Tattoo Stretch Marks – How To Fix My Precious Tattoo?

Tattoo Stretch Marks

So you didn’t plan ahead when you decided that dolphin on your lower abdomen was a good idea? Tattoos are always permanent and while you might not regret the subject matter of your tattoo, tattoo stretch marks might make you wish that you had held off on that trip to the skin parlor.

Normal stretching of the skin from minimal weight gain and loss is usually well tolerated by tattoos. A word or phrase will generally look the same if you pack on a couple of holiday pounds or tone up for a triathlon. Extreme weight gain or loss in a short period of time, such as that which occurs with pregnancy, can cause stretch marks which will mar the skin from deep inside, turning your picturesque portrait into a mountain chain.

Most stretch marks are just a complementary shade of surrounding skin, so it is merely lighter or darker than the other areas and slightly raised. Purple stretch marks, however, have their own shade of violet that doesn’t coordinate so well with most ink. Tattoo stretch marks can often look more pronounced or even accentuated just because of their location. Unfortunately, most people tend to want to “tat” the areas on their body most prone to stretch marks such as the abdomen, lower back and breasts in women. These areas will be the first hit by stomach stretch marks resulting from pregnancy or weight fluctuations, and even if you started your body art early, teenage stretch marks due to adolescent weight changes also occur in these areas. Tattooing areas such as the ankle that are less susceptible to skin changes will help you avoid tattoo stretch marks.

If you need to have your now rocky tattoo fixed, you will need to see a good artist. Not good as in “draws lifelike portraits of my grandma,” good as in “has been doing this for a long time and will be more likely to fix it.” Your artist will look at how deep and how colorful your stretch marks are when deciding if your art can be fixed. Your design may need a few modifications in order to accommodate your skin changes. Tattoo stretch marks are often fixable by the right person, but their skill level ultimately will determine how successful your redo attempt is. If not fixable, your tattoo artist might discuss changing or covering up the tattoo. He or she will make many observations about repairing or covering your skin condition. Tattoos over stretch marks are common, and some good artists can even think of funky ways to use them in the design process, so don’t be afraid. Consult with your ink specialist about the right course of action for your permanent body art.