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 About Us

Founded in 1995 by Emrah Çakın, Red Cat Tattoo Factory has greatly contributed to the art of tattoo in Turkey with over 12.000 clients domestically and abroad so far and over 20.000 registered tattoos. Graduated an industrial designer, Emrah Çakın designed the plastic bars sterilized buy Ethylene Oxide gas, whose use are compulsory in Australia and some states in the USA today thus enabling tattoo fans to have their tattoos under more hygienic conditions. As in all branches of art, the size and variability of a tattoo is unlimited. However Emrah Çakın embraces the mission to give his clients tattoos they will always be glad to keep; not the tattoos largest in size and with the most complex patterns. Put shortly, the best tattoo is the one on the right person, in right place and at right size. Having been at the service of tattoo fans at his studio in Bebek, İstanbul since 1997, Emrah Çakın is presently a member of ATAT (Alliance of Tattoo Artists) conducting the phase 3 and 4 tests of the new tattoo ink that can assure a taintless removal at just one session and is to be launched soon by the American firm "Freedom2 Inc." Besides, he is giving counseling services on photo-dermal tattoo treatment at "Elit Estetik Sağlık Hizmetleri". He is one of the tattoo artists limited in number setting the higher standards in Turkey and globally. He is the only Turkish tattoo artist in the list of the most talented tattoo artists worldwide.


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I would like to get a tattoo on my ankle but I've been told that getting a tattoo close to a bone hurts a lot. Is it true?

Tattoo can be done on any place on the human body only if it is done by a professional tattoo artist because tattoo guns can be adjusted depending on the body part and it hurts one third of an epilation. Another option would be applying anesthetic cream. Therefore, there is no such thing as tattooing close to a bone hurts, there is an inexperienced tattoo artist. Moreover, needles that are sterilized to use more than once become blunt. A professional tattoo artist uses a needle only once and changes it every 45 minutes.

I have a colored/black tattoo and I would like to get it removed. Is it possible?

Depending on the size, prices vary and it usually takes 5-7 sessions to get the tattoo removed. For further information: Elit Estetik ve Dermatoloji Kliniği (0212) 570 93 70 www.elitpoliklinigi.com info@elitpoliklinigi.com

Friend of mine got a laser tattoo removal and said that it was very painful and it left a burn mark...

As tattooing is a professional job, so is tattoo removal. In modern medicine, various laser systems are being used to remove marks on the skin. Unfortunately, ARGON AND YAG laser systems, that are being used quite often, can cause upsetting results. The most known laser tattoo removal is fotodermal. This system is pain-free and don't leave marks on the skin. Disadvantage of it would be that it takes 5 sessions. Even though, the other system scan remove the tattoo in a session, they leave marks and cause depigmentation.

Can a tattoo be done under the foot and in the palm of the hand?

Under the foot, palm and elbows are places where the dead cell tissue is thick compared to the other parts of the skin and therefore pigmentation would not be permanent.

Would a tattoo that has been done on the breast lose its form after breast augmentation?

It is a problem that can be solved by your physician if the location of the tattoo is suitable.

It is been said that a tattoo can lead to skin cancer in the future. Is there a scientific explanation?

Another common belief among societies is that inks that are used for tattooing can cause cancer. There is no clinical indications on this matter. When tattooing, only inks that are approved by FDA ( Food and Drug Administration) are used because of the US government's conservative approach. These inks are suspensions that contain chemically inorganic pigment, isopropyl alcohol and glycerine. These substances don't contain any threat to human health wether used individually or together.

Is there a temporary tattoo that lasts for 6 months or 1-2-3 years?

6 months temporary tattooing myths is the most classical question in the modern tattoo history where the source remains unknown. The most temporary tattoo inks are the ones that are used for permenant make-up. They last at least 2 years depending on the type of the skin, area, skills of the tattoo artist and the quality of the ink. Therefore, there is no substance that is injected beneath the skin, can go away on its own in 6 months. Another option for temporary tattooing is the one that done by henna. However, applying this type of tattoo to children and light-skinned people is very disadvantageous considering that it contains silver nitrate. This can cause allergic reactions and permanent marks on the skin. The mentioned substance is used as a cell paint in microbiology and it is only used on newborns to maintain hygiene of the eye by applying an amount of five of a thousandth of a drop.

