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scarletspyscarletspy Member Posts: 204 Member Member Posts: 204 Member
I've been wanting to get my next tattoo for what feels like forever but I'm a bit wary. My next tattoo is going to be a fairly big piece spanning the length of my side. I have a lot of weight to lose and excess skin is very likely. Given that it'll be on my side/stomach area I'm worried that if I get it done now it'll look warped when I lose. At the same time, I've been trying to lose weight for a decade now and I don't want to keep waiting. My other tattoos are on my forearms and the back of my neck - not places you would expect a lot of loose skin - so I wasn't too worried about them.

Anyone in here have experience in this area? If you've lost a huge amount of weight has it affected your tattoos?
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  • Moxie42Moxie42 Member Posts: 1,426 Member Member Posts: 1,426 Member
    That's a great question and I'm looking forward to seeing people's answers!

    I've made my next tattoo a reward for when I hit my goal weight. I was worried about getting it done too early, but also am sick of waiting (been wanting it for 10 years and was supposed to get it after I got married almost 3 years ago but I never lost the weight). So now I'm hoping having that as a reward will help me stay motivated.
  • sheepinglysheepingly Member Posts: 237 Member Member Posts: 237 Member
    i agree, i'd wait. Or you can get something else in a part that doesn't get all "droopy" with weight loss
  • everhereverher Member Posts: 909 Member Member Posts: 909 Member
    I have one I got on my back when I was younger and about 10 lbs heavier or so than I am now.

    Gained a lot of weight over the years and now I'm slimmer again and it looks nothing like it did. Like the dimensions look completely different.
  • crooked_left_hookcrooked_left_hook Member, Premium Posts: 364 Member Member, Premium Posts: 364 Member
    I have a large one on my lower back that I got when I was about the size I am now. I gained and lost 50 lbs and didn't notice any change. I do however have a ton of stretch marks on the side of my hips from before the tattoo. They can be hard to tattoo over and the lines in that area are not clean due to the blowout caused by uneven skin texture. (Blowout is when ink spreads under the skin causing fuzzy lines. It tends to happen in places when your skin texture changes suddenly and the tattoo artist goes too deep because they didn't have a chance to adjust their pressure). I also have a friend that had some swallows on her hip bones that got very distorted during her pregnancy. I would wait until you've lost the weight and are confident you will be able to maintain it, but also take into consideration your skin texture and stretch marks before making a final decision on location. Tattoos are way to expensive, and perminant, to rush into.
  • JaydedMissJaydedMiss Member Posts: 4,291 Member Member Posts: 4,291 Member
    I got one on my hip that extends a bit onto my belly. Aswell as one all down my leg that extends onto my semi pathetic butt. Not worried they look great but only you can know for sure. Look long and hard at your body in the mirror, See if you can see it sagging, Decide if itd bother you. To me it didnt and was worth it
  • sgt1372sgt1372 Member Posts: 3,932 Member Member Posts: 3,932 Member
    OP: I think the responses that you've gotten already provide the answer you need.

    I don't have any tattoos but I've thought about getting one for years. Love looking at them and love reading books/mags and watching shows on TV about them but I always balk at getting one. Why?

    1) Never found a design that I wanted on my body for life.

    2) Watching Ink Master and Tattoo Nightmares and Ink Master Redemption just makes me think that whoever I pick to do the work will F it up one way or another and I'll have to live w/that mistake forever (unless I can get it covered up which woukd be another problem).

    3) Tattoos fade and skin changes over time. The tattoo you get today almost certainly won't look the same in 10, 20 or 30 years.
    Skin generally wrinkkes and/or sags as we age and that's not even taking into account changes in skin due to weight gain or loss.

    So as much of a fan of tattoos as I am, I'm never going to get one but if that's your heart's desire, go for it. It's your life and your skin. Just be aware of the consequences.
  • tinkerbellang83tinkerbellang83 Member Posts: 8,925 Member Member Posts: 8,925 Member
    OP how much weight do you consider to be a huge amount?

