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Old 08-20-2013, 04:53 AM
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My dd's want to get me a tattoo for my birthday today. I was against it, but then thought, wth? Anyway, I'm supposed to be going camping Thursday at the ocean. I won't be in a tent, but will be out in the sun and possibly swimming in the ocean.
Is this a bad time to be getting one?
Should I wait a week, maybe? What are the aftercare instructions for a tattoo?


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Old 08-20-2013, 05:21 AM
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I would wait a week to be on the safe side. I was told not to let my tattoo get too much sun, and you don't want sand irritating it!
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:58 AM
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Most good artists won't even have openings for walk-ins. My tattoos I've had to wait one week to one month to get into. I would go with dd to find a good studio, talk to the artist and make an appointment for after your trip. Also you can't go swimming for 6 weeks after getting a tattoo.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:15 AM
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I agree with kdc311 and I'd advise you to wait also. In my experience with my tattoo almost two years ago now, the aftercare instructions were: keep it bandaged and dry (artist will advise on length of time for your particular tattoo) then gentle cleansing and a sensitive skin formula lotion-used Lubriderm.
I hope you are happy with your tattoo! Do you have a design chosen and where you want it placed?
Mine is relatively small and on the top of my left foot (easy to be discreet for school). It's a tribute tattoo to my mama. Thirteen scrolled in a font called "angel tears." I really like it and it makes me happy when people comment on it or ask about it and I can talk about my mom.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:54 AM
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As someone with a "wth" tattoo of 15 years that I now regret, I just have to say that a tattoo really isn't a "wth" sort of decision. Think about where you want it, what you want, why you want it, if you're sure you really do, and make an appointment with an artist that comes highly recommended and see his/her work first.

After-care is pretty basic, they told me to keep mine covered in Bacitracin for a week, cover it in sunscreen the week after. I wasn't ever told to not go swimming or anything like that, but camping and beaches and new tattoo don't mix well.

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Old 08-20-2013, 03:07 PM
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find a good artist, research. My DS goes in for a consultation first for his tats. You can't take a bath for a couple of weeks so I think ocean swimming would not be good or sun on it either.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:25 PM
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wait, aftercare is pretty detailed and your activities are no-nos.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:17 PM
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My artist would not tattoo you if you told him that you had those activities planned for immediately after.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:29 PM
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I just wanted to add that you don't get a tattoo because your dd's want to get you one. You don't get a puppy because your friend wants to get you one.

Getting a tattoo is a personal decision. Get one because there is one you want to get. You have to live with it for a long, long time.
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