Have you ever found yourself wondering, how to properly care for a hairy chest tattoo? With the increasing popularity growth of tattoos, this is not an uncommon question these days.
Tattoos are becoming more widely accepted and more of a fashion statement in many parts of the world. This is just one of the many ways that the world is changing.
With that in mind and as cool as tattoos might appear, there is a lot to consider with them. Just deciding that you are going to get a tattoo and what you want your tattoo to represent is just the beginning.
There is a boatload of other considerations that need to be carefully weighed with tattoos. Where are you going to get the tattoo? Who is your artist going to be? Will it be in color? This is just the beginning of a long, thorough process.
Learning To Properly Care For A Hairy Chest Tattoo
Not only does one need to decide on the type of tattoo and who the artist is going to be, but there is the maintenance of the tattoo. That’s right! If you thought getting a tattoo and keeping it covered for a few days was the only upkeep on your end, you are wrong.
This is especially true for men with hairy chests. When you get a tattoo on your chest, and you are considered overly harrier than the ordinary individual, it brings about a whole new load of complications.
Below, you will learn everything you need to know about caring for the tattoo on a hairy chest. After all, the artist can only do so much. It will be up to you to ensure that your tattoo delivers total viewing perfection.
Why Aftercare Matters!
Unprepared individuals usually find themselves shocked to learn what happens once the tattooing is complete. Of course, a good tattooing artist will already have you prepared after the consultation.
However, that doesn’t mean that many aren’t still shocked to learn about the aftercare of a tattoo. When it comes down to it, a tattoo is a medical procedure and should be treated as such.
In fact, that’s the best way to think of a tattoo. Think of it as a medical procedure because that is virtually what it is. When your skin is open, there are always vulnerabilities to scarring and infection.
Properly caring for your tattoo can prevent these potential complications. It will be the responsibility of both you and your artist to ensure that the area doesn’t grow infected or scarred.
Simply put, when the procedure is over, the area is covered with a medical ointment followed by a bandage. Unfortunately, this is not the end. Aftercare starts immediately after the procedure is completed.
Properly Covering The Tattoo
A good tattoo artist is invaluable, as they will prepare and arm you will all the pertinent information. However, it still doesn’t hurt to do your own separate research.
When the tattooing is done the artist will apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and then wrap the tattoo with a bandage or plastic wrap.
The type of material doesn’t matter. It can be either plastic wrap or a bandage. What matters most is that the area is properly covered. The wrapping prevents clothing from rubbing against the tattooed area.
Depending on the size of the tattoo and the colors, you might be required to leave the area covered for several hours. The tattoo artist should let you know.
Properly Washing The Area
After a few hours of the procedure, you can remove the covering and gently wash the tattoo. In fact, the artist will probably recommend doing so. First, make sure that you properly clean your hands.
Do not attempt to touch or interact with the freshly opened area while your hands are dirty. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and then tackle the tattooed area.
Warm water with a fragrance-free soap is probably the best way to go. After washing the tattoo there is no need to immediately cover the skin. As a matter of fact, it is a good idea to leave the skin open to breathe.
The Dos And Don’ts Of Tattoo Aftercare
When your tattooed area is healing there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind. First and foremost, it should be noted that there should be no irritation, aching, or leaking skin.
If you notice puss or anything leaking from the area, or if the area hurts, this is likely an indication of irregularities. If you experience any of this, you’ll need to immediately reach out to the artist or a dermatologist.
The area is likely infected. Other than that, and properly cleaning, covering, and washing the area, there isn’t much more to do.
One thing you will want to make sure you do is cover and protect the area while you are in the sun. You won’t need to go as far as applying sun tanning lotion, but you will want to make sure you wear sun-protective attire. In addition to this, you’ll want to avoid scratching and picking at the tattoo.
As much as it might itch or call your name, you must avoid interacting with it. You also want to avoid tight clothing.
Even with the tattoo properly bandage and covered, it is still a good idea to avoid tight clothing. This will only cause the bandage or covering material to rub against the tattooed area.
Although it is recommended to lightly and gently wash the tattooed area, you’ll want to avoid completely soaking in. Don’t go swimming or submerge the tattooed area completely underwater. Simple use commonsense.
FAQs on Chest Hair Tattoo
Will Chest Hair Grow Through A Tattoo?
When it comes right down to it for men, the chest is an ideal spot for a first tattoo. It’ll give you an introduction to the process.
You’ll have how the entire procedure works from the beginning to the end, and you’ll be able to easily cover the tattoo without drawing too much attention.
While the chest might seem like the first best apparent canvas for your first tattoo, it does bring about some problems. For many, that will be the rapid growth of chest hair.
The first thing you need to know is that a good tattoo artist is like a good teacher. They will completely walk you through the entire process, holding your hand from beginning to end, meaning they will take care of everything.
Putting yourself in the hands of a talented, qualified, and experienced artist is the only way to go. The artist will first need to shave and prep the area, but like other parts of the body, hair will eventually regrow through the tattoo.
Do I Need To Shave My Hairy Chest For A Tattoo?
As you learned above, if your chest is overly hairy, you will need to shave it before the tattooing takes place.
This is something that most artists are willing to do for you, but if you want to handle the procedure the day or night before, the option is always there. A good tattoo artist will likely set up a consultation before the actual tattooing takes place.
This will give you ample time to ask questions and clarify anything that needs to be addressed.
What Does A Hairy Chest Signify?
Despite what many would have you believe; all men are certainly not created equally. This doesn’t mean that each man doesn’t need to be treated with the same degree of respect.
Just look at the physical appearances and genetics of some men. Some men lose their hair faster, some men mature earlier in life, and some men struggle with weight gain.
With all that in mind, rapid chest hair growth can mean many different things. For some, it might be a sign of manhood or hormones.
Some men prefer a hairy chest, some women like men with hairy chests, and some men will take the time to shave their chests every day.
Whatever the situation, a hairy chest is the representation of hormone growth. If you are overly hairy on certain parts of the body, it could be a representation of hormone imbalances.
Can You Get Tattoos Where You Have Hair?
If you want to get technical about the procedure, it is entirely possible to tattoo over hair. However, you’ll notice that no professional tattoo artist alive is going to offer a tattoo without shaving and prepping the area first.
A tattoo needle pierces the pores of your skin and deposits ink in the process. With hair in the way, it becomes much harder to penetrate through the skin.
The hair might prevent the needle from going all the way in, or it might prevent the ink from being properly deposited into the pore. Whatever the situation, hair needs to be properly removed before tattooing.
Any time you tattoo an area without properly prepping and shaving the area, you will likely end up with less than desirable results.
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