Friday, May 27, 2011

Tattoo Aftercare

Thinking of getting a tattoo? If you are then here are steps for proper after care. The process of selecting your tattoo artist is really based on personal preference and hygiene. The most important step in taking care of your tattoo is to listen to your artist. He/she is a professional and understands the healing process better than you do. Abide by their instructions and you should be fine. Many people think that tattoos are just pretty drawings that sit on your skin. They aren't just sitting there, they are carved in. A new tattoo is a fresh cut. Treat it with the same care you would treat a wound that you got from falling off a bicycle. It can either heal nicely or become infected. In the meantime, I'll just reinforce some tips your tattoo artist may (or may not) give you.

  • I never got my tattoos covered with antibacterial bandages when I first did them (my bad). But you should request it if your artist does not provide. Keeping the tattoo covered is important because it prevents exposure to air-borne bacteria.
  • You can shower (obviously) but do not soak yourself in water. This means no jacuzzi, no pool, no beach for at least 2 weeks.
  • When showering try to use lukewarm water. Do not scrub the area with a rag - use your hands. 
  • Dry the area by patting it. Do not drag your towel across the wound.
  • Apply anti-bacterial ointment or lotion according to the tattoo artist's instructions. If you use lotion ensure that the lotion can be used on fresh wounds this means no additional scents. I used FP Bacitracin Ointment (First Aid Antibiotic) which helps to prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns.
  • Try to stay out of the sun or at least keep the tattoo protected. The pigments can actually be affected by the sunlight but refrain from using sun block on the tattoo. Remember the only kind of lotion you can place on a fresh tattoo is completely perfume free ant-bacterial lotion.
Take a look at this video giving some more details about tattoo aftercare by an actual tattoo artist.

Peace, Love & Blaze,