Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo
Throughout your day you put your hands on all kinds of things, door knobs, phones, computer keyboards, money, etc. none of these things are clean. All of these things carry deadly bacteria that you can easily transfer to your brand new tattoo by not washing your hands properly before touching it. Your new tattoo is a minor wound, and can act as a portal for bacteria and viruses.
Leave your tattoo bandaged for 2-4 hours.
You may leave your tattoo wrapped up for as long as 4hours if necessary until you get to a clean environment. Your tattoo needs some time to start the healing process. The bandage just helps protect the tattoo as it starts the initial healing. You want to wait until you get into a clean environment to unwrap it so you do not introduce any bacteria into your fresh tattoo. The bathroom at your favorite bar does not count as a “clean environment” You do not want leave it wrapped up for longer than 4 hours because the tattoo needs to breath and get fresh air start healing
Wash gently with Dial anti bacterial hand soap 3-5 times per day as needed the first few days until the plasma stops surfacing. Then continue to wash 2-3 times a day for the remainder of the healing
Washing it gets rid of the extra plasma that has accumulated under the bandage and cleans the area. You will continue to wash your tattoo daily- the washing helps prevent any external germs from setting in. It also allows the body to focus it’s energy on healing instead of fighting germs which results in a faster healing and better looking tattoo.
Apply a light amount of VITALITREE, A&D , or AUQUAPHOR on the tattoo. Do this 3-5 five times a day AS NEEDED until the tattoo stops producing plasma.
The body sends plasma to the surface to protect the skin and make a scab. For tattoo purposes we need to interupt that process. Washing it whenever the plasma surfaces helps the healing process and speeds up the tattoo healing. The ointment keeps the tattoo moist and prevents it from drying out and scabbing. If you allow the tattoo to dry out at this point it can start to build a heavier scab which can prolong the healing process can ultimately this will effect the overall final look of the tattoo. Some skin types absorb ointment more quickly than others, and require more frequent lotion application. Some people require less applications. when ever the tattoo feels dry, itchy, or the skin feels tight its probably a good time to moisturize. Frequent light coats are better than a few heavy ones, this allows the tattoo to breath while still remaining moist. Once the tattoo has started peeling you can switch to a non scented lotion if you feel the ointment is too thick.
Do Not go swimming
Do Not go hot tubing
Do Not expose to direct sunlight
Do Not pick at or scratch tattoo
Do Not wear invasive or tight clothing
Do Not take tattoo aftercare advice from anyone other than the artist that did your tattoo.
Submerging your new tattoo in anything is a bad idea. It can absorb fluid and over saturate the wound, complicating the healing and ultimately ruining the tattoo. All bodies of water contain bacteria, especially pools and hot tubs. It is OK and recommended that you wash your tattoo in the shower.
The Sun is the natural enemy of tattoos. Over exposure WILL lighten your tattoo. It is especially vulnerable the first few months after getting it.
Do not pick at scabs. It will complicate the healing and it WILL ruin your tattoo. If it itches just pat it lightly or apply a little cool water to the surface.
Depending on the location of your tattoo, your clothing may rub against it. This may cause trauma and can ruin your tattoo. Avoid tight fitting, bras, pants, shirts, jeans, etc.