As someone with a lot of tattoos, I want to share something with you. I get second-hand anxiety when I’m out and about in the summer and see someone with a fresh tattoo. Just, why?!?! Oh, some of you may be actually wondering why.
Three things go into a beautiful tattoo: a great design, a great artist, and proper after care. After care is generally pretty easy, but during the summer, it’s a pain. Tattoos are most fragile in their first month, but for your skin to completely heal, it takes about 4-6 weeks. So if you get a tattoo in June or so, here is everything you will be missing out on that summer:
- Sun – The #1 most damaging thing for new tattoos. Nothing will make a tattoo fade faster than exposing it to direct sunlight. The sun can bleach out the colors, or make it dry out faster than usual, also leading to fading. Depending on where your new tattoo is, that creates a lot of summer restrictions. This should go without saying, but that means no tanning beds either!
- Hot tubs/Pools – Never EVER submerge your new tattoo under water. It will cause your tattoo to get pruney, and scabs to fall off, which will leave you with a blotchy tattoo. Scabs are supposed to fall off in their own time. If that’s not enough to deter you (which, it definitely should), the chlorine and other chemicals that are in them will definitely affect your tattoo. It can even cause blood poisoning.
- Kayaking/Swimming/Surfing – Avoid lakes, oceans, rivers, etc. at all costs, because they are swimming with bacteria. And the only thing that could potentially hurt your tattoo more than sun bleaching, is an infection.
- Camping – Camping is not impossible, but boy is it hard with a new tattoo. Not only are you surrounded my dirt and germs, but a new tattoo also means no chemicals, therefore, no bug spray, no sunscreen. That makes camping a bit harder. The hardest part of camping with a new tattoo though, is cleaning it. It’s important to keep your new tattoo clean, and wash it a few times a day. If you’re camping, that means cleaning it with bottled water, and making sure you have CLEAN paper towels to dry it with.
Please note, this is not an after-care list. There is MUCH more to after-care than this. This is just to inform people of how hard after-care is during the summer, and how much it restricts your summer activities! I hope this gives some perspective.