Stay healthy & Avoid Injury
Worried about staying heathy when you’re a tattooist?
Staying healthy can be difficult in the best of circumstances. But, staying heathy when you’re a tattooist? Sitting at a tattoo station for 8, 10, 12+ hours a day. That’s an even more challenging task.
Any self employed person knows that an injury that stops you from working is usually a big problem. It’s one of the downsides, if your not working then your not earning and the worse the injury is then the bigger the impact on the business.
Tattooists aren’t generally know for their fitness regimes and healthy lifestyles. In fact just being a tattooist makes it quite hard to stay in shape.
We sit down all day
We eat late at night
We spend our weekends at conventions where we never get enough sleep.
We generally drink to much and have other unhealthy habits.
Add these factors to The various stresses of the job, like drawing 60 hours a week, talking to clients, promoting our work, travel schedules, running our studios and doing the the actual job of tattooing. Remember? The reason we got into all this for in the first place! And you’ve got a pretty unhealthy mix. If you get sick or injured all of that gets at the very best worse and sometimes it’s impossible.
So if you’re a young artist starting out or someone who is struggling to stay sane and fit whilst being a tattooist what do you do?
One of the biggest mistakes I see young or new artists making is not taking the time to get themselves comfortable before they start tattooing and they end up tattooing almost upside down for hours
Diet is everything and a healthy regular eating plan will make a world of difference. Plus take a vitamin supplement every day to avoid colds etc. We work in very close proximity to lots of people so we’re exposed to more of that than most.
Yoga is amazing for anyone who sits down all day at there job.were holding our limbs in stress positions for hours at a time and you’re creating tension across your shoulders an neck that need to be released. To alleviate this stretch every couple of hours. Do it Every time you change your gloves, latex gloves are not safe after 2 hours so if you’re not changing them every 2 hours you should be. And it’s a perfect time to have a short break and stretch out.
Stretch Every Couple of Hours
Since we sit a lot, our musculoskeletal systems can become overworked and tense. That is why you should do some light stretching every single day. Two key parts of your body that need to be stretched out are your back and glutes.
For stretching your glutes, you can come into the downward facing dog and keep your legs straight and hips high. This will give your glutes and leg muscles a nice stretch. For your back, you can lie face down with your legs together and arms underneath the shoulders. Then, lift and extend your body off the ground using your back muscles to give them a bit exercise and stretch them.
And Finally, Go On holiday!
No! That’s not a guestspot! Our brains need different stimulation in order for us to be creative. Burn out is a very real problem that most tattooists suffer from at least once in their career.
A simple change of pace and scenery is usually all you need to feel recharged. So indulge your hobbies, hang out with friends or simply go sit by the pool for a few days, chillout and read a book.