Tattoos have always been an important part of human history. It can be assumed that perhaps every cultural communities of the earth has practiced and known the custom of tattooing at some time of their development. However, it is debatable where the art of tattooing has developed. Assigning its origin to a geographical area has been attempted many times.

The origin of the word „tattoo“ is derived directly from Tahitian “tattau”. The word stem “ta” means drawing and the word as a whole means drawing in the skin. Captain Cook’s diary from 1769 contains the following entry about the natives of Tahiti: “Both sexes paint tattau on their bodies as it is called in their language; this is done by inserting black colour under the skin in such way that it is indelible. Some have horrible looking pictures of male birds or dogs … In short, in applying these pictures they show such a variety that their quantity as well as their position seem to depend on the mood of the individual. Men and women show it with great pleasure“. Since then, the word has gone almost unchanged into European languages.

When the electric tattoo machine was invented in 1890, the tattoo boom seemed to have reached a climax, because now it was quicker and almost painless to tattoo. In times of war the soldiers could be tattooed, so that their bodies could be identified. During World War II, the prisoners were provided in concentration camps with letters and numbers as an identification number which were tattooed on the forearms. In the 1960s, the tattoo culture experienced a significant comeback again. The fad of tattooing penetrated into the world of youth culture together with flower children.

Nowadays, tattoos have reached all levels of society. A lot of famous people have striking tattoos which influence a broad range of population groups. The modernly equipped tattoo studios that follow hygiene standards also have made the tattooing look more serious.

The procedure of tattooing consists basically in the puncturing of the skin, whereby at the same time a colorant is intributed by piercing into the skin. It is important to make sure that the stitch is placed neither too superficial nor too deep. In the first case, the stored colorant would only be incorporated into the cellular layers of the epidermis. This would mean that in the continuous renewal of this skin layer, a washing and a repulsion of the colorant particles may occur to the outside together with the cellular layers of the epidermis. In the second case, when the stitch is made too deeply into the skin, it leads to a wash out of the colorants caused by bleeding. The colorants that are in the middle layer of the skin (dermis) are permanently durable and are stored in a cell type of the fibroblasts.

The most common method today is to work with an electric tattoo machine. For example, using two coils, a magnetic field will be generated and move a number of fine needles soldered on a pole forward & backward quickly.

The speed depends on the tattoo machine, the technique and the desired effect (e.g.: lines, dotwork or shades). It’s usually between ca. 800-7500 movements per minute. Ink lasts forever thanks to a capillary action between the needles and it is brought to the skin by the rapidity of the movement, as easy as when drawing with a pen on a paper.

The skin is kept stretched with one hand while the other hand holds the tattoo machine. First of all, the artist creates – mostly with black color – a contour and – if required – inserts a shadow effect. Then the corresponding areas are filled with one or more colours. The choice of needle quantities and strengths used for one tattoo depends on the motif and the techniques applied.

There are still tattoo artists who are not very respectful of hygienic work practices. This means that these artists do not respect the protection of your health.

For all VADERS.DYE artists and employees, the practice and understanding of hygiene standards is a basic aspect of their profession and training.

The work areas are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by an artist/employee after each tattoo session. Through consultations with the Health Department, we have ensured that the surface finish of the work areas (walls, floors, furnitures, equipments) facilitate cleaning to ensure germ-free conditions.

The professional execution of disinfecting the work areas is specified in a plan and continuously reviewed.

The sterilized instruments are provided with an expiration date.

It’s about YOUR health.

We use a steriliser from the prestigious brand Melag in order to sterilise all of our equipment.

This corresponds to the same category as those used by your doctor, which enables us to ensure that all of our equipment is 100% sterile after the sterilisation process.

The constant quality of the sterilisation process is ensured by:

  • metrological monitoring of the process parameters (monitoring of the health program)
  • regular reviews & maintenance according to the details of the manufacturer
  • regular inspection by the Health Department

The preparation of reusable pieces of equipment is divided into the following steps:

1. – Desinfection – 2. Cleaning – 3. Sterilisation

This order is always strictly observed by us.

The sterilisation process is carried out exclusively by a professionally trained sterilisation assistant. Only thus can be ensured a professional preparation.

