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Old 06-19-09, 07:46 AM   #1
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Does road rash destroy tattoos?

I thought this would be a question best asked to hipsters. I'm getting mine colored today (for a pretty penny) and have been wondering if it is possible to ruin tattoos with scaring, etc.
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Old 06-19-09, 07:53 AM   #2
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A guy here in NYC took a good gash from a dooring a while back, and had a clever doc sew him up in such a way to (mostly) preserve the integrity of the tattoo.

I don't know about road rash. My guess is, probably.
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It depends on the person, how they heal and how deep the road rash is. But yes, a deep road rash can wipe a tattoo out or parts of it.
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Old 06-19-09, 08:20 AM   #4
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A guy here in NYC took a good gash from a dooring a while back, and had a clever doc sew him up in such a way to (mostly) preserve the integrity of the tattoo.

I don't know about road rash. My guess is, probably.
That's pretty gross. But also awesome.
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I've took a slide on my shoulder some years ago, and my ink is noticeably lighter in the area where I was scraped up.
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So the consensus here is:
Tattoos can be damaged by scarring.
Tattoos can not be damaged by scaring.
That about right?
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If it's a quality tattoo, and you did a good job of healing, then you may lose some color but you won't "erase" it. You will need to get it touched up every once in a while. I have a pretty solid leg sleeve and two arm sleeves in progress (but both underside of forearms and elbows are done).
I've taken hits on my skateboard and lost pieces of skin, but the ink remains. Where are you getting this tattoo and how soon after getting it are you planning on eating some pavement??
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inform yourself more about how tattoos work and this question will become self evident


it's kind of stupid in the first place considering in the american school system, you have to take a human biology class to get a diploma
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Oh and I recently had a fairly heavy session of black on my other leg, and everyday since I've ridden my bike with shortpants, once in the rain. And it's healing fine.
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A guy here in NYC took a good gash from a dooring a while back, and had a clever doc sew him up in such a way to (mostly) preserve the integrity of the tattoo.

I don't know about road rash. My guess is, probably.
I've seen this tattoo post-accident many months later and was impressed with how little damage there was to his tattoo.
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hey one time i got road rash on my arm, on top of my partial "sleeve", and put neosporin on it everyday and my tattoo is fine.

unfortunatly the neosporin didn't fix the fact that my arm tattoos are corny.

so i think if you use stuff that's made to prevent scarring you'll be fine. but tattoos fade eventually anyway, especially from riding a lot, so don't get one if you're afraid of wear and tear. or if you're afraid of it being corny in five years.
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short answer- yes.
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Tattoos are usually 1/16th to 3/32 deep. So if your road rash goes that deep and there's ink there, yes.

I knew a kid who got rid of his with sand paper and battery acid.
I cant imagine his scar looking better than whatever was on his arm.
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Tattoos are usually 1/16th to 3/32 deep. So if your road rash goes that deep and there's ink there, yes.

I knew a kid who got rid of his with sand paper and battery acid.
I cant imagine his scar looking better than whatever was on his arm.
this is the best answer in this thread. as a person who is moderately to heavily tattooed, i have had my share of cuts, rash, lots of grip tape burn. Most of my personal experience comes from skateboarding and bmx/mt. bike. As i have only been riding a fixed gear for about a year, and have yet to really eat **** on it. it all depends on how deep the cut, road rash goes. i have some ****ed up tattoos from getting hit by my skateboard. and my right shoulder lots a lot of ink from skating with no shirt and hitting the ground. but that is what touch ups are for. as long as the scar tissues isn't to bad getting a cover up/touch up isn't a problem.

The ink is under you epidermis layer and settles in you dermis. if you get cut or tear up that much skin, you are going to hurt the tattoo. no matter what the injury is from. if you are not allergic to neosporin like i am, use that to help heal the wound. it works great for minimizing scaring and speeds up recovery,.
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Neosporin is garbage. Use Bacitracin Zinc. Works wonders both for wounded tattoos and initial healing of tattoos. I put Bacitracin on once in the am, one in the pm for three days, switch to lotion and it heals perfect.
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PS...before someone mentions it, I know Bacitracin is in Neosporin. But Neosporin has a bunch of other junk in it that clogs pores, slows the healing of ink, and irritates.
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PS...before someone mentions it, I know Bacitracin is in Neosporin. But Neosporin has a bunch of other junk in it that clogs pores, slows the healing of ink, and irritates.
you shouldn't use Neosporin to heal tattoos. as you said it clogs your pores. i was referring to the healing of wounds. personally i use Vitamin E on new tattoos, but some times that gives me a rash, so i have to use A & E. it also clogs pores so you must use a thin layer. you just want to keep a new tattoo moist. it heals on it's own in roughly a week.
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I thought this would be a question best asked to hipsters. I'm getting mine colored today (for a pretty penny) and have been wondering if it is possible to ruin tattoos with scaring, etc.
well i just re-read this. you ride a bike same as me, and you are asking advice about a topic i have knowledge on. the topic refers to you getting a tattoo, and the fact that you have to say it's costing you a "pretty penny" makes me also think you are getting ripped off, unless you are getting work done by a name in the industry. either way, you call us, me included, a "hipster?" but again you ride a bike and have tattoos, why are you different than me? why are you not a hipster? I'm not getting angry, i just want to fallow your logic.

if you don't come back to this thread or don't care to respond, i hope my information was helpful.
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Neosporin actually makes scars worse, because it doesn't let the wound get oxygen. If you're going to use it, just use a minimal amount.
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well i just re-read this. you ride a bike same as me, and you are asking advice about a topic i have knowledge on. the topic refers to you getting a tattoo, and the fact that you have to say it's costing you a "pretty penny" makes me also think you are getting ripped off, unless you are getting work done by a name in the industry. either way, you call us, me included, a "hipster?" but again you ride a bike and have tattoos, why are you different than me? why are you not a hipster? I'm not getting angry, i just want to fallow your logic.

if you don't come back to this thread or don't care to respond, i hope my information was helpful.
Maybe I'm missing something, and I very well could be, but where exactly did he say he wasn't a hipster?
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Where are you getting this tattoo and how soon after getting it are you planning on eating some pavement??
best question of the thread

seriously though, it just depends on how much skin/tissue damage is done, and how far down the scraping goes. simple road rash? probably not. gouges, dirt/rocks/etc digging into the skin and replacing chunks of your epidermis? yeah, some will probably be gone.
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