Johnny Jackson's Texas Body Art
12537 Jones Road Houston, Texas 77070
Open SUN-THURS > NOON-1am
Open FRI-SAT > NOON-2am
Contact us at 281-894-2282
For piercings call 281-894-2227
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DISCLAIMER FROM JOHNNY JACKSON OF TEXAS BODY
TEXAS Body Art confronts drug and alcohol abuse seriously. We are committed to providing a drug-free environment. No one may use, possess, sell, transfer or purchase any illicit drugs or alcohol while on our premises.Artist's or customers.
Texas Body Art is licensed and regulated by the State of Texas and the Texas Department of Health. We follow all the proper guidelines especially in regards to our sterilization methods and the cross contamination of blood-borne pathogens. You can be assured we use only the highest quality products for use in the Tattoo & Piercing Industries and we stay on top of all the latest developments in our field.
Absolutely no one under 18 can get tattooed ,even with a parent unless it is court ordered.IF YOU DONT HAVE STATE ISSUED ID YOU WILL NOT BE PIERCED OR TATTOOED.WE FOLLOW THE LAWS OF TEXAS.Minors must have a parent present and birth certificate as well as a valid ID,both names on the parent and the child have to be on the birth certificate as well both parent and minor wishing to get pierced must have ID to match the birth certificate.A school yearbook will work in the identification process.We apologize for any inconvienience this may cause but you need to bring all the proper documents if you plan on getting your minor pierced.NO EXCEPTIONS
Tattoo Advice & Info
Choosing Your Piece
Will Sweating Affect A Tattoo? Tips On
Sitting for Long Tattoo Sessions: Tips, Advice,
and Communicating With Your Artist
Q) Hi Jinxi, I do not
sit still for long hours well, but I'm gearing up to get
some larger pieces done. If the sitting process is going
to take many hours, what's the proper etiquette on
asking the artist for a breaks during a session? How do
you prepare for long sittings? - Dee
A) Hi Dee!
Thank you for inquiring about this topic. The answer
should probably be broken up into two types of
Tattoo collectors who PHYSICALLY cannot
sit for long periods of time (this can be common for
people who suffer from back problems/lower back pain,
neck injuries, knee problems, Fibromyalgia,
Gastrointestinal problems, and many other reasons)
and it would be detrimental to their health to push a
session too far.
2) Tattoo collectors who do better with
shorter sittings due to anxiety, pain tolerance issues,
attention spans, etc.
There are many people who physically are not able to
sit for long periods of time. If this is the case, be
sure to discuss this well ahead of time with your
artist. Any great artist cares about the entire
experience of giving a tattoo, not just the final
product. Which means that she/he should want you to be
comfortable and happy, in order to end up with an
If this means having to make a few extra appointments to
get the piece finished, it will be worth both the
collector and the artist's time in the end. Much better
to be up front about any medical conditions or physical
limits you have so that your tattooist can plan
This is also essential so they can discuss what your
piece will involve and the length of time it might
require from start to finish, by taking into
consideration: the location of the tattoo, the style,
the intricacy involved, the size, etc.; as well as
concerns that you might have about sitting constraints.
So long-story short:
If you are worried about
enduring a long session due to pain tolerance issues or
anxiety over the event, I'll run down a few tips that
**It's important to note that each
person is different, so my advice might not fit your
situation at all...but in case it helps, below are
things I have noticed and learned throughout my tattoo
- If you are preparing for a large tattoo piece,
chances are, you may have already received some
smaller tattoos and therefore have somewhat of a gauge
as to your pain tolerance level. Each location is
different, so this might add some variation into the
equation, but you probably have a pretty good idea of
how far/long you can go in regards to handling the
stings and twinges. Use this as a foundation for
preparing mentally for the larger piece.
- Don't psyche yourself out beforehand.
- Breathe. Focus on your breathing and don't let
yourself hyperventilate, overbreathe, panic-breathe.
Just stay calm and relaxed, breathing normally -
taking nice, even inhales/exhales.
- Get comfortable. Now sometimes, the positioning is
just going to be awkard and uncomfortable in order for
your artist to get to the spot they are tattooing, but
if you are working in an area where you can reposition
yourself to feel more at ease, ask your artist for a
moment to readjust.
- Stay hydrated. This is important for many reasons
and will help you to keep your composure and prolong
your physical strength.
- Eat small snacks when you stop for short breaks.
Anything that will give you a little zip and energy
back: fruit, nuts, dry cereal, crackers, juice, etc.
