The Best Time of Year to Get Tattooed

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Most people think of getting a tattoo in the spring and summer when it's hot outside and more skin is exposed. Then when cooler weather comes around and the long sleeves and long pants come out, the idea of getting tattooed may not seem quite as enticing.

Is There a Preferred Time of Year to Get Tattooed?

Contrary to what may seem intuitive, fall and winter are the best time of year to get a tattoo.

Why? First of all, you and the artist are going to be a lot more comfortable. Although most tattoo studios have air conditioning in the summertime, it's hard to keep them cool in a business where doors are constantly being opened. During the winter, studios are much more temperate and it's a lot easier for the artist to concentrate when they don't have to keep wiping beads of sweat from their brow.

Another good reason to consider has to do with the healing process. The less exposure your skin gets to the elements, the better off your tattoo will be. Sweat can aggravate a new tattoo as can the sun. During the winter, your body isn't exposed to these factors as much, and tattoos can heal more quickly without as much chance for infection.

Appearance is also a good reason. During the healing process, your tattoo goes through a few "ugly" stages, including scabbing and peeling. If you get your tattoo during the colder months, it will be covered up during this healing process.

By the time summer rolls around, your artwork will be completely healed and ready to show off.

Waiting time is another matter to think about. Winter is a slower season for most studios, which means you won't have to wait behind a bunch of people to get your artwork done. During the busier season, you can wait as much as 2 to 4 hours while artists are busy with other customers, or you may even have to get on a waiting list.

Artists are not usually as rushed during wintertime, and it is easier for them to give you their undivided attention.

A Caveat to Keep in Mind

One downside to getting a tattoo in the wintertime is the increased chance of colds, flus, and other viruses going around. These illnesses can drain your immune system and make it more difficult for your body and art to heal. 

It is important that you keep yourself healthy, especially if you are considering getting a tattoo. If you are showing any signs of illness, seek medical attention, if necessary, and wait until you are feeling better before making your appointment.