Green and blue tattoos cannot be removed by laser systems. Is it true?

No, they can be removed yet it requires extra sessions and different techniques of removal.

Can a tattoo be covered by an another tattoo?

Depending on the tattoo's shape, color and size, tattoo cover-up with an another motif is possible. This is a method that is preferred instead of tattoo removal.

Is it possible to tattoo the exact picture/motif/shape provided by the customer?

It is possible. It is pertinent with the skill of the tattoo artist. Ask for his/hers previously applied portrait tattoos. It is preferred to tattoo on the still parts of the body where the skin is hairless, pimple and mole free given that any mark on the skin will reflect on the tattoo. For this reason if your skin is suitable and your tattoo artist is qualified; it is possible to get a tattoo of a portrait of your wife/husband, children, yourself, pet or any other photograph.

How long does it take to get a tattoo?

It really depends on the tattoo it could take 5 minutes if it is a letter or a small star etc. or it could take hours. Only thing here that needs to be considered is that it shouldn't last more than 3 hours in a session and there should be 10 days between sessions. A professional tattoo artist can tattoo 50cm² of an area in 45 minutes.

Is there a difference between colored and black/white tattoos?

No, technically there is no difference only price varies.

Is it possible to get a tattoo without a needle?

Henna and gum tattoos are the ones that one can get without a needle and they are not permanent. However, tattoo needles are not like sewing needles and they don't pierce the skin, it only irritates half a millimeter space on the skin (as if your skin got scratched by a string) and the irritated tissue lets the ink absorbed by the skin.

Can a motif that is provided by the customer be tattooed or should it be chosen from the catalog?

There is no difference between the motifs in the catalogs and the ones that are brought by the customers. But a talented tattoo artist can modificate the motif you provided in order to improve the tattoo and make it more suitable for your body. If you want to make changes on the motifs or have it drawn from scratch, ask for an appointment on a hours appropriate for the artist because when the artist is busy with other appointments he/she may not make time for your tattoo. When you deliberate with a tattoo artist and tell him exactly what you need, you'll be mesmerized by he miraculous ideas he/she can come up with.

How long before I can do sports after getting a tattoo?

Worst case scenario, you can't do sports for a week but depending on the area and the advise of your artist it could only be for 24 hours.

What would happen if I were not to use the medicines that required for tattoo healing process?

It would prolong the process of healing to 15 days and it may cause the colors to fade and lack some lines. If you only want to return to the parlor for appreciation or to take a friend then take care of your tattoo as your artist recommends.

Do I have to make an appointment before coming in for a tattoo?

That depends on tattoo artists working principal, but if you prefer a special and beautiful tattoo, you should choose an artist working with appointment.

Why some tattoo artists charge more and some less?

This really depends on the experience level, professional competence and the quality of the material that is used by the tattoo artist.

Is it healthy to have a tattoo done at home?

If you are brave enough to have obturation at home then there is no inconvenience for you to get a tattoo at home,work, park, beach etc..!

Tattoos that are done by permanent make-up tattoo machines would appear as a normal tattoo?

The quality of these tattoos are in direct proportion with a facial or a hair-cut that your tattoo artist would give you. If you are willing to receive a facial from your tattoo artist then you should be comfortable when getting a tattoo by your esthetician.

Can a tattoo be done in a day or is it better if first blacks are drawn then the colors/shadows?

It depends on the size and the complexity of the tattoo you desire. If it is big and complex, it is better to get it done in few sessions.

How old does a person has to be to get a tattoo?

According to the law(in most countries), it is 18. Minors who would like to get tattoos, should have a written permission from their guardians. However, it is inconvenient for a person who hasn't completed their body development(under age 16) because body will change its shape causing distortion on the tattoo.

Is it dangerous to drink alcohol before getting a tattoo?

Drinking should be avoided 24 hours before getting a tattoo.

Who shouldn't get tattoos?

People who have epilepsy, hemophilia, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies and any kind of hepatitis carriers should consult their doctor before getting a tattoo.

Is it possible to get a tumefactive tattoo?

Another tattoo myth is tumefactive tattoo. There are two reasons for a tattoo to become swollen. First one would be the wrong choice of needle and uncontrolled oscillation. The other one would be the skin disease called keloid which mostly appears on shoulders, arms and back which causing excess production of cells during healing process causing tattoo to swell.

