Daytona Beach Bike Week 2012 Tattoo Guide

With Daytona Beach Bike Week 2012 in full swing, you may be trying to figure out how to make the good times last. You may even be considering memorializing your experience with a tattoo. I mean, what else is gonna guarantee you never forget the bikini wresting girls you met on Main Street after riding around the Loop on your Harley better than getting stuck several hundred times with an ink-filled needle? Events like Bike Week are a popular excuse opportunity to get that first tattoo or add to your already well-decorated arm sleeve.

But let me just say this, especially for those of you who may think a tattoo is not for you – even if you haven’t made a clear-headed decision to make your body a canvas for some memorable body art, it is always a good idea to create a contingency plan beforehand. This is because, as we all know, sometimes tattoos just happen, and if you don’t have a plan in place you might wind up waking up one day with Kermit the Frog on your butt.

So, to avoid all potential permanent cartoon character/Muppet markings (unless of course that’s your thing, cuz there’s nothing wrong with that) I suggest putting a little thought into your perfect tattoo before you ever go near a parlor. We’re talking about finding the image that is really going to tell people what you’re all about.

According to the random Google search I just did, there are a vast number of symbols that bikers have adopted as their own. Eagles, flames, skulls, motorcycles racing, a grasshopper riding a motorcycle, the name and year of the biker event where you got the tattoo – all of these can create an impression. See these biker tattoos for some inspiration.

But don’t be limited by the status quo. Anything an artist can draw could technically become a tattoo, so don’t hold back. I once dated a guy with Frankenstein’s monster tattooed on his shoulder. The first time I saw it, it was a little weird, but when he explained the story behind it, it made perfect sense. Well, maybe not perfect sense, but it did make him a more interesting guy. An especially talented tattoo artist can even make reproductions of photographs on your skin, so if you’d like to remember a loved one’s smiling face, that’s an option too. Consider carrying a picture or sketch of your preferred tattoo in your pocket or purse.

Next, provided that this is a planned tattoo, you’ll want to find a reputable tattoo artist at a licensed tattoo parlor. In Daytona Beach you’re in luck because the place is chock full of ‘em.

Here are a few contenders for your dollar.

Jet Set Tattoos

Tropical Tattoo

Shamrock Tattoo (an especially good choice for those of you planning on a St. Patrick’s Day tattoo tomorrow)

After you get the tattoo, remember to follow the proper aftercare. Keep your bandage on for at least two hours so the wound can begin to heal. When you take off the bandage wash the tattoo with mild, antibacterial soap and pat dry. Don’t scrub! You might also consider buying a lotion or ointment to help with healing. Be sure the lotion is free of dyes and perfumes. Lubriderm is a popular choice.

Also, stay out of the hot tub and the ocean for a few days as well. I know, that's not always easy during bike week, but you’ll regret it if you soak your new tat for any length of time. And remember when it heals to use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to cut down on fading.

Well, there you go. Good luck in whatever way you decided to remember Daytona Bike Week 2012. This post is completely serious except for the parts that aren’t, which are all of them, so don’t try to sue me if your ankle butterfly ends up lopsided.