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Old 02-20-06, 10:25 AM
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I'm a roadie and bike commuter and shave my legs. What? Bike commuters shave?
Anyway, I had shoulder surgery at the end of November and haven't shaved since then. Because of the surgery my riding has been restricted to the trainer all winter so no need to shave.
Well I'm getting out of jail at the end of this week. Two weeks ago I got a tattoo on my right leg.

My question is: Will shaving make the tattoo appear faded by the end of the summer? Should I use the clippers on the tattoo area?
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Old 02-20-06, 11:20 AM
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Shaving over a tattoo does nothing to the tattoo. The ink is too deep to be affected by shaving. Not that I have a tattoo. Just a few friends with them.
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Old 02-20-06, 11:22 AM
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Shaving does nothing to my tattoo. If it does, the artist didn't do a good job.

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More important is a good sunscreen. Keeps 'em from fading.
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Thanks for the information.
I knew about the sunscreen but wasn't sure about the shaving. Seems like shaving scrapes off a thin layer from the epidermis.
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Originally Posted by RonH
Seems like shaving scrapes off a thin layer from the epidermis.
It does, but as DataJunkie said, the ink is deeper than that. If anything, I've found that shaving makes the tattoo look better.
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Old 02-20-06, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by RonH
My question is: Will shaving make the tattoo appear faded by the end of the summer? Should I use the clippers on the tattoo area?
My tattoo looks faded when my (blonde)leg hair is grown out.

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I knew about the sunscreen but wasn't sure about the shaving. Seems like shaving scrapes off a thin layer from the epidermis.
I'll double check with my buddy (also my tattoo artist) but technically a tattoo should be getting down to the ***Third layer (not seventh). So if your shaving goes that deep, then you will have a lot more things to worry about.

Just remember the sunscreen!!!!


Is your tattoo bike related?

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Old 02-20-06, 08:29 PM
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Bike related tattoo? hmmmm......
*ponders*
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Ok I double checked with my buddy. A properly done tattoo should be sitting in the third layer. The top layer that shaving would affect would not affect a properly done tattoo.
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
Shaving does nothing to my tattoo. If it does, the artist didn't do a good job.

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Do you have any tattoos?
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