I would like to get some (large) tattoos on my upper arms and upper back; however, I have a fair amount of body hair growing in those areas. How would the hair affect the process of getting a tattoo and the overall lifespan of the tattoo?
The only problems you will have is when the hairs start to grow back before the tattoo has healed. My friend has a tattoo on her leg and had to walk about with hairy legs for 4 weeks because the tattoo hadn't healed before the hair started growing back.
The tattoo artist will shave you down before you get your tattoo. The hair will probably grow back before it heals DO NOT shave the hair off again before the tattoo heals.
When the tattoo has healed go and get waxed. Getting upper arms and upper back waxed should last about 6weeks then in 6 weeks go back and get it wax again, that way your tattoo will always be on show. If you don't want to wax or shave use a hair trimmer and keep ur hair about 1/8 of an inch and then the tattoo will still be visable.