Tips and advice
Because tattooing requires breaking the skin barrier, tattooing carries health risks including infection and allergic reactions. Modern tattooists reduce risks by following universal precautions working with single-use items and sterilizing their equipment after each use.
It is very important to follow the guidelines laid out by the tattoo artist after leaving the shop. After leaving the tattoo parlor the tattoo artist is no longer responsible for any infections or problems that may occur after the procedure. If a new tattoo is not properly taken care of it can turn a beautiful piece of art into a hideous (and painful) disaster:
1- The Bandage: The first step of proper tattoo aftercare is to NOT TOUCH THE BANDAGE. Though it may be frustrating to not immediately be able to take off the bandage, it is the only way to keep airborne bacteria from entering and invading your wound.
2- Cleansing the wound: Once it has been 2-5 hours since the bandage was placed on the wound, the next step of tattoo aftercare is to treat the tattoo area and wash it gently. After removing the bandage use lukewarm water and mild antimicrobial soap to wash away ointments, blood, and plasma from the skin.
3- Showering, Hot Tubs and Swimming: It is totally OK for you to get wet and shower. However, submerging a tattoo in a bath or a hot tub can cause serious damage and can be detrimental to your body art. Avoid submerging in water and swimming for at least 2-3 weeks. This is very crucial and many people often forget this, causing their entire tattoo aftercare to go by the wayside.
4- Scabbing and Sun damage: A few days after getting a tattoo, peeling and a little scabbing is not uncommon. Excessive scabbing is usually the mark of a poor tattoo, but a little bit is normal. Just be sure to apply a moist, warm compress to the scabs for a few minutes 3 times a day. DO NOT peel off the scabs by yourself. By peeling the scabs you are damaging the nearly healed tattoo, and no tattoo aftercare procedure will be able to help you.
If your skin itches slap it. If it peels then put lotion on it. Whatever you do, make sure to let the wound heal by itself. After your skin has healed it is vital to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays. Use a minimum of SPF 30 sun block to keep your tattoo vibrant and colorful.
While tattoos are considered permanent, it is sometimes possible to remove them, fully or partially, with laser treatments. Typically, black and some colored inks can be removed more completely than inks of other colors. The expense and pain associated with removing tattoos are typically greater than the expense and pain associated with applying them.
Ink or coloring applied to the surface of skin for a temporary period is referred to as a "temporary tattoo".