The instruments are packaged for the sterilisation process in self-adhesive sterilisation bags. The documentation stickers are pasted after unpacking for documentation on the back of your consent form.

The following data is therefore stored:

  • Technical Manager
  • Date of sterilisation
  • Batch number
  • Expiration date
  • The short symbol of the loading configuration

The tattoo artist signs this form as well and accepts with clear conscience the full liability for the accuracy of the process.

With the detailed questionnaire designed for you, we respond individually to the needs of each client in order to exclude possible health risks. Each of our clients receives a professionally prepared written information about possible complications & risks and the German legal basis.

According to current knowledge (2014), we do tattoos exclusively with the tattoo ink colors of the highest quality (according to regulation of the Tattoo Colorants 2009). These are resistant to UV light, VEGAN and harmless to health.

Already opened color bottles are kept cool and used according to expiration date.

All tattoo artists always work with disposable gloves, disposable needles, disposable ink containers, disposable paper towels, disposable razors and disposable spatulas.

The sterile packaged instruments are unpacked in front of you.

We also consider it extremely important that our tattoo artists keep their work area clean and empty their dustbin daily.

It would be stupid to be negligent about hygiene and cleanliness.

If you want to get tattooed at VADERS.DYE, these are the usual steps:

  • If you‘ve got an idea for your tattoo, rough or precise, with or without drawing, please contact us through the appointment request form on this website (GET INKED) or by email or telephone.
  • If necessary, a non-binding consultation appointment with your desired artist can be arranged by telephone.
  • An appointment is not always necessary if you want lettering or other small things. In this case, a tattoo appointment can be agreed directly, with enough time to discuss and to create the tattoo together with your tattoo artist.
  • If you would like to make a tattoo appointment with one of our artists, your chosen artist will need a deposit of at least 100,- Euro from you in order to confirm your appointment. The deposit may be greater for bigger tattoos and/or depending on the artist. In case of cancellation, you need to get in touch with us a least 5 days before your confirmed appointment date in order to be fully refunded.
  • The tattoo design can be seen in person at the shop on the day of the tattoo appointment, and there is always enough time planned for possible changes of the design.
  • On the day of your appointment your unique custom design is tattooed on you forever.
  • In addition to your new beautiful tattoo, you will receive a detailed explanation leaflet from your Tattoo Artist about how to care for your new tattoo.
  • After three to six weeks you can come spontaneously to the shop to let us look at your tattoo and, if necessary, organise a free appointment for a touch-up.

For questions you can reach us by mail 24/7 or by phone during opening times; we look forward to your visit.

The price of a tattoo depends on the size, the individual workload for tattoo and on the motif design/ motif development, the placement (a body place), the texture of the skin and on the performing tattoo artist.

As our tattoo artists are true artists, they are very happy to take on the preparation of an individual motif for you. We don’t make any tattoos from the bar. Every tattoo that leaves our studio is unique.

Once the a.m. factors have been fixed, the tattoo artist can make a statement that is correct to 90%. There always will be only a small difference in price up or down.

The more precise your statements, ideas or motives are, the more precise our evaluation of the price will be.

The basic price for a tattoo is 80, – Euro.

We have established this base price, because we have a certain and material basic expenditure for assembly and dismantling, as well as cleaning of the place, sterilization of instruments and consulting for any tattoo appointment.

In the event of a tattoo appointment, a deposit of 50, – € is payable. This deposit shall be deemed to be as a “deposit” and will be charged accordingly to the final price of the tattoo.

In case the deposit is forfeited, you should not appear on the agreed date or not tell us five days beforehand by telephone that you cannot come.

After your tattoo appointment, the tattoo artist will inform you orally about your new tattoo and about taking care of it. In addition, a general care instructions will be also provided in written form.

