Inside: What Is The Point Of Saran Wrap Tattoos?

Why do tattoo artists put Saran Wrap on tattoos?

Whether it’s covered with a bandage or plastic wrap, keeping the tattoo-covered allows you to control what your tattoo gets exposed to, and helps keep out dirt and bacteria so that it can heal properly. Saran wrap specifically is used because it allows you to see your tattoo and keep an eye on the healing process.

What is the plastic wrap they put on tattoos?

In traditional tattoo care, covering the fresh, clean tattoo with household wrap (Saran Wrap) is usually the first step in the healing process. This piece of wrap generally stays on for 2-24 hours. Next, the tattoo is washed and an aftercare product is applied (usually petroleum-based like Aquaphor)
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How long do you keep Saran Wrap on a tattoo?

You’ll need to keep your tattoo wrapped in cling film for one to three days. Depending on the size of your artwork this may be longer and your artist will let you know but a general rule of thumb is Small line-work pieces – one to two days. Palm-size pieces – two to three days.

Should I sleep with plastic wrap on my tattoo?

Your first-night sleeping, your artist might recommend you re-wrap the tattoo with plastic wrap (like Saran Wrap) to sleep without the tattoo sticking to your sheets. This is generally for larger or solid-color tattoos. If your artist did not recommend re-wrapping, just let the tattoo stay exposed to air overnight.

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.