I started getting tattooed when I was 18. I've loved tattoo's ever since I was a little girl; I liked the idea of collecting artwork on my body. Have you ever seen American women in the early 1900's who were fully covered in tattoos? I thought this was the ultimate protest in a time when women had almost no civil rights. They were claiming their bodies as their own by getting tattooed if they wanted to... very beautiful and inspiring.
I've collected over 25 tattoos now, and I'm very fortunate to have talented friends who have taken the time to give them to me. Shoutout and thank you to Adrian Aguayo, Nick Vargas, Derek Pratt, and Hudge - the nicest dudes in tattooing.
There are still social stigmas about tattoos, and I do get judged. Recently, someone said, "It's so refreshing to see a young person who isn't tattooed!" They told me they thought I was really sweet and nice, and then proceeded to bash tattooed people. I told them I was tattooed, and they got really embarrassed. "I'm glad you expressed you liked me as person before you found out I had tattoos and used that a basis to judge me." I wasn't offended or insulted, but I hope for the sake of others they can let go of their ethnocentric mindset.
Overall I experience people becoming more accepting of tattoos, as so many of us continue to collect them. I'm getting my teaching credential, which is part of the reason why I only have a few tattoos on my upper arms, and so many on my legs. I want to be able to hide my tattoos if I need to so that I can get a job in my field, without being discriminated against.
Getting tattooed can be painful, but for me, the healing process is the real kicker. Most commercial tattoo aftercare lotions contain chemicals, are packaged in plastic, and are petroleum based -they suffocate the skin. If you're not into the idea of making your own tattoo salve, check out your local health food store. They might have a lotion that's suitable for healing tattoos. If this isn't an option for you, take a look online. Check out my guide on how to shop online without creating a ton of unnecessary waste.
Fresh tattoos are open wounds, and I treat mine as such by using simple organic ingredients. Today I offer my soothing tattoo salve recipe. It's super emollient, non oily, and doesn't suffocate the skin or pull the ink out.
Soothing Tattoo Salve
2 tablespoons grated beeswax
1 teaspoon calendula oil
2 1/2 tablespoons jojoba oil
The Steps: 1.In a double boiler, combine the three ingredients. If you're like me and don't have a double boiler, combine the ingredients in a ceramic bowl, and place over a pot of boiling water. 2. Once your ingredients have completely melted and the liquid is translucent, remove from heat, and pour into a sterile glass or metal container. 3. Allow the salve to completely cool. Always make sure your hands are clean before using the salve. Happy healing!
Because this salve is in a glass jar that you have to put your fingers in to use (as opposed to a squirt bottle), it's not safe to share it with anyone else, as cross contamination would occur. You do not want to share blood or plasma with anyone.
Jojoba Oil: Jojoba is very similar to our skins own sebum and therefore provides true moisture that keeps the skin supple and soft throughout the day. Jojoba has anti-inflammatory properties, and is supportive in reducing inflammation caused by dryness of the skin. (external use only)
Calendula Oil: Calendula is a wonderfully soothing oil that is very supportive in creating healthy skin for those who suffer from a variety of skin conditions. It can also aid in the healing of bruises, insect bites, cuts, scrapes, and tattoos! (external use only)
Beeswax: I use beeswax in my body care products, because doing so supports the continuation of bee farming, and we rely on the bees to pollinate the planet! Beeswax is incredibly moisturizing, healing, and soothing for the skin. (external use only)