The healing phase proceeds differently depending on care, skin type and body part. For the best possible healing, the following points must be observed:

    • After tattooing no intensive activities can be performed.
    • Remove the foil after three hours. Then clean the tattoo with clear water and pH-neutral soap.
    • Water a clean washcloth with hot water and press it on the fresh tattoo for about 20 seconds. Then let the wound dry or dab dry carefully.
    • Then thinly apply a tattoo ointment e.g. Pegasus Tattoo Ointment. We offer you the Pagasus Ointment for 3,- € in our local shop.
    • Keep the tattoo covered with foil for one to three days and nights. Important: Before the foil, apply a cream to your tattoo.
    • For the first five days take only very quick showers and never use soap on the tattoo anymore. Do not allow the tattoo to get in contact with water, shampoo or shower gel. Do not scrub it!
    • Thinly apply a healing ointment to your tattoo and massage it in 3-6 times a day for the first week in order to protect your skin from drying out.
    • During the second to fourth week, apply a healing ointment 3 times a day.
    • No sports for at least one week.

During the healing phase it schould be generally observed:

  • Do not stretch a tattooed place excessively. Caution in sports and other physical activities.
  • Avoid extensive showers and bathing during the first three weeks.
  • Avoid contact with dirt and oil.
  • Itching is part of the healing. Do not scratch! It might otherwise be uprooted color pigments.
  • Avoid solarium and direct sunlight for four to six weeks.
  • Use only a sunblock 30+ on the tattooed place for three months.
  • Little stress and physical stress, plenty of sleep and a healthy diet support the wound healing forces of the body.

In the first few days may occur swelling and bruises. These are injury-related retention and there is no need to worry.

After about three to six weeks you come to the studio for a visual inspection of the tattoo and here it is then decided whether a re-piercing is necessary.

The re-piercing must be proceeded within the next six months.

A tattoo is for forever

There is currently no known method to let the tattoo disappear without a trace. Health risks are entirely unexplored.

Tattoos can restrict

Although tattoos are becoming more popular, but they are not necessarily welcome everywhere. It is important to consider this particular in the choice of profession.

Template and result

The tattoos will always look a little different than a drawing e.g. on Paper. Depending on your skin type and color, there may be deviations. In addition, the tattoo artist possibly will need to adjust the motif anatomically in shape, size and color. An accurate preview of the result can never be simulated.

Complications:

allergies / infections / inflammation

Despite compliance with utmost hygiene, it may lead to complications. Allergic reactions and dermatitis. The risk of infection can not be excluded. Prevention also includes the proper care of the tattoo. For that purpose, after tattooing you get an oral explanation and a detailed care instructions for reading. Should complications require medical treatment as a result of a tattoo, so the health insurance does not cover the costs. In the event of questions or problems, please feel free to visit us in the studio.

Acomplication harmless to health: “BlowOut”

This means that the color of the skin, similar to the ink on a blotting paper, “runs”. This is generally never be ruled out and simply due to the connective tissue.I it is not possible for a tatoo artist to eliminate this risk in advance.

Biotattoo or Temptoo (combined from temporary and tattoo) is the marketing name of some beauticians and pigmenters for a regular tattoo, which are made using techniques from the permanent make-up sector. The basic principle is the same as of the normal tattoo, but with the difference that Biotattoos or Temptoos are sticked with needles and colors, which are used for permanent make-up.

The practice to make such tattoos, came up in the 1990s. It is sometimes still advertised that the ink is introduced only into the skin layers which are constantly naturally renewed. Thus such a tattoo would only be a few months or years visible. However, these top layers of skin (called the epidermis) renew itself within about four weeks. However, this does not apply to underlying dermis under normal conditions.

According to statements by dermatologists, it is technically impossible to sting only in the upper layers of the skin. Even if only the top layers of skin are taken, the color would last there for no more than four weeks and not for months.

In our opinion, an offering of a Biotattoo/ Temptoo is highly dubious, as one must always stick to one’s promises.

What you really have to consider before you decide on a tattoo studio …

Basically, it is quite easy to distinguish a professional tattoo studio from an amateur association. The following points will help you to decide.

1. General

  • If everything is clean, tidy and the team is friendly and helpful  – you can breathe easy.
  • During a visit to a tattoo studio you can inform yourself about the respective offer. In many places, both tattoos and piercings are offered. However, some of them specialize exclusively on piercings or tattoos.
  • It is important to conduct a counseling session with an employee of the studio before the tattooing. However, you should look at the website of the studio before the consultation to save you any unnecessary travel and (if available) to obtain first information about work procedures and customer opinions.

