CUSTOM TATTOOS & TATTOO REMOVAL
There are so many different opinions and thoughts of how to care for a new tattoo. These are just what we have noticed to work best for our clients, but if you are a “seasoned veteran” when it comes to tattoos, we recommend you stick to what you know helps your body heal best, DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS!!!!
A tattoo typically takes between 1-3 weeks to heal, depending on the client, for example, we have a friend that is fully healed by the 6th day, and another friend that takes nearly 2 months to fully heal. No telling what is the reason why each person is so different but like it states above, everyone is a special snowflake!
These instructions below are not “idiot proof” but we feel that if you read and follow the instructions below, you should have a relatively fantastic heal!
**DO NOT TOUCH THE NEW TATTOO WITH DIRTY HANDS! DO NOT PLAY IN THE MUD! DO NOT LET ANYONE ELSE TOUCH YOUR NEW TATTOO! If the above is ignored, don’t be too upset your new tattoo has an infection, you brought it upon yourself! WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE ANY CONTACT WITH YOUR NEW TATTOO.**
GENERAL TATTOO CARE FOR THE FIRST 1-2 WEEKS
The care during this time is relatively simple. The common rule we tell everyone is “if it hurts more than when you initially got the tattoo, STOP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING!” The body has a pretty funny way of talking to our minds. If it hurts, DON’T DO IT! You do not need to re-bandage your new tattoo (even though there are techniques on caring for the new tattoo that involve wrapping the tattoo for the entire healing duration). But we feel it is more for the Tattoo Veteran than first timers, mostly because if the instructions aren’t followed exactly, it can lead to very bad results.
Be sure to wear loosely fitted clothing that will not rub against the new Tattoo, especially before the first 5 days. If you can, keep it exposed to air and avoid clothing that can stick to or irritate the new tattoo. If you can’t keep it exposed to air, just wear loose, soft clothing.
(b) DO NOT PICK AT THE NEW TATTOO!
If you have lizard skin or scabs, let them fall on their own. The body is a healing machine, it does not need our fingers help to do so! *SMACK* Keep those picking hands off!!!
(c) DO NOT “SOAK” THE NEW TATTOO!
Try to avoid taking baths. Think of your skin like a sponge: when dunked under water, your pores will open up as much as they can. When this happens to a freshly done tattoo, oftentimes ink will loosen and fade. Try to avoid the underwater activities. THAT BEING SAID, NO POOL, NO OCEAN, NO JACUZZI TIME!!!
(d) Try not to take hot showers.
The heat and steam will do the same as being underwater. Your pores will open and chances of having a faded tattoo are more predominant. Take lukewarm or semi cold showers. This will help the pores stay tight and you will not lose the color.
(e) AVOID DIRECT SUNLIGHT!
If you ever wanted to know what it is to feel like a Vampire, getting an new tattoo is the best way to find out! A fresh tattoo is a sensitive area. When direct sunlight or UV rays hit the tattoo, it will feel like your skin is cooking from the inside and will irritate the new tattoo.
**Keep an eye out for: inflammation, swelling, fever, muscle aches, general weakness, pain, discharge, red streaks/red halo, or foul odor. If you show any of these symptoms on the 4th or 5th day, you may want to call your Artist or Doctor. It’s a possibility that it is infected!**
STEAMY HOT SEX:
Got your attention didn’t we? Okay — you’ve just gotten a great new tattoo, so what are you going to do — go out and play football? Have a session of hot, aggressive, physical sex? Go on vacation to Hawaii? STOP AND THINK FOR A SECOND… you just paid an X amount of money for a tattoo you’re proud to wear, why go and mess it all up?! Two weeks away from the beach, pool, sunbathing, hardcore sex, sports, safari hunting, and fighting dinosaurs won’t hurt you! Take a break from the dangers of life and insure you’ll heal safely and cleanly!!!
Thank you for taking the time to read how to heal the tattoo. If you follow what we said above, you should have a great healing time! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us ASAP!