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Tuesday 03 December, 2013 Written by tattoodiy

tattoos can easily fade without proper protection. Some tattoos are small and simple, others so large and intricate they can cost thousands  and sometimes even tens of thousands  of dollars to create. tattoos are amazing works of art That puts body art in the category of fine art.

Don't Be Fooled - Clothing Doesn't Always Protect Tattoos!

You may think your tattoos are safe from the sun because you hide them under clothing. But according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, harmful UV rays can penetrate certain materials, leaving your skin - and your tattoos - vulnerable. One of the poorest performers is that white T-shirt you
slip on at the beach or pool when you feel your skin burning. It provides an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 7, whereas a long-sleeved dark denim shirt offers an estimated UPF of 1,700  which amounts to a complete sunblock. (We've all heard of SPF (Sun Protection Factor) ratings for sunscreens; now there's UPF, which measures the amount of UV radiation that penetrates a fabric and reaches the skin.)

Museums Do not Hang Their Art in the Sun
And you should not hang your body art in the sun either, without strong protection.
Here's why::
1.Ink color will fade over time no matter what, but the sun's UV rays (UVA and UVB) accelerates color loss.
2. The sun tans and/or burns the top layer of the skin, making it harder to see through to the tattoo below. It's a little like looking at your tattoos through tinted glass.
3. The sun prematurely ages the skin causing wrinkling, a leathery texture and brown spots  not exactly a great canvas for your art.
4. The sun, wind, swimming pool chlorine, and indoor heating during winter dry out the skin, creating a dull finish that robs your tattoos of their vibrancy.

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