Shane Murphy has been doing artwork for as long as he can remember. A strong fascination with horror and dark imagery starting from the age of 2 years old strongly influences the progression of his style. Starting as a freelance illustrator for death metal bands, Shane found his way into tattooing in 2009. He has now been tattooing at Out of the Dark World in Worcester, MA for a bit over 3 years now. The majority of Shane’s work consists of black and grey realism and illustrative color pieces with roots based in traditional tattooing. Though a lot of his work is horror based, it is not a requirement whatsoever for him to take on a piece. From Sailor Jerry inspired traditional tattooing, to realistic portraits of loved ones and family members, Shane would love to tackle any tattoo you bring to him and will do the best of his ability to bring your idea to life.
Taking appropriate care of your tattoo is critical to it’s healing process, overall appearance and most of all your health. Follow these tips for a clean, worry free heal.
- After 2 1/2-3 hours, fully remove bandage. Do not rebandage.
- Wash with warm water and antibacterial soap, preferably unscented.
- Let air dry for 15-20 minutes.
- Apply thin layer of Aquaphor 2-3 times a day, keep applying the ointment as directed for 4-5 days. (Do NOT use Bacitracin, Vaseline, Bengay (I’ve actually had people use this) or other random ointments. A lot of people use Vitamin A+D ointment but I generally try to stay away from it, but everybody is different.
- After you’re done with the Aquaphor, switch over to an unscented hand lotion (Eucerin, Jergens, etc) and reapply that as needed.
- Tattoo healing is annoying and the tattoo may become itchy, if so, don’t itch it. Reapplying lotion will take care of this.
- If the tattoo happens to form a scab or two in some areas, do NOT pick them. This could potentially pull out ink with it. Tattoos will generally flake and peel after the first few days to a week of initial healing. Some ink may be present in the fallen flakes, but don’t be alarmed, that is normal. Your tattoo isn’t falling off and you’re not dying.
- Avoid tanning or direct sunlight on the tattoo for up to at least 2 weeks following your tattoo. A good way to waste your money is to go to the beach the day you started your sleeve.
- Showering is encouraged but do not soak your new tattoo in a bath or hot tub due to bacteria.