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Knuckle tattoos having trouble healing?

From the mail bag, Matt asks:

I have what may be a stupid question. Now I have a multitude of ink most recently decided to have my knuckles done. Since I’m a mechanic i was wearing latex gloves to keep my hands clean. Question being is it normal for a large portion or good portion of the ink to not be there any longer after my knuckles have healed? The black almost looks like pepper specks. None of my other bodily parts have had such a reaction.

Dear Matt,

Not a stupid question at all. In fact I hear this problem a lot from tattoo artists too. The combination of keeping the tattoo moist and warm lets a lot of the ink seep out during the healing process. It happens a lot. Might want to get them redone next time you have a few days off coming up so that the early stages of healing can get done before you are back in the gloves.

Thanks for asking,

Nathan Black
All knuckle tattoos, all the time.