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Sachs Body Modification: Pioneering Body Art Since 1992

By Marina I. Jokic

Sachs Body Modification in Albuquerque's Nob Hill neighborhood has been a pioneer in the industry for over twenty-five years. Specializing in piercings and tattoos, Sachs has a talented and experienced staff who create traditional as well as avant-garde ink designs and provide the safest piercing process and after-care for their customers. Owner Anna Renee Sachs is proud to have founded the first body art shop to offer professional body piercing in New Mexico in 1992.

Sachs has been working in body art and modification for over twenty-seven years, and was excited to use her know-how to start her own business. Venturing out on her own was challenging but worth her effort, Sachs says. Most of all, she enjoyed the personalized attention she could devote to her clients and the lasting connections she was making. In addition to enjoying the artistic aspects of her work, Sachs likes helping people choose the right designs or piercings. The tattoos at Sachs Body Modification range from the most basic to some exceptionally elaborate ones?the artists can make almost any idea come to life.

At Sachs Body Modification, no appointments are necessary for piercings. You can simply walk in any day of the week and a professional, licensed artist will take care of you. Making the process easy and painless is Sachs' primary goal. Not only does she help customers choose their designs, but also advises them on the after-care steps and proper hygiene such as saline soaks, washing, and various other precautions to prevent infections.

When we asked Sachs what advice she would give to someone considering body art, she had a number of handy suggestions for her current and prospective clients. For instance, it's important to consider your lifestyle and whether you would be comfortable with piercings or tattoos in the long run. For instance, is your workplace casual or formal, and do you grow tired of the same jewelry or other decorations quickly? "Don't be afraid of the pain- the piercing itself is very quick," Sachs says. Consulting a professional is key in all cases, and you should not attempt to do any aspect of it yourself. During the healing process, expert assistance is highly recommended as well, even with changing your jewelry.

When it comes to tattoos, maintaining cleanliness and moisture is essential, Sachs stresses. The safest way to keep your brand new tattoo clean is with a non-scented, antimicrobial soap, by avoiding contamination through touching, and by not soaking it in water. Being aware of all the specifics beforehand will ensure a safe and pleasant experience.

Because everyone heals differently, checking in with you tattoo professional on a regular basis is fundamental. "Good aftercare is the single most important thing you can do to protect your tattoo," adds Sachs. After two to three weeks, your new body art will be completely healed and ready to show to the world.

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