This guide will assist a novice or veteran in undertaking a Survivors Ink tattooing procedure.

Antibiotics: Preventative antibiotics is recommended to breast cancer survivors, prior to undertaking any tattooing procedure. Please liaise with your doctor regarding this. Medication should be commence 2-3 days prior to the procedure.

Skin Preparation: In preparation for tattooing we highly recommend using a rosehip based oil (Bio Oil) on a daily basis, in conjunction with light massaging of the area. This process will assist with ink absorption and scar tissue rejuvenation, of the area.

Chaperone: Given the emotional nature of the procedure, we recommend bring a chaperone to assist you, if required. Everyone is different, so this is completely at your discretion.

Research: It is your responsibility to research your tattooists experience and whether or not their style/ability suits your tattooing requirements. Check out their previous work, website, Facebook page etc. After all it's permanent!

An honest tattooist will tell you whether or not your tattoo requirements suit their style and capability. And don't be offended if a tattooist refuses to tattoo your design! Listen to their reasoning and guidance!

Consultation: This process doesn't always need to be done in person. Given the technology now available, many studios lean towards telephone / virtual consultations, with only complex matters requiring 1 on 1 consultations.

During both phone and 1 on 1 consultation, your tattooist / technician should be well presented, clean, confident, prepared and have an excellent understanding of the product / process. They should also respect your privacy and offer a private consultation, "if required".

Also during this process, your tattooist / technician should address any special requirements regarding preparation or aftercare of the procedure.

Studio: Again, the onus is back on you to ensure the studio meets basic health requirements and if in doubt research it, or just walk away!

When you first enter a studio, initial impressions are everything! The studio should be spotless, free of rubbish / bio hazards etc and be similar to what you would expect from a hospital or doctors surgery. The studios health and business license should also be easily viewable.

Don't be scared to ask questions, if in doubt!

Equipment: All equipment for your procedure must be new and unused! Needles, tips etc should new in sealed sterilized packets. The packaging of these items must be in date and unbroken. Your tattooist / technician should also build your machines and pour the required fluids in front of you! If this is not the case, stop everything and ask them to re-setup in your presence, and if they refuse, just walk out and take the appropriate reporting action.

After all it's your body and health on the line!

Consent Form: Consent forms are designed to protect both parties, so please ensure your read this document in its entirety and all medical conditions and medications are declared. Also ensure all points of the document you are unsure about, are clarified by the tattooist / technician.

"All reputable studios will adhere to this process."

Tattoo / Tattoo Removal Preparation - Do's:

  • Get a good nights sleep the evening prior;
  • Remain well hydrated;
  • Have a good meal prior to arriving,
  • Arrive with a sugary drink and snack;
  • Be mentally prepare for the procedure and it's aftercare – it will hurt, in very few cases.
  • Bring a chaperone if required;
  • Consider your means of transport home; and
  • Come financially prepared and confirm payment methods available.

Tattoo / Tattoo Removal Preparation - Don'ts:

  • Do don't consume alcohol or illicit substances prior or during the procedure;
  • Do not use numbing products without talking to your artist.
  • Do not arrive unprepared;
  • Don't arrive hung-over;
  • Don't be breast feeding or pregnant;
  • Don't be recovering from surgery or infection; and
  • Don't bring your entourage.

Aftercare: Survivors Ink aftercare is provided free of charge, by Dr Pickles Tattoo Aftercare. Your tattooist / technician should provide you with verbal and written guidance of your procedures aftercare.

It's at this time, you should address all questions and concerns you may have!

After this, your tattooist / technician should ask if you have any further questions and instruct you to contact him with and further queries of concerns regarding your procedure. Aftercare

Finally, don't be scared to report unsafe or unlicensed premises! After all, your health and safety isn't a game! ,or your relevant state and territory Health Department.