Post # 1
So I’ve been reading (and hearing) from friends that tattoos shouldnt be submerged, but I can’t seem to find info as to WHY they cant be…I want a super small tattoo of a few words in black ink on my upper back/shoulder but I dont want to slow down my summer plans (including tubing).
Can someone help me out? lol
Post # 3
Only NEW tattoos shouldn’t be submerged. Once it’s healed (2-3 weeks to make sure), it’s fine.
Post # 4
You’re not suppose to submerge it because of all the chemicals/bacteria in pools can cause a nasty infection. It will also dry out your tattoo.
If your tattoo is small it will most likely heal in about a week or two..
Post # 5
I got my tattoo at the beginning of summer, and wanted to go wakeboarding that weekend, so i taped it up with some saran wrap and medical tape, and it stayed nice and dry. within about 4 weeks it should be all healed up if you take care of it well and you’ll be great! What are you getting??
Post # 6
Yup, these ladies are right.
I’m not tatted, but SO has sleeves, so if you couldn’t get them wet, he would be one nasty-smelling dude! 😉
Post # 7
I think I had to stay out of swimming pools and refrain from going in the ocean for about a month after I got my tattoo so it wouldn’t get infected. Showers were fine, I think. Like Abbyful said, as long as it’s healed, it’s should be fine.
Post # 8
Your tattoo artist, or any tattoo artist can give you that information before you decide to go through with it. Like PP’s said, it will depend on the size — if you’re thinking small, it probably won’t hinder too much of your summer sun-bathing/tubing plans!
Good Luck 🙂 & GO FOR IT!
Post # 9
@ScarletBegonia: I’ve loved e.e. cummings forever. My sister read “i carry your heart” at our wedding. And I wanted something that would be special to my biological family too (I’m adopted). Its not necessarily for my husband lol though people will think it is.
Post # 11
That’s such a sweet idea! 🙂 I have a tatoo on my foot that’s medium-sized I think? I’ll include a picture. It healed up in about two weeks. I just saran wrapped it when I was showering.
Post # 12
LIke PP have said, you should not get a new tattoo wet in the pool/ocean/river because it increases your risk of infection. BUT, you can “get around” this rule by “waterproofing” your tat (with saran wrap and tape, like another PP suggested) as long as your water activity is not strenuous – like tubing. For example – I would do the saran wrap trick (with lots of diaper rash cream on my tat) when I went kayaking, but I did not go scuba diving until my tat was fully healed.
Post # 13
I was told I could shower a couple of days afterward. I just let the water run over it though, I wasn’t supposed to go swimming or take a bath. I think tubing would be ok as long as you weren’t soaking the new tattoo for a prolonged period.
Post # 15
When I got mine I was going to the lake a few days later. I was told to cover it with gauze, then plastic wrap, and then surgical tape to hold it down and seal it so that it didn’t sit under my wet swimming suit all day. I took it all off when we got out of the water and mine is more than fine. I was out on the water every day for two weeks less than two days after I got it.
Post # 16
So how do you know when it’s healed?