Tattoos--where and when to get them

  • errol88

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    May 09, 2010 9:11 PM GMT
    I've wanted to get a tattoo for a while now, and I've decided on which one to get and where I would like it. But if I'm trying to bulk up (which would be over a long period of time, obviously), when is the best time to get them, and where would be the best place to put one so it wouldn't get distorted?

    For example, I want to get a smallish symbol on my forearm, but should I wait until my forearms get bigger before getting it done? And if I do get it done now, will it distort a lot as they grow over the next few months/years?
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    May 09, 2010 10:23 PM GMT
    Depends on how big you're thinking of getting. Tattoos don't distort anywhere really but if that's a concern then get one on your back, forearms and thighs if you're gaining (muscle or weight) drastically but tats normally don't distort that much because when you get one done, the tattooist will stretch your skin as far as it will go before applying ink to help it contort to your body's movement. I'd avoid getting portraits if that's a concern for you and geometric patterns can look more appealing if it compliments the curvature of your body part.

    As for when to get it, I'd get it around the halfway goal of what I wanted to achieve because personally I stop lifting weights for about 1.5 - 2 weeks to not disrupt the healing process. The more your skin stretches while healing can cause scarring and irregular colouring and you'll be sweating more which isn't good on an open wound. Stopping then wouldn't impact too much on your motivation and gains. The tattooist that did my forearm said there wasn't a problem with working out while it's healing, just keep it clean.

    And generally the smaller the tattoo, the more it will distort over time. Usually after ten years or so you might notice a slight blur in line work (generally rule for everyone), but most inks nowadays are much more stable so your tattoo won't look like the ones you see on old servicemen.
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    May 10, 2010 2:01 PM GMT
    Also forgot to add that where the tattoo is placed is under the top layers of your skin, the dermis i think it is, so it doesn't change when your epidermis sheds, gets sun burnt or you have an allergic reaction (unless it's to the tattoo ink) icon_biggrin.gif