no problem with un-burnt but tanned skin while getting your tattoo. the important part is making sure the sun (and chlorine pool or other untreated water) stay off of it for at least that 1st couple of weeks after getting the tattoo.
Nice start, and agreed - don't rush it. Enjoy the process.
After that = mermaids? compass? sailing ship? narwhal? shark? octopus?
you may need both legs to encompass all the nautical possibilities . . .