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Old 21 March 2008, 08:54 AM
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Icon24 Don't get tattoos while drunk

Comment: is it true that getting a tattoo while under the influence of
alcohol can cause the tattoo to be faded because of thinness of blood or
some other reason?
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Old 21 March 2008, 03:01 PM
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I have no idea, but getting a tattoo while under the influence can lead to this.
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Old 21 March 2008, 03:40 PM
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That's certainly what I've always heard. A really good artist will even tell you not to take aspirin beforehand.
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Old 21 March 2008, 04:20 PM
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I have no idea, but getting a tattoo while under the influence can lead to this.
Surfing Bowser rocked out for your sins, so smoke up!
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Old 21 March 2008, 04:37 PM
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I think it is sensible advise to avoid tattooing while under the influence for many reasons, but it seems that the OP is (at least sometimes) correct that it is because of the blood thinning leading to fading or washing out of the tat. This is the same reason to avoid aspirin as well.

I do not know the reliability of this shop/page but
http://www.luckyfish.com/tattoocare.html says:

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It is also sensible to abstain from alcohol or aspirin during the days immediately preceeding a tattoo, since they thin the blood, which can cause excess bleeding that washes the pigment back out.
I do not have tats but have been pierced at a shop that also did tattoos and I had to sign a form stating that I was not intoxicated. I think the blood thinning was their reasoning as well, rather than impaired judgement.
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Old 21 March 2008, 05:32 PM
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Surfing Bowser rocked out for your sins, so smoke up!
The bad tattoo actually was inspired by a sketch on the comedy series The Whitest Kids U Know. In the sketch a drunk guy comes into a tattoo parlor wanting a tattoo which starts off innocently enough as a request for, "Bowser from Super Mario Brothers!" and gradually the tattoo gets worse and worse as he keeps getting ideas, until it turns into Bowser, wearing sunglasses, wailing on a double-necked guitar, on a surfboard, with a pot-leaf, and a cross, and it says "Happy Birthday Rick". The photo I linked was something that someone Photoshopped together in response to the sketch.

"I have given this tattoo... SOME thought!"
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Old 21 March 2008, 07:33 PM
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I've always been told that the person getting tattooed cannot be impaired in any way, and certainly with alcohol there's a possibility the tattoo would fade. I think another concern is that the person might bleed a lot, and depending on how long the tattoo session was bleeding too profusely could be serious.

You also, at least in most states, sign a business contract before being tattooed, and as far as I know contracts are not valid if they're signed by an inebriated person.
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