Just as staying hydrated is essential, so is your
maintaining your stamina with little punches of
- Think positively and remind yourself of the great
power that your mind has over handling tough
- If you think it will help, mentally prepare days
before your tattoo. I do this every time I am gearing
up for a tattoo. I think about where it's going,
visualize the sitting, and try to positively plan for
it to be a great experience. I know it will hurt, but
going through it in my mind somehow helps me once that
machine starts to buzz.
- Learn to "get in the zone." For many of us, there
comes a point during a tattoo where your mind has to
adapt and find ways to push through to the end. This
might include diverting your attention by talking (oh,
I'm good at that), listening to music, or just letting
your mind wander and not hone in on the distress your
skin and body are going through.
- Believe that you are capable of great feats.
- Remember what a great reward (the beautiful new
tattoo) is waiting for you at the end.
If these tips don't help,
your best bet is to revert back to my earlier advice -
be up front and honest with your tattooist
- and if you need to stop and reschedule, just be open
about it and speak up. She/he wants you to be happy and
to have a great experience.
When you look at that piece
of ink, you will remember so many things about not only
the artwork, but the day you received it, the emotions
that were involved, and all that you endured to "earn"
If it is physically not possible to complete the work,
speak up and talk openly so that you can either
reschedule a time to finish up, or push through after
taking a breather.
Adding ink to your skin should be a positive
experience and taking the time to prepare,
communicate, and enjoy the ride (even the painful part)
Last updated on April 29, 2010 by Jinxi
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY TATTOO??
IN ORDER FOR YOU TO SUCCESSFULLY TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEW TATTOO YOU WILL NEED:
ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP (DIAL) SARAN WRAP..(but you are not to keep
it covered except at night then removed and washed each time,Leaving
it on will smother the tattoo and cause heat bumps and possible
BETADINE OINTMENT (CLEAR) or AQUAPHOR
You never want to touch your new tattoo without washing your hands first.
1. For the first three nights while sleeping, keep the tattoo covered w/ saran wrap. Apply thin layer of ointment before doing so.
2. In the morning, remove saran wrap, wash w/ soap and water, apply thin layer of ointment. Be sure to rub the ointment in until it is gone.
3. You will need to wash area of work 2-3 times daily with warm soap and water, rinse, then apply thin layer of ointment. It is very important that you rub the ointment in until it is gone. (DO NOT GLOB IT ON OR
YOU WILL SMOTHER IT NOT ALLOWING IT TO GET AIR...)
4. Keep out of the sun, away from pools, lakes, hot tubs, or any type of chlorinated or salt water for at least two weeks. (CHLORINATED AND SALT WATER OF ANY KIND WILL EAT YOUR TATTOO!)
5. Do not pick or scratch your tattoo, if it itches it means it is dry so wash it with warm soap and water, apply thin layer of ointment. (IF YOU PICK YOUR TATTOO YOU RISK PULLING INK OUT!) The artist is not responsible for these damages.
6. If you follow these instructions there is no reason your tattoo should not heal up beautifully; we take great pride in our care of the work we do. If you stray from these instructions the individual artist is not responsible.
We appreciate your business and would like you to return.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING TATTOOS
Tattooing is a process by which a pigment, usually ink, is permanently implanted under the skin by piercing the epidermis and depositing the ink into the dermis. Effectively this means that the middle layer of skin contains ink which is protected by the upper layer (when fully healed). There are archaeological records of tattooing going well into pre-history. Several tattooed mummies have been found all over the world including Otzi the tattooed iceman who dates back to 3300 BC and the Mummy of Amunet from Ancient Egypt. The word itself is thought to be sourced from "tattau", a Tahitian word which translates essentially as "to mark".
Do They Hurt?
Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerancy 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 returning again and again for tattoo after tattoo if it hurt that bad! Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs a little pin-stick here and there. For more information and how to deal with your fears, read How Much Does It Really Hurt?
Can I use some kind of numbing cream?
These kinds of products are really not recommended.
How much is it going to cost?
When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will ink you cheap, and you'll be crying to a real artist to have it covered up. Look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. NEVER haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. If you can't pay for quality, don't bother. This is not a bargain bin. It is a piece of art you will wear for life.
Should I tip my tattoo artist?
Tipping is a really nice gesture! But, there are no real solid ground rules for tipping, still a tip is greatly appreciated.
What should I get? And where?
