• Can I donate blood if I have tattoos?

Yes of course you can. What you can not do is donate blood while you are battering an infection. Tattoos need up to 6 months to heal all the way into the deeper epidermis which is why even after 6 months there is still a possibility for infection in your body and thus this will not bother you it will change the composition of your blood. Thus, depending on where you are you will be asked to wait anywhere between 6 to 12 months before donating blood after having been inked.

 

  • Can I catch AIDS from a tattoo needle?

As remote as this possibility is the answer is yes. Or any other kind of blood-based infection for that matter which is why choosing where to get your tattoo is not only a matter of looking for the right talent. Hygiene and a clean environment are none negotiable unless you want more then just the tattoo to stay with you after the day is over. Tattoo needles must be sterile and for one time use only. This is the basics.

 

  • Can I get tattooed from head to toe in one session?

In theory you could. BUT there is a big BUT to this one. Imagine this – a full sleeve in a one on one session will take a minimum of 10 hours to ink. And this is just one sleeve in broad strokes of ink not a detail fixated design. Now take this and quantify it for the entire body. Imagine how many artists and hours it would take to get through it. Add to this the level of pain you would be going through and the risk of overwhelming your immune system with such amount of trauma and I would fall on a firm NO to this one.

Tattoos are more then pretty swirls there is commitment and ritual involved. It will take time. Lots of time. Usually a session should not exceed 4 hours and one would plan 3 to 4 weeks between sessions.

  • Can I get a glow in the dark tattoo?

Sure, why would you though? No just kidding. There are glow in the dark inks available. Just ask your tattoo parlor.

  • Can I work out after getting a tattoo?

The correct question would be – should you work out after a tattoo. Why not take that rest day or two? Excessive sweating on a fresh tattoo is not such a hot idea, nor is the use of soap or depending on the location of your tattoo, possible irritation due to friction. So, while you could, you shouldn’t.

  • Can I go swimming after getting a tattoo?

That is a big no no. Unless what you are interested in is a juicy infection you should definitively stay out of large bodies of water. Or small one for that matter. A bathtub is a bad idea as well. Just saying.

  • Can I fly after getting a tattoo?

Yes, there is no reason why not. Depending on the area and size of your tattoo there might be more comfortable things you could do during the first 48h or so after a session BUT there is no reason why you could not fly.

  • Will it hurt?

The answer to this depends on a lot of things. Starting with you and your pain perception. But also, size and location of your tattoo as well as ink density play a big role.

In short – yes, it will hurt. Or at least you will feel it. I fell asleep during my first tattoo and I am not a fan of pain, BUT the rhythm of the tattoo needle and the sound of the engine felt soothing to me. So here you go. Everybody is different.

  • How will sunbathing affect my tattoo?

Sunbathing will age your tattoo at a much faster rate. A good tattoo has a 10-year life span before you might want to start thinking about touch ups. Sunbathing can reduce that to as little as two years.

  • How will aging affect my tattoo?

As you age so does your artwork. The colors will fade, the lines will blur, and the shapes will start to follow gravity just like the rest of you.

  • What is the best age to get inked?

It’s called age of consent. Besides that, it is up to you. Whenever you are ready to make that commitment is when it is time to find the artist that deserves your trust.

  • Can I still sweat out of tattooed skin?

Yup and in the first 24 hours or so you might even sweat in color!

  • Do I still have sensation in tattooed skin?

Yes, without a doubt. A tattoo is after all only skin deep and does not affect the never endings that are responsible for your tactile sensations.

  • What percentage of tattoos get infected?

There are some studies that have shown that in average about 10% of tattoos get infected. The symptoms can range from slight itching to serious skin conditions. So, like with every wound there is a risk and like with everything else sanitary environment and diligent aftercare can make all the difference.

  • Should I use Vaseline on my new tattoo?

Do NOT use Neosporin, Bacitracin, Triple Antibiotic Ointment, A&D, Vaseline, Preparation H, Bag Balm, or Olive Oil. Most of these products have a petroleum base. The petroleum base prevents oxygen from reaching your tattoo. It is too thick to be absorbent. Like with all healing sufficient oxygen is the key.

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