this:


    I even went so far as to make the dress:


    I don't live in the 1940s and don't care to, hence my ink. I have no problem with anyone trying to be authentic, but it's just not for me :)
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2013

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