Tattoos and bulking **Update - Finally got it inked!**

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    Jun 30, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    I'm planning on getting a tattoo done on my inner bicep. It's going to be a simple text tattoo that won't take more than 15 minutes to ink, so the pain factor is nothing I'm too concerned about.

    The thing is, my arms aren't exactly huge, and I am in the process of building them up. But I'm wondering if my tattoo will get too distorted as my bicep grows? Does anyone have any experience with something like this? Should I wait until my arms get a little bigger before getting this inked? And when I do get this inked, should I hold off on working out my arms until it's fully healed?

    If it helps, this is what I'm printing out and giving to the artist:

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    It's the same word in three different fonts for the sake of giving my artist more reference material.
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    Jun 30, 2011 5:11 PM GMT
    Good question, I would also like to know. Additionally any hairy guys go thru the tattoo process? Did you have any issues with the bodyhair and tattoo, other than having to shave a square somewhere on your body
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    Jun 30, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    OP, with solid black work, you'd have to really significantly increase in size to distort the tattoo much. Also with black work, it's the easiest to touch up.

    To the other commenter, hair won't affect the tattoo process (other than obviously shaving the area to prep). However, it will camouflage the tattoo. I wouldn't recommend a spot that is exceptionally hairy since the tattoo won't show well if that is your intention.
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    Jun 30, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    my biggest concern would be getting wingdings tattooed on myself
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    Jun 30, 2011 5:49 PM GMT
    Years ago when I got my first tattoo, I had the same question(s) and was a little scared that the tattoo would stretch. I was told it would be fine and that I didn't need to worry about it.

    And they were right. I was about 183 when I first got my tattoo and now I'm about 195 and although I'm modest about my arms, I know that my biceps have definitely increased in size. I was worried how the tattoo would look after bulking up and gaining weight.

    I think everyone is different. Your body has to adapt in two completely seperate, different ways: the actual muscle growth of your arm and the skin above it in relation to the tattoo. I think you should get the tattoo BEFORE you start bulking up; and ensure that you're keeping in shape and keeping up your workout routine just to play it safe so you reduce the risk of any adverse effects should you lose any muscle tone or weight. Good luck!
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    Jun 30, 2011 5:50 PM GMT
    I am a tattoo studio owner, and can give you some insight.

    A change of 2-3 inches in arm size would be a huge gain, but will not affect the appearance of most tattoos. What affects their appearance far more is the position of your arm. The tattoo will only look "right" if your arm is in the same position as when it was tattooed. Turning, twisting, raising, lowering, flexing...all of these will distort the tattoo. This is because the contours underneath it are changing, and the skin may be stretching in some positions. If you tattoo right over the peak or the inside of the bicep then you will see the most change when you flex. Can be useful for a tattoo that you want to move in some way when you bounce your biceps.

    Tattoos with a lot of symmetry, or things like a round medallion, will show the most distortion as your arm moves. And possibly with a great deal of growth. Tattoos like the one you are considering are relatively immune to it. Even when your arm is in an unfavorable position, the letters will still be obvious to the eye for what they are.

    You do not need to hold off on working out your arms during the healing process. If the tattoo is fresh (less than 3 days old), just use common sense: For example, a tattoo on the back of the arm would be resting on the pad of a seated curl machine while using it. Take precautions not to stretch or abrade the skin, and don't leave anything on the pad for the next user to pick up. While working out the skin may be stretched, especially as you "pump up." If you feel any mild pain in the tattoo while doing that, then you might want to swap for another exercise. After about 3 days of healing there should be no issues at all. One word of advice: MOISTURIZE! The best thing for a tattoo after the first day or so of healing is to apply a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizing cream to it several times a day. That will also minimize the effects of stretching the skin during your workouts.

    As for body hair and tattoos, there is nothing special to consider when getting and healing the tattoo. The tattoo artist will shave the immediate area around the tattoo before applying it. The tattoo will be healed long before any significant hair growth returns. The one thing you will notice though, tattoos are not nearly as visible under hair, especially dark hair. You might find yourself shaving body hair to show off your ink. I'm guilty of shaving my arms, as my sleeves look much better when not obscured by thick hair.

    Hope this helps answer some of your questions!

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    Jun 30, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the responses guys! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 30, 2011 6:20 PM GMT
    blackstrap saidmy biggest concern would be getting wingdings tattooed on myself


    I'd tell you what it actually says, but judging by another tattoo thread, I know you don't like long-winded tattoo stories. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 30, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
    All I can think of is those balloons with pictures on them that distort when blown up. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 30, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    wildtype87 said
    blackstrap saidmy biggest concern would be getting wingdings tattooed on myself


    I'd tell you what it actually says, but judging by another tattoo thread, I know you don't like long-winded tattoo stories. icon_wink.gif


    I would like to know what the word is! I think the first and last character look amazing. The middle one reminds me of a naked fat person bending over in front of me though icon_eek.gif

    I like the first font.
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    Jun 30, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
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    I would like to know what the word is! I think the first and last character look amazing. The middle one reminds me of a naked fat person bending over in front of me though icon_eek.gif

    I like the first font.


