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    Now, this isn't the deciding factor on this deciision, but if I got a tattoo, how long does the thing take to heal before i can lift, if at all. I am considering a full armband (a skyline motif around the bicep area) or a similar tattoo but across my upper back.
    I havetn gotten any tattos yet, and I don;t really trust sites that say its gonna be all ouchy-wouchy for a while, because i dont care if it hurts, just if its gonna fuck it up really bad or fuck me up really bad.
    Preferably guys whove actually gotten a tattoo and how quick you got back in nthe gym.

  • #2
    In high school I went to baseball practice the next day and I was fine. It was on my shoulder. Just bandage it up, wear loose clothing, and be careful.

    EDIT: On second thought, if it's across your entire back or a half-sleeve, why not schedule it the weekend before an off-week?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by youngbb View Post
      Preferably guys whove actually gotten a tattoo and how quick you got back in nthe gym.
      Um... that afternoon! And drove in a stock car race the same night.
      Of course you can REALLY be different and not get one. That would make you very unique!
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      • #4
        On a side note: I was in McDonalds and these young guys were in there wearing Afliction t-shirts, Tap Out hats on sideways, etc. They had these disks in their ears and I thought to myself "how thoughtful of them to provide targets!" :nuts:
        If it's not fun, don't do it

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        • #5
          As more than likely on of the most inked on the board let me tell you this, as long as you keep it moist and aren't pressing huge amounts of weight right against it, or rubbing it (especially with the bar) you will be fine.

          Hell I've gotten all 12 of mine done and been fine to go workout or do PT the next day.

          I would say use the back on some off time. Stick with the bicep for now. Especially for your first one. Also depending on how complex your design is, how much time your artist has and how well you tolerate being jabbed with a group of needles consistantly, you may need it to be two sessions. Factor this in before deciding on ink.


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          • #6
            I wouldn't worry about it affecting gym time, at least anymore than a day or 2. And that should be worse case, like when I sleeved my arm, the elbow was swollen for a day or so, but otherwise most of the discomfort is like a sunburn. If you ever have been sunburned on your back then tried lying on a bench then you know what to expect.
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            • #7
              Well said man.
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              • #8
                don't mind if i jack this topic a lil... i'm on accutane now and my skin's been looking better for a while now even though i'm just 2-3 months into the treatment. i've always wanted to get a tattoo on my back in remembrance of my baby brother, but i was always worried because of what everyone told me about getting tats done with follicutis and acne... does anyone have any idea on this?

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                • #9
                  Alright, thanks guys, good to hear.

                  Originally posted by jmhester1956 View Post
                  On a side note: I was in McDonalds and these young guys were in there wearing Afliction t-shirts, Tap Out hats on sideways, etc. They had these disks in their ears and I thought to myself "how thoughtful of them to provide targets!" :nuts:
                  Haha, gauges? I think I can picture these exact people. Sometimes I wonder what UFC fighters think of their fans.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jmhester1956 View Post
                    On a side note: I was in McDonalds and these young guys were in there wearing Afliction t-shirts, Tap Out hats on sideways, etc. They had these disks in their ears and I thought to myself "how thoughtful of them to provide targets!" :nuts:
                    I friggin hate those things - I'm gonna chuckle the next time I see it lol!

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                    • #11
                      If you workout to soon after getting a tattoo it can make some of the ink leave your skin..I don't know what it's called. If it's just a small arm band though probably a day or two. If it's a large fancy one I'd wait around a week.
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                      • #12
                        Hi youngbb,
                        You can lift the weights after 16 hours. But if the tattoo is hurting or itching you better to wait for a day and keep some simple exercises at home or in gym.
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                        • #13
                          Follow the after-care instructions, and you should be fine. The main thing you want to avoid is premature scab removal from friction. You'll be in some discomfort, but should be able to get in adequate training.
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