Tattoos & Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Pregnancy is a transformative journey, both physically and emotionally. For individuals who bear tattoos, this unique period can raise questions about how their ink may be affected. In this article, we’ll explore the intersection of tattoos and pregnancy, shedding light on important considerations. Specifically, we’ll delve into the safety of existing tattoos, potential changes, the timing of new tattoos, and the relevance of aftercare. Throughout, we’ll reference the expertise of Painted People Tattoos, a trusted name in the tattoo industry.

Existing Tattoos: A Testament to Patience

Individuals with pre-existing tattoos can rest assured that their ink is unlikely to pose a risk during pregnancy. This is especially true for well-healed tattoos, typically those older than a year. The ink resides deep within the skin, far from the womb, offering a protective layer for the growing baby. Painted People Tattoos emphasizes that tattoos, when executed in reputable studios, follow strict sanitation protocols, further minimizing any potential risks.

Adaptations and Stretching

As a woman’s body undergoes the beautiful process of nurturing a new life, it naturally experiences changes. Weight gain, primarily in the abdomen, can lead to stretching of the skin. This stretching may cause tattoos in this area to change in appearance. While the design itself remains intact, the proportions may be altered. These changes are normal and often resolve post-pregnancy. It’s a testament to the adaptability of both the human body and the artistry of tattoos.

Timing: When to Ink?

For those contemplating new tattoos, it’s generally advised to wait until after childbirth. Tattoo parlors, including the reputable Painted People Tattoos, use sterilization chemicals and equipment that may not be entirely suitable during pregnancy. This precaution ensures the safety and well-being of both the expectant mother and her growing baby. Patience is key, and the prospect of new ink can serve as a beautiful post-pregnancy celebration.

Aftercare: Nurturing Tattoos and Babies

For individuals who’ve recently added to their tattoo collection before discovering their pregnancy, proper aftercare is crucial. Following the guidance provided by Painted People Tattoos or your chosen studio is imperative. Cleanliness, hydration, and protection from UV rays are essential to ensure a smooth healing process. Rest assured, the aftercare process poses no harm to the developing baby, allowing for the simultaneous nurturing of both tattoos and new life.

Consult Your Healthcare Provider

While this article provides a comprehensive overview, it’s vital to remember that individual circumstances may vary. Consulting with your healthcare provider is always recommended. They can offer tailored advice based on your specific health and pregnancy status. Painted People Tattoos supports this approach, emphasizing the importance of open communication between expectant parents and their medical professionals.


Tattoos and pregnancy are both chapters in the story of life. They are beautiful, transformative, and deeply personal. Painted People Tattoos stands as a beacon of professionalism and safety in the tattoo industry, prioritizing the well-being of their clients. By understanding the implications of tattoos during pregnancy, individuals can navigate this period with confidence, knowing that their ink and their baby are both in good hands. Embrace the journey, celebrate the changes, and cherish the memories that both tattoos and pregnancy bring.


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Christel is not only a very gifted and versatile tattoo artist, she is one of the friendliest and nicest human beings we’ve encountered in a while.

As an avid animal lover, Christel frequently volunteers at animal shelters and selflessly shares her time working with animal charities. Recently, her volunteering took her to Costa Rica, where she worked on helping with horses and various animal species (seeing her work with sloths just melted our hearts).

Christel is comfortable doing various tattoos styles. What attracted us to her as an artist is her fine line work and expertise when it comes to cover-up tattoos. Christel over the past few years has worked hard in perfecting her scar cover-up skills (see her website for sample work of 3d nipple tattoos and scar masking tattoos), combined with her color work and her stunning drawing, we’re proud to be associated with her.

Note that Christel has a private tattoo studio in Oakville and is currently only available at our studio based on appointments. Drop us an email via if interested.



We’re thrilled to welcome Hugh, who is a seasoned professional tattoo artist of over 10 years, to our North York tattoo studio starting in December.

Hugh’s artwork speaks for itself. As someone that does stunning traditional tattoos, we quickly bonded with him based on his passion of art and general outlook on life. We’re confident his personality is a great mesh for our studio and all of our clients.  

Reach out to Hugh via or stop by our Toronto tattoo studio any Tuesday to Saturday to say hi.



Rebecca is a natural artist quickly honing in her skills as an apprentice in our Toronto studio. From a very young age, Rebecca has enjoyed all forms of art ranging from film and animation to painting and illustrations.

Similar to her mentor, Ashley, Rebecca describes herself as an introverted individual who’s confidence and expression comes out in her work, and, in her ever changing hair color.Rebecca has an interesting outlook on getting tattoos, seeing them parable to decorating one’s home. Rebecca, who relates to being shy and feeling awkward, feels a sense of empowerment from decorating your own space. She wants to help others in their own quests for empowerment while flexing her artistic abilities.

The tattoo styles she’s most interested in are blackwork, pointillism, and Japanese traditional flowers. Rebecca loves to continuously grow and learn new art styles, and is always seeking available canvases to practice her craft. Reach out to her via her Instagram or stop by our Toronto studio any Tuesday, Friday or Saturday to say hi.



Gelene (or Gel), as many natural born artists tend to do, has been creating art since a child. Her work ranged from drawings to illustrations and led her to acquire an Advanced Diploma in Media Arts from Sheridan College in Oakville. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she moved around with her family during most of her youth, also having lived in Jakarta, Indonesia before moving and building roots in Toronto, Canada.

As a tattoo artist, she enjoys different types of styles though her favourite is abstract especially when it’s a fusion of different cultures. She loves doing custom work most especially when the client is open to a collaborative rapport. She’s here not just to put ink onto your skin but to help you express yourself in various ways that are unique to your worldviews, personalities, and experiences. She feels privileged in being able to be part of an anthropological alchemy that has started since the dawn of time; if we look at the grander scheme of the process, the alchemy really comes into play when clients come to us with very personal matters that they want to express through their tattoo(s).

Gel is a scuba diver and hiker who loves checking out arts & culture as she travels. Locally, she hits the gym, does hot yoga, and practices Krav Maga martial arts.

Gel is available for bookings in our North York studio mainly Saturdays and Sundays. Feel free to reach her via email or check out her profile below




Brooke is a “new” artist in every sense of the word – she redefines what a tattoo artist might look like. Not to say that there is such a thing as a certain “tattoo artist look” since we’re all unique, and proudly carry our own style and character; however, Brooke redefines many things.

Our young artist got involved in art at the tender age of 3 when she started doodling. This may be so for many of us, but what separates Brooke from others is when, at the at of 16, she took doodling to the next level and started working part time at a tattoo studio in order to study from other artists.

She was trained at doing piercings by the age of 18, but after realizing that her true passion was in drawing and expressing herself via permanent art, Brooke changed paths to become a tattoo artist. Now, Brooke has been under our wing for a number of years, first as an apprentice being trained by her figuratively adopted mother Asia, and we’re proud to see her grow into a very capable tattoo artist today!

Brooke can be unassuming. The 5”1, quiet, attractive and very focused artist frequently agonizes over producing the most amazing work – a trait that is often attached to perfectionists. With over a thousand of tattoos under her belt and extensive training on safety and cleanliness handling, it’s very easy to forget that Brooke is still early in her career. Brooke has long moved away from script and simpler tattoos towards inventing her own tattoo style. Specializing in floral and general minimalist tattoos, we’re super proud to see where Brooke’s already impressive artist career takes her next.


Brooke is interested in pursuing neo-traditional tattoos (neo means new in Latin). The dictionary would define it as “A re-adoption or revival of traditional styles, values, practices, etc.”, while we see it as taking the traditional old-style tattoo art that has been around for over a hundred years (think American and sailors) and fusing it with new concepts.

Neo-traditional tattoos are still traditional in essence, but what separates them from old-school traditional tattoos is moving away from thick, broad lines, and instead, delve more into realism. Additionally, they may take the traditional subject of a skull head, for example, draw it in a similar traditional fashion, but then add flowers, colors and smoother lines to the tattoo, making it a neo-traditional tattoo as it blends multiple styles together.

It’s no surprise that Brooke is most drawn to this tattoo style because she embodies new tradition, and we couldn’t be more excited to see her grow further in her artist’s journey. Check out some of her work below and stop by our tattoo studio to meet her. We proudly feature some of her work on our tattoo shop walls in Toronto where she apprenticed originally before helping us establish the Burlington studio where she now tattoos from exclusively.

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Asia, pronounced like Asha rather than like the continent, is the head artist and proud co-Owner of Toronto’s Painted People Tattoos Salon.

Asia has been tattooing for over 15 years. Her rich resume, apart from owning a tattoo studio, includes roles such as painter, volunteer, designer, music dabbler, and more. Finding her calling at the age of 16, she studied tattooing, first independently, and then as an apprentice to a number of celebrated artists before becoming one herself.

Tattooing is a passion for Asia. She loves creating livable, permanent art through that passion. When she’s not creating, Asia enjoys carrying for her pets, spending time with her family, watching movies, playing old video games, sucking at soccer (or football if we’re being all European) and unloading cat sounds with her husband Nick for general amusement of herself and others.


As the name indicates, watercolor tattoos essentially represent using the human canvas and drawing on them with tattoo ink making them look like watercolors.

Watercolor tattoos require the same expertise and initial process that other tattoo techniques require (you may or may not do a stencil and mix shades of color), but where they really separate themselves from other tattoo techniques is the final outcome. A fresh watercolor tattoo can often appear as splashes of watercolor paint on your body.

Created with a lot more gradual coloring (unlike, for example, traditional tattooing where solid colors are merged together), the subtle gradients help create the characteristics and design of a classic watercolor painting. The other differentiating factor is outlining. Watercolor tattoos pride themselves on often not having a solid outline which is then colored in. The free flowing colors are meant to represent a painting – which they most definitely do.

Asia, while doing every style from black and grey, traditional, tribal, realism, neo-traditional, new school, etc, has really specialized in watercolor tattooing recently. Outside of loving the look and feel of them and genuinely enjoying creating unique watercolor designs, she is quickly becoming known Canada wide for her passion of watercolor tattoos.

One of the common misconceptions around watercolor tattoos is that they fade very quickly. Putting it simply, all tattoos fade overtime. In the hands of a professional tattoo artist (such as Asia), watercolor tattoos are safe from fading for years. How many years heavily depends on various factors such as maintenance of the tattoo / skin care along with placement of tattoo as not placing it on an area where there may be constant rubbing will make it last longer. Watercolor tattoos can fade just slightly quicker due to use of lighter colors, so if one of our tattoos does start to fade you can come back after a few years for a quick touch-up to get it looking vibrant again.

For tips on how to maintain your watercolor or any other tattoos, check out our healing instructions page here