You’ve decided that you want to super-size your body art concept and get a full back tattoo this summer, but what do you need to do to prepare for the art ahead?
Preparing for a Summer Tattoo
You’ve probably spent a lot of time outside in the summer if you are getting a tattoo. Keep the area you are planning to get tattooed covered up until your appointment to allow it to return to its natural color as much as possible.
Aftercare for Tattoos in the Summer
A new tattoo is the same thing as an open wound. People may have warned you not to get a tattoo during the summer because it is dangerous.
It’s actually not that dangerous, as long as you arrive prepared and have an aftercare plan. This includes staying hydrated, avoiding the sun, and staying away from the pool.
Your body will function better if it is hydrated. You will get dehydrated quicker in hotter weather, so it is important to increase your water intake. Applying a thin layer to your tattoo after every cleaning is a good way to keep it nourished and hydrated.
Avoid the Sun
To protect your new tattoo from heat, germs, and sweat, apply a thin layer of sunscreen before you go outside. To reduce the risk of bacteria getting into your tattoo, wash your hands after applying sunscreen. You should not apply too much sunscreen to your tattoo. This could cause damage and overhydration.
Keep Away from the Pool
Public pools and hot tubs are not immune to bacteria. Although it may seem tempting to jump in the pool and swim immediately after your tattoo has been applied, this is one of the most dangerous things you can do.
Keep Travel to a Minimum
Hot and dry may mean that you need to moisturize more often, while humid temperatures could mean that you have to deal with sweaty and clogged pores.
This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Black Amethyst is the best amongst St Pete tattoo shops. They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting.