How Long To Keep Bandage On Tattoo?

How Long To Keep Bandage On Tattoo

This info should guide you through the care of healing your tattoo, but if you have any other questions while it is healing, do not hesitate to contact your artist directly or call the shop for immediate reply. There are no stupid questions about healing.

– After your tattoo is completed, your artist will bandage your tattoo for your trip home. Leave the bandage on for one to three hours. When you take the bandage off, wash it with very warm water (as hot as is comfortable) and mild liquid hand soap (like Dr.

Bronner’s, Dial or Softsoap, just no perfumed or exfoliating body washes). Pat it dry gently with a paper towel, and let it air dry the rest of the way (never scrub the tattoo with a towel or sponge). Then you will apply a very small amount of Aquaphor Ointment or plain, unscented skin lotion (we recommend Aveeno, Lubriderm, Curel, or any of their generics) to the tattoo, just enough to lightly moisturize.

  • 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.
  • Every day from then on, you will wash the tattoo in the morning and at night, and apply lotion 3 times a day or so, or whenever the tattoo feels dry or tight.
  • Always wash your hands before touching the tattoo.
  • DO NOT apply Vaseline, Neosporin, Bacitracin or any other medicated or perfumed product to your tattoo.
  • After a few days, the tattoo will form a thin scab over it, and in about a week the scab will begin to flake off in the shower. DO NOT pick or scratch at the scab, just keep it clean and moist and the scabs will all fall off by themselves in about two weeks. Picking any of the scabs off will cause faded color and damage to the skin.

During healing do NOT:

  • Wrap the tattoo after the first night (wearing breathable clothes over it is fine as long as they are not causing friction. (Keeping tattoos wrapped in plastic or bandages will stop air from getting to the tattoo, slow healing, and make gross stuff grow in there. )
  • Submerge the tattoo in water. This means baths, pools and oceans. Regular showering is fine.
  • Expose it to strong sunlight (Like outdoor activities or beach days. Walking to your car is fine)
  • Shave over the tattoo (ouch!)

When all the scabs fall off and the skin feels smooth again to the touch, it is all healed and you can shave over it again, and swim and everything else. Sometimes after the scab falls off there is a secondary shiny, raised or waxy coat over the tattoo. This is just another healing layer of skin. Continue to moisturize it and it will smooth out by itself over time. If you have any questions about your tattoo while its healing you are always welcome to come by the shop and have us check it out, or email the artist who did the tattoo with “AFTERCARE” in the subject line for an immediate response.

  1. Do not slather a big, thick coat of product over it; just enough for it to stay moist and flexible;
  2. If you are using Aquaphor, you can switch to a plain lotion after the first few days;
  3. Lotion is generally fine for everyone, your artist will recommend if you would benefit from ointment;

If something doesn’t look perfect After your tattoo is finished healing, we’ll do our best to make it right. Sometimes with excessive scabbing, or other unpredictable reactions during healing, your skin can reject some ink, leaving a “light spot” that is closer to your skin color in the tattoo (or a line might get thinner or lighter in one spot).

This is common as its unlikely your body will accept every spot of pigment uniformly, so just contact your artist via email after your tattoo is finished healing with a photo to see if a small touch up is in order.

Unless you were negligent during the care of your tattoo, touch-ups are very minor and quick, and guaranteed by our artists if you contact them about it within 3 months of getting the tattoo. Because older tattoos that have settled in fully and aged require more work to make uniform, we suggest coming in as soon as possible when it’s healed, as touch ups are performed for a fee at the artist’s discretion after 3 months.

How long should you leave your tattoo wrapped?

You’ll need to keep your tattoo wrapped in cling film from 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 – keep the cling film on for one to two days.

What happens if you leave a tattoo bandage on too long?

Fresh tattoos can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to heal. During this healing phase, there are 7 things that can ruin your new tattoo before it has even healed. Bad art from a bad artist It’s possible to ruin your new tattoo by choosing an unskilled artist.

  • When speaking about skills, I’m not referring to their artistic skills;
  • This would be about the artists’ tattooing procedure and application skills;
  • Everyone’s skin is different skin;
  • Healthy, unhealthy, plump, loose, tight, oily, or dry;

Our skin’s surface, thickness, and tightness are also different throughout our bodies. These differences can have a detrimental impact on how the ink lays into your skin. An inexperienced artist can further implicate this. Finding and choosing an experienced artist goes without question 2.

