Tattoo Care

The first thing to remember about your tattoo is that this is a permanent investment! Do not rely on information from friends about the care of your new tattoo. Though I have to say if their tats Tattoo Care look good they usually do know how to take care of them. The artist will provide you with the proper care for the tattoo usually when they are done. Some have told me before they start.

Generally, if your tattoo has been bandaged, leave it on for approximately two to ten hours. Then, wash it gently with luke warm water using antibacterial soap. Pat it dry, do not rub. This washing should occur three to four times a day.

Do no apply another bandage to the tattoo. Allow it to be exposed to air. This will help the healing process. Also, try to avoid tightly fitted clothing. Clean, loose clothing will help the best.

After washing, apply very thing coasts of Bacitracin or A&D Ointment and work it into the skin. Do not over apply. Apply just enough so that the tattoo appears shiny. If you can see the ointment on your skin, you are using too much.

Do not soak the tattoo in water or let the shower directly spray hard onto it. Also, avoid swimming pools, the ocean, hot tubs or any other source of water, aside from the shower, until the tattoo is healed. Also avoid getting the new tattoo sunburned until it is healed. All of these can fade the tattoo and hinder the healing process. I knew a guy that did not take this seriously and his tat did fade.

When the tattoo begins the healing process, do not directly scratch the tattoo. Itching means healing and a little bit of alcohol will relieve the itch. Also, do not pick the scabs that may form. Let them fall off gradually. This will usually happen in one to three weeks.

If swelling or redness occurs, you can use ice packs to help the swelling go down. Most importantly, notify a doctor if you have even the slightest sign of infection. The healing process can be as little as one week or as long as six weeks or more depending on the size and complexity of your particular design.

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The first few days and weeks for a new tattoo are probably the most important for your new tattoo. Make sure you care for it properly! Below is the healing procedure and do's and don'ts we recommend. Because each individual is different, this may not always be best recommendation for each person. I recommend you follow the advice of your tattoo artist or seek the advice of a doctor first.

1. Leave the bandage that you received after the tattoo on for 2 to 10 hours. Tattoos will ooze, this is a normal part of the healing process. The bandage is there to keep air-born bacteria and any other contaminants in the environment from invading your wound.

2. Make sure you hands have been washed thoroughly before you remove the bandage.

3. After removing the bandage cleanse the tattoo area with soap and water. Do not scrub the tattoo with a brush or towel (this should not be done until the tattoo has healed). The idea behind the washing is to eliminate any dead cells have been allowed to accumulate on the surface.

4. Dry the tattoo area by gently patting the area with a clean, sterile towel and please don't rub.

5. Let the tattoo dry completely (approx 10 minutes).

6. Lightly rub on a thin layer of antibiotic ointment (such as Bacitracin). A good lotion works well too that is what I used and every thing turn out just fine and dandy. Also I have know friends that have used petroleum jelly and their tats came out just fine.

7. You do not need to re-bandage.

8. Repeat steps above for three - four days, approximately 6 times a day. The antibiotic cream should not be used for more than 3-4 days (read the directions on the ointment); switch to a fragrance free lotion. The idea behind this part of the process is to NOT let the tattoo dry out. The ointment should be applied heavily enough to look shiny. Too thin and the surface can dry and prolong healing. You may need too apply more or less often, depending on you and your environment (again consult the directions for the ointment for proper application).

After a few days you may notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Excessive scabbing can indicate a poorly done tattoo not a good thing, but some scabbing may be normal. It is at this point in the healing process that your tattoo will begin to itch. RESIST THE URGE TO SATISFY YOUR DESIRE TO SCRATCH, RUB, OR PICK at the tattoo!!! Remember the treatment you tattoo receives in the first few weeks are the most important days of its life!  Please don't itch!  It will go away trust me. If you do itch it a lot you will be in serious trouble with complications. SO DO NOT ITCH 😉

Some Last Minute  DO's and DONT's:

DO NOT:

Go swimming, or soak in a hot tub or bath.Use hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol on your tattoo. Itch, pick, or scratch the tattoo. Avoid activities that will make you sweat.

DO:

Stay out of the sun until your tattoo has healed completely.Apply sun block to tattoo after it has healed whenever it is exposed to the sun to protect it from damaging ultraviolet rays. You will be fine just take note from up above and keep that lotion on and don't itch too much your tattoos should be fine.*

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