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Is it a good idea to get tattooed in the summer? If not what time of year is good?

Asked by babyscorpio718 (29points) July 2nd, 2008 from iPhone
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xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

I am not familiar with “tattoo seasons”, as I remember, if you get a cool tattoo then it was a good time for you to get a tattoo. Get one if you want, just make sure it’s cool.

soundedfury's avatar

Generally, no. You want to keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight during the healing phase, which can be several weeks or more depending on the design and placement. But, if you’re willing to make sure it gets adequate protection from the sun, you can tattoo whenever you want.

wildflower's avatar

Depend on where you are. I got one nearly a month ago and there hasn’t been a day warm and sunny enough to even want to expose it to sunlight since.

jballou's avatar

It totally depends on where you live. I live in San Francisco, and it’s typically very mild weather during the summer, so that would be a perfect time to get one since you want to be able to give it some time to breathe and not wear clothes that are restrictive, but you could also keep it out of the direct sunlight pretty easily.

Randy's avatar

Your not supposed to submerge your tattoo in water for anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks after you get it done. Keep that in mind during swimming season.

marinelife's avatar

Despite this tattooist’s recommendation, they say summer is their busy season. Here are their tips on healing:

“Winter has definitely arrived! Besides being the most festive time of year, it is also the best time to heal a tattoo. Because in summer we see so much skin, the urge to get tattooed is strong. We see awesome ink on other collectors, get great ideas, and get inspired. The last thing on our minds is factors that will affect and in some cases damage our new works of art. People nowadays are becoming much more tattoo-savvy and better informed. More consideration and research is being put into the preparation and planning of tattoos. Though the time of year you get tattooed is not crucial, it is something to consider. The benefits of tattooing during the colder months are many. Some of the things to consider are the location of the body, the size of the piece and the number of sittings. Because we wear more clothing during colder months there is always a layer of material protecting the skin from physical and environmental dangers. Being exposed to excessive sunlight/ U.V.Rays (including tanning beds) will hinder the healing process. One of the greatest dangers your tattoo faces is sunburn, which can prematurely fade colours and blur softer lines. Once you have finished healing, we still suggest you use sunscreen during summer months. Another important factor while healing is to prevent soaking the area. A fresh tattoo is an open wound and soaking it in water is one of the main ways the tattoo can become infected. Public water such as pools, hot tubs and ocean/lake water should be avoided until the healing process is complete. So cheer up and don’t get the winter blues…get the blue, the pink, the orange and red! Nothing is better than well made plans and you have all the time in the world. A tattoo is something you live and grow with and taking the time to plan everything out is important. Everything must be perfect, forever.”

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