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08:06 AM
Last month, at the NYC Tattoo Convention, I had the pleasure of having my booth right next to Jess Yen. In addition to watching him create stellar works, what also interested me was the aftercare he used after completing a tattoo. I watched him wrap a thin, clear bandage that adhered to the tattoo itself (a far cry from the old school plastic wrap and tape method). When I asked him about it, he told me that he was using Saniderm Medical Bandages, and that he hasn't used any other after-care method since.

Jess is not a paid by Saniderm to tout their brand, just a reputable tattooist who found a healing method that works. And so, when Saniderm approached us about advertising on the site, I felt it was a good fit as they were highly recommended, not just by Jenn but by other tattooers. [We've turned away a lot of companies wanting to advertise because we couldn't vouch for them.]

Saniderm works by providing a moist healing environment for tattoos: it locks in the body's natural healing fluids while protecting new tattoos from dirt, germs, and other contaminants, as well as friction. Doctors and hospitals have long treated burns and abrasions using the  moist healing method. You can read more about this method on Science Direct and on the National Library of Medicine site.

According to the NLM: "[...] use of more moisture-retentive dressings generally achieves environments supportive of earlier healing outcomes when compared to less moisture-retentive dressings... Evidence further suggests that greater dressing moisture retention is associated with fewer clinical infections, greater patient comfort, and reduced scarring."

Tattooer testimonials state that they found no scabbing or itching and that colors have healed brighter and darks healed darker.

The bandages are waterproof and breathable. Usually only 2 bandages are required -- the first one is worn for up to 24 hours, the second can be worn for 5 - 7 days.  During that time the new tattoo is kept clean and protected.  No getting blood and ink on your clothes and sheets. Saniderm can also be worn in the shower. Plus, you don't have to keep applying creams/lotions throughout the day.

Saniderm gives out free samples of their products to tattoo artists so they can try it out themselves.  There is a request form on their site.

Read more about Saniderm and how it works here. And you can purchase Saniderm online here. appreciates the support of Saniderm and all our advertisers.
04:51 PM
Needles and Sins has a new supporter, Face & Body Professionals, and we're excited about all they have to offer the tattoo, piercing and permanent make-up communities. Face & Body is not some newcomer to these industries. They have been developing products for permanent cosmetics and tattooing professionals since 1995 and offer pigments, topical anesthetics and studio supplies.

There's been some debate over the use of numbing creams and gels, and it seems that more and more artists are using them for larger works. Even the esteemed Horiyoshi III has said, "Sure, it's better if it doesn't hurt" when guest blogger John Mack asked about anesthetics for his body suit. And Robert Atkinson told us that he numbed up for his last sitting with Filip Leu, adding, "At the end of the day, no one is giving out trophies for being tough."

Those looking into topical anesthetics should check the pre-procedure numbing cream Super Trio and the during-procedure numbing gel Sustaine Blue Gel. Face & Body also carries After Inked and H2Ocean aftercare products that help keep tattoos looking new.

Find all Face & Body products on and "Like" them on Facebook. By supporting Face & Body, you support this site. And we love you for it.
10:00 AM
ink health custom bandage.jpgHere's an idea whose time has come:  custom tattoo bandages that replace the old practice of slapping on tape and Saran Wrap over a fresh tattoo.

Ink Health is an indie company -- owned and operated by tattoo artists and collectors -- that manufactures and distributes non-allergic and water resistant surgical grade bandages. The cool part is that it takes these dressings and pretties them up with the tattoo studio logo, design, contact info and the date and time to remove the bandage for fairly idiot-proof aftercare. [If only it slapped your hand away when you go to scratch.]

The logos and designs (which can be done in multiple colors) are printed before sterilization so the bandages are 100% sterile. The bandages come in the following sizes: 5x5, 7x7 and 8x10 inches. Ink Health also does custom orders. More info here.

Yes, I've walked around in bloody Saran Wrap plenty of times and my tattoos did not fall off, but I much prefer a less gooey, safer, and better looking bandage to protect my next work.

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