Do you like the idea of eternal ink on your skin? Then you need to ask yourself about the maintenance of such a work of art.

 How does your tattoo age? What should you do now to optimize the healing process ? Can you expose a tattoo to the sun ? Can the color fade over time ?


The thickness of the line can affect the way the tattoo ages.Keep in mind that writing lines thicken slightly over time.

Also be aware that gaps or void areas of less than three millimeters may fill in later due to the loosening of the skin, causing the ink to peel away from under the skin and may result in a faded effect.

Some areas of the body also age less well than others. These areas are also delicate to tattoo and healing can be more difficult because the skin is very fragile.

For women, the abdomen is also not recommended, because the risk of deforming the pattern during pregnancy is high.


Our practical advice:


Think again! According to the findings of Brussels dermatologist Christa de Cuyper, about 20% of people who get a tattoo regret it afterwards.

The reason is often that the drawing is no longer to their liking, or that a social or professional context is no longer compatible with a drawing on the body. 

Note that a tattoo is personal and often has an intimate meaning; what others think of it should not matter ;)

It is good to take your time before getting a tattoo, so that you can look at it with love throughout your life.

Each tattoo artist has their own style and specializations, so first make sure they are a good fit for what you want. Then, discuss the project, where you want it done, what materials will be used, etc.

It's normal to have many questions before embarking on something permanent, and a professional tattoo artist will respect that and guide you as best as possible.

Another important, but more practical point: make sure your body has enough energy to heal.

Remember that your skin is your largest organ in your body and every action on it is a small attack on it.

It is not unusual to feel weak after a tattoo session. Therefore, you should rest, get enough sleep, eat enough food, and avoid activities that may cause your blood to clot for 24 hours before treatment. Don't drink alcohol or take aspirin, which increase the risk of further bleeding. (Because more blood means more scabs and therefore more holes in the design after healing).

It is also advisable to get a tattoo in the winter, as body art and UV rays do not mix well. If you've just gotten a tattoo, you should avoid the sun, salt water and chlorine. Not easy in the summer.


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