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Questions about scarification (from the artist's end)
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January 16, 2013
12:18 am
Central PA
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December 19, 2012

I've recently started performing scarifications in shop. My lines are always where they should be, as I use stencils, same as a tattoo. But, by the end of the procedure, my lines are all warped from swelling and it makes it hard for me to want pictures for my portfolio. How can I reduce the swelling for the pictures, instead of asking clients to take pictures the next day? It's hard when I'm using images that are really iconic (today I did Pikachu, and after the lines were done, it was Pikachu, but after I did the peels, the shape changed a bit, and some parts had swollen enough to make it not look as sharp). I wanted to know if I'm supposed to take pictures later, or if there is a way to reduce swelling right after… this is killing me!

January 16, 2013
3:55 am
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I'm not an artist, but things which come to mind are ice, and maybe ibuprofen? I bet ice would feel wonderful, but of course you'd need a sterile ice pack.
I also wonder if some technique can minimise this?

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
January 16, 2013
8:55 am
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Small one time use ice packs are inexpensive to buy in bulk and work great!! Apply for 10 full minutes before the cutting is done and then work very fast!! You'll be amazed how much faster you can do the cutting because the person won't feel it as much and the bleeding will also be greatly reduced.

Everyone has something to say about the Mona Lisa until you're standing in front of it speechless.
January 16, 2013
3:12 pm
Central PA
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i hadn't thought of that! could anyone point me in the direction of where i could order sterile single-use icepacks in bulk?

January 19, 2013
9:52 pm
South Korea
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February 27, 2012

You could use something like BlueGel or Zone 1.

I would recommend BlueGel, as it's been used on me. It restricts blood vessels, to reduce bleeding, swelling, etc. Use it after the initial cutting of the stencil, before the 2nd round/peels. Warning: it does burn like a motherfucker for about 30 seconds when you put it on, so warn your client. It also numbs the area completely, which is handy for delicate work.

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