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Tattoos in Greece... yes or no?

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1. Posted by Kelsey32 (Inactive, 4 posts) 8 May '06 17:40

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Hi.. I've always wanted to get a tattoo and im going to be in Greece this summer and i was wondering if they are safe to get there? I have one of those international student cards and i get discounts at quite a few tattoo parlors. Should I take advantage of the offers or should i just wait until i get home? Any advice appreciated!

2. Posted by penna (Full Member, 110 posts) 8 May '06 23:08

yeah just get on, u r always braver the further from home and i think a tatoo place in greece would be hygienic (although i have never been to greece and therefor u shouldn`t take my word for it) i got my nose pierced in india and i didnt die nor do i regret it

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru, 1108 posts) 9 May '06 02:05

i wouldnt see why it would be a problem?

4. Posted by clueless (Full Member, 30 posts) 9 May '06 04:00

hello there, i've done a tatoo in Greece (well I'm
Greek so...) and one in London, if you do it in a
certified tatoo parlor it wouldn't be a problem at all.

Bear in mind though that after you do the tatoo
you would want to avoid the sun and the sea for 3 weeks or so,
and I don't know if Greece in the summer is the place to
do that

5. Posted by olgaathens (Budding Member, 14 posts) 25 May '06 03:58

Hi! I am a Greek newcomer and i would agree that Greece is so beautiful during the summer that you couldn't do it now, unless you don't want sunbathing and swimming!!
Like any other place in the world, taking protection will help you avoid annoying situations!
Have fun.;)
Olga

6. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member, 269 posts) 25 May '06 07:21

Quoting clueless

hello there, i've done a tatoo in Greece (well I'm
Greek so...) and one in London, if you do it in a
certified tatoo parlor it wouldn't be a problem at all.

Bear in mind though that after you do the tatoo
you would want to avoid the sun and the sea for 3 weeks or so,
and I don't know if Greece in the summer is the place to
do that

Agree with clueless. I've got a tattoo and I had it done in the UK in winter. You don't really want to have it done when its hot and you want to be sunbathing and swimming etc. Obviously it depends on where the tattoo is gonna be on your body too, but it will be sore and delicate for a few days, so carrying a backpack etc may be a bit of an issue too.

7. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 25 May '06 13:19

I do not know anyone who has gotten a tat in Greece, but I don't think it should be a problem if the parlor is reputable and sterilized their equipment effectively.

I had mine done in the US. But, I can agree with tallbird and olgaathens about the healing period. It will be a minimum of 2-3 days covering it with a gauze bandage. Ater that, keep it from the sun's expose for no less than 2 weeks and 3 is even better. Not including dirty equipment, dirty clothing is a major contributor to tat infections. A tat is a wound and prone to infection like any other. Make sure the clothing coming in contact is laundered properly and frequently. Cotton clothing is best as it absorbs perspiration readily.

Good luck with your decision. I say go for it if keeping it covered that long isn't an issue for you.

8. Posted by mally (Respected Member, 199 posts) 25 May '06 13:49

remember a tattoo is for life - think what the'll look like on you in 70 years . will they fade droop or just be a blob

9. Posted by bvheide (Budding Member, 20 posts) 25 May '06 19:16

I have a tattoo, plan on having more work done, and am quite pro-tattoo, generally. Further, I have nothing against Greece, and I know a girl from Athens with a fantastic backpiece. I don't think the tattoo thing is much of an issue from the health perspective; however, I'd personally take a pass on getting work done in a place where I didn't know the language.

As a previous poster mentioned, a tattoo is for life. The last thing you want is to make a rushed decision and pay too much to an artist you aren't COMPLETELY comfortable with. Further, if you can't communicate well with the artist, the chances that you'll get something that you aren't happy with increase exponentially.

Good tattoo artists are popping up all over. Find one in your hometown that you trust. Ask to see her or his portfolio. Ask someone with lots of tattoos where they get theirs done. Get to know the artist well...once you've had work done, you'll probably be back.