Got a new tattoo? Now what? Here you will find our top 11 tips on taking care of your new tattoo. There are so many aftercare recommendations and products out there, some deliver and some don’t, however- the most important thing (which is #1 on this list) is to listen to your tattoo artist– he or she will inform you precisely what you must do to properly care for your tattoo, all based on the results they’ve seen over many years of experience. The vast majority of tattoo healing problems are because the clients/customers fail to follow directions. The instructions you’re given are very important. Now, these pointers below are for general care, and they are very basic, time-tested guidelines. If any point differs from what you are instructed, follow the advice of your artist. And remember that people have different types of skin, allergies, potentials for reactions, etc, so everyone will naturally heal differently.
Top 11 Tattoo Aftercare Tips:
1– Pay attention to what your tattooist tells you and do precisely what he or she instructs. If she/he is a professional with experience, they will certainly know what product and healing technique works best for their own work, in general, and for their clients in particular. Keep in mind, if you change the aftercare for whatever reason the tattooist is not obliged to touch up your tattoo free of cost. It is your responsibility to take care of your tattoo once you leave the studio.
2– DO NOT WRAP YOUR TATTOO AGAIN unless explicitly instructed to do so by your artist. It is extremely important to keep the tattoo clean after the protection has actually been taken off. Remember, your new tattoo is just like an open injury, do not forget that! Most tattooists advise hand-washing the tattoo extremely lightly though thoroughly with your (CLEAN) fingers, using an unscented, anti-bacterial soap. Allow it to air dry or lightly pat it dry with a clean paper towel. CLEAN. Everything you use or touch must be clean. You don’t want cat hairs sitting on your healing tattoo.
3– It is very common that a new tattoo be sensitive, red or slightly inflamed. Most people experience some irritation a day or so after getting a new tattoo (it differs depending on the size, placement and amount of work in the tattoo). If these symptoms continues longer than 3 or 4 days, call your tattooist so you can set up a time to come to the shop so they can see it and advise you.
4– Your tattoo will weep in the first couple of days. The fluid may be clear or slightly colored the same as your tattoo. This is normal, and it does not indicate that your tattoo is coming out. Just clean it regularly as instructed and let it go through the healing process. Your body knows how to heal itself, you are merely assisting it.
5– Keep your tattoo slightly moist. If you allow it to dry out it can lead to a thick scab formation and you don’t want that. Drying out your tattoo can cause it to slow the recovery procedure and could even harm the tattoo. Your tattooist will likely advise a cream or ointment to use and how often to apply to your new tattoo. DO NOT OVERSATURATE your tattoo! Too much ointment on your tattoo and it cannot breathe. A very light coat is all that’s needed. Patting off excess ointment so that it is barely even shiny. A dab is all you need.