A: You're right to be concerned about the effects of chlorine and chemicals on a new tattoo. However, I'm not sure what you are thinking to cover your tattoo with that would prevent it being exposed to these elements. A bandage will still get saturated with the chemically treated water. You also don't want to put anything on the new tattoo that would prevent it from being able to breathe and heal - like liquid bandaid, as was discussed last week.
Tattoos should be allowed to heal for a minimum of 2 week - until all flaking and peeling is finished and all scabs have fallen off. Even then, you're taking a risk getting in a highly chlorinated pool, especially if you stay for an extended period of time. A tattoo is not considered fully healed until a new layer of protective skin has grown over it - this process usually takes about 3 months. Until then, your tattoo is most vulnerable to all elements - sun, chemicals, pollution, etc. This is why getting a tattoo during the summer is not recommended, especially for swimmers and beach bunnies! If you've already got the tattoo, all I can really recommend now is stay out of the pool for at least 2 weeks and then keep your swimming to a minimum if you absolutely must go. If you can hold out for the full 3 month perdiod, you'll be doing your new tattoo a great service and I guarantee that it will have been worth the sacrifice.