Tatts. Need advice


  • Dec 05, 2012 11:02 AM GMT
    Hey guys I'm thinking of getting my first tatt, and would very much like some advice. I'm thinking of getting 'imagine' down the lats.


    My main concerns are:
    1. Does the ink fade? I recognize how some people have really old tatts and they turn out the be bluey and smudgey. Do ink nowadays fade?
    2. If I decide to bulk up, will the tatt get distorted?

    Would very much like to hear from people with experience, and those without personal experience, yet have something to offer regarding their view towards tatts, good looking or deal breaker?

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    Dec 05, 2012 3:43 PM GMT
    1. Yes, the ink can fade but it's really easy to get a tattoo touched up, especially if you're just getting letters and not complicated art work.

    2. Yes, it can stretch but if you're getting it on your lats it's unlikely. You'd have to gain a lot of weight to have it stretch out.
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    Dec 05, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    You know if you really want to play it safe you can always go for henna tattoo of the design you want.
    It's a temporary tattoo that only lasts for about a month or so and you can do it as a trial before you make a final decision.

    I have friends who have some tattoo's and that's what they did. Last thing you want is to hate the tattoo a couple of months later so try a temporary one first and see if you still like it after some time.
    I say that only because removing a tattoo is much, much more painful than getting them done and vastly more expensive too.
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:30 PM GMT
    Yes it will fade over time, quicker if exposed to long periods of direct sunlight. Unless you gain an enormous amount of weight, any distortion would be minimal.
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    Dec 05, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    When it comes to fading, as your tattoo artist about the ink they use, and why. Just like any field, there are trends and technological advancements, and inks can vary greatly depending on what the artist likes. My brother (who is a tattoo artist) uses inks that maintain their brightness over a long period of time (my phoenix I got 5 years ago still looks brand new). Some inks are designed with UV in mind, and are more resilient to sunlight, but will need touch ups more often.

    As far as distorted images go, again, communicate your concerns to the artist. They deal with the body everyday, and can potentially set the tattoo in an "ideal" location so that, say, if your biceps get way bigger, it will serve to enhance the tattoo rather than distort it.

  • He_Man

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    Dec 05, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
    Lovehidemelody saidHey guys I'm thinking of getting my first tatt, and would very much like some advice. I'm thinking of getting 'imagine' down the lats.


    My main concerns are:
    1. Does the ink fade? I recognize how some people have really old tatts and they turn out the be bluey and smudgey. Do ink nowadays fade?
    2. If I decide to bulk up, will the tatt get distorted?

    Would very much like to hear from people with experience, and those without personal experience, yet have something to offer regarding their view towards tatts, good looking or deal breaker?



    1. Yes. Especially if you tan a lot. Like others have commented about, you can always get them touched up later on down the road.

    2. Yes. Bulking, dieting, getting fat and aging will all distort the tattoo, but it depends where you get it. The stomach, arms and thighs tend to stretch more as you go up and down in weight. When you say lat, do you mean down the side of your obliques? I've never seen a lat tattoo before.

    From someone with tatts, and someone getting tatts removed, make sure that you really, really want this particular tatt and in the desired location. I have spent over $3000.00 and two years of painful laser surgery getting two tattoos removed, and they still aren't 100% gone. My suggestion would be to have the tattoo drawn up and have it perfect and ready to go and then wait several months before continuing, if not six months, to see if you still want it. If after six months you still have the same passion for getting it, then by all means go for it. Getting a tattoo is easy. Having them removed, or living with the regret is a very arduous ordeal. Just my two cents. icon_biggrin.gif
  • PrinceOfKeys

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    Dec 06, 2012 12:07 AM GMT
    This is my personal experience with tattoos. (I have 3)

    Decide on what you want...and then hold it with you for a while. My first tattoo, I knew I wanted in high school, but got it when I was in college. I wanted to be sure and by then, I was foolproof sure. I got it and haven't looked back...well...also because I can't since it is on my back. ;)
    My other two I wanted for about a year and a half but finalizing the design was the hardest part. Picked the design and got them done a month after. They are my statement pieces and the ones I'm most proud of. But, I so totally am planing on more.

    (So...moral of that long story is that you totally need to make sure it's one you are going to want forever before you get it because it will be on you forever. Tattoo removals are expensive and sometimes suck)

    And when it comes to fading, you just really need to be sure to moisturize it regularly. It will fade over time, but somehow keeping it well moisturized is like the end all/be all of keeping it fresh looking and nearly halting the fading process. Also, sunscreen is a must if it's going to constantly be in the sun. It helps it not fade and is also just a good idea nowadays.

    The location you chose, I have no valuable input on if it will distort based on growth advancements. I'd assume so though.

    And, just because it's another part that needs to be addressed: pain. For me, it really did not hurt. The initial first insertion did because of nerves and anticipation, but it really felt more like an extremely precise massage. Don't get me wrong, there totally were spots that felt like a needle jabbed in to my skin, but not that much. For some others, it's unbearable and they call it quits, vomit, pass out, whatever. I don't understand why. So, it's best to just go in to it, maybe over exaggerating and over anticipating immense pain so that when it actually happens, you are like "is that it?" kind of like I did.

    I always hear that there are two types of people: Those that only get the one tattoo or those that get addicted. What will you be? ;)

  • Dec 06, 2012 12:16 PM GMT
    Thanks for your inputs. Really appreciate it. Does anyone know how long it will last before it fades? Assuming I take good care of it ( putting on lotion and whatnot.)

    Some suggested that I'd try painted ones/henna/temporary tattoos before the real thing. Do tattoo artists offer this service as well?
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    Dec 06, 2012 2:38 PM GMT
    Tattoos do fade and the colors become less vivid overtime. Don't get ink on parts of your body that tend to suffer the most from gravity, shrinkage, etc.
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    Dec 06, 2012 2:41 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidTattoos do fade and the colors become less vivid overtime. Don't get ink on parts of your body that tend to suffer the most from gravity, shrinkage, etc.


    Note to self. Dont tattoo my balls.

    Im thinking of getting a brown bear on my arm. I just havent pulled the trigger.