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Old 11-29-2011, 12:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm planning on getting a tattoo after coming back from China. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I won't have much time before I head off to board. I've heard that sweat can be bad for new tattoos, but if it was ~5 days later and just snowboarding would that be so bad? (I suppose I would also have to cancel the hot tub with the playboy bunnies )

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

Edit: The tattoo will be on my left shoulder... nearish to the blade (I'll let the artist make the final decision). Size wise, three or four inches in diameter probably.

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Old 11-29-2011, 12:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All of that depends on where the tattoo will be placed.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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it depends where it is, how big it is - but the short answer is don't ride for 7-10 days at least (for me).

when the tat is healing up scabbing and sluffing skin the last thing you want to do is submit it to lots of sweat and clothing rubbing on it. it will bring the possibility if infection and any time you pick, pull, or rub the healing skin off you lose definition in the healed product.

i get tatted in the spring and summer, and tend to take the winter off for the most part. after 7-10 days everything has scabbed/sluffed and a week later its fully healed.
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Hot tub: hell fucking no. Snowboarding, sure. I snowboarded the day after getting tattooed on my leg for 6 hours. I'm talking ankle up, $1,000 worth of work that day. All i did was used aquifer(basically a Vaseline ointment) and wrapped it with saran wrap so there was no chafing. That was 2 days ago and it still looks perfect.

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the only thing I would be concerned about is chlorinated water like hot tubs/swimming pools.

You don't want to expose it to chlorinated water (and try to keep it dry in the shower/etc.) for a week or so.
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it depends where it is, how big it is - but the short answer is don't ride for 7-10 days at least (for me).

when the tat is healing up scabbing and sluffing skin the last thing you want to do is submit it to lots of sweat and clothing rubbing on it. it will bring the possibility if infection and any time you pick, pull, or rub the healing skin off you lose definition in the healed product.

i get tatted in the spring and summer, and tend to take the winter off for the most part. after 7-10 days everything has scabbed/sluffed and a week later its fully healed.
The tattoo will be on my left shoulder... nearish to the blade (I'll let the artist make the final decision). Size wise, three or four inches in diameter probably.


Waiting till after the trip isn't a problem, although it's disappointing. I'd rather not ruin something expensive though, so I'll wait it out if it's a potential problem.

(I'd also ask the artist obviously, haha)
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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tattoos will be fine, do the work to keep em clean dif artists have dif advice, common is 2-3days of tattoo goo, h20cean, a&d ointment, whatever your artist recommends, then just keep it clean. sweating while boarding during the day wont ruin it. just make sure you clean it at night, they're a lot tougher than people think. one tip i picked up is use a hot compress the first couple times you wash it, like the first 2 days. meaning take a papertowel run it under hot water, as hot as you can stand, and place the towel on the tat and hold it firmly till it cools on your skin. this helps keep the scabs to a minimum. less big scabs means less chance to rip them off and potentially lose color in that spot.
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6 hrs is $1000 at my guy... i wouldnt ride the day after - especially with something under my boots.


that said riding with it the day after you get it will increase your risk of infection greatly, but if you don't infect it it is less damaging then riding with it during that day 4-10 period when stuff is scabbing and sluffing.

like i said before - pulling scabs and skin off while its healing will most definitely fuck your shit up, or at the very least make it heal less defined then it would otherwise.
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i'd just get it done in China
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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like the other guys said, the hot tub is a def no-go. that's a quick way to ruin your work
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