Is Now a Good Time to Get a Tattoo?
by Content Team on Sep 21, 2023
While today might seem as good a time as any to get that new ink (and it really might be), the time of year can play a significant role in your healing process. Each season comes with its advantages and disadvantages. Weather, seasonal attire, and seasonal activities can either help or hinder your new tatt from healing properly. That’s why most artists suggest getting inked in the fall. But no matter what season you decide to get your new tattoo, you might want to keep these factors in mind:
You might not expect it, but weather and healing go hand in hand. If you get hot and sweaty or soak up too many UV rays, it could lead to damaged skin or an infection. On the other hand, if it’s cold, slower circulation can lead to delayed healing. Spring can be a great time to tattoo as temperatures begin to climb, but folks with allergies may want to think twice before scheduling an appointment when pollen and weather changes can irritate skin and lead to infection.
Fall, on the other hand, boasts lower temperatures and slightly fewer allergens, making it an ideal time of year to get that new ink.
Seasonal weather affects the attire you might wear during the healing process. In general, it’s best to keep your new ink covered to protect it from bacteria and the elements. Late fall, winter, or early spring provide the best opportunities to properly and comfortably cover your tattoo with light, loose, and protective clothing. Tattoo inspired hoodies and tees can be a great way to keep the fashion alive while your new art heals.
Let’s face it—summer is when most of us find ourselves experiencing that familiar craving for new ink. It’s the season of adventure, and what better way to celebrate this rad season than with a new tatt, right? Maybe not. Unless you’re down with staying indoors, out of the pool, and off the beach for a few weeks (which sounds absolutely miserable), you might want to push that appointment just a bit.
Similarly, a lot of tatted folks enjoy winter activities like skiing and snowboarding. These high-contact sports can pose a serious risk to your new ink, as anything more than a little bump could reinjure the area.
Spring and fall tend to be a little more mellow as far as activities go. So book that appointment, throw on a flannel, and go apple picking.
Typically, people have the most disposable income in the spring (tax returns for the win), which makes it a great time to turn some of that green into ink. Fall is also a relatively better financial season for most since they aren’t spending an arm and a leg on summer vacations or Christmas presents.
Cold and Flu Season
Flu season is at its peak during the winter months. Not only is this just plain annoying, it’s also a bummer if you’re trying to heal a tattoo. When your body is already fighting an infection, it has a harder time fighting off potential infections from your new ink, and it could take much longer for your skin to heal completely. If you tend to get sick at the same time every year, avoid getting tatted during that season like the plague. Literally.
Probably the biggest bummer about getting inked during the fall is that you’ll most likely be covered up for the majority of the winter and spring, which means you’ll have to wait longer to show it off. Unless you’re part of the small and incredibly lucky percentage of the world that lives in a tropical paradise, you’ll probably have to wait a while before donning that bikini and showcasing your new artwork. Until then, pull out your favorite tattoo t-shirts.
How to Take Care of Your New Ink (No Matter What Season it Is)
Whatever time of year you decide to get tatted, taking proper care of your new ink is a must. You’ll want to speak to your artist ahead of time regarding their recommended care instructions. Let them know of any skin or allergy concerns ahead of time so they can help you plan. Be prepared to implement the following into your aftercare plan:
- Hydration (before and after)
- Avoid junk food, caffeine, and alcohol (before and after)
- Use only clean towels and clothing
- Stay inside as much as possible
- Avoid submerging your new ink in any fluid
- Wear light, loose clothing
- Moisturize with a non-petroleum-based aftercare product
Every day is good for a tattoo, but if you want to ensure a quick and effective healing process, it's best to choose a time of year to most easily avoid irritants and potential threats. Extreme weather, allergens, and high-contact activities can all hinder your new ink from healing properly, so you’ll want to plan accordingly before scheduling that appointment.