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Atlanta artist, Dirk Hays, began tattooing in 1994 after serving a traditional 3 year apprenticeship at a shop in Little 5 Points, Atlanta. Dirk's extensive background in graphic design is evident in his tattooing through its strong, clean composition and concise visual communication of ideas. His use of brilliant color and bold line is echoed in his fine art drawings and paintings, some of which you may also view by clicking the link to your upper right.

If you would like to make an appointment to get a tattoo or purchase other media, email Dirk or stop by East Atlanta Tattoo at 1188 Glenwood Ave. SE, Suite C. We are open from 11 AM until 8 PM, Monday-Saturday, noon to 6pm Sunday. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are accepted as time permits.

Please remember that all images and photographs on this website are property of Dirk Hays and may not be used without the express written consent of the artist.

Special Pricing for First Tattoos

There is nothing quite like the excited feeling of planning to get your very first tattoo. To many individuals, getting your first tattoo is a significant milestone in their life. There are so many people in today's society, who are diving into the world of body art. However, there are too many people who will jump in to get a tattoo without thinking it through. Instead of randomly getting a tattoo at some party or event, it is important to make sure and properly plan it before finally deciding to get one. Our society is beginning to conform to the world of body art, and it becomes less of an issue for someone to get a job with tattoos. It is important to prepare properly, as well as, considering the safety concerns before deciding to become tattooed up. Also, remember that it is important to find the right tattoo artist that fits you and that you need to feel safe and relaxed in the tattoo parlor that you will be receiving this tattoo.

When you start out planning for your first tattoo, the number one thing you will want to do is to do plenty of research. Using the internet to look up a particular tattoo shop to find out the reviews it has received, and if it sounds like a spotless and professional place, then that would be a good shop to consider getting your first tattoo. The next thing you should do is to go to the shop of your choice and ask any questions you want. This is your body, and it is a permanent work of art that will be going on your body. You should not feel embarrassed or ashamed when it comes to asking questions, never feel sorry for not being in the know about tattoos. Everyone, who has tattoos, experiences their first time of getting a tattoo, and it is important that you get familiarized with the process of getting a tattoo, and get to know the artist that will be working on your tattoo. You will need to make sure that your body is healthy enough to get a tattoo as well. As soon as the needle enters your skin, your body is going to go into overtime to help heal it. Therefore, make sure you eat a healthy meal, be sure that your blood sugar is up, make sure your body is in an overall state of health, and bring some water with you because a tattoo session could take up to a few hours to complete.

Before the tattoo artist begins the process, it is prudent that you be sure that everything is clean, and that he is going to use a brand new needle on you. You can also ask questions about how long the shop has been open, or how long that the tattooist has been involved in this profession, and see if they have a portfolio that they can allow you to look at. It is within your best judgment to determine if you feel comfortable enough with the artist to do tattoo you. If you are uncomfortable with any part of the situation, then it would be in your best interest to not allow for them to give you the tattoo. Even though the artist is professional, and that you feel comfortable having them do it, it is important also to keep in mind and have an open mind, which what looks good on paper will not necessarily look good on your skin. There are several tattoo artists, and many of them have different views on how to best take care of your tattoo during the healing process. Many will say to only leave the bandage on for a few hours while others say just to keep it dressed overnight, and there are also many different opinions on which type of ointment is the best to use. Every person's body is different. However, it is preferred by most to bandage it for a few hours, wash it with warm soapy water, and then put ointment on it up to 3 times a day till it's healed. It is important to make sure that you are willing to do all of this until it is fully healed before you decide on getting your tattoo.

In conclusion, before you jump in to get your first tattoo, make sure that you do plenty of research. If you are prepared to get your first tattoo, then visit our shop!

We've Partnered with Tattoo Removal Specialists

There are hundreds of individuals who consider having a laser removal done. Statistics say that there are about 17% of the people who get a tattoo, who end up regretting at least one of the ones that they have. Several individuals have had this procedure done, and there are things that every person with a tattoo needs to know and be aware of before they decide to go through with this. As with any permanent decision that you will make in your life, it is always important to outway the pros and the cons before taking the initial step in deciding on something as important as laser tattoo removal.

So, one of the first, and imperative, things that you should know before removing a tattoo, is to realize that no removal is guaranteed unless you visit our partners at Due to having a plastic surgeon on board, he will be able to provide exceptional results and leave you leaving the clinic like nothing was there. However, if you do not want to use our partners, the best thing for you to do would be to not only speak with one laser treatment expert but try talking with 3 or more.

Things to Understand

Undergoing this procedure can then leave a kind of "ghost image" of the tattoo behind for quite some time. There will be some permanently raised scarring as well, and that it will take several treatments and not just one treatment.

The type of work that went into your tattoo, whether it is professional or by an amateur, will also depend on the result of the laser removal. If the art is done by a professional, then it would be easier to treat since the lines and the work are precise. However, if you had the work done by an amateur, it is more difficult because the process is harder to perform since the lines of your tattoo would have been done by a shaky hand. This will make it hard to laser off the tattoo because the laser technician will not have straight lines to follow. There are also different laser treatments, and it would be prudent for you to do research on which one is the type of procedure that you will want to have done on your body.

Another aspect to think is what can happen after you have the laser treatment done. There are a few symptoms, which are common, that you might see from the treatment. Symptoms such as blistering, pinpoint bleeding, redness, and things like that. There are also some side-effects that you might have to deal with as well. The most common side-effects that are typically seen after the procedure are hyper-pigmentation (darkening) and hypopigmentation (lightening) of your skin. These can usually last anywhere from 6 to 12 months after having the treatment done. Other side-effects include textural changes of your skin, burns, scarring, and infection.

In conclusion, whenever you want to have a tattoo on your body removed by a laser tattoo removal procedure, make sure to do the proper research on every little detail before making your final decision. There are many things to consider when it comes to having this treatment done. If you are willing to go back time and time again for the treatment to be done, if you are willing to deal with the potential symptoms and side-effects, and if you are ok with possibly having discolored skin, scars, and damage done to your skin, then it is your choice to have the removal done. Therefore, ask the professional, who will be handling your laser removal treatments, to show you a portfolio of the work that they have done. It is always important to make sure that you find out all of the necessary information and do your research before having any procedure done on your body.

If removing the artwork is not an option, consider having our tattoo artists tattoo something around or over it.



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