Keeping your fresh tattoo covered too long Fresh tattoos are open wounds, and after the tattoo session, the artist will cover your new tattoo. Every artist has a different preference for what they use. Some still use the old school plastic Saran Wrap crap made for sandwiches.

Try to avoid using this food cellophane wrap on new ink. Fresh tattoos should be wrapped with a sterile bandage. The best options are medical-grade adhesive bandages and protective tattoo films like Saniderm or Dermalize. Wrapping a fresh tattoo is essential to help the initial healing while providing protection from environmental contaminants like dirt, germs or anything else that should not go near an open wound.

  1. After the wrap has been on for a few hours, you will start to see blood and plasma underneath;
  2. Once this happens, it’s time to remove the wrap, as this can block your skin pores from breathing;
  3. This can ruin your new tattoo before the first day is over;

And trust me, I’ve ruined two tattoos by leaving the wrap on too long as per the artist’s instructions. The bandage or wrap should stay on no longer than 6-8 hours max. If using products like Saniderm or Dermalize, you can always remove it, clean the tattoo and apply a new layer.

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Tattoo Infections As discussed above, the post-procedure wrapping helps protect your skin from getting infected. Once unwrapped, keep your skin clean and follow proper tattoo aftercare instructions. This will ensure your new tattoo heals without getting infected.

During tattoo healing, avoid touching your ink unless washing or applying aftercare. It’s very easy to transfer dirt and germs onto your fresh tattoo (open wound) from dirty hands. Sleeping with a fresh tattoo Getting a goods night’s sleep can be awkward during the tattoo healing process.

Even more awkward is the size and location of your new tattoo. Try to avoid laying on the tattoo, and or having it covered under the sheets or blankets. Covering a fresh tattoo under blankets or sheets can cause a risk of infection.

The bed is a great place for hidden germs that you do not want to get into an open wound. The same as above, your skin needs to breathe, so not covering up under the sheets helps. Then there’s the issue of laying on the tattoo. You risk having the tattoo stick to the bed or pick up dirt and germs.

You can always lay down a clean towel on the bed if you need to. Another option for sleeping is applying a breathable medical wrap like Saniderm. Make sure to remove it as soon as you wake up so that there’s not too much blood and plasma accumulation.

Cleaning and excess water exposure Keeping a fresh tattoo clean goes without question. So never submerge a fresh tattoo underwater. Also, avoid excessive water exposure while showering. Our skin is like a sponge and it will absorb the water, which can damage the tattoo.

  1. When it comes to cleaning your new tattoo, make sure you do this several times a day;
  2. You can read our 17 Best Tips To Heal New Tattoos here;
  3. Picking or scratching itchy or peeling skin During the tattoo healing stages, some people experience itchy and scabby skin;

The reason for this to happen is part of your skin’s healing process. But whatever you do, resist the urge to pick or peel your skin as this can damage the color and lines of your new tattoo. To avoid or end any itchy peeling skin during tattoo healing, always use a good aftercare product.

Keep your tattoo clean and moisturized several times throughout the day. Don’t let your tattoo get dry, and only apply a thin layer of tattoo aftercare after every cleaning. Now, in regards to peeling and itchy skin, I have never suffered from this.

I followed the above directions and none of my 21 tattoos have ever peeled or got itchy. Excessive sun exposure Excessive sun exposure is a fast way to ruin a new tattoo. Be aware of any direct sun exposure on your fresh ink. If you must be outside, always keep your tattoo covered, for at least the first 40 days.

Cover Up with clothing or try to stay out of the sun. Never apply any sunscreen on a fresh tattoo. Some of these products have ingredients that are not good for your fresh ink during healing. A list of nasty skincare ingredients will be for another blog.

After your new tattoo has healed, make sure to keep it protected with quality sunscreen product if going outside. Excessive direct UVA/UVB sun exposure  accelerates skin aging, which causes tattoo fading.

Should I let my tattoo breathe?

Your tattoo needs to breathe, so once you remove the original bandage — usually it’ll be bandaged in clear plastic or surgical wrap by the artist — it’s best not to cover it. Wrapping it may result in extra moisture and a lack of oxygen, which can cause scabbing and slow healing.

Can I drink 2 days after getting a tattoo?

Drinking before or after – That drink beforehand is not smart. Bruno Vincent/Getty Images If you’re thinking about downing some liquid courage before taking the plunge, think again. Drinking before and after getting a tattoo is a no-no. Alcohol thins your blood, which means excess bleeding. When you bleed more than normal, it can cause visibility issues for the artist, potentially compromising the quality of the design.

