Have you ever seen a tattoo where the ink has bled and the lines have become stringy and thin? Yes, that’s tattoo blowout. Anywhere from a couple days to six months after a fresh tattoo, a tattoo’s ink can start to spread out under the skin to cause a blurred effect. Keep reading to find out more about the causes of tattoo blowout and how to avoid getting a tattoo that chances have it will blowout.
What Causes Tattoo Blowout?
There are many reasons a tattoo may blowout and it’s particularly difficult to pinpoint which has been the cause of any one instance.
Some places of the body with exceedingly thin skin like fingers and the sides of feet are more prone to blowout. Moving the skin too much by stretching and pulling during healing can literally allow the ink to move under the skin, particularly in areas where the skin is already very thin.
Mistakes by your tattoo artist like heavy handedness can allow the needle to go too deep into the skin or at a slanted angle which allows the ink to spread to neighbouring tissue. Although be careful not to jump immediately to blaming their artist. It’s more than likely that they had already warned you about this very thing.
Where to Expect Tattoo Blowout?
There are certain parts of your body that are more likely to get blowout due to thin skin or constant movement such as wrists as the skin is constantly moving and is already thin due to its placement on a join.
As such tattoos positioned on joints are the most prone to blowout like the back of knees, ankles, fingers, and hands due to movement. These parts of the body also have a faster skin regeneration which means that they heal more slowly, which means that if you’re trying extra hard not to move that part of your body too much, you’ll be out of action for longer than usual.
Although there is no one way to predict how a tattoo will heal there are a few simple tips to avoid some of the most common causes of blowout.
Choose a reputable artist you trust and make sure to give their portfolio a detailed look first!
Avoid risky areas like hands and feet.
Avoid twisting and pulling at a fresh tattoo.
Follow the aftercare instructions perfectly!
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