Skin deep 135

Skin deep 135

At last the long awaited summer seems to finally be here. The sun is cracking the flags outside Skin Deep Towers and the sunken garden has burst into life spewing flowers and leaves towards the beating sun.  As well as the flowers, I have noticed another species that has suddenly appeared from nowhere – the tattooed sun worshiper. Unfortunately most of this new breed seem to be oblivious to the damaging effect that the suns UV rays can have on your ink. I’m, sure we all have seen the adverts on the television showing the ageing effect the sun has on the skin and these ads then try and convince you to buy this and that cream to keep your skin less saggy or wrinkly. 

This also applies to tattoos. Every day I see people exposing their ink in vests, young ladies wearing very little and bare chested builders, many with some great artwork being slowly burnt away by the sun. There really isn’t anything worse for your artwork than cooking yourself under the beating sun. Surely after going through the discomfort and spending what can sometimes be a small fortune on a superb piece of living art, do folk insist on ruining their tattoos by exposing them to the suns rays?

I had a chap ask me the other day whether he should have a tattoo done before he went to Spain for a fortnight. My answer was no way. Not only will the tattoo still be healing, but all tattooists will advise their clients not to go swimming until the tattoo has healed fully.

So bear in mind if you are thinking of getting some work done. It might be worth waiting until you come back from your hols or you run the prospect of watching everyone else larking about in the pool while you sit at the edge with your skin covered.

Okay, we all like the restorative properties of the sun and there’s nothing to cheer you up better than a hot sunny day and it makes you feel good to be alive. 

So next time you decide to go out and catch some rays, please, please use a high factor sun cream/block. Not only will you be preserving your treasured tattoo from fading and losing its colour, you’ll be respecting the hard work your tattooist has put into the design.

Think about your ink, wear it with pride and do all you can to look after it.

Right, where’s my knotted hankie and factor 300 sun cream?