How To Care For Your New Ink

So you've decided to take the plunge and get that tattoo you've always wanted. Be it a heart, someone else's name, a photo of something significant to you, or a beautiful quote, every tattoo should be taken care of properly to allow it to heal without damaging your new beautiful body artwork or worse or developing an infection. See below for helpful tips on how to care for your new ink.

Bandage Removal

Your new tattoo will have a covering; whether your tattoo artist covered it with a plastic wrapped covering or an ace bandage, this bandage will need to be removed. You can ask your tattoo artist when is the recommended time to remove it, but it's usually between 3-6 hours. The bandage needs to be removed to allow the area to heal. Keeping it under wraps will keep the area moist, which can take longer to heal. When removing the covering, be sure to do so carefully and slowly.

Wash Tattoo Area

Once you have the bandage removed, gently wash the area using a mild soap. Don't scrub it; just wipe it gently using your hands to help remove any dried up blood. Do not put your tattoo directly in the water; instead, use your hands to splash the water onto the tattooed area. Also, do not use any type of wash cloth, loofah, or other item to scrub your tattoo. To dry the area, pat it dry with a paper towel or soft cloth. Again, do not scrub or rub the area.

Apply Ointment

After your tattoo is clean and dry, you can apply ointment to the tattoo using a water-based ointment such as A&D ointment. Talk to your tattoo artist about what type of ointment they recommend using. Gently apply the ointment to help protect your new tattoo and aid in the healing process.

Other Tips

  • Do not soak your tattoo. Your tattoo should only be washed gently, not soaked. Avoid getting this area wet when showering or bathing.
  • Don't pick the scabs. Your tattoo will eventually start to scab over. Try your best not to scratch or pick at the scabs. This can damage the ink. Allow your tattoo (and scabs) to heal naturally.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing over your tattooed area. Tighter fitting clothing over the tattoo can cause the skin to stick to the clothing, which when removing your clothing can rip the scabs off and can be painful.

Always listen to the care tips given to you by your tattoo artist. You paid good money for your new ink, so make it last by following the tips given to you. For more on this topic, check out a company like Jimi's Tattoo & Body Piercing.