Should you get a tattoo on your lower back?

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United States
December 3, 2007 10:54am CST
I have heard some disturbing things about lower back tattoos. I have heard that if you get a tattoo there, it will be a problem if you get pregnant and have to have an epidural (not sure if that's spelled correctly). I've also heard that it could cause nerve damage. Does anyone know if these things are true or not?I want to get a new tattoo and that is where I would like to put it, but if it will be dangerous, I think I will have to find another spot. Any info you may have would be greatly appreciated!!Thanks in advance, Taz
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
7 Dec 07
Hi Taz :) I actually work in my parents' Tattoo & Piercing Studio here in Australia, and I've heard so many of these myths and misconceptions regarding tattoos. (Most invented by overly protective parents/friends who don't want their loved ones "ruining their lives" - Lol) Okay, as far as pregnancy (I did read that you don't plan on falling pregnant), the tattoo could possibly stretch as you put on weight and that may cause some distortion - this doesn't happen for everyone. Having an epidural and a tattoo won't cause any problems - unless skin is bad for such a procedure =P I have never, ever seen a case of nerve damage from any tattoo in any area of the body, simply because the needle just doesn't go that deep. A tattooist's only aim is to give you the tattoo that you want, and do the best possible job. =) The only sacrifices you will have to make after getting your tattoo are: -avoiding sun exposure for the first 2 weeks minimum - think of a tattoo as a burn; no-one wants to burn a burn. -no swimming (spa/hottub, pools, ocean) for two weeks - this will draw the colour out of your new tattoo (quick showers and light patting-dry with a towel are ideal) And every 4 hours or so, for the first 2-4 weeks, you firmly rub in your tattooist's recommended aftercare cream (we suggest Bepanthen, baby nappy rash cream - it's the best). Only a small amount, and so that it is absolutely rubbed into the skin. Leaving any cream on top can also draw out the colour before it has settled into the skin. Anyway, that's enough from me. I hope that you get and love your new tattoo =D
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• United States
8 Dec 07
Thank you soooo much for this information Malyck! I am glad that you responded to this one. I already have 3 tattoo's and I love them. I just wasn't sure if the myths were fact or fiction. Now that I know they aren't true, I will need someone to draw my back tat so that I can get it done. I don't know though. Around here it is very expensive to get the size tat that I want and I'm not too keen on spending my money on something that I won't be able to see...lol. Take care and I will look for you in future discussions. Enjoy your weekend!!
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
8 Dec 07
The tattoo only goes under the skin it doesn't even get into the fatty tissue so it doesn't get near the nerves. My daughter has a lizard tattoo right where you are talking about and there is no problem. The first thing you do is go to a tattoo artist that is affiliated with a doctor so you know that he is clean and licensed and knows what he is doing. Then you get the tattoo.
• United States
8 Dec 07
Hi Adoniah, Thanks for stopping by. I am looking for a clean tattoo parlor near my home, but haven't found any yet. I am very particular about the utensils they use and if I see anything I don't like, I won't get my tat's done there. Appreciate the response!! Have a great weekend!!
• United States
3 Dec 07
I haven't heard about the dangers and pregnancy but I do know the lower back is one of the most painful places to get a tattoo.but if the lower back is where you want it, visit your doctor before getting the tattoo and ask about the dangers and pregnancy.
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• United States
7 Dec 07
That's a good idea, thanks! I don't plan on getting pregnant, but I would like to know what the dangers are in case someone else wants to know. Take care!!
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@edigital (2711)
• United States
3 Dec 07
In our country only children get tattoo on chick, hand and neck we adult people do not like it or use it.
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• United States
3 Dec 07
Really? So do the children there get permanent tattoos or are they the temporary ones?
@diillu (5128)
3 Dec 07
It's really good place you have decided to put your tattoo in. I would also love to have tattoo in that place while I'm putting the tattoo for the next time. I think it's the sexiest place. And about the complications you have mentioned I have heard of nothing like that except for the color allergy. You should be little bit careful while chosing the colours. That's it.
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• United States
3 Dec 07
Thanks! I think if I do get one there, it will be only black. I don't want to have any allergies. That wouldn't be a good thing. I hope you figure out where you are going to put your next one. I already have 3 - one on my inner right wrist, top left shoulder, and just above my ankle on my right leg. It's time for another!!! Smile!!