Inside: Do’s and Don’ts of a Fresh Tattoo.
What is considered a fresh tattoo?
Can you touch a fresh tattoo?
Is it OK to sleep on a fresh tattoo?
Wait 4 to 7 days before you sleep on your tattoo.
Your tattoo will ooze and bleed for a few days after you get it. Avoid sleeping on the tattoo at this point since it needs air circulation. Once the new layer of skin has formed over your tattoo, usually after 4 to 7 days, you can begin to sleep on it.
Can I shower the same day I get a tattoo?
Can I wear clothes over my fresh tattoo?
Do’s and Don’ts of a Fresh Tattoo
- Listen to your artist! They’ll cover your tattoo with a sterile absorbing pad and bandage after your session, then give you instructions on how to uncover and clean your piece at home. Some adhesives may cause irritation, so be sure to disclose any allergies with your artists.
- Wash your tattoo with mild antibacterial soap.
- Dry your tattoo with a fresh towel paper towel or (ANTI-MICROBIAL WASHCLOTHS FOR TATTOOS)
- Apply an anti-inflammatory balm to reduce swelling and redness. Pain-relieving gels and creams may provide additional comfort.
- Use a topical anesthetic spray on new tattoos to reduce excessive pain.
- Keep your tattoo exposed as much as possible for quicker healing.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing, if possible, to prevent the fabric from pressing against your tattoo.
- Don’t remove your bandage too soon! Keep your tattoo covered for as long as your artist recommends. The bandage absorbs excess blood, ink, topical anesthetics, ointments, etc
- Don’t use hot water to clean your new tattoo; wash with warm water instead. Hot water will cause your pores to open, leaving new tattoos susceptible to bacterial infection and ink leakage.
- Don’t put your new tattoo directly under running water—don’t soak it either.
- Never rip the bandage off! Use a bit of cold water to break down the adhesive until it’s no longer painful to remove.
- Don’t re-bandage or cover your new tattoo. Tattoos need to breathe and stay dry to heal.
- Don’t pick the scabs—yuck! Aside from that being a terrible habit, your fingers could transfer bacteria. Your tattoo is an open wound and vulnerable to infection during the healing process. Let the scabs fall off by themselves or gently wash them off in the shower.
- Don’t go tanning. Limit your tattoo’s exposure to the sun, if possible. If you must be outside, find a tattoo-specific sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.
- Don’t swim, soak, sweat, or sauna for at least weeks after your tattoo! That may be easier said than done, but wet tattoos don’t heal properly.
Learn More About Tattoos
- Tattoo Aftercare – Most tattoo artists have their own personal set of aftercare instructions. But one piece of advice they all have in common is to touch your tattoo with clean hands only. I recommend that you listen to the verbal directions from your tattooer first, then refer to the written directions after. Also, take into consideration that washing your hands shouldn’t be a quick three-second rinse.
- Tattoo Blowout – Tattoo blowouts occur when a tattoo artist presses too hard when applying ink to the skin. The ink is sent below the top layers of skin where tattoos belong. Below the skin’s surface, the ink spreads out in a layer of fat & this creates the blurring associated with a tattoo blowout. Let’s look more at how it happens.
- Hand Poke Tattoos – A hand poke tattoo, also know as a “stick and poke” is created by using a needle, or group of needles, to put ink into the skin. There is no electric machine involved, so the tattoo artist does this by hand using only a needle or a tool that holds the needle.