CookiesThis site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. Read our privacy policy to learn more
Listen to Your Tattoo Artist

Listen to Your Tattoo Artist

Guides2 min Read

Recent events have made it necessary for us to hammer home this point: LISTEN TO YOUR ARTIST.

Recently, a Texas man went swimming in the Gulf of Mexico a mere five days after getting freshly tattooed — and died. His tattoo, an open wound still at that point in the healing process, was infected by Vibrio vulnificus, a bacterium commonly found in coastal ocean water. Three days after his swim, he went to the hospital with a high fever, swollen bruised skin, and fluid collecting in his leg. It was no good — he was suffering from septic shock, and it progressed quickly. Two months after his initial hospital visit, he passed away. The 72 ounces of beer a day he was drinking didn’t help — apparently liver disease makes you more susceptible to complications with this specific water bacteria.

Listen to Your Tattoo Artist #Listen #Swimming #Guide #TattoodoGuide

1. Can I go swimming in the ocean after I get tattooed?

Listen to Your Tattoo Artist #Listen #Swimming #Guide #TattoodoGuide

We have a lot more ways you can make sure you take the best care of your new tattoo, and the best care of yourself. But remember the go-to, in case it didn’t stick yet: listen to your artist. They’re the expert, and what they tell you is the golden standard.

Written byTattoodo

A curated collection of counter culture. Featuring the world's top artists. Show us yours.

Find tattoo artists and tattoo shops in top cities