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Sakai
06-28-2010, 10:32 PM
Hi everyone!
It's been a long while but I have a question...
I want to get a tattoo...a few tattoos to be honest. My question is what effect will losing weight have on the tattoo? I remember hearing that gaining (lots of) weight will ruin your tattoo by "streching" it out, so I wondered if losing (lots of) weight will mess it up as well. One Tattoo that I'm getting is going to cover much of my back. And because I have those horrible back rolls I wondered if I would ruin the tattoo once i lost the weight.
So I figured I would save the big tattoo for a goal reward once I lost a good amount of weight. But I just wanted to know if anyone knows if this is true?


Ciao
06-28-2010, 10:41 PM
Depending on where you put it
and how much weight you want to lose,
then it could have an affect on the tattoo.

My mom has had a dragonfly on her lower
back and even though she's gained 50+
pounds, the tattoo looks the same and
hasn't been effected.

For you, I'd recommend making it a goal
reward. Just for some motivation and what-not. :)

CandyKisses0204
06-28-2010, 10:44 PM
I have a few tattoos and so far none of them have really been effected by the loss. Though i might say that you might want to wait until closer to goal to get the back piece. 1) it will be a nice reward. 2) you will have to sit down for many sessions if its going to be huge and im not sure if that will make a difference in the look of your tattoo if you get it worked on when you are 5 different sizes.
But im not a professional its probably best to talk to your artist and ask their opinion.


Natasha1534
06-28-2010, 11:00 PM
If I were you I would go ahead w/ the tattoos you want that can be put on ankles/wrists/neck/chest or whatever that won't be affected. You never EVER do a backpiece for your 1st tattoo (I'm assuming it would be your 1st since you didn't mention already having tattoos). Think of your back as a blank canvas waiting for a masterpiece...you save it until you know EXACTLY what you want and exactly who you want to do it. ;)

Natasha1534
06-28-2010, 11:10 PM
I guess I should've said, too, that I've got 3 tattoos but they're all in places not affected by my weight loss. Before I stopped drinking Pepsi and went on the SBD my ankles and feet would swell horribly. Because of that I have put off getting a tattoo that I've really wanted on my foot. My ankles and feet no longer swell and, come income tax refund time next year, I will be getting that tattoo. It matches my bestfriend's foot tattoo...it's vines w/ flowers that cover the top of her foot and then wrap around her 2nd toe w/ a band of vines and a flower on top. It's my favorite tattoo of hers. :)

Sakai
06-29-2010, 12:49 PM
Not to worry Natasha.. these are tattoos I wanted from before I was 18...i'm 25 now... hehe I don't know what ever stopped me from getting them before...now that I have a job and could pay for them. I guess I was too worried about messing it up if I ever do lose the weight. But some...like the one's I want on my ankles won't be messed up so I'm thinking of getting those...and saving my back peice for my goal reward after all....(anyway it would take me that long to save up for it @.@ I cn only wonder what it would cost.) thanks for the advice!

kaplods
06-29-2010, 01:34 PM
I've been thinking of getting a tattoo to celebrate my 100 lbs loss, when I achieve it. We met a friend for lunch at his tattoo shop and I asked the tattoo artists about it.

They said that it depends on the subject and position of the tattoo, but usually it isn't a problem. If I wanted a tattoo in a trouble spot like my shoulder/bicep, they suggested I go with more forgiving tattoos (like leaves, vines, geometric patterns, rather than say a recognizeable cartoon character like Kermit in which case a distortion could leave it looking very much like a frog, but like a very badly drawn kermit....).

Go to a good tattoo shop (know their reputation in town), and ask the artist.

Natasha1534
06-29-2010, 07:24 PM
Not to worry Natasha.. these are tattoos I wanted from before I was 18...i'm 25 now... hehe I don't know what ever stopped me from getting them before...now that I have a job and could pay for them. I guess I was too worried about messing it up if I ever do lose the weight. But some...like the one's I want on my ankles won't be messed up so I'm thinking of getting those...and saving my back peice for my goal reward after all....(anyway it would take me that long to save up for it @.@ I cn only wonder what it would cost.) thanks for the advice!
For a full back piece you're looking at anywhere from $800 to $1500 depending on the detail involved...plus your tip. Just keep in mind...a good tattoo isn't cheap and a cheap tattoo isn't good. ;)

Natasha1534
06-29-2010, 07:26 PM
If I wanted a tattoo in a trouble spot like my shoulder/bicep, they suggested I go with more forgiving tattoos (like leaves, vines, geometric patterns, rather than say a recognizeable cartoon character like Kermit in which case a distortion could leave it looking very much like a frog, but like a very badly drawn kermit....).

TOO FUNNY!!! My first tattoo was Kermit...and he's on my right ankle. LOL

ParadiseFalls
06-29-2010, 07:53 PM
I think you would be wise to wait on the back tattoo, like you said. But I wouldn't worry about getting some in places like wrists, ankles, even calves. I have a wrist one and an ankle one (both with important lines where the tattoos would be ruined if stretched) but I'm confident they'll be fine because there's hardly any fat below.

GoldenLeaf
06-29-2010, 08:35 PM
My SO has tattoos on his back, arms and lower legs and none have been effected by his 20kg+ (44 pounds) weight loss.

Beach Patrol
06-30-2010, 11:30 AM
I have 11 tattoos, but none of them are affected by my weight GAIN, so I will assume none of them will be affected by my weight LOSS.


