- My Diaspora swag pack (my gift for donating to the project)
- My Viso swag (that I sent away for ‘cause I saved all my tabs… and other peoples’ as well)
- My Coconut Bliss swag that Kiley so generously offered me via Twitter
- My Hunch swag that I sent away for
So I like swag and free stuff. I’m not ashamed.
This was a sad excuse for a blog post. I’m not ashamed of that, either.
UPDATE 7.31.10: Coconut Bliss sent me a sweet custom-logo ChicoBag, a couple of stickers, and a neat little pamphlet with pretty artwork! I’ll totally use the bag all the time.
UPDATE 8.7.10: My Viso stuff came in the mail yesterday. The t-shirt looks a little bit more like a guy’s shirt than I wanted, but eh. I can wear it. The sweatshirt however looks really cool. Also, for posterity, I am hungry.
UPDATE 9.10.10: My Hunch stuff arrived AGES ago, not sure of the date. I just really suck at updates. Also, my Rogue citizenship packet came, which I completely neglected to mention. But it’s not like you really care.
…And admittedly, aftercare for my first tattoo is something I have been stressing heavily about since the day after I got inked, almost to the point of being comical:
Friday: Got tattooed. Did the normal, recommended aftercare stuff: washed my tattoo with soap in the shower with my hands, dabbed dry with a clean towel, then applied the A+D Ointment Mark gave me (even though Etzel recommended Aquaphor or a similar generic product).
Saturday: I went to Saturday Market with Peggy and was flipping out because my tattoo was “gooey”: seeping a clear fluid that was likely just dead white blood cells and/or plasma. Later we met up with Mark for dinner, and he finally assured me that this was totally normal. Applied A+D ointment at regular intervals all day.
Sunday: My tattoo stopped being gooey, but my skin was starting to bunch up. Still using A+D regularly at this point. Not liking the thick goopy feeling of A+D on my skin (or A+D’s yucky smell), I contacted my favorite skin care brand - Badger - via Twitter and asked them if their Evolving Body Balm was safe for tattoos (since it’s REALLY good on stretch marks, acne, dry skin, abrasions, rashes, and other owwies), then patiently waited for their reply.
Monday: I woke up to my skin peeling at what I considered an alarming rate. Still using A+D regularly. Badger replied to my tweet saying that it was certainly better than A+D (by name, without me mentioning that was what I was using), but recommended I take a tin in to the artist and ask him.
Tuesday: My tattoo continued to peel but wasn’t peeling as actively as Monday. Started using a combination of A+D and the small tin of Lavender & Orange Badger lip & body balm I always have in my pocket. Mark of course started giving me a really hard time about it, and for good reason: considering there’s so much conflicting info about aftercare, and I wasn’t listening to two people who actually knew a little something.
Wednesday: My skin continued to look “peely” and tight, but peeled much less. I started using the Evolving balm exclusively, without asking Etzel about it. I let Badger know I was doing this and they asked me to keep them posted on it. I can tell you my skin really liked the Evolving balm a lot: my skin felt soft and very comfortable and relaxed on the peeling, but still looked peely and tight.
Thursday: My skin peeled almost imperceptibly, and my tattoo seemed to really like the Evolving balm. Mark inspected my tattoo and commented, “Oh, yeah, that looks like crap, that’s exactly how it’s supposed to look right now.”
Friday Morning (now): I’m sitting here looking at my tattoo and inspecting it under halogen light, and some parts of the ink look VISIBLY - SCARILY - faded. Of course I’m fucking freaking out… yeah, there’s a lot of build up of dead, peeling skin, and since the skin is tight in some places a lot of the lines aren’t even straight right now (the latter’s been true since Wednesday). Without picking or peeling, I kept looking really closely to see if there was loose skin coming off over the faded spots to see if there was brighter color underneath.
Is the Evolving balm working too well, making the skin just not want to peel off? Are the essential oils leeching out the ink (and if so, why isn’t it rubbing off on anything, like my clothes)? I’ve checked out a couple of commercially available tattoo-specific balms that are similar to Badger, and they both contain essential oils, and some of the ingredients are the same as what’s in the Evolving balm. I’ve researched the internet all night now for what could fade a new tattoo, and I’ve basically done NOTHING wrong. Evolving balm doesn’t contain petroleum, alcohol, fragrances (other than the ones from the essential oils), or lanolin. I’ve also avoided soaking my tattoo, making it too moist, or exposing it to direct sunlight. The more research I do, the more obvious it is that I’m just flipping out over nothing: in fact I learned that I’m not the ONLY person that has used Evolving balm for my tattoo, and the stories I’ve read are all positive.
*Sigh* But there’s so much conflicting information it’s hard to tell. I’ll ask Mark again later today after some sleep if he thinks my tattoo looks normal. Maybe I’ll even see Etzel and see what he thinks. In the meantime, though, I’d appreciate any feedback you may be able to provide.
- green_theif: yay miscolored sunkist snacks!!!
- thefelinepunk: I know right?
- thefelinepunk: these things are fucking good
- green_theif: they are tasty. they just don't give a damn about proper color
- thefelinepunk: I'm packing some for my Safari Adventure snack bag
- green_theif: lol
- thefelinepunk: SAFARI ADVENTURE SNACK BAGS ARE SERIOUS BUSINESS CORY
- green_theif: LOL
- green_theif: you are too fucking funny