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Keep an eye out for the newest Pi location in beautiful downtown Brantford! 

 

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Tattoo Healing and Aging


There are always going to be trends in tattooing, like anything. 



In recent years ther have been a ton of new trends and everyone wants in on them! But what do we know about how these tattoos will look over the years? I came across this great article that talks about all sorts of tattoo styles and trends, and how they heal and age. 

Click HERE to read the full article.

 

 

 



 

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What's up 2018?

2017 is gone.

In the blink of an eye the year flew past and while it was inasnely busy it was an amazing year for Perfect Image!

Here's is one of the NEW things coming into 2018 with us! 


The NoPull Piercing Disk™












 

 


When worn for scarring (the dreaded piercing bump), NoPull Piercing Disc™ has proven, in the majority of cases, to smooth out and even heal this condition safely, quickly, without discomfort, and without anxiety!  The NoPull Piercing Disc™ is worn for (approximately) 2 - 4 weeks. When worn properly, the Disc can provide dramatic results." 
 


This aweome and affordable little silicone disk is available at all Perfect Image locations, stop by and ask your piercer about it today!

 

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WIN $500 TATTOO SESSION WITH DANIEL FOWLER





If you are in Banff, you're going to want to check this out!


 

The awesome people of Earl's and our dude Daniel Fowler have teamed up for a sweet giveaway!

"Great news Banff/Calgary residents and visitors...

If you spend 30 dollars or more at EARLS here in Banff Alberta during the month of February

your name will go on a ballot for a chance to win a $500.00 tattoo session!! 
Pop by the bar for a few drinks or treat yourself to a tasty meal to win!"

 

— Daniel Fowler at Perfect Image Banff. 
 




 

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After Inked wants you to have THE BEST heal!

So, After Inked... Anyone used it?

Feedback? Feelings? Questions?

Lay 'em on me. 

 

Never tried it? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! 

 

 

 

We have teamed up with After Inked to provide you with the following information on why you should be using After Inked,

but just in case you don't believe me  and need to try it yourself,

swing by and get your FREE sample courtesy of After Inked. 
 

*Samples are limited.

 

Reasons you should be using After Inked...

 

1. Gonna lay on the science right off the hop; It's water based. So are you. So there's that. 

 

2. Because it's water based it absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it moisturized but able to breathe.

 

3. It's not greasy or sticky so it doesn't't stick to your clothes, or the sheets, or cats, or the crumbs from when you ate PopTarts in bed. It doesn't't, I know first hand. 

 

4. AFTER INKED IS CRUELTY FREE! <3 It's clinically/dermatologist tested, just not on cute things that I want as pets

 

5. It's made for healing tattoos! That's it's freaking job. This stuff isn't some secret wives tale that only your mom knows about, it's made specifically for healing and maintaining the look of your tattoos

 

6. It's safe for all skin types. This stuff is all natural, totally vegan, and gluten free.  Here are the ingredients and what they do: 

 

Aqua (Water): Purified water used as a “spreading agent” that helps to distribute the other ingredients evenly over the skin.

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil: Contains vitamins E, C & Beta Carotene. It’s a very potent antioxidant.

Glycerin (veg): Natural humectant and emollient. Conditions & moisturizes the skin and it can be used on even the most sensitive skin.

Stearic Acid (veg): Adds lubricity to the skin making it smoother.

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter): Provides improvement to dry skin.

Synthetic Beeswax: Emulsifier & nourishing to skin. Alternative to animal-derived beeswax obtained from the honeycomb of virgin bees; respects lifestyle choices (Vegan).

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil: Helps to improve dry skin.

Cetyl Alcohol (veg): Natural fatty alcohol used as an emollient and stabilizing agent. It’s Halal.

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil: Rich in vitamins A & C. Fresh tangy smell. Natural alternative to fragrance.

Benzyl Alcohol & Dehydroacetic Acid: Preservative; natural alternative to parabens.

 

 

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Daith Piercings And Migraines

 

There has been a lot of talk about the daith piercing lately. Naturally, we are intrigued.



Can a daith piercing help relieve migraine symptoms?

 



We have a had a few people asking about whether there is truth to this or not and while some are inclined to say it's rubbish, we are keeping a close eye on this one. 

So far what we know is that there are quite a few people that claim to have experienced relief from chronic migraines after getting their daith pierced. In some cases, where the individual was experiencing debilitating migraines daily, they now only get them every few weeks and believe it to be as a result of the piercing.

The daith is that last little fold before your ear hole. (Pictured above) Some medical professionals have suggested that the possibility of the piercing helping with migraines could likely to work similar to the way acupuncture can for headaches. The principle is that the piercing mimics acupuncture by hitting a pressure point, which relieves the pressure in the patient’s head.


While that sounds plausable,it is important to know that there is no medical evidence to prove that it is effective. At this point there's a lot of suggestions and testaments but there have been no official studies or research to back them up. Dr Fayyaz Ahmed, a neurologist and trustee of the charity The Migraine Trust, said there is no evidence that daith piercing work to help migraines.The benefits of acupuncture for the affliction are based on small studies, he added.'There is no evidence for such treatment." Read full article here.


 

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Eliminating Stereotypes

First off, let me preface this by saying that I am fully aware that times are definitely changing, I know that. But there are still far too many people with pre-conceived ideas of what tattoo artists and tattooed people are all about so I just want to go on a quick rant about it. 

 

About a year ago, a very kind, older gentleman came into the shop with some questions about getting tattooed. He clearly had no real issues with tattoos or people with tattoos but he said something that resonated with me. At the end of our conversation he said, "You know, you're a really sweet girl. Looking at you I would have thought you to be hard or rough around the edges, but you're not." I thanked him and we had a laugh and he left, and while I appreciated the kind words I was a little worried that that is how people see me. Hard? Rough around the edges? Kind of bummed me out. 