This is all a matter of personal taste. You can get whatever you want, and whatever your artist is willing to do. You can choose a picture off the wall, or you can have them create a custom piece just for you. Your only limit is your own imagination. As far as where you should get it goes, just keep in mind what you do for work and the type of social circles you are in. You might want to consider placing your tattoo where it can be easily covered up with normal clothing.
What is the best time of year to get a tattoo?
Although you can get a tattoo any time of the year, your skin gets a lot more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning and just being exposed to the elements more. Winter time is really the best season to get a tattoo.
Is it OK to get a piercing if I'm sick?
Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn't at 100% isn't a good idea. You're going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won't be able to do if it's already doing battle against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it's very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you're feeling well again.
Where can I find pictures of (skull, teddy bear, lion, etc.) tattoos?
If you're getting a tattoo, especially as an expression of your individuality, why would you want a tattoo just like someone else's? Instead, find other pictures of what you're looking for and have your artist draw up a custom design for you. Example: If you are wanting a tattoo of a penguin standing on a glacier, find real photos of penguins and glaciers. If you want a tattoo of a blue rose wrapped around a cross, find pictures of real roses and crosses that you like. If the pictures don't show exactly what you want, just take them to your artist to use them as guidelines and tell them what changes you want made to the original pictures. A real artist will welcome the challenge of a custom piece.
Is it OK to lay out in the sun or go to the tanning bed when you have tattoos?
It might be really tempting to get some rays during the summer months, but before you ruin your tattoo, please read this article about Tattoos and Tanning.
I just got a new tattoo on my leg - can I shave?
After a couple days of stubble and bristly skin, the urge to shave can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, at this point, shaving is about as brutal on your tattoo as a weedwacker. The wound is still fresh, and especially if you have any scabbing or raised areas, you run the risk of damaging your artwork by running a razor across it. Chemical hair removers are just as bad if not worse - you never want to put anything like that on a fresh tattoo.
Of course, you can shave the area around the tattoo. Be sure any and all creams, gels and/or hair follicles are cleaned away from the tattoo immediately afterward, and then apply your ointment or lotion as directed by your artist.
So, when is it safe to shave again?
Your tattoo will go through several different stages, one of the last being the peeling stage. Once the peeling has finished, your skin will start to regenerate and produce a new protective layer over your tattoo. Once this new layer has appeared, it is usually safe to shave again. Depending on your tattoo and your own body's ability to heal, this can take anywhere from 5-10 days in most cases. Do this simple little skin test to see if it would be safe for you to shave:
Close your eyes and run the tips of your fingers across and around your tattoo. Are there any bumps? Raised areas? Hard scabs? The tattoo should feel the same as the skin around it - if you can tell where the tattoo begins and ends or feel any skin irregularities, you might need to wait a little longer.
Sometimes a tattoo can remain raised slightly for as long as a couple months. This can be very frustrating and itchy to the wearer. In this case, if the tattoo is completely healed with no open sores or scabs, an electric razor is you best option. Even a chemical hair remover would be better than a blade, but be sure to leave it on for the minimum time required to remove the unwanted hair. If you must use a blade razor, exercise extreme caution. Your tattoo is so close to being successfully healed - the last thing you want to do now is open it up.
Once a tattoo is completely healed, you can shave just like normal without worry.
My friend just bought a tattoo kit and wants to practice on me. Should I let them?
NO! Your friend could be putting both of your lives in danger by foolishly trying to learn this at home. Tell them they need to get a proper apprenticeship, and they can start practicing on you when their mentor (master) feels they are ready. If they don't know how to get an apprenticeship, read Apprenticeship: On the Hunt!
Are Piercings Safe?
Most of them, especially when performed by a professional. There are some areas of the body that can be severely damaged if not pierced correctly. A professional piercer has to know how to avoid harmful mistakes. They also understand the weight of the responsibility when they take another's life into their hands.
Do They Hurt?
Yup - they do. Some more than others. Some people are more or less sensitive than others, so there is no way to really say how bad a piercing is going to feel to you. But, the point is this - could you handle a really bad pain for 30 seconds? Well, most piercings last even less time than that, and most piercings are not that bad. Yes, they hurt. But it's over so fast, you really don't have much time to think about it. Some will bring a tear to your eye, but I've never heard anyone screaming bloody murder from the next room. Honestly, if you're really that scared of the pain, you probably shouldn't get the piercing.
Can I use some kind of numbing ointment?
