ABOUT SEVEN BECKHAM
Hi. My name is Seven I am an award winning tattoo artist with 18 years experience.
I take passion in doing the best work I can with every client, and developing a lasting client relationship with each of you.
My style is focused on realistic tattoos and photo replication. This includes portraits, wildlife, pop culture, dark themes, and many others!
Please email me with your inspiration and let’s work together to make an awesome tattoo for you to love for many years to come!
- I am absolutely not the artist who will be inexpensive, what I do is extreme and will cost in proportion to the extremes you challenge me to.
- Please don’t ask me to quote you a final amount or how long it will take, I care only about quality. There are too many variables like skin quality (age, dryness, toughness, pale/tanned)
How you sit? Do you require frequent breaks? Do you have body soreness from other issues like shoulder injuries? Can you be put in uncomfortable positions so I can reach them effectively?
Do you have an awesome income that allows you to book frequently, or do you need to space your appointments months apart?
Do you run your own business or have a very flexible schedule that you can come in on short notice? This can be very advantageous to finish large pieces more quickly, as opposed to being booked in several weeks apart while trying to match our schedules (this is MOST people). I focus on getting my tattoos to look as realistic as possible, solid, tight and detailed.
- As is the case with ALL realism artists, tattoos I perform are MINIMUM 1 full day and usually more.
- I book by the day NOT by the hour, except for minor touch-ups.
- One of the benefits to doing ultra detailed tattoos is that I do not pound the ink in, I finesse it, in and as a result is far less painful than many tattoo styles, I often have clients fall asleep!!
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR A TATTOO
1. Moisturize Weeks in Advance
Dry and flakey skin does not exactly set the table for an ideal tattoo. If you have a persistent issue, start using a moisturizer (after exfoliating) that includes some combination of ingredients proven to be effective against dry skin. These include glycolic acid, aloe vera, lactic acid, urea, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and occlusive agents such as dimethicone, petrolatum, paraffin, and lanolin. The more advance the better, as you’ll be able to try out different moisturizers until you find one that’s effective for your unique skin type. Just don’t go to town on the bottle of lotion (or use any for that matter) on the day of your tattoo, as that can leave a stubborn film that gets in the way of the needle and ink.
If you happen to suffer from extremely dry skin in the winter you may consider putting off your tattoo until the spring and summer. Again, this is only for extreme cases, and in such a case you may want to consult with a dermatologist to provide a solution, as you would with eczema and other skin conditions.
2. Smart Shaving
If you commonly shave (or wax) the area you intend on getting tattooed on, make sure that your skin does not get irritated. If it typically does, avoid shaving the area until the day of the tattoo, and do so with extreme care so as to avoid nicks and cuts. Alternatively you can leave this to your tattooist, but please do confirm with them beforehand. If you’ve never shaved the area before, or haven’t done so in quite some time, also wait until the day of.
Otherwise, maintain a shaving schedule (for the area) of about one to three times per week in the weeks/months leading up to your tattoo, as this will help your skin acclimatize (so to speak) to the process and heal faster after each shave. Regular shaving is an exfoliating process that will also make it easier to accept your updated moisturizing protocol.
Hydrated skin is healthy skin and the healthier your skin the better your tattoo will be. Drink plenty of water (eight 8-oz glasses per day) starting today. You may need to map out where the public restrooms are in relation to your daily travels, but it will be worth the minor inconvenience. Plus, frequent hydration is a big part of your tattoo aftercare regime so you may as well get used to the process earlier rather than later.
Also, avoid things that tend to dehydrate your skin. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol weeks prior to your session, or at the very least overcompensate with water consumption after you’ve had a cup of coffee or bottle of beer, and so forth.
4. Don’t Get Burned (or even tanned)
Lather up your exposed skin at the area of which you intend on getting tattooed with SPF-50+ on sunny days. The last thing you want is to enter a session with a burned and sun-damaged epidermis. If you’re already burned or excessively tanned, you will most likely have to reschedule. Avoid tanning beds, laying out at the beach, and even sitting defenseless on sunny patios weeks prior to your tattoo. In addition to SPF-50+, be sure to wear UV-protective clothing if going on a vacation to a hot spot known for strong sun (Mexico, Hawaii, etc.). Lastly, monitor the local weather for UV reports, and be especially diligent in this capacity when the forecast calls for it. It’s far better to be vampire-pale than a shade of crimson before getting inked.
5. Eat for Healthier Skin
Beyond beverages, many people don’t consider that what they consume and don’t consume has a big impact on skin health, which invariably will have an impact on your skin’s ability to properly accept a tattoo. Avoid foods that can dry out your skin, those that are salty, sugary, and contain refined carbohydrates.
Instead, consume fish (tuna, mackerel, and salmon in particular) that is high in the essential fatty acid (EFA) omega-3. Also add nuts to your diet, especially brazil nuts and almonds, those that are rich in Vitamin-E and selenium which is a powerful antioxidant that works alongside Vitamin-E and C (more on this below). Vitamin-E is also prevalent in avocado (which also boasts healthy fats) so feel free to ask for extra guacamole when heading out for tacos.
Lastly, consume plenty of Vitamin-C to support your immune system while promoting healthy skin through collagen production. While you can supplement accordingly (and for any of the above vitamins and minerals) there’s nothing like natural foods to deliver what you need and achieve healthier skin. Vitamin-C rich foods include dark green leafy veggies, sweet potatoes, red and green peppers, tomatoes, and more.
Eating for a better tattoo -who’d a thunk it!?
Do you have additional questions? Please feel free to email me I will fill you in on the process in detail and answer all of your questions . I’m looking forward to meeting another awesome client and making a new friend!