(Closed) Tattooed bees…question from a tattoo virgin :)

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Only NEW tattoos shouldn’t be submerged. Once it’s healed (2-3 weeks to make sure), it’s fine.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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 # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

+1 to everyone. 

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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.

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