The allure of summer often prompts a surge in the desire for fresh tattoos. However, while the prospect of new ink might be enticing, it’s essential to understand that getting a tattoo during the summer comes with specific precautions. This infographic offers valuable insights into the seven activities, and additional do’s and don’ts to avoid post-summer tattoos to ensure proper healing and preservation of your new artwork.
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The irresistible allure of water during summer can threaten your new tattoo. Avoid swimming in pools, lakes, oceans, and jacuzzis for a minimum of 2 weeks (4 weeks for ocean water). Consult your tattoo artist before submerging your tattoo, and opt for water bodies devoid of bacteria to prevent infections.
2. Sun Tanning
While the idea of flaunting sun-kissed skin alongside a new tattoo seems appealing, acquiring your tan before getting inked is advised. UV rays can be detrimental to healing tattoos. Moreover, shield your tattoo from excessive sun exposure throughout the season using tattoo-inspired clothing for protection.
Sand, often found at the beach, can irritate a healing tattoo. Even if covered, sand has a way of infiltrating crevices. Considering a new tattoo as an open wound, avoiding sand contact is crucial to prevent complications during healing.
4. Tight Clothing
Although tight clothing might be fashionable, please avoid wearing it over your tattooed area. Friction from such clothing can hinder the healing process. Exploring loose and comfortable tattoo-style clothing options might be an ideal opportunity.
5. Contact Sports
Participation in contact sports like beach volleyball or football can harm a healing tattoo. Prevent aggressive contact, bumps, and hits to your tattooed area to ensure an uninterrupted healing process.
6. Too Much Travel
Immediate travel post-tattooing can lead to complications, especially if your tattooed area comes into contact with seating materials. Prolonged sitting can cause pressure and friction that hinder proper healing. Schedule your tattoo appointment at least two weeks before any travel plans.
Excessive alcohol consumption post-tattooing can delay the healing process. Alcohol acts as a blood thinner and can impede proper scabbing, potentially leading to infections. Abstain from alcohol for at least 48 hours after getting a tattoo.
How to Prep for Your Summer Ink
- Stay hydrated in the days leading up to your tattoo appointment. Adequate hydration aids in the healing process.
- Prevent sunburn on the tattooed area to ensure a comfortable tattooing experience.
How to Care for Your Summer Ink
Besides avoiding the things listed above, there are some steps you can take to help the healing process:
- Hydration remains essential post-tattoo. Drink ample water to facilitate healing.
- Maintain cleanliness. You’ll want to keep your new ink as clean as possible.
- Adhere to your artist’s care guidelines. Use recommended products for cleaning and care.
While summer embodies the spirit of fun and adventure, responsible tattoo care is paramount. By avoiding swimming, excessive sun exposure, sand, tight clothing, contact sports, travel, and excessive alcohol consumption, you contribute to the successful healing of your summer ink. Embrace the healing journey, and soon enough, you’ll be back in the pool, proudly displaying your newly adorned masterpiece.
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