I love my job so much. Making people feel good, healthy, and happy makes me happy. I genuinely love getting to know and providing a glow to all of my clients, but there are two types of clients I absolutely LOVE spraying. They are my FAVORITE! The first of these types are pregnant women – especially if they are regular clients and I can watch their pregnancy progress alongside of them (well once a week anyway, haha) . The other type of client I get a thrill out of spraying are my tattooed clients. I don’t know if it is the bronzer in the Air-Tan solution, or all of the moisturizers the Air-Tan solution contains, but in the spray room, I can watch their tattoos come to life as I spray over them. Big, bold, colorful tattoos are my favorite to spray over. Suddenly, with a little fresh Air-Tan solution, the colors POP and brighten and it makes me so happy. I usually follow up with a, “WOW! Your back tattoo is looking awesome right now! I wish you could see it! It is POPPING with color!!!”
My enthusiasm for Air-Tan covered tattoos even led me to make a random friend one night at a restaurant. She was covered in bright, colorful huge tattoos from head (okay, maybe not head…maybe shoulders) to toe and I told her I would love to Air-Tan her tattoos and why I was obsessed with doing so. Coincidentally, she was modeling in a tattoo show the next month, so my wish came true when she came to see me for an Air-Tan a few weeks later…She loved it. She is fair-skinned and red-haired and has never had a tan before, so she prefers to stay out of the sun to protect herself. Seeing all of her tattoos and talking to her about how long she has been getting them, I wondered why hers were so vibrant years later and why some others are so faded in the same amount of time….which has led me to this post.
I found a great article with 10 tips on tattoos by tattoo master artist, Chris DeBarge, and his advice was awesome, however, it really didn’t surprise me. The same thing that fades tattoos is the same thing that causes cancer, age spots, and wrinkles – it is the sun.
Here are some of his helpful hints and tips on how to keep your tattoo looking bold and fresh for years to come:
- The #1 most important thing to do to preserve your tattoo is to stay OUT of the sun. He said it is like putting a painting in the sun. After awhile, that painting will fade – especially the lighter colored hues.
- Many people often think when it fades, “Oh I will just get it touched up and it will be fine.” The problem with that is you can only have a tattoo touched up so many times – usually no more than 4 times. At that point, the skin tissue is just scar tissue that will not hold color. It will just continue to damage your skin.
- A colored tattoo being touched up will not look as good after being touched up, even once. Like an Air-Tan, you can’t just touch it up to make it look perfect again. You only really want to tattoo (or Air-Tan) on a clean slate. He explains, “When you redo it, the look can also become muddy because tattoo colors aren’t completely opaque. So if say you have a blotchy orange and you hit it again with orange you’re still going to see that blotch underneath. So re-doing is not a plan. Just keep it out of the sun. You should wear sunblock anyway, the sun is gonna turn you into a goddamn suitcase!”
- The #1 mistake people make when getting a tattoo, is they get it too small, especially with writing. Over time, as our skin loses collagen, it starts to sag and not be as tight. If you get a letter “E” that is 1/8″, soon enough, your skin will start aging and it will look like a mushy “o”. He recommends getting it simple, slightly bigger than you think, and BOLD. That will keep it looking legible and bold for years to come.
Do you have a tattoo? What do you do to protect it?