It is rare that we write articles on Erisea from a personal perspective, but when we do, it tends to be because there is something that wont allow us to take our individual voice out of the prose. Today is one such day, I have found it incredibly hard to not look at this from a very personal perspective, why? Pig Fat Pomades is a tattoo cream and I love tattoos.
Ever since I can remember I was fascinated by tattoos and I have no idea why. I don’t recall family members having any, nor family friends, but from very early on I knew that I would be a person who became tattooed. I took this seriously as well, every single tattoo I have is carefully thought about and designed, there is meaning behind every one and a story that it will tell. To me tattoos are a very personal expression and they aren’t for everyone, I understand that, but they can be a very important part of your life. On a personal level my tattoos talk about me and are there to help my memory recall certain things, in fact as my illnesses have progressed and memory worsened, my tattoos have become more important to me.
I started off small and had a couple of individual pieces of work done, nothing major, but images that resonated with me on a level that is almost spiritual I guess. From having my first ink at 18, it has taken me over 15 years to decide to have a sleeve of artwork done and when I did I spent another year designing the piece with Matt (Feed The Monster Tattoo Studio), who does my tattoos.
It will come as no surprise to you that it is imperative after having a tattoo that you look after it, if you don’t you will be left will all sorts of complications such as infection, irritation, loss of part of the tattoo and much more. You, well I don’t, pay for amazing ink only to then have it ruined by poor care.
It will also come as no surprise that, like any other area of skincare, tattoo after care has a market flooded with products that claim to be the best way to care for your ink. I have tried a fair few!
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In days gone by many beauty and skincare products were made using rendered pig fat, nice I know and even though they do not use pig fat, or indeed any part of the pig, in their products, Pig Fat Pomades, (the name), is a little doff of the cap to the roots of beauty and skincare.
Pig Fat Pomades are the creators of the newly released Tattoo Cream I have discovered. It is nice to know that they, as a company, obviously know the roots of beauty ans skincare historically, it shows they have put a lot of research into their range, instantly filling me with confidence in their ability to deliver on the promises they make.Pig Fat Pomades founder, Paul Johnson, said: “When a friend of mine had a gorgeous tattoo done, he spent a lot of money on a cream which was full of chemicals, yet was little more than a moisturiser with some grape seed oil. I knew it would be possible to make something more effective, more natural and more affordable – so we got to work.”
It seems to tick all the boxes when it comes to tattoo care – antioxidants are present by the use of Borage Seed Oil which also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, Arnica Montana Flower Extract provides a way to treat the damage caused to the soft tissue when tattooing is done and Jojoba Oil soothes, nourishes and feeds the skin.
Once of the main issues that I have found personally when caring for my artwork, is that all the products available to help heal and protect the skin leave a sticky residue on the skin. This means that everything from clothes to dust become adhered to the skin. Now me, I have a hairy dog called Hendrix who is constantly moulting and sometimes after treating an area, I start to look like I am turning into a werewolf. PFP Tattoo Cream is water based and as such it means that it is fully absorbed into the skin. Fabulous!
I have to say that the cream is lovely and feels beautiful on the skin, not too good though gents, it is still manly. I for one can’t wait to get booked in to have the last of my colour added to my sleeve and start planning the bottom half of it!