    The characters are in a pre-colonial script from the Philippines called Baybayin. The word is "Anak" which is Tagalog for "child" or "son"/"daughter". I want it in sort of a haphazard brush-stroke style, so I'm going to let the artist interpret the characters however they want. The different fonts are just there to give him/her examples of how the characters can be written differently. I'm hoping it'll look something like this:


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    Jun 30, 2011 7:55 PM GMT
    Rodcet saidAll I can think of is those balloons with pictures on them that distort when blown up. icon_razz.gif


    I was thinking more about the tattoos sailors used to get of the bellydancer - they'd flex their forearms, and she'd wiggle her hips.
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    Jun 30, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    Anyone watch Pete and Pete? Was a show on nickelodeon when I was young. One of the Petes had a tatoo on his arm that he would make dance by flexing and moving his wrist lol. I dunno why but this topic reminded me of that show lol

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    Jul 01, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    What does the tattoo mean? You had better make sure you get the proper translation. I know a guy who got Oriental symbols for a tat, and he thought they read "POWER, PEACE and JUSTICE."

    Turns out they meant "MY MOM SWALLOWS DONKEY JIZZ."
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    Jul 01, 2011 3:22 AM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidWhat does the tattoo mean? You had better make sure you get the proper translation. "


    See my above post. The word "anak" is a frequently used word in Tagalog (my mother always called me "anak" growing up), and I've confirmed the baybayin spelling with three different reliable sources.

    Though some Baybayin traditionalists might object to including the last letter, partly because the tiny cross beneath the last letter is an exogenous product of Spanish colonization (it looks like a cross, and was implemented by Spanish missionaries in an attempt to "improve" the writing system). So whether or not the last letter is included is a matter of personal preference.
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    Jul 01, 2011 3:23 AM GMT
    wolverinecub86 saidAnyone watch Pete and Pete? Was a show on nickelodeon when I was young. One of the Petes had a tatoo on his arm that he would make dance by flexing and moving his wrist lol. I dunno why but this topic reminded me of that show lol

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    LOL! I was thinking of that show too...I just couldn't remember the tattoo's name!
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    Jul 01, 2011 3:24 AM GMT
    wildtype87 said
    JackNWNJ saidWhat does the tattoo mean? You had better make sure you get the proper translation. "


    See my above post. The word "anak" is a frequently used word in Tagalog (my mother always called me "anak" growing up), and I've confirmed the baybayin spelling with three different reliable sources.

    Though some Baybayin traditionalists might object to including the last letter, partly because the tiny cross beneath the last letter is an exogenous product of Spanish colonization (it looks like a cross, and was implemented by Spanish missionaries in an attempt to "improve" the writing system). So whether or not the last letter is included is a matter of personal preference.


    I'd go with a simple rose.
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    Jul 01, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
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    JackNWNJ saidWhat does the tattoo mean? You had better make sure you get the proper translation. "


    See my above post. The word "anak" is a frequently used word in Tagalog (my mother always called me "anak" growing up), and I've confirmed the baybayin spelling with three different reliable sources.

    Though some Baybayin traditionalists might object to including the last letter, partly because the tiny cross beneath the last letter is an exogenous product of Spanish colonization (it looks like a cross, and was implemented by Spanish missionaries in an attempt to "improve" the writing system). So whether or not the last letter is included is a matter of personal preference.


    I'd go with a simple rose.


    Meh, I'm a jasmine or sunflower kinda guy myself
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    Jul 01, 2011 6:43 AM GMT
    Hey...just remember...you're the only one that has to like the ink. It has personal meaning to you.
    The guys that say they don't like it or say something derogatory about it, say to them, or think it to yourself "well fuck you very much"
    Some of your buds will say "hey thats cool as hell man" to them a smile, a fist bump and "Thanks" Good Luck
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    Aug 07, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
    I posted this a few months ago, but I finally got inked the other day. The tattoo artist did an amazing job in doing the feathered brushstroke style I was looking for! w00t!

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    Aug 07, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    wildtype87 saidI posted this a few months ago, but I finally got inked the other day. The tattoo artist did an amazing job in doing the feathered brushstroke style I was looking for! w00t!

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    It's nice icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 07, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
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    blackstrap saidmy biggest concern would be getting wingdings tattooed on myself


    I'd tell you what it actually says, but judging by another tattoo thread, I know you don't like long-winded tattoo stories. icon_wink.gif


    the fact that a tattoo 'means something' to the person getting the tattoo doesn't make it any more appealing to those who think wingdings on the body are passé, unnecessary, not attractive, etc... having a tattoo 'mean something' is what people who want a tattoo tell themselves to justify permanently changing their body. either point of view is fine, but you won't be different, hotter, better or cooler for getting one.
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    Aug 07, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    beautiful, i love it!
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    Aug 07, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    congrats, you are now a bona fide member of the underclass . . .
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    Aug 07, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    rightasrain said

    the fact that a tattoo 'means something' to the person getting the tattoo doesn't make it any more appealing to those who think wingdings on the body are passé, unnecessary, not attractive, etc...


    Except those "wingdings" happen to be characters from a legit indigenous alphabet from the Philippines...not a series of random symbols like the well-known Microsoft font. There's a big difference between some random American guy getting kanji for [ insert generic abstract word here ] and someone who actually has done research on their own ethnic origins and actually speaks the language they're inked with.

    rightasrain said
    having a tattoo 'mean something' is what people who want a tattoo tell themselves to justify permanently changing their body. either point of view is fine, but you won't be different, hotter, better or cooler for getting one.


    What makes you assume that I think I'm any better than those who aren't inked? Maybe for some people, tattooing is actually a lost art from their country of descent, and the practice is a way to embrace their own ethnic heritage?