Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions – Answered By Bob Hey at Commitment Tattoo Shop St. Pete, FL

Q. How can I tell if my tattoo is infected?

A. If you think your tattoo (or piercing) might be infected do not wait around waiting for it to get worse!  Signs of infection are severe pain, hot redness, swelling and/or a puss discharge (with or without the presence of blood), or a foul odor emanating from the area.  Infection that is not properly tended to can result in serious health consequences and even death.  It is not something to be taken lightly.  See your doctor immediately.  We are all susceptible to Staph infections – the bacteria that causes it resides on our bodies and just waits for an opportunity to take hold, like in a fresh new tattoo or piercing wound.

Q. How do I overcome my fear of needles?

A. I wouldn’t really describe the pain as feeling like a needle…it does not go very far into the skin at all.  It feels more like a hot vibrating sensation than anything else.  And yes…if you have a fear of needles, watching can make it worse.  But I will tell you that your lower back is a lot more sensitive than some other areas.  Some of your less-painful areas are the back of your should, your thigh, your hip, buttocks, and sometimes your upper arm.

Q.  Why is my tattoo peeling or flaking off?

A.   Peeling and flaking of a new tattoo is perfectly normal.  Before it actually begins to peel, that tattoo will look like it’s covered with a white-ish, cracking film.  Then you’ll see white or translucent flakes of old, dead skin start to peel off and some of the flakes may even contain some ink.  Sometimes you can actually see a duplicate image of part of your tattoo peeling off – it’s rather disconcerting, but is also perfectly normal and there is no need to panic.  It’s a lot like a snake shedding its skin.  Just add a little lotion (a LITTLE) to the tattoo to help keep it moist and encourage those flakes to come off.  Do NOT scratch, pick, or peel them.  It will all be done in a few days and the color of your tattoos will start to return to normal.

Q.  Does getting a tattoo hurt?

A. Pain is really relative.  Everyone has a different tolerance to pain.  I’m not going to kid you, though – it does hurt.  Just not that much.  Some have compared it to a “hot scratching feeling”.  But, people would not be retuning again and again for tattoo after tattoo if it hurt that bad!  Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of that tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs a little pin-stick here and there.


Commitment Tattoos by Bob Hey is a Tattoo Shop located in St. Petersburg (St. Pete) Florida at 2930 9th St North. Open Daily Mon-Sat and Sunday by Appointment. We are a fully licensed and insured studio.