Man dies after swimming with new tattoo

Story highlights

  • A 31-year-old Texas man got a tattoo and went swimming in the Gulf of Mexico days later
  • Doctors say he developed a bacterial infection and died
  • Experts recommend not bathing or swimming until a new tattoo has healed

(CNN)It all started simply enough: A 31-year-old man went to get a tattoo on his right leg. Beneath an illustration of a cross and hands in prayer, the words "Jesus is my life" were written in cursive.

As tattoo artists will tell you, there are some critically important rules to follow in the hours and days after getting inked. Most impor