The most important thing to remember when getting a tattoo is that tattoos and sun do not mix. This doesn’t just apply to freshly inked tattoos. This rule of thumb applies to 50 year old tattoos as well. Just think back for a moment. Was you grandpa or uncle in the army or navy back in the day? If so they probably had at least one tattoo that looks all nasty, faded and unrecognizable right? Well this more than likely has to do with the fact that they did not protect their tattoo from the sun and never applied sunblock to it. Of course the quality of tattoos back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are nothing like they are today which also has something to do with it, but none the less being exposed to the sun is big part of the reason why his tattoo looks all gross.
With that being said just be sure to apply an SPF of 40 or higher to your tattoo when you are out in the sun and be sure to reapply often. Also try to keep a light piece of clothing handy to cover up with when ever possible. And for heaven sake’s do not expose a new tattoo to the sun for at least two weeks. Believe it or not if you get a bad sunburn in the area of your tattoo, your tattoo may start to scar and do other yucky things. If this should occur apply vitamin E lotion to it two to three times a week for a few weeks. If you want your tattoo to last for a long while and still maintain it’s brilliance you will apply and reapply sunblock!
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