Thinking of getting a tattoo on holiday this summer?

Posted on 11 Jun, 2012

Sometimes the sun can go to your head, and the feelings of freedom that going on holiday can create can be an explosive combination. For many people this results in a holiday tattoo; for many of them, the pride will have turned to regret before the plane tyres hit the home runway.

Getting a tattoo abroad is a risky business at the best of times. Laws governing hygiene and safety may differ from those in the U.K. and if there is a language barrier, it may not be so easy to check that your tattoo artist is worth trusting.

Language barriers can cause other problems too; it is nigh on impossible to check that the tattoo artist has understood your instructions, and you are unlikely to be able to communicate clearly about what exactly you are looking for.

Add to this a good dose of sangria and a healthy helping of spontaneity, and you are looking for trouble. And the problem with tattoos is that once they are there, they are there to stay. Laser tattoo removal can help to cause a tattoo to fade, but don’t expect it to be an easy or a cheap ride.