Excess bleeding can also thin the ink. Of course, there’s also the fact that alcohol impairs judgment, and you don’t want to make permanent decisions while impaired. And it’s not cute if you have to stop and puke in the middle of a four-hour tattoo session.

Furthermore, drinking after the fact can compromise the healing of the tattoo because of its effects on your blood, so take it easy for a bit.

Can I leave my tattoo bandage on overnight?

TEGADERM METHOD – Some of our artists will provide you with a Tegaderm (also known as Saniderm or Tattooderm) bandage. This method of healing is a little different, so it’s important to follow these steps. Tegaderm is a sterile, breathable, waterproof, germ-proof barrier to protect your new tattoo.

Tegaderm will protect your tattoo from contamination and will also protect your clothes and sheets from excess ink, blood and fluid that are the normal by-products of healing a tattoo. You can shower normally while healing, but please still abstain from swimming or submerging your tattoo in bodies of water.

Your artist will bandage your new tattoo with Tegaderm. He will provide you with a second bandage. Leave the original bandage on overnight. Remove your bandage slowly and carefully the next morning. Discard this Tegaderm. Wash your tattoo with warm water and liquid soap.

How long after a tattoo can you shower?

How Soon After a Tattoo Can I Shower? – Your first shower after a new tattoo can be the day after you got the tattoo. That could be between 12 and 48 hours. Sometimes, the tattoo becomes messy after a night of oozing blood and ink. In order for the tattoo to start healing properly, you need to give it a light wash with antibacterial soap and lukewarm water.

  • After 48 hours, your tattoo should be good for water exposure, but only once or twice a day;
  • During the first week, it is essential not to expose the tattoo to the water for longer periods;
  • This will prevent the tattoo from drying and forming a new skin layer;

In such a case, your tattoo could get infected. Note : we also recommend you avoid sweat-inducing activities, like working out, jogging, etc. Sweat carries bacteria that can infect the tattoo. Furthermore, sweating prevents the tattoo from drying out, which could also lead to an infection.

What should you not do after a tattoo?

Do and don’ts after tattoo?

What to avoid putting on a tattoo?

Never use petroleum based products A+D Ointment, Bepanthen, Aquaphor, Vaseline, Bacitracin, and Neosporin on your tattoos. – These 6 products have a purpose, and it’s not tattoo aftercare or tattoo healing. Sure, they may work great for diaper rash on a baby’s ass, but not something you should ever use on your fresh tattoo.

These 6 topical ointments contain toxic the ingredients, PETROLEUM , and MINERAL OIL. Petroleum (Petrolatum) is a mineral oil jelly. A waste by-product of the crude oil refining and distillation process discovered on an oil rig in 1859.

Yep! Petroleum as in petrol, the same source that keeps your vehicle running. Mineral oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) is a liquid form of petroleum jelly. Clinical studies have shown Petroleum and mineral oils build up in the body. This has also proven to exacerbate hormonal imbalances and cause cancer.

So why the hell would someone ever use these products on their new tattoo? – Misinformation, lack of understanding, confusion, ignorance, stupidity, whatever you want to call it. Hey, just being honest.

Petroleum-based products are cheap and create the illusion of soft, moisturized, and hydrated skin. When applied, they seal the skin’s surface and block the natural respiration process. Petroleum suffocates and stops moisture from leaving the skin. This can clog pores, causing blackheads, pimples, and whiteheads.

Or worse, create a warm, moist environment for yeast and fungus to grow. It gets even better! Sealing and suffocating your skin can cause premature aging. AGING skin causes FADED tattoos. Thus the reason why we developed Inked Ritual Tattoo Care Anti-Fade Serum.

Remember, a fresh tattoo is an open wound. For the best tattoo aftercare healing and recovery, your skin must be able to breathe. In our 17 Best Tips To Heal New Tattoos blog , point number 7, “Never use excess creams or lotions,” covers this point. As you can see, there are quite a few reasons why not to use  A+D Ointment, Bepanthen, Aquaphor, Vaseline, Bacitracin, or Neosporin on your fresh ink.

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These products are not safe for tattoos. No matter who says it is ok to use these products for tattoo recovery, I would take it with a grain of salt. Times have changed, we’re wiser, and there are much safer and better options to treat your new tattoo with excellent all-natural tattoo aftercare products.

Don’t risk damaging your brand new tattoo, or adding toxic chemicals to your body, for the sake of saving a couple of bucks. There a safer options. Great tattoos are not cheap. Getting inked is a lifetime investment. If you’re spending a few hundred dollars, up to a few grand on a brand new tattoo, consider this.

Invest in your inked investment and consider purchasing a premium tattoo aftercare product. The $25-50 can make a significant difference in how your new tattoo recovers and looks after it’s healed and years to come.

Consider how crazy it is that people will think nothing of dropping $50-$250 on something like a cell phone case to protect their mobile phone. Yet they will skimp out on spending $25-50 on a quality natural tattoo aftercare product for their new tattoos.

  • Consider that your new tattoo will outlive every mobile device you own;
  • Not sure about you, but I want my ink to out-live me;
  • Do your research;
  • There are a lot of tattoo aftercare healing products to choose from: some great, some good and some not so good;

Choose a product with natural ingredients that nourish your skin. Also make sure the tattoo aftercare is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not suffocate your skin. And most importantly, read the ingredients. Always avoid any product with any of these petroleum ingredients listed:

  • Mineral oil (Paraffinum Liquidum)
  • Petrolatum (Petroleum)
  • Liquid paraffin
  • Paraffin oil

Be aware, some tattoo enthusiasts and artists may swear by these petroleum products. But that is their choice, not yours. You now have the information to choose what you want for your tattooed skin. Remember, times have changed and we’re much wiser now as to the toxins that may not have been identified years before. When it comes to healing your new tattoo, there are safer and more effective tattoo aftercare products to use for post tattoo healing and recovery.

  1. TIP If your tattoo artist uses or recommends any of any petroleum-based products, consider politely saying, “no thanks;
  2. ” To be safe, always bring your chosen tattoo aftercare product with you to your tattoo session;

Now if you want your tattoos to stand out in the crowd, start and Inked Ritual!.

Can tattoos make you tired?

Symptoms Of a Tattoo Flu – Getting sick after a tattoo is also known as having a ‘tattoo flu’. But, how do you know you’re not dealing with an ink allergic reaction or a tattoo infection? What are the symptoms of tattoo flu? Well, just like the regular sickness of flu, the tattoo flu manifests through the following symptoms;

  • Fever
  • Cold chills
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Soreness
  • Feeling weak
  • In some cases, stomach issues and diarrhea
  • Tattoo swelling
  • Nausea and possible vomiting

Can I drink coffee after tattoo?

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Can You Drink Caffeine After Getting a Tattoo? – Unfortunately, the same applies to after getting tatted. During the healing period, your body is reliant on the blood to clot to help with skin repair. Since caffeine increases blood pressure , you should refrain from caffeine until your tattoo has healed. Keep in mind that caffeine is also present in many other common foods and drinks , some of which you may not be aware of:

  • Breakfast cereals
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Decaffeinated drinks
  • Chocolate — mmm, chocolate!
  • Tea
  • Energy drinks

How Long To Keep Bandage On Tattoo.

How long after a tattoo can I give blood?

Yes, but if it was recent you may need to wait for a bit. It depends what you got, where and when.

  • Tattoos: You can donate  plasma  (and show off your new ink!) straight away after a tattoo, as long as it was done in a licensed tattoo parlour in Australia. But, you’ll need to wait four months to give blood or  platelets , no matter how big or small the tattoo is — that means cosmetic tattoos, too.
  • Ear piercing: You can only donate plasma for the first 24 hours after having it done. After that, you can donate blood or platelets too.
  • Body piercing: You can only donate plasma for the next 4 months after having it done. After that, you’re good to give blood or platelets.

Whether it’s your ear or anywhere else, the piercing should be done with clean, single-use equipment. If it wasn’t or you aren’t sure, you’ll need to wait at least four months before you can donate anything. So, how about it?  Book your donation in now ..

Should you keep your tattoo wrapped?

This info should guide you through the care of healing your tattoo, but if you have any other questions while it is healing, do not hesitate to contact your artist directly or call the shop for immediate reply. There are no stupid questions about healing.

  1. – After your tattoo is completed, your artist will bandage your tattoo for your trip home;
  2. Leave the bandage on for one to three hours;
  3. When you take the bandage off, wash it with very warm water (as hot as is comfortable) and mild liquid hand soap (like Dr;

Bronner’s, Dial or Softsoap, just no perfumed or exfoliating body washes). Pat it dry gently with a paper towel, and let it air dry the rest of the way (never scrub the tattoo with a towel or sponge). Then you will apply a very small amount of Aquaphor Ointment or plain, unscented skin lotion (we recommend Aveeno, Lubriderm, Curel, or any of their generics) to the tattoo, just enough to lightly moisturize.

