Tattoo Blowout Vs Normal Healing

  • Written By Dan Hunter on October 1, 2021
    Last Updated: February 18, 2022

When you get your tattoo you want it to look perfect from the first moment. You want to show it off to your friends and don’t want it to look anything less than ideal. 

However, this is not always the case and sometimes after a few days, your tattoo can start to look blurry and smudged. Of course, the first reaction to this would be sheer panic. You’ve just spent hours in pain having a tattoo and then just like that it’s ruined.

There’s nothing that you can do straight after the tattoo procedure about this so you need to sit back and relax. You should keep checking your tattoo to understand if it’s the healing process or if it’s what we call a tattoo blowout. Only time will tell.

We’ll let you know what tattoo blowout is and how you can tell the difference between this and the normal healing process.

What’s a Tattoo Blowout?

A tattoo blowout is caused by the tattoo artist didn’t apply the ink correctly. It could be that the ink was applied too deep into the skin or too shallow in the skin. It could also be that the ink was applied at the wrong angle.

As the tattooed skin heals the ink spreads unevenly outside the original lines of the tattoo when experiencing a blowout. 

You will need to wait until the tattoo is completely healed before looking at what can be done to fix the issue. It could be that your tattoo artist arranges a cover up or adds more shading to the tattoo to hide the blowout.

Tattoo Blowout or Healing: How to Tell the Difference

As your skin heals there could be some bruising, this is normal but it could worry you as it will look like a tattoo blowout.

There is a way to tell the difference between the healing process and a tattoo blowout. If your tattooed skin is bruised due to the tattoo process, the bruising will get better. You will see that the colors of the bruise will fade after a few days. With a tattoo blowout, the ink will spread more and it may start to look worse after a few days.

Why Does a Tattoo Blowout Happen?

Your skin is made from many layers and the way to get a perfect tattoo is to understand just how deep into the skin the ink needs to go. This is one of the reasons that you need to make sure that your tattoo artist is highly skilled at their job and knows what they’re doing.

A blowout can happen when getting a tattoo on thinner skin and the ink is applied too deeply. The ink then bleeds into the space around the tattoo lines. It can work the same way when tattooing thicker skin or when using the needle at the wrong angle.

A skilled and experienced tattoo artist will know the right amount of pressure to be used on different areas of the body.

Can a Blowout Be Fixed?

You will need to wait until the tattooed skin is completely healed before deciding what can be done about the blowout. This will show just how bad it is and will dictate what solutions can be used to correct the problem.

A blowout can’t be fixed as such, however, there are things that can be done to make it look better. 

If it’s not too bad a tattoo artist may be able to add shading to the tattoo to hide the blowout. They can also cover up the blowout by adding to the tattoo that you have or just covering it up completely with a whole new tattoo.

As a last resort, you could have laser surgery to remove the tattoo. This will take a few sittings and can be costly.

Can a Tattoo Blowout Be Prevented?

There is never a guarantee that you won’t get a tattoo blowout. However, there are ways to prevent it.

You should only let a highly skilled and experienced tattoo artist work on your tattoo. Never take the risk of letting someone with no experience tattoo your body.

When the tattoo is healing you should be careful to not stretch or pull the skin. This can make the ink spread and cause a tattoo blowout.


A healing tattoo isn’t pretty, however, it should be dry and start scabbing. There may also be a little bruising but if it looks like there may be ink spreading under your skin, you should contact your tattoo artist. 

They will be able to advise you what you can do to stop it from getting worse and can advise on if it will be able to be fixed once healed.

Whatever you do, don’t panic, there’s nothing you can do to stop the blowout once it happens, you just have to wait and see just how bad it is.