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Tattoo FAQ 05: Getting tattooed before or after a diet

Original question from our visitor: If I have a tattoo done on my left lower back (max size 10cm x 5cm) and then loose between 15 and 20 kgs, will this influence the shape, quality etc of the tattoo. Your honest comments are very much appreciated.

When you have a tattoo on the body it is susceptible to the changes the body may go through. Be this weight loss or gain for that matter. I try to talk women out of tattoo's on the stomach especially the young girls who have yet to have children because I know what is going to happen from experience. Of course my own daughter still went ahead with her choice...
The more you position a tat on a fleshy part like the side of the back as opposed to over the backbone, you have a canvas that is going to change. I think alot depends on what style of tattoo you are going to chose that could make a difference. Something with alot of detail and single needle work may be more at risk than something bolder like a traditional design but then again a traditional has definite outlines that could get out of whack, so to speak... where a fine line feathery edge wouldnt be so risky. Do you have the design already? If so, think about it like its drawn on silly putty that is stretched and then pressed a bit back together. I use that example for women also thinking of stomach work except its usually the design is on a small area then stretched to the max and then pushed back together. Not a pretty thought is it? :-)
Talk to your artist. See what he or she says. They know how their own work weathers on people and they may advise you to wait until after the weight loss or figure a way to ink your design with the thought of the impending weight loss.
Good luck with the diet and the ink!

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