Is it healthy to get a "glow in the dark" tattoo?

Especially in United Kingdom, tattoo inks that glow under the uv lights has been determined to be causing allergic reactions. These inks are prohibited in USA. When tattooing, only inks that are approved by FDA ( Food and Drug Administration) are used because of US government's conservative approach. These inks are suspensions that contain chemically inorganic pigment, isopropyl alcohol and glycerine. These substances dont compose any threat to human health wether used alone or together. As one of the great authority figures in tattoo art, Huck Spaulding explained, "the only thing that glows in the dark should be your clock's face."

Would tattooing cause allergic reactions?

Inks that are manufactured in Far East, contains iron oxide especially within the colors red-brown(CI77491), yellow(CI77492) and black(CI77499). The usage of these colorants are restricted and they cause allergic reactions. Therefore, American inks should be preferred.

Is it better to apply vaseline on the tattoo?

There is a delusion among people that somehow applying vaseline on the tattoo in the process of healing would make the colors more vibrant. The reason for this delusion is that in developed countries like United Kingdom and United States, antiseptic pomades are subject to prescriptions. Thus, unprofessional tattoo artists suggest vaseline in the countries mentioned above. Of course tattoo artists who claim to be experts advise the use of vaseline thinking that "If Americans are doing, then we should as well", and they thrust aside the idea of using creams like Bactroban and Bepanthene Plus which speed up the process of cell renewal.

Is it proper to cover the tattoo with a stretch film?

Unfortunately, in some countries some tattoo parlors use stretch film to cover the skin after tattooing. If clinics, hospitals, health centers and pharmacies use stretch films after any kind of fomentation or operations then it is safe to say that it can too be used after tattooing.(!) Moreover, it is not safe to use stretch film to cover any kind of wound let alone tattoos. Covering the tattoo with a stretch film provides an environment for anaerobic viruses and bacteria to grow rapidly. While tattooing and afterwards for bandaging, sterile compresses should be used. It's cost to the tattoo studio is around $1. Sadly, I would like to emphasize that tattoo artists who would prefer stretch films instead of compresses priorities the protection of themselves instead of yours. When choosing your tattoo artist and place please don't prioritize these artists. Let your mother use stretch films for covering food.

How should I take care of my new tattoo? What are things that I should avoid?

Tattoo care: Take off your bandages in 2-5 hours. Put a thin layer of Bactroban cream on after cleaning with a solutions as described by your artists. Apply this method for a week in periods that you are told and avoid contact with water for 24 hours and stay out of the sea and the pool for a week. Protect your tattoo from direct sunlight and solarium for a week. Crusts may appear on the tattoo, don't peel them off.

Is there a risk of festering microbes and viruses when tattooing?

Over 400 hundred types of viruses have been known since 1950s, around 75 of them can transmit through tattooing. It is not enough to use new and sterile equipments to be protected. Your tattoo artist and his/her studio employees should know about contamination, prophylaxis and DAS Standards and apply these regulations in the workplace. For instance, if your tattoo artist answers a phone call with gloves that is contaminated with your body fluids and afterwards continues tattooing you without changing his gloves, just think about this: What if the customer before you were a hepatitis carrier and your sociable tattoo artist answered a phone call without changing his gloves. Then he would be contaminating the phone hence, you would be infected with hepatitis... In normal conditions, if an any open wound comes in contact with blood that is contaminated with hepatitis B virus, within the first six hours your body secretes a plasmatic flow to prevent the virus from entering. However, a virus that is transmitted through a glove to a tattoo while working with the tattoo gun, makes the virus enter the body as the ink pigments do and let the virus become active, making you share the same fate with the previous customer. This is called cross infection. These examples may go on making artists to be ashamed with another example of using the same glove to change inks and settings of the tattoo machine. Therefore, it is very important to find the right tattoo studio. Let's not forget that needles are for one time use only even in hospitals yet still patients and their relatives are exposed to infections such as MRSA caused by lack of attention.

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Red Cat Tattoo Factory

Hamam Sok. No:10 Bebek, Istanbul, Turkey 34342

Phone: +90 212 287 45 35