Inside: Do’s and Don’ts of a Fresh Tattoo.

What is considered a fresh tattoo?

Many people describe a fresh tattoo as feeling similar to a sunburn. The area tends to sting a bit, and it can look red and become a little raised or swollen. Inflammation is a natural part of the healing process. You’ll begin to form scabs over the area, and you shouldn’t attempt to remove them.
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Can you touch a fresh tattoo?

Even though everyone will want to touch your new tattoo, don’t let anything come in contact with it. You don’t know what germs are on your hands, so it is best to avoid touching your tattoo at all unless you have literally just washed your hands.

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?

Wait up to 24 hours to shower.

Can I wear clothes over my fresh tattoo?

Direct sunlight will make the tattoo fade, especially while it’s in the healing process. Keep it covered in loose, clean, cotton fabric. If you wear tight-fitting clothes over the tattoo, it will rub and irritate the skin, making the healing process longer and more difficult.
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Do’s and Don’ts of a Fresh Tattoo

DO…

  • 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.Do's of a fresh tattoo

DON’T…

  • 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.

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Learn More About Tattoos

  • Tattoo Peeling Tips – Tattoo peeling is one of the least fun parts about getting a new tattoo. Don’t worry though, it is a natural part of the healing process and will not have a negative effect on your tattoo long term. While uncomfortable and at times a bit alarming, peeling is no big deal. Read our expert advice on what to do with tattoo peel.
  • Tattoo Blowout – Tattoo blowouts are not super common, but when they do occur it is generally because of the tattoo artist applying too much pressure. The ink is placed below the surface of the skin and in turn is injected into the next layer of fat. This can cause a number of issue both with the tattoo clarify, longevity, and even some health concerns. Read more about how this happens and what to do.
  • Hand Poke Tattoos – If you are interested in getting inked but aren’t too sure about the lifelong commitment, a hand poke tattoo might be the right answer for you. They are pretty cool looking when done professionally and last up to 10 years if done correctly. There typically isn’t as much pain involved if you have someone with experience. Take a peek at these hand poke tattoo designs.