    Whilst I agree that waiting until you're comfortable, excess skin is not necessarily inevitable for everyone. It's down to genetics mostly and how fast you lose weight. I have a fair few tattoos - one sleeve, one half sleeve, 3 on my back, one on my wrist and also my feet. Apart from 2 of the older ones, that pre-date the newer formulations of ink, they look just as vibrant as they did when I got them - had some of them around 10-15 years now. I've lost and gained weight a number of times and my arms in particular have been slim/toned and fat and my tattoos still look the same.

    Someone on my newsfeed recently asked the same question - this is a fairly well explained article which I shared at the time: http://www.livestrong.com/article/322734-what-happens-to-tattoos-when-you-lose-weight/

  • crackpotbabycrackpotbaby Member Posts: 1,297 Member Member Posts: 1,297 Member
    10 ish kg comparison.

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    That side tattoo was done in 1999, incidentally.
  • scarletspyscarletspy Member Posts: 204 Member Member Posts: 204 Member
    Thanks for all the replies. Ideally I'd like to lose at least 100lbs but I carry most of my weight on my hips and legs. Still, I've decided to wait a while longer. I've said I want it done by the end of next year so hopefully it'll help motivate me to kick the weight loss into high gear!

    Thanks again for the advice :)
  • 150poundsofme150poundsofme Member Posts: 523 Member Member Posts: 523 Member
    A different question but what place on your body hurts the least for a tattoo?
  • JaydedMissJaydedMiss Member Posts: 4,291 Member Member Posts: 4,291 Member
    A different question but what place on your body hurts the least for a tattoo?

    Depends on the person @150poundsofme I have some on parts they said would be the worst and it didnt hurt, And parts that were supposed to be simple that literally made my entire body twitch and jerk it was weird xD If you want it, Get it where you want. Its worth it aslong as its what/where you want, The pains a minor factor
  • scarletspyscarletspy Member Posts: 204 Member Member Posts: 204 Member
    It depends. Getting tattoed over boney areas like the feet are supposed to be more painful - any areas with less padding really. Also, it depends on individual pain tolerance levels. The pain doesn't bother me - I think if feels like a cat digging their claws in - and eventually you get used to is and you go a bit numb. The biggest issue for me is I've found my blood sugar drops when getting tattooed. My last tattoo took 3 hours and I drank about a litre of sugary juice during that time to stave off dizziness.

    Still the pain is sort of like a test. You're going to have your tattoos forever. If the possible pain is an obstacle for you then you probably shouldn't get one. Only do it if you're 100% sure :)
  • TnZMomTnZMom Member Posts: 222 Member Member Posts: 222 Member
    sgt1372 wrote: »

    3) Tattoos fade and skin changes over time. The tattoo you get today almost certainly won't look the same in 10, 20 or 30 years.
    Skin generally wrinkkes and/or sags as we age and that's not even taking into account changes in skin due to weight gain or loss.

    You can't buy an old tattoo. B)

    (Quote from a country singer whose name I forgot.)

    And... all tattoos are temporary. ;)

    I have thick arms, and my tattoos there look fine after a 50 lb. pregnancy gain and loss.

    Belly would probably be different, especially if you are going for details and fine lines and anything geometric.

    BUT... don't go through too much of your life without a tattoo you'll love. Age matters, too. Ten or fifteen years changes your skin plenty.

    I was going to reward myself with a rib/side tattoo after meeting goal. Plus I inwardly thought that only ladies with flat bellies... you know, how people think with bikinis or midriff tops.

    But I got a tattoo on my ribs/side a year ago even though I have some weight to lose yet. Part of it goes over my belly. I LOVE it.

    And google "blastover."
    edited July 2017
  • 150poundsofme150poundsofme Member Posts: 523 Member Member Posts: 523 Member
    JaydeMiss and Scarletspy, Thank you for your advice. I appreciate it.
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