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Of the biggest fears tattoo-ees (especially first-timers) have is that of infection. There are some pretty basic ways to avoid running into complications from getting a tattoo or a piercing (write-up coming soon!) but one thing that rarely crosses the mind, if ever, is that the ink itself may be tainted.
Now, I want to preface this by saying that this is extremely rare and the chances of you actually having gotten injected with these particular inks is even rarer.
Tattoos are open wounds. That’s worth remembering.
You may have taken a spill at some point in your life and took the skin off your knees or palms or what-have-you. So, here’s the question for you: if you just shredded your leg on some asphalt, would you immediately go to the gym for leg day? Probably not. The same basic logic applies to post-tattoo workouts.
In an interview with Popsugar, one medical doctor explained how one might change a workout routine to address this, considering working out–especially in a gym–can mean exposing your body to considerable amounts of bacteria: