Troll Skin

Troll Skin Tattoo Aftercare
Troll Skin Tattoo Aftercare

Nestled quietly in the back of an unsuspecting Gilbert business plaza, Skin Actives’ derma logical scientists have been formulating a rapid tattoo healing serum dubbed “Troll Skin”.

Nestled quietly in the back of an unsuspecting Gilbert business plaza, Skin Actives’ derma logical scientists have been formulating a rapid tattoo healing serum dubbed “Troll Skin”.

In our meeting (a week or so ago) Rosa touts the rave reviews that the product received at the 2010 biggest tattoo show on earth. Being the skeptic that I (the tattoo artist) have about any new magic aftercare product, I approach the meeting with caution. I also started to recall the whole salon / skincare scene that I had experienced in the past… but as soon as we sat down with Jonatan in the modest board room to discuss the Troll Skin tattoo serum and cream, I quickly realized that I was not dealing with snobby “Rolfs” types that I dreaded.I found myself engaged in a really informative conversation about a promising product . . . from competent and excited people. You could sense the feeling of pride that these two had about their product and you could sense the awe they had about the ambiguous industry that is tattoo. Arizona tattoo is a genre of its own, complete with its own class system. Aftercare products are the same way. You got your “over the counter” tried and true aquifer / A&D ointments – moving up to your “balms and salves” specifically designed for tattooing, and finally you have you “upper product lines” that tout themselves as a packaged solution for tattoo aftercare options. These packages are getting increasingly more complex (as it seems) by the day, and this tattoo artist is feeling the fatigue with the whole concept.I know artists who personally have nudged their clients away from purchasing aftercare products sold at the shops saying “save your cash”. Jonatan , with a confident smile looks across the table at me and says, “we know this product works, and we know once artists try it they will want to use it.” I agreed to give it a whirl. I took 2 of each serum and cream. Joe Lucero and I will conduct our own tests and share the results on tattooradar.com(Professional Tattoo Gear Review Website Coming Soon)- I will also post updates to Arizona tattoo magazine as well.Keep your eyes out for this product which is actually for sale now. Also check out the link to their facebook.Jonatan shared a little insight for his plans for the product line,…. it was obvious what business he was in as he puts a few drops of another liquid on my hands before I knew what was happening.. “this is great for tattoo artists who have dry hands”, he said enthusiastically . .I agreed that my hands are always messed up from alcohol and gloves and cleaning sterilization chemicals… but I didn’t have the heart to tell Jonatan that I used “dove bar soap” to wash my hair that morning… (if that says something about the level of thought I put into my OWN skin).This product: Troll Skin is not for the tattoo artist though; it’s for their clients and their art. I am a strong proponent of the saying “a good tattoo will heal well as long as the skin is not overly damaged during the tattoo”,  but I have seen some tattoo artists who put such a strong emphasis on aftercare products that their clients too swear by them.Is it a necessity?Nah…But are tattoos themselves a necessity? If this tattoo Troll Skin product can make your skin heal faster and brighter, would you be willing to use it on your next tattoo?My overall editorial opinion on these guys is that they appear to be good people with common sense and positive outlook on the whole tattoo industry. This industry is rapidly expanding and Arizona is no exception. You will have those who are along the “old school” mentality that will tell you that there are too many tattoo studios already and too many artists, and too many supply companies, and too many aftercare products. I think that in a few years the dust will settle and you will see which companies, shops, and products will come out of this change alive.