  • 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.
  • Every day from then on, you will wash the tattoo in the morning and at night, and apply lotion 3 times a day or so, or whenever the tattoo feels dry or tight.
  • Always wash your hands before touching the tattoo.
  • DO NOT apply Vaseline, Neosporin, Bacitracin or any other medicated or perfumed product to your tattoo.
  • After a few days, the tattoo will form a thin scab over it, and in about a week the scab will begin to flake off in the shower. DO NOT pick or scratch at the scab, just keep it clean and moist and the scabs will all fall off by themselves in about two weeks. Picking any of the scabs off will cause faded color and damage to the skin.

During healing do NOT:

  • Wrap the tattoo after the first night (wearing breathable clothes over it is fine as long as they are not causing friction. (Keeping tattoos wrapped in plastic or bandages will stop air from getting to the tattoo, slow healing, and make gross stuff grow in there. )
  • Submerge the tattoo in water. This means baths, pools and oceans. Regular showering is fine.
  • Expose it to strong sunlight (Like outdoor activities or beach days. Walking to your car is fine)
  • Shave over the tattoo (ouch!)
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When all the scabs fall off and the skin feels smooth again to the touch, it is all healed and you can shave over it again, and swim and everything else. Sometimes after the scab falls off there is a secondary shiny, raised or waxy coat over the tattoo. This is just another healing layer of skin. Continue to moisturize it and it will smooth out by itself over time. If you have any questions about your tattoo while its healing you are always welcome to come by the shop and have us check it out, or email the artist who did the tattoo with “AFTERCARE” in the subject line for an immediate response.

Do not slather a big, thick coat of product over it; just enough for it to stay moist and flexible. If you are using Aquaphor, you can switch to a plain lotion after the first few days. Lotion is generally fine for everyone, your artist will recommend if you would benefit from ointment.

If something doesn’t look perfect After your tattoo is finished healing, we’ll do our best to make it right. Sometimes with excessive scabbing, or other unpredictable reactions during healing, your skin can reject some ink, leaving a “light spot” that is closer to your skin color in the tattoo (or a line might get thinner or lighter in one spot).

This is common as its unlikely your body will accept every spot of pigment uniformly, so just contact your artist via email after your tattoo is finished healing with a photo to see if a small touch up is in order.

Unless you were negligent during the care of your tattoo, touch-ups are very minor and quick, and guaranteed by our artists if you contact them about it within 3 months of getting the tattoo. Because older tattoos that have settled in fully and aged require more work to make uniform, we suggest coming in as soon as possible when it’s healed, as touch ups are performed for a fee at the artist’s discretion after 3 months.

When can I remove the cling film from my tattoo?

Why Should I Avoid Cling Film Tattoo Wrapping? – As many tattoo artists say, cling film is the last resort to tattoo wrapping and it should be avoided. Cling film is good for tattoo wrapping right after the tattoo is done; once you remove the cling film, in the following 2 to 4 hours, you should not use it to re-wrap the tattoo.

  • Now, the reason for this lies in the fact that cling film is made from plastic;
  • The plastic is not a breathable material, so it traps the air in the tattoo, preventing it from naturally drying out and healing;

Without drying out, the tattoo cannot close and seal. Not to mention that the plastic wrap created a tattoo vacuum, which can heat up the tattooed skin, promoting quicker bacteria and germ breeding and growth. There were also cases of tattoo blowout being caused by cling film and plastic tattoo wraps.

Should I wrap tattoo to sleep?

Like any art, we tend to have divergent opinions when it comes to tattoo aftercare methods. One of the most discussed subjects is whether tattoo wrapping is necessary before bed. Yes, you should wrap your tattoo before bed, but only if recommended by your tattoo artist, as they know best for your own personal situation.

Should you Saran Wrap your tattoo?

According to tattooist Harv Angel, caring for a new tattoo begins before the needle touches skin. His first piece of advice to anyone looking to get their first tattoo or add some new ink to a collection: Do your research. “Make sure that you’re not getting tattoo in somebody’s carport or their kitchen or their spare bedroom.

Go to a licensed tattooer, somebody’s who certified, