Visiting our BC locations and looking for a nose or oral piercing? We require you to be double vaccinated for a minimum of 14 days before receiving this service. You won’t be able to book these piercings online, but you may call our Granville or Kitsilano locations to book, or chance a walk-in (time permitting).

Can You Tattoo Bumpy Skin

There are a number of reasons why someone’s skin may have a bumpy appearance or texture. If you’re posing this question (heading above) prior to getting a tattoo your skin “condition” may be semi-permanent/permanent, or you are having a reaction prior to an appointment. To ensure that you get the best tattoo possible despite the potential issue we encourage you to reference the guide below.

A Breakdown for How to Get a Successful Tattoo Over a Bumpy Patch of Skin on Your Body

If Bumpy Skin is Because of a Scar

If the texture is due to a scar there are things to consider. Is it new (read: not fully healed)? How much does it protrude from the “normal” surface of your skin? Are you willing to consider a design that incorporates the uneven appearance? We address each of these and other questions while providing peace of mind (for tattoo success!) in our guide to tattooing over scars.

If Bumpy Skin is From Persistent Acne

Rough and bumpy skin may be from chronic acne or a longer than normal breakout prior to the intended date of your tattoo. This requires more careful consideration than those who are tattooing over a scar. Please review our guide to getting a tattoo when living with ongoing acne.

If Bumpy Skin is From Stretch Marks

Stretch marks from pregnancy or large fluctuations in muscle growth or body fat composition can create bumpy skin. Severity and whether or not corrective action can or will be taken will impact how you should proceed with a tattoo. View our guide to tattooing over stretch marks.

If Bumpy Skin is From Keratosis Pilaris

Do you live keratosis pilaris? For the uninitiated, keratosis pilaris is a common, physiologically harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps on the skin. It typically occurs on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks. It is often purely a surface level concern, and often does not hurt, itch or create physical discomfort, even if t does take a toll on some with respect to emotional wellness. It’s for the latter reason that some choose to divert attention from it with a tattoo. Or, the condition has nothing to do with the motivation to get inked, but it just so happens that it persists on a part of the body you want to get tattooed on. Does keratosis pilaris complicate this desire? In short, no – it does not.

Despite the difference in feel and appearance keratosis pillars is considered to be a variant of normal skin that does not require a cure or intervention. For this reason you can absolutely get a tattoo on it, but the considerations for tattooing over a scar apply here as well. In the end, an expert tattooist at Adrenaline Studios can work with the bumpy epidermis and deliver the amazing tattoo that you demand.


Let’s talk about how we will make your tattoo happen. Contact an Adrenaline Studios near you (Vancouver or Toronto) to schedule a consultation.