THINGS I WISH I KNEW
BEFORE MY AREOLA TATTOO
So, I was there to take the class about 2 years after my treatment. The first thing I learned is that two days is not nearly enough… not even 2 weeks…. I’m a professionally trained artist for 40+ years, so I can skip a week or two – or months of drawing class but in the end, you must be able to draw. Add to that learning: how to put ink into the skin, tattoo scar tissue, about radiated skin and different types of skin that have now been moved from one place on the body to your breast. Be taught how to do it the right way by caring experienced people. It can’t possibly be done in a two day, or a week of training. It takes so much more time than that.
5 THINGS I WISH I KNEW:
1. How unrealistic they would look. Not even close to what I expected or hoped for.
2. How bad it would make me feel and how long it would take me to come to terms with it.
3. There’s a huge difference between PMU pigments and tattoo inks. PMU pigments have smaller particles. They will change color and lighten over time. Tattoo inks, however, are meant to stand the test of time ALTHOUGH even tattoo inks will fade slightly and require a retouch after about 5 years.
4. SPEAK UP! This art will be on your body for your entire life.
5. Differences between and Tattoo Artist and a Cosmetologist. (And they can be both)
Be careful! There are so many people out there that can’t do a decent realistic areola who are willing to put a pepperoni on your chest. AND IT’S NOT OKAY. NO ONE DESERVES THAT. So much better is available. Do your research. Find your artist.
I’ve spent 3 years after that experience researching, training, and learning how nipple tattooing needs to be done. Correctly. Many classes, many hours. I always knew my company name would be Confidence Inked, even at that first class. This is my heart and my passion. It’s how I help others heal.