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Tattoo's Are For Life

Updated on September 8, 2011

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Life and Your Tattoo

Tattoos are cool and there are many different reasons that people get tattoos,

The pictures words and designs used for most tattoos have a special meaning to the person wearing them.

To remember a friend or family member, who has passed away, to commemorate their children’s names, or to prove their love for that special other half.

Others get tattoos done because they like them, for a drunken dare or just because of peer pressure their friends are all getting tattoos so they have to get one too.

Whatever your reason for having a tattoo there are a number of factors that you must take into consideration before you make that final decision.

Tattoos are for life but life can be unkind sometimes and your precious tattoo can become faded, unreadable or even become a disfigured blob.

Tattoos can be removed though but it can prove to be costly and painful, for more information on tattoo removal please read this article that I published earlier.

Faded Tattoo

Life and Your Tattoo

Choosing the right tattoo for you can prove to be difficult enough but choosing where on your body to put your tattoo once that decision is made is not only difficult but it is vital that you choose a body part that will not change too much as you age.

Life throws up all sorts of obstacles that can change how your Tattoo looks, putting on weight, losing weight, pregnancy, wrinkles, operation scars, and general wear and tear on your body through aging.

How will your tattoo look 10 years from now?

It may look exactly the same as it does now, maybe it will be a little faded but hey you can just go back and get it touched up.

You may put on a little weight, this can stretch your tattoo but if you don't put too much weight on it should be ok.

You may lose a little weight, this can cause your tattoo to become saggy and off kilter but again if you don't lose a lot of weight it should be ok.

You may have an operation in hospital leaving a scar in the middle of your tattoo but the chances of that are rather slim. of course accidents can also affect tattoos leaving them scarred or disfigured.

The chances of your tattoo fading, stretching or sagging increase as you get even older 20 or 30 years from now wrinkles start appearing, skin texture starts changing and it becomes more difficult to keep your body in shape and any tattoos that you have will change as your body changes.

Some tattoos will stay almost the same for the rest of your life barring accidents or operations on those locations of course, maybe a little fading can be expected but that can be touched up easily.



Belly Tattoos are Popular with Young Ladies

Pregnancy Can Leave Stretch Marks

Women and Tattoos

More and more young ladies these days are having tattoos done most opting for the upper arm near the shoulder, just above the shoulder blade on their back, the back of the neck, the lower back at the waistband on their ankles and just above the pubic hair on their stomachs. most of these are good locations for tattoos and they should last the test of time however the most endangered tattoo on that list is the tattoo just above the pubic hair. (PICTURED)

At some point in their lives these young ladies will want to start a family, pregnancy will stretch these tattoos and when the baby has been born the tattoo will never be the same again, Pregnancy can also leave you with stretch marks which will also disfigure your tattoo, if your child needs to be delivered by caesarean section chances are that the doctor will have to cut right through the middle of the tattoo. of course you could always get a tattoo done after a C-Section to cover up the scarring.


Pregnancy will cause stretch marks in some young ladies, which can cause damage to tattoos, leaving them saggy or cutting through the tattoo and leaving gaps.


Other body parts Male and Female

Weight gain and weight loss has a detrimental effect on tattoos, men with tattoos on their chest could find 20 years down the line that they have developed man boobs, leaving their once great looking tattoo saggy and stretched an almost unrecognisable, tattoos on the arm muscles look great when you are young but if you develop "bingo wings" just think how that tattoo would look, Cellulite can discolor or disfigure tattoos and wrinkles because of aging,can change tattoos too.

Weight Gain followed by Weight loss leads to flabby skin and stretch marks on many parts of your body doing your tattoos no end of damage.

In essence when choosing your tattoo try to put them where there will be less of a negative effect from lifes hardships on your upper arm near the shoulder, the back of your neck above the shoulder blades, lower back, lower arm just above the wrist,ankles and between your neck and chest.

limiting the damage before life takes its toll on your body will save you heartbreak further down the line of your lifecycle.


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      6 years ago

      Yeah, I have two tattoos. I am glad I put them in spots that they have not changed sice I got them. This piec is a good advice that people should read before getting one. ps...the pic of the stretch marks was ewwww!

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      6 years ago

      Frank, my oldest tattoo is more than 20 years old. People can't tell. It's on my upper arm and gets some sun - I use sunblock but I'm not anal about it. It's been burnt a few times in those years and held up well. I would think where you are looking at getting it will see even less sun and will age well. Make sure to choose darker colours as lighter ones fade faster.

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      6 years ago

      Ok, so I'm 52 and I almost died this last year from surgery complications. I'm very fit, but there's no question that I'm older. I really want a tattoo to symbolize my life struggles and beliefs. I want it on my upper, inner thigh - an octopus - with the tentacles extending around my hip, pelvis and butt. Does anyone know about how that might fade and look as I get older? Thanks.

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      7 years ago from Florida

      Having a messed up tattoo after giving birth is the reason I dont have a belly or breast tattoo. I do have one on my hip and another on my ribs, so I ll have to see how those fare! Thanks for sharing, it seems a lot of women don't think about how their tattoos will change after they have a baby!

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      7 years ago

      since the thickness of our skin varies, you'll definitely feel something (from repeated cat scratch or deep paper cuts) it depends on where you'll place the tattoo :-)

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      hot dorkage 

      10 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Oy that baggy tummy tattoo is gross! Course it's the tummy that's gross, not the tat. But.... I think I'll stay tattooless.

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      B.T. Evilpants 

      10 years ago from Hell, MI

      I got my seventh tatoo a couple of years ago. It runs most of the length of my forearm. Although the under side of your forearm can be a bit tender, the most painful part of the experience, was parting with the 350 bucks! Great hub, Jimmy! By the way, hows that quest for the hub-funded car coming along?

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      10 years ago from Arizona

      I have my first and only tattoo [so far] on the top of my right foot. The only reason I got it was to remember my mother and it hurt SO bad. Never get one on your foot, lol.

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      10 years ago from Leicester, UK

      To some, your body is just another blank canvas and a great way to personalise your body (even though it is only yours!)

      In the last 10 years, tattoo remova has come along way, I read about some liquid they can use now that will suck the ink out of your skin (takes a few sittings and costs a bit, but a lot less than laser and it won't scar) at some point you'll be able to get a tattoo removed so easily that you could tattoo your whole body at 18 for university, and when graduated, have them all removed for the start of your working life! Perfect, except i like my left arm sleeve, and don't want to get rid of it!

      Thank the lord for understanding bosses!

      A great Hub as always Jimmy, but now i want another tattoo :(

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      10 years ago from White Plains, NY

      Thanks, Jimmy and mistyhorizon for the info about tattoo pain. I've always wondered. My daughter has one on her back and I've thought secretly about a small one on my shoulder. Now I know it won't hurt too badly.

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      Jakub Wawrzyniak 

      10 years ago from Ireland

      Looks sexy on girls

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      NYLady, a bit like having someone keep poking an open cut with a pin, but you can avoid this by using novocaine cream or similar in advance of the tattoo.

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      James Paterson 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      Depends Where on your body if it is on muscle or near bone it can hurt, but anywhere else you will feel it but it really is not very sore....jimmy

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      10 years ago from White Plains, NY

      OK Jimmy -- be honest. Does it hurt to get a tattoo?

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I used a tattoo to cover up a bikini line scar after I had a cyst removed from an ovary. It really did the job well, and I know it could get ruined if I do get pregnant, but that would be worth it. See my hub at to get an idea of the tats mt friend Animal did for me free of charge, including the one to cover up my scar.

      Great Hub though, and good advice :)


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