I hate to say it, but it’s still winter and apparently that is going to continue to be a “thing” for a while. The holidays are a memory, Spring is but a promise, and the days are short and dark, what to do? Well if I had my way I’d be off on vacation to somewhere sunny. A bit of lounging, a little sightseeing, and hopefully a new tattoo to cap it off.
I am a big fan of the tattoo vacation. I have personally traveled quite a bit to collect tattoos and it is a unique and fun way to check out a place. Sure there is pain and blood but there is also nudity and making new friends – what’s not to love? But if you are going to travel for a tattoo or plan on getting a tattoo while on vacation there are a few important things to keep in mind for a successful trip and tattoo. The folks at Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery in Florida know a thing or two about a tattoo vacation and they have supplied this handy article giving you the top 4 tips to get inked on the go successfully.
4 Tips for Getting a Tattoo on Vacation
For many people, tattoos represent powerful memories. The reasons that we get them are important and the places that we get them in often become important as well. For many people with tattoos and wanderlust, the idea of getting some new ink while on vacation is the best souvenir that money can buy. If you’re on vacation and you decide to get a tattoo, here are four tips you can follow to make sure that you can make sure it heals well and looks great well after you are home.
Think of what you can do in one session:
When you’re traveling and you decide to get a tattoo, it’s likely that you may have to choose a simple design or stick with the outline to start. Getting a tattoo artist to finish off your tattoo or colorize your tattoo when you get home can be a way to save some time. Plan a visit to a tattoo parlor and consider a simple design while you are on vacation. Save your elaborate designs and additions to these tattoos for when you get home.
Protect yourself from the sun:
If you are getting a tattoo on vacation you need to make sure that you can protect your skin. A tattoo parlor may not let you in for a session if you have sores, severe sunburn or damage to your skin because it’s difficult to see the dyes and it will be much more painful for you. Protecting your skin if you’re planning on getting tattooed on vacation is paramount.
Plan for tattooing at the end of your vacation:
Having a tattoo at the beginning of your holiday can restrict you from fun activities like sunbathing, swimming and more because it often requires covering and some regular attention to make sure that they can heal correctly. Getting a tattoo before you head to the airport is a great way to make sure you can have unrestricted fun on your vacation.
Vet the shop as much as possible:
It’s much easier to find out more about shops in your local area before you get a tattoo. Complete your due diligence and research regarding any type of tattoo you receive on vacation. Errors can be fixed but taking a few hours to read up on tattoo parlors around you can prevent the chance that you will be stuck with a tattoo you might regret.
Follow these tips and pack your bags. You’ll have a great trip and a new tattoo to help you remember it by – what could be better?
Hmmm – now that I think of it Florida is sunny…and warm…and I have a new shop I can check out while I’m there… where did I put my suitcase?
This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Black Amethyst is the best amongst tattoo shops in Clearwater FL. They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting.