Spine Tattoo is Unhealthy, a Myth or a Reality?
Tattoos come with no limitation, you can get a tattoo on any part of your body. Gone are the days when a tattoo was treated as a mark of shame or people with tattoos were not treated well. Today, getting inked is no problem. Some people get inked on some parts which can be easily seen by others like their arms, legs, neck etc. On the other hand, some want to have hidden tattoos on their body. There are many tattoo designs and body parts where one can get tattoos which is hidden more often, one is spine or back.
More often than not, people are scared of getting tattoo on spine as they think that Spine tattoos are unhealthy. Well, the truth is absolutely different from what people think.
Spine tattoos are unhealthy is actually a myth and not a reality. Tattoo on spines are considered for the braves not unhealthy, because our spine, harbors our nervous system and is covered only by a thin layer of skin, thereby making it one of the most painful places to get a tattoo there. However, pain threshold varies from person to person. But the fact is adorning your spine will give you the feeling of empowerment and will give you the courage to stand tall even when going through tough in life.
Spine tattoos are not unhealthy, but yeah they come with more pain relatively.
Why spine tattoos……
There’s something uniquely stunning about the spine tattoos. The way they flow with the body, following the curves of their owners’ backs looks beautiful and gorgeous. The reason they are so popular these days is that they make for wonderful tattoo designs. These tattoos however, are not effortless for, the tattoo artist and the client. The tattoo designs, especially the one done on the spine require great effort and are painful to sit through.
Pain is an inevitable part of tattoo, I mean one will get pain while getting tattoos. It’s just that the pain however, vary from person to person and design to design. Also, the level of pain one gets varies, for instance; two people getting matching tattoos in exactly the same location not necessarily will experience the same level of pain. And the reason for that is – Both of them will have different pain tolerance. The truth however is – spine is one of the most uncomfortable and painful locations for getting inked than others. But believe you me, spine tattoos are not unhealthy at all!!
Why spine tattoos hurt so much?
Spine is actually the major part of the nervous system, the spinal area houses a large number of sensory nerves—these nerves are responsible for our response to all physical sensation, which even includes the pricking of a tattooer’s needle on our spine. There are so many nerves, thereby making the spine more sensitive to pain. Because of these nerves, more often than not, people who get tattoos on spine get unusual sensations and strange buzzes throughout their whole body.
Besides nerves causing sensation while getting pain on spine, another reason is the bones in the area. Usually, the bony areas of our body have thin skin when compared to other parts of the body. And spine area has the thinnest of skin, thereby making it more uncomfortable and painful to get a tattoo etched there. For instance, if you get a tattoo on your shoulder it will be relatively less painful than the one which is done on spine.
Other reason for spine tattoo pain……
Another reason for people experiencing more pain is the length of the spine tattoo session. Yes, spine tattoo length adds to the pain. The more intricate the design, the more time take-taking and painful it will be.
The length and intricacy of the tattoo plays an important role, when it comes to the pain and discomfort of spine tattoo. The spine, which is already amongst the most sensitive locations for getting a tattoo, length of the tattoo only adds to the sensitivity and discomfort all in all.
For instance, if you get a small spine tattoo it will take less time and hence will be less painful. Whereas, if you chose an intricate design for your spine, it will be a time-taking and more painful procedure for both the tattoo artist and the client. So, small spine tattoos will definitely hurt, but it will be done faster and the skin won’t be very sore. But a big and intricate spine tattoo will take longer to finish, and will be more painful. Big designs can take somewhere around 6 to 8 hours, however a small tattoo design on spine will take 3-4 hours.
Ways to limit potential spine tattoo infections……
So, I am sure now you know that spine tattoos are not unhealthy, they are just a bit more painful. That’s all!! But, any tattoos be it a shoulder tattoo or a spine tattoo can affect your health if you don’t take proper care of your tattoo. So, here are some precautions to be taken care while you go for your spine tattoo:
1. Keep your spine related medical issues in mind
Before you even consider getting a spine tattoo, keep any spine related medical issues in mind. Especially, if you have gone through a surgery or if there is any chance of it happening in the near future, then you should avoid getting a spine tattoo. According to medical practitioners, people with back or spine problems especially when they require surgery should not go for a tattoo on their back or spine. The process of etching in your spine or back can make for a risky decision that can lead to some major health issues.
Another major issue when one should strictly prohibit from a spine or back tattoo is the condition – when a woman is pregnant. According to the practitioners, in the process of placing an epidural catheter while childbirth it could possibly cause a spine tattoo ink to enter spinal components that can increase the risk of potential infection during childbirth.
2. Eat a good meal and drink plenty of water prior to getting a spine tattoo
Once you’ve decided on the tattoo design and the exact spot to get your back tattoo, it’s time to prepare yourself for your tattoo before you go to the tattoo artist for final work.
Prior to getting a tattoo—be it anywhere, not only on the back—it’s crucial that you eat healthy mean beforehand and keep yourself hydrated. Also, it is important that you either avoid drinking or don’t drink excessive alcohol the night before.
Actually, drinking alcohol the night before can cause a lot of bleeding during the tattoo process, which is not healthy at all. However, the best would be to abstain from drinking alcohol for a few days prior to getting a tattoo. Also, exposure to the sun even before getting a tattoo on the particular area should be avoided completely.
3. Be extra watchful about any infection
After care is very important while you get a tattoo, wherever it is, be it on your back or on your shoulder or anywhere else. Be extra watchful for signs of any infection, apply regular ointment to make sure that your tattoo doesn’t get any infection. Also, it is important that you avoid activities, especially the ones which can expose the tattoo to sources of infection, like swimming. So, it is important that you avoid any cause of infection and take proper care of your tattoo during the healing process.
4. Invest in good aftercare products
It is crucial that you take proper care of your tattoo, keep it properly moisturized during healing procedure. Also, there will be itching but try not to scratch it during healing, scratching can cause scabs. When it comes to aftercare and getting a tattoo on your spine, make sure you invest in good after care products such as ointments, moisturizer etc. Also, it is good to have some assistance, because applying tattoo on back or spine will be difficult by yourself.
Ways to limit the spine tattoo pain……
Besides drinking plenty of water, eating healthy meals, and keeping the area where you want to get your tattoo moisturized during the days, try to have some way to keep yourself distracted while getting a spine tattoo.
For instance, you can go along with your friend for some moral support, best would be to take along someone talkative, who can keep you distracted while you getting your tattoo.
Also, if by chance you have to go alone then try to interact more with your tattoo artist, so that your mind doesn’t go much on your pain, and you feel a little better. But make sure you do not disturb your tattoo artist in the process…… ☺☺ Otherwise your tattoo will get affected.
How to Maintain your Spine Tattoo
Whether you are getting a tattoo on your back or on your shoulder, it is important that you go to an experienced tattoo artists in order to have a great artwork etched on your body. Besides, it is necessary to take extra care of your spine to boost the healing process. Here are some tips to be followed:
1. Do As your Tattoo Artist Say
It is crucial that you follow the advice and instructions given by your tattoo artist. If you really want to have a spine tattoo for a longer period and want it to look good, then do as your tattoo artist says. Follow each and every instruction given by him. It will not only help to heal the tattoo faster, but also avoid bacterial infection.
2. Do Not Wipe your Tattoo
Even after bath don’t wipe your tattoo with your towel. Also, itching is common to tattoos, especially when you bathe you will feel itching but you cannot wipe or scratch your tattoo. Do not wipe your spine tattoo. If you wipe your newly concealed tattoo with a towel it will tear the treated skin. So, better to use a tissue, or soft cloth to pat your tattoo or let it air dry.
3. Use only Antibacterial Soap While Bathing
Make sure you only use antibacterial soap. Antibacterial soaps help prevent bacteria from entering the wound. A regular soap will not be able to stop bacterial infection that can lead to a serious skin related issues.
4. Keep it Clean
It is essential that you keep your spine tattoo clean. So, after removing bandage it becomes crucial to rinse your tattoo that too with lukewarm water or with prescribed products, thereby avoiding any adverse effects.
5. Keep it Moisturized
Keep your tattoo moisturized is of utmost importance, even your tattoo artist will force this point. But, it is important to not over moisturize your spine tattoo in the process. Believe it or not, but your tattoo also needs to breath, I mean skin in that area needs to breathe to heal properly.
6. Avoid Exposure to Excess Water
You might be a good swimmer or you may be tempted to go for a sauna bath, but while you get a spine tattoo it is crucial that you stay away from all this for a while, until your spine tattoo gets healed. Exposure to excess water may cause infection on the treated skin.
Take only warm showers as it speeds up the healing procedure but make sure you do not spend too much time in the shower. Ideally 15 minutes is enough.
7. Avoid Exposure to the Sunlight
I am sure you know that sunlight can cause incurable damage to your spine tattoo. So, do not expose your spine tattoo to the sun. Of course, we understand staying indoors all the time is not possible, always cover your tattoo while going out. Better would be to stay indoors. The harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays actually hinders the process of tattoo healing.
8. Go for Touch-ups
Contact your tattoo artist immediately in case your tattoo loses ink after a day or two. Touch-up is necessary to retain the freshness of your tattoo. Mostly touch-ups are free. Otherwise, in normal conditions visit your tattoo artist in a months or so to enhance the colors and design.
9. Avoid Scab Formation
Do not pat dry your spine tattoo completely, keep it moist. Drying your tattoo completely can develop scabs that hinder the healing process.
10. Do not Scratch Your Spine Tattoo
Itching is common to tattoo and we all know that… Right?? So, it is crucial that you do not scratch your tattoo even if it is itching badly. You need to have a great control over your emotions in this situation. Especially after a day or two a thin layer is formed on your tattoo that causes itchiness, same ways when we get some wound. Scratching your tattoo is strictly prohibited.
You can apply some baby oil or milk cream to keep the itching under control and keep your tattoo moist.
11. Be Patient
Last but not least, be patient!! You have to understand that the healing process takes time and it cannot happen overnight. You need to give time sometime. Also, the healing will depend on the size and design of your tattoo.
Simple tattoo designs usually takes a week to heal, complex design with plenty of details may take longer time to heal, may be a few months. So, all you can do is be patient and follow all the instructions religiously to get the best results!
To pan out…..
Now you know that a spine tattoo is not at all unhealthy. It’s just you need to be extra careful while considering spine for your tattoo design. And you need to take proper care of your spine tattoo once you get it. That’s all, and besides that there is no harm or risk to your health if you get a spine tattoo.
Spine tattoos are also like other tattoos on your body, which require regular care as other tattoos do. In fact, spine tattoos make for the most wonderful tattoo designs. People chose spine tattoos so that they can flaunt them in style.
Most importantly, spine tattoos can be kept hidden or can be exposed as and when required.
When you are in a place where tattoos are not accepted, like your office, it is easy to keep your spine tattoo hidden. And when you are on a beach holidaying, you can easily flaunt your spine tattoo easily.
So, worry not… get a spine tattoo BINDAAS….. ☺☺