Some piercers will use an ointment similar to Orajel for tongue piercings, but all that does it take an edge off. Other piercings are done flat out. It's not worth the bother, time or expense of some pain-reducing agent for something that is only going to last a few seconds.
How much does it cost?
There are a lot of factors that determine price of a piercing. The type and location of a piercing will obviously make a difference. It also will depend on whether jewelry comes with the price of the piercing, or if the two prices are separate.
Earlobe $30 each with ring
Genital Usually $120, ask piercer for details
Navel $50 plain barbell, $65 jewel
Nipple $50 for one, $90 for both up to 12G ring
Orbital $80 $80
Tongue $60 for 14G-12G
Should I tip my piercing artist?
Tipping is a really nice gesture! But, there are no real solid ground rules for tipping, so follow the suggestions at To Tip or Not To Tip.
What should I get? And where?
This is really up to you. No one can make that decision for you. You might, however, find out what the rules are at your place of employment. It would be a real pain to go through the trouble (and money) to get a piercing, only to have your employer demand you remove it. Or you might decide that the company's policy of wearing band-aids over piercings goes against your good fashion sense. Other than that, get what you want. It's your body.
I work out/exercise regularly. Will this hurt my piercing?
As long as you're keeping your piercing clean, it should not be harmed by your workout routine. Sweat can, however, irritate a piercing and introduce germs and bacteria into the wound. It's important that you shower and clean the piercing well after your workout is complete.
Is it OK to get a piercing if I'm sick?
Getting a piercing (or tattoo) when your immune system isn't at 100% isn't a good idea. You're going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your piercing, something your body won't be able to do if it's already doing battle against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it's very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo/piercing studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you're feeling well again.
I've always been told to rotate my jewelry when cleaning, but now I'm hearing that this is wrong. Which is it?
The reason some piercers advise rotating the jewelry is to keep it from adhering to the skin during the healing process, and to ensure that the entire piece of jewerly and the pierce (hole) itself are thoroughly cleaned. The reason for advising against this practice is because too many people rotate unclean jewelry and push the crusties, dirt and germs right back into the piercing. The latter can be avoided simply by ensuring that the jewelry is completely cleaned (per your aftercare instructions) before spinning or rotating the jewelry. However, in my own experience, I do find that it seems most effective to just wash the piercing thoroughly and not worry about rotating the jewelry unless you notice it trying to stick.
Ew! What is this dry, yellow, crusty stuff around my piercing?
Don't worry, this is perfectly normal, and appropriately nicknamed "crusties". Crusties are just the result of your body trying to heal itself. Dead blood cells and plasma surface, and then dry when exposed to air. They do need to be cleaned carefully and thoroughly whenever you notice them. After a couple weeks, you will see less or possibly even none of the crusties.
It's only been a few weeks, but my piercing feels great! Can I stop the aftercare regimen?
We would strongly advise against that. It's great that your piercing is doing well, and it is tempting to slack off on the aftercare at this point. But as soon as you do, problems will sneak up on you overnight. If your piercing is doing really well, you need to keep it on this course by continuing your aftercare regimen for the recommended duration.
I think my piercing is infected. Should I take the jewerly out?
No, the last thing you want to do is remove the jewelry. If your piercing actually is infected, and you remove the jewelry, the bacteria and puss can get locked inside if the hole closes up. The solution to healing an infection is removing it - you need to keep the pierce open in order to allow the infection to drain. Infection can lead to other serious problems, so you should see your piercer or doctor to get recommendations on how to handle it.
My friend just bought one of those at-home kits and wants to pierce me. Should I let them?
NO! Your friend could be putting both of your lives in danger by foolishly trying to learn this at home. Tell them they need to get a proper apprenticeship, and they can start practicing on you when their mentor (master) feels they are ready. I will repeat from the top of this page with, "A professional piercer has to know how to avoid harmful mistakes. They also understand the weight of the responsibility when they take another's life into their hands." Can you honestly say that about your inexperienced friend?
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING YOUR TATTOO OR OUR SERVICES FEEL FREE TO CALL US AT OUR STUDIO: 281-894-2282
PLEASE CONTACT TEXAS BODY ART OR A HEALTH PRACTITIONER IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE AN INFECTION, ALLERGIC OR ADVERSE REACTION RESULTING FROM THE APPLICATOIN OF YOUR NEWLY APPLIED TATTOO. ALL DIAGNOSED INFECTIONS, ALLERGIC OR ADVERSE REACTIONS MUST BE REPORTED TO TEXAS BODY ART AND THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. (1-888-839-6676)
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