But different people experience different things, and some people who lose great amounts of weight can have hanging skin and stretch mark issues. I'd definitely talk to a tat artist to get their professional POV.

m3rma1d
06-30-2010, 11:33 AM
I got thin for the first (and only) time ever a few years back, and all my tattoos looked the same.
But that was when I started HATING my tats, because I finally had a nice body, and all these "scribbles" all over it really ruined it for me....

My number one wish is to win the lotto and be able to laser them all off.
Long sleeves and pants in summertime is HOT! But damn I hate them so much.

ParadiseFalls
07-01-2010, 05:41 PM
But that was when I started HATING my tats, because I finally had a nice body, and all these "scribbles" all over it really ruined it for me....


I'm sad to hear you hate your tattoos :( Do you mind me asking what/where they are and what made you get them in the first place?

mom4life
07-01-2010, 06:02 PM
Mine is on my shoulder blade. I got it when I was at my goal weight. I think because of where it was done I really haven't seen it change much as I've gone up and down in my weight. Its a 4 inch wide butterfly.
My SIL has one across her lower back that she got when she was at her heaviest. She never showed me but she's very unhappy on what happened to it after she lost a good amount of weight. I live too far now to see her, I know she's talked about having it removed.

celigirl88
07-01-2010, 06:45 PM
I would wait until you get to one of your goal weights. That way you work harder because you really want that reward. Also, if you start loosing amounts of weight in between each session, it might mess the artist up and it may have an affect on your tattoo. If you are concerned about it, just ask an artist. He will know the most since that's his occupation.

m3rma1d
07-02-2010, 12:14 PM
I'm sad to hear you hate your tattoos :( Do you mind me asking what/where they are and what made you get them in the first place?

They're a little bit of everything... Too many, all over my body, I don't care to list them all :p
I got them when I was young and a bit more... umm... I dunno. Non-conservative. Crazy hair colors/styles, piercings, you name it. Problem is, you can grow your hair out "normal" again, and take out the piercings, but tattoos are forever.
But I thought I knew everything, and I knew myself, that I'd never change, and that I had to be DIFFERENT DIFFERENT DIFFERENT and the WORLD had to be able to KNOW just how DIFFERENT and SPECIAL I was at a glance.

Then I grew up and changed my thinking on that. I realized I can be different and special and the whole world doesn't need to know at a glance, that people worthy of knowing how special I am will find out when they get to know me better.

My number one wish in life is for laser tattoo removal. But it's so freakin' expensive I'll prolly never be able to afford it. :(

ThicknPretty
07-02-2010, 03:24 PM
I have a tattoo myself but I would never get another one while still having significant weight to lose. I don't see how it couldn't affect it. ? Your skin is different, there is more of you...wouldn't the tattoo be bigger than it needed to be or changed shape once YOU changed shape? Just asking ya'll who say it hasn't been affected...explain it lol.

ParadiseFalls
07-02-2010, 04:02 PM
My number one wish in life is for laser tattoo removal. But it's so freakin' expensive I'll prolly never be able to afford it. :(

Have you tried Wrecking Balm? I know the general reception is very skeptical, but I had a friend who got a shooting star on her neck and then decided she hated it and used Wrecking Balm. It's mostly gone now. It was pink and blue, and now it looks like a veeeery faint outline of something once drawn on her. I don't think I'd notice it just meeting her if I didn't know it was there. She's been using it for like 7 months and still using it.

It wouldn't be ideal if they're all over your body, but it could probably make the most visible ones a lot less noticeable.

m3rma1d
07-02-2010, 10:27 PM
Have you tried Wrecking Balm? I know the general reception is very skeptical, but I had a friend who got a shooting star on her neck and then decided she hated it and used Wrecking Balm. It's mostly gone now.

I've read and read online for hours and hours and only came up with "it does not work".... But now I will take what you said and put it as the first entry in the "yeah it does" column. :)
Did your friend's tat have any black in it, or was it just pink and blue? All of mine have black outlining, so I wonder if that'd make a difference...

ParadiseFalls
07-02-2010, 11:25 PM
Did your friend's tat have any black in it, or was it just pink and blue? All of mine have black outlining, so I wonder if that'd make a difference...

Fairly light black outlining with bright pink and blue. She lives in another state now, but I'll ask her if she can send some before and during pics.

FitGirlyGirl
07-03-2010, 12:51 PM
I have 2 tats. One is on the outside of my thigh and has not been effected as of yet. During the weight loss process there have been days when I could feel the lines of it more clearly than usual - I figure maybe fat redistribution pushes what is technically a scar up a little higher or something, but it looks just fine. The other is on my chest (at apx. hand to chest during the pledge position) and has not distorted or anything, but it does look a bit higher and closer to center than it did and it shows more. Before there were only a few types of necklines that would show it, now quite a few shirts/dresses show at least the edge of it. Of course I was a 42FF when I got it and am now a 35D+, the chest on a woman is a very changeable area, so I knew when I got the thing not to expect it to necessarily stay put.

I would definitely wait on the back piece if I were you. Not to be too indelicate, but you did say that you currently have rolls on your back and that could mess with healing even if you did get something that is less likely to distort with size change. I've seen this happen to someone before and it is not comfy and not pretty. There ended up being a big infection and lots of scarring, it's just bad bad bad. He went through a lot of pain with the infection and now, years later, he still has severe itching in the scar tissue and the scars are so bad he won't go shirtless in front of most people. He barely takes his shirt off around his wife!