 2. Hygiene – your tattooing artist

 Your tattooing artist must …

  •  …wear washable work clothes.
  • …have free forearms (not covered with textiles).
  • …sterilize hands and wear disposable gloves.
  • …disinfect your skin and leave in a short time.

3. Hygiene in the treatment rooms

  • The treatment rooms should be necessarily spatially separated from the reception and consulting area.
  • All furnishings as well as floor and walls should be washable and easy to disinfect.
  • Disinfectant should be present in every workplace.
  • Plants and animals have absolutely no place in the treatment rooms. Also, no food should be stored here.
  • A strict smoking ban is extremely important.

4. Hygiene – Materials & Devices

  • The handles (made of metal), which are used multiple times, must be packed in sterile packs and are each open before your eyes. Feel free to ask for an exact date of sterilization and how are kept the parts.
  • The studio should also have a steam pressure sterilizer (Autoclav), which is semi-annually tested for its functionality. In case of doubts, let you show the last audit report.
  • A treatment couch or an arm support (depending on the position of the tattoo) should be covered with foil or disposable paper which is changed after each treatment.
  • A treatment table and work surfaces should be also wet disinfected after each client.
  • For the removal of body hair should be used the disposable razors.
  • It should be used only disposable paper towels to dap/to wipe the skin.
  • The containers for paints and ointments should only be used for one client.
  • The same applies in particular to the needles! 

 5. Consultation

  • You have to be informed unequivocally about all risks.
  • It will be asked to show an identity card and gone into the details of any existing allergies (allergy passport) and diseases. 
  • Ideally, a conversation will be recorded in written form for the statement of consent and signed by the client. 

6. Colors & materials

  • There are various materials that can be used for the first time. Your tattoo artist is a professional who can explain to you why and what colors and tools he/she is going to use.
  • The colors have great differences. It begins with the distinction between vegan and non-vegan color. Just ask about it.

7. Treatment

  • Ask for Question of how and what tools are used, how they work and whether the tattoo artist has the knowledge and the experience to provide first aid for an incoming emergency.
  • After tattooing should be handed out the written and well comprehensible care instructions for you.
  • Taking care of your new tattoo should be explained to you step by step.
  • Your tattoo artist should offer you calling him in case of a problem.
  • He should also offer you a free post-control in case of problems.
  • Persons under the age of 14 may not be tattooed.
  • Persons under 18 years are also not tattooed by reputable tattoo artists, although it is legally possible with parental consent.
In November 2008, the European Parliament has overcome a very important milestone with the decision of the new Regulation of the Tatoo Colorants for the European tattoo industry.

This means for you as customers that it is finally banned to use the colors that include harmful ingredients.

If interested, you can read here the exact legal text.

We at VADERS.DYE even go one step further and completely refuse to use colors and other materials containing animal ingredients or the materials that were produced testing the animals.

Preparation for your tattoo appointment.

If you have an appointment in our studio in front of you should pay attention to some points:

Before your appointment you should:

  •  Have eaten well
  •  Sleep well and be fit
  •  Do not take extended sunbaths (sunburn hazard)
  •  If you have dry skin or freshly tanned skin, please peel at the area to be tattooed
  •  Should have a dry skin area such as hands, forearms, elbows, knees or ankles tattooing, the skin must be moisturized by creaming until the tattoo appointment.

24 hours before and after tattooing you should:

  •  Do not take blood thinners, e.g. Aspirin, marcumar or energy drinks
  •  Do not consume alcohol / drugs
  •  Drink a maximum of one cup of coffee / black tea

You can not be tattooed if:

  •  You take antibiotics or cortisone or take it 3-5 days before the appointment
  •  You are pregnant or have recently been and still are resting
  •  Vaccinated in the last 48 hours
  •  You have a sunburn on the area to be tattooed
  •  You planned a beach vacation 3 weeks after your appointment
  •  You have atopic dermatitis at the body part to be tattooed

For questions before your appointment, you can contact us by phone.

If you have to postpone or cancel your appointment, please do so 7 days before your appointment in person in the studio, by phone or by mail to cancellation@vadersdye.com. If you do this too late or try the wrong mail address, your deposit will expire, also if you just don’t show up.