Sounds like you ve been given some very good advice. I have been inked by 4 different artists (3 were all in the same shop) and all reccomend 'Tattoo Goo' for post care. Just watch sun exposure.
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I've got a lot of tattoos. Love them!
From experience, I can tell you that one big thing to avoid is anything rubbing or scraping your new ink in any way. And make sure to rinse it a couple times a day then use a non-scented hypo-allergenic color free lotion on it - do this after a workout too.
Just don't be too rough on it or clean it too much though!
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waited maybe 2 days. It was uncomfortable at first but it wasn't painful or anything. I just padded with paper towels and wore a cotton t shirt. Just do what's comfortable for you.
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I've never stopped exercising due to a new tattoo. As long as you don't peel off the skin, nothing will happen.
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"You can generally continue to exercise shortly after you've been tattooed. It is however advisable to wait at least 24 hours and to be cautious about over doing it in the area of the tattoo. Use your judgment - if you feel that your workout is causing you more discomfort in the area of the tattoo than try to avoid that movement. Make sure that you clean down the tattoo immediately after any strenuous exercise and that you go through your full care regime as outlined at that time. " From here: www.divingswallow.com/faq.html
Depending on the area and size the time that it'll take to heal and amount of discomfort will vary. Whoever does you tattoo will give you specific instructions, but overall getting a tattoo shouldn't prevent you from working out for a very long time.
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