Cool Weather Months are Best
But actually, 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 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 the 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 is to consider the healing. The less exposure your skin gets to the elements, the better off your tattoo will be to heal. Sweat can aggravate a new tattoo and so can the sun. During the winter, your body isn't exposed to these things as much and tattoos can heal much 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 - scabbing, peeling, the works. If you get your tattoo during the colder months, it will be covered up during this healing process and by the time summer rolls around - your artwork will be completely healed and ready to show off!
Waiting time is another thing to consider. The winter is the 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 2-4 hours while the artists are busy with other customers, or you may even have to get on a waiting list. Artists are not nearly as rushed during this season and it is easier for them to give you their undivided attention.
One Caveat to Keep in Mind
One downside to getting a tattoo in the wintertime is the chance of colds, flu and other viruses. These illnesses can drain your immune system and make it more difficult for your body and art to heal. Not to mention that your artist probably wouldn't appreciate you passing along any germs to them. It is important that you take vitamins and keep yourself healthy, especially if you are considering getting a tattoo during this time of year. If you are showing any signs of illness, wait until you are feeling better before you make your appointment. Vitamins that are known to boost your immune system are C and Zinc. Please consult your doctor and see if these vitamins could be helpful to you.
When summer arrives and you start pulling out your shorts and tank tops again, you'll be all set to show off your new body art!