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'Tis the Season to be Tattooed
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Winter has almost begun on this side of the globe. In some parts of the world it's below freezing and there is snow falling all around. You're wearing turtlenecks, sweaters and ski masks just to keep warm. The last thing you could possibly think of is getting a tattoo. Right? Wrong!

The Comfort Zone

Actually, this is the best time of year to get a tattoo and I'm going to tell you 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 easier for the artist to concentrate when they don't have to keep wiping beads of sweat from their brow. But that's only a minor reason why winter is the best time for a tattoo.

Healing & Appearance

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 certainly 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!

Time Management

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

Money in Your Pocket

Since this is the holiday season for many, you might be receiving some money from friends and relatives. This is as good a time as ever to put that money toward the tattoo you've been wanting but couldn't afford. Even if you don't get enough to cover the entire tattoo, it gets you started in the right direction and you have 3 more months to save before winter is over.

Cold Facts

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 art to heal. It is important that you take vitamins and keep yourself healthy 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.

Enjoy the cold of winter and get your artwork done now. When summer comes and you start pulling out your shorts and tank tops, you'll be all set to show off your new body art!

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