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in this article you will read about (maybe) the most important term in the field of Tattoos and Piercing: Sterilization.

It is a process of elimination of microorganism out of the body.

When coming to get a tattoo or to get pierced.

You should examine carefully about sterilization in the place.

As you know, the tattoo machine creates a puncture wound every time it inserts a single drop of ink into the skin.
A wound caused by penetrating may get infected.
Therefore a major part of the work is focusing on safety and hygiene.
Therefore a lot of tattoo artists and piercers use disposable materials and hand sanitizers so they could protect themselves and their customers and prevent transferring disease or potential infections.
First you need to notice that all the tattoo and piercing equipment have been properly sterilized.

And insist on the usage of disposable needles- always ask the tattoo artist to see the opening of a new needle from the bag (and if you’re very polite- also ask that the needle be thrown away right after its use)
You should always be aware of the importance of sterilization and the dangers that could come from lack of sterility.
A tattoo business that is strict regarding sterilization will always keep disinfecting its work tool which they used.
This cleaning is usually done by an: “Autoclave” machine.
This machine runs using steam, similar to a pressure cooker, at a temperature of 121 degrees or 132 degrees.

As is well known a combination of heat and moisture is the ultimate solution to kill spores of germs.  An efficient sterilization process depends on the time and temperature in which the cargo was in the autoclave.
The time it takes to fully sterilize depends on the amount of material and the type of container and its shape.
The estimated time of the process is around 60-90 minutes.

***pay attention: the autoclave is a mandatory instrument and precondition in any tattoo and piercing business this subject and according to the instructions from the Ministry of health ***

That being the case  , now that you are more ready, more hygienic and mostly smarter- all that’s left to do  is just to choose a tattoo =)

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So if you made it here, you’re probably interested in the origins of “Tattooing” just as you’re interested in any other trend that’s common in our country.

Let’s start then with the origin of the Hebrew name for tattoo:

Ka-u-kou-a, it appears that the word has appeared since biblical times in the form of The Hebrew word to mark ( Le-ka-a-kea).  

Halachic ban found in-Leviticus 19:28, which says: “You must not put tattoo marking upon yourselves”.
In English the word tattoo comes from Tahiti, Polynesia and it means to mark.
Likely due to the Halachic ban, tattoos were not common in Israel over the years.

-Tattoos were attributed to simple people or “Criminals” in the country and over the world.

In the past, if you wanted to find a Tattoo shop, you had to find a remote studio or a basement used by tattooists. And this is because tattooing barley was common.
But as the years went by tattooing become more and more modern and acceptable and today you can find limitless options/Tattoo businesses all over the country and yes…..furthermore over the world.
Today tattoos are seen as an art form and added body paintings- whose purpose is to add to the beauty and integrity of the human body.
True, you will always find people who will not like it and they will have something to say……..but the attitude towards tattoos has become more open and accepting.
You’d be surprised to hear that there is some evidence of tattoos from really early civilizations.

For example: in excavations done in Europe, tools used for tattooing were discovered from the “Late Paleolithic period”- it’s a period ranging from 38000 to 10000 BC.
Furthermore over the years the purpose of the tattoo has gone and changed.
Once you could see cases of people getting tattooed against their will- an example is of course the identification tattoo that was common in
Birkenau and Auschwitz.
More reasons could be: beauty and decoration, religious belief, a unique statement and much more.
Either way, tattoos have become common over the years.
And currently used as a Signing on the body intended for decoration/memorial.  

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This style is basically the complete opposite of the “Old School” technic.  If the Old School provided us with a limited range of options then the “New School” provides us, with a much broader and more colorful variety of tattoos.

Nowadays tattoo equipment is quite common and easily found.  Today we have much more access and almost everywhere, we can find tattoo equipment for sale, and often we can communicate directly with tattoo equipment suppliers.

Another difference between the two styles is the “Work method” over the years the demands in the tattoo industry grow, and it seems that humans managed to grow with it. Today tattoo artists can manage to create more complicated tattoos, three dimensional and with more Interesting angles.

In the Old School method you can notice that the tattoos have thick black lines without shading and with basic colors whereas in the “New School” tattoos there is more use in bright colors and emphasized outlines and surrealism.

Another difference that is directly connected to the rising popularity of the tattoo industry is: “Drawing the tattoo”.

Formerly, the most common tattoos were the ones designed ahead of time usually by the request of the client.

The customer would give the tattooist an example of a tattoo that he or she is interested and the tattooist would have to get as close as possible to the example presented by the costumer.
In the “New School” ere though you can find more and more tattoos that are “Freehand drawn”.

The tattoo artist and the person getting the tattoo formulate together the idea during the actual tattooing process.

Over the years the demand for these types of tattoos have grown

And the general opinion on tattoos has become more positive and les old fashioned.

In other words the opinion turned from “Old School” to “New School”.

Some people will go for a sure thing and some will prefer the Preset, either way you have the choice which style you prefer to tattoo on your body forever.

Happy tattooing.   

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Just like any other fashion or trend that exist in our world

The tattoo industry is also divided into different and unique styles.

For instance you have the: “Old School style.”
Or in a finer manner of speaking, an Older school of thought.

The kind you “learn about in school”.

The Style is considered to be a traditional western American.

An ancient style that was very popular in the beginning of the century

It’s defined by thicker black lines without shading.

And usually with more basic colors like black (a color found in most tattoos) red, yellow, green and blue.

In the past, tattoo equipment was very different than the ones you can find today.

It was a lot harder to create complicated tattoos. Mostly because of the lack of modern equipment you can find today.

And because there was barley any use of sterilization.

The number of needles was more modest then today.

The tattoo artist also had to use carbon paper which restricted their movement.

You can observe that this style is made up mostly from a sea motif: boats, anchors, sails, starfish and much more.

The reason for that lies in the fact, that the only people who would get a tattoo back then were sailors.

In the “Old School” style we can find a lot of tattoos of beautiful women.

And that’s because the sailors before they would departure, would get a portrait of their women tattooed on them

Probably so that they could carry their loved ones along

The long journey at sea.

One of the more Prominent artist in that period

And who is considered a sort of prototype in the Old School technic.

Is Norman Keith Collins, also known as Sailor Jerry.

Norman started working as a sailor at the age of 19 and with time opened a tattoo shop in Hawaii. For his impotence you can still find tattoos he sketched in some places.

So after we learned a bit more on the history of Old School tattoos.

We are more willing to get it back.

Like any other fashion the “Old School” has starred to make its return in recent times.

You can see more and more people preferring Old School tattoos over any other tattoos.

So…I will see you at the: “New School” Article