So you finally decided to put your big kid pants on and get your first tattoo, or maybe it's just been a while. After searching or asking your friends about which tattoo shop to pick, you finally find one (hopefully one with reputable work and great reviews *cough Tatty Zaps Tattoos cough*)! You go through the whole process and it comes to the end. Surely by this point, your artist should have given you a physical copy or verbal instructions on how to take care of your tattoo. Well, just in case they didn't or you just forgot and are too embarrassed to call them, here are our tattoo aftercare instructions!
Many artists and tattoo shops have different methods and products to use in their aftercare. I, in no way am claiming that mine is better or more right than another artist's. These are my methods and that is all.
1- Your tattoo is most likely wrapped, maybe by plastic wrap or Saniderm. Remove your wrapping once you are home.
2- Wash your tattoo off. Use anti-bacterial soap such as Liquid Dial or Dial Gold bar soap. Be gentle, you were stabbed many times and your skin is probably mad at you. Lather it up and make sure you get all the plasma and blood off of you (if there is any). Rinse your new tattoo with warm water and then pat it dry. Don't wipe. Again, your skin is probably pretty mad at you.
3- Let your new tattoo air dry over night. If you got a tattoo in an area that can be covered by a shirt or pants over night, please do so! If your tattoo weere to stick to something (clothes, pillow, bed sheets), it's easier to take your shirt to the bathroom, rather than your bed sheets. In the case of your tattoo sticking to something, soak the stuck area in warm water and allow the tattoo to soften up. Remove whatever was stuck to you off your new tattoo SLOOOOOOOOWLY! Pulling it off too fast may result in pulling some of that precious new ink out.
4- Ointment! Now this part is important. lack of this step can cause your tattoo healing time to take forever if you neglect to take care of it. Sometimes that can even void the "FREE TOUCH UP" offer (if your artists offers one).
We here at Tatty Zaps Tattoos prefer you to use 1 of 4 things (in order from best option to last resort)
1- Tattoo Goo or other tattoo aftercare made products, these are designed for healing your tattoo. Wal-Mart may still sell it, but don't quote me on it. Some shops may carry it for you as well!
2- Aquaphor, you can buy it pretty much anywhere. Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Rite- Aid, ext.
3- Burts Bees, yup you heard me. It works great.
4- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, like I said... Last resort!
Do NOT use Vasoline, A&D, or Neosporin!!!!
Wash your hands first. Then apply a very light coat, covering the whole tattoo. Do this at Least twice a day (once in the morning and once at night). If you're able to, apply a coat in between during the middle of the day.
Do this everyday, until all the scabs have fallen off (the average person should be scab free within 5-10 days).
If you have any questions or concerns, IMMEDIATELY contact your tattoo artist and they will do their best to make sure you're taken care of!
And that's it everyone!
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