 

He was an older gent, he grew up in a different time, I understand that but then I started noticing things that younger clients would often talk about while getting tattooed. Drinking, drugs, jail, fights, gangs, all things that, in the context of the conversation, came across as them trying to relate with their artist. "Man, do you know where I can get some gross shitty drugs?" or "Do you guys all hang out and get hammered together?" or (and I wish this was a joke) "Have you ever been to jail?" WHO ASKS SOMEONE THAT?

 

Here's a thought... maybe your tattoo artist is a dad with 3 beautiful kids being raised in a healthy home, with a caring wife and no criminal record. Maybe that girl at the counter does an imperial shit load of charity work in her free time. Maybe that artist with the motorcycle just likes to ride his motorcycle and go camping and spend time with his family. Is that so far fetched? 

 

Again, I know it's changing and I know there is more tattoo acceptance, but it seems there is still a stigma that goes along with having tattoos and it's dreadful. Neck tattoos don't imply jail time, hand tattoos do not mean drug dealer, and being completely covered from head to toe in tattoos in no way means the person under it all is "hard" or "rough around the edges". 

 

 

So please, remember what your mother told you and don't judge a book by its very decorated, often misunderstood cover.

 

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Piercing Etiquette


Piercing Etiquette... 

 

A lot of these are very similar to my blog post on "Tattoo Etiquette" but a little refresher never hurt. For your sake and ours, here are some things that will make your experience easier. Enjoy!

 

 

Okay, so first thing; LISTEN TO YOUR PIERCER; they know what's up. There are very few things that are more frustrating than being told how to do your job, as I'm sure we can all agree. I know, you are making a modification to your body and you want it to be a certain way but they are professionals and they know what they are talking about. You have to be willing to accept that some things cannot be done the way you like, or at all, and that is only ever for your own good. 

 

Before you come in EAT SOMETHING. Story time! One time when I was getting pierced after a long day, having only had one glorious slice of left over pizza for breakfast, and I became so nauseated and faint that within 30 seconds of standing up the room was closing in and it sounded like I was under water. I B-lined for the restroom and threw myself in front of the toilet thinking I was about to vomit and I fainted face first on the floor. Moral of the story: EAT. You need your blood sugar to be at a reasonable level. 

 

Speaking of toilets... PEE FIRST. Just in case. I wont bore you with the time I peed my pants because I fainted. Feel free to read about it in our tattoo etiquette blog here. and please, if you are a fainter, let your piercer know before hand.
 

GOOD HYGIENE. I know most of you are probably surprised that it even needs to be said but it does. Your piercer is going to be all up in your personal bubble and they really don’t enjoy nasty dragon breath swirling around in their face like poison. So do us a favor and make sure you have nice breath and fresh armpits and such. 

 

DO NOT SHOW UP DRUNK OR HUNGOVER. We will not pierce you. Again, that is for your own good, your blood thins with alcohol and we can’t have you bleeding out. No bueno. 

 

YOU CAN BRING A FRIEND. If you are nervous and want a friend to come in with you that's cool, we want you to be comfortable. We would just rather you not bring your whole entire squad, too many people can be distracting for the piercer. Bring a friend for support but just one friend. 

 

ASK YOUR PIERCER IF PICTURES ARE COOL. Usually, they don’t mind but it's just polite to ask. They'll let you know what's okay and what's not. Obviously you can’t get in the way and I'm sure no one is trying to but sometimes you really just don’t realize it. They'll let you know where you can and cant be.

 

This one is important- SIT STILL. Don't grab your piercer’s hand or pull away or fidget or kick your legs or flail your arms, or anything else that could cause your piercer to lose control of the needle. Two things to remember- if you are all shifty it makes it very difficult to make a well placed hole. Also, and this one is very important, if you move you could cause your piercer to stick them self after piercing you. A needle stick is incredibly serious. Consider this; How scared would you be if you were accidentally poked with a needle that had just been inside a stranger? Please, SIT STILL. 

 

PAY ATTENTION TO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS. Seriously. We know you just got pierced and you're all jacked up on adrenaline and it's exciting but please try and focus on what they are telling you to do take care of your piercing. They want you to have a successful heal just as much as you do and they know how to make that happen, so pay attention and do as they say. 

 

TIPPING, like with tattoos, is appreciated. It's not an expectation, but it really just shows them that you are happy with their service and that you appreciate their work. 

 

MINORS. The truth is, piercers don't have to do anything they aren’t comfortable with. Some piercers have no problem doing kids ear lobes; others don't do it for a number of reasons. Kids are unpredictable little creatures and the last thing a piercer wants is some poor little darling whaling like a banshee after one ear lobe and too scared to do the other. So it's up to the piercer and they are never going to be forced to do something they aren't okay with. In some situations, like navel, they just know that the chances of a successful heal on someone that is still growing is near impossible. There are a million scenarios and reasons why a piercer will or will not do something on a minor and that is their choice to make. It's not personal; it's usually for your own good. 


Piercings should be a fun and safe experience and if you follow that advice, (wherever you go to get pierced) that is exactly what you should get. 
 

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Ink Addict is here!

 

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen, Ink Addict.

 

"InkAddict is a lifestyle apparel brand that appeals to the tattoo artist and culture surrounding the tattoo industry.

Each piece has been chosen with the latest fashions, colors and styles in mind to ensure our product is highly sought after." -www.inkaddict.com

 

 

 

Check out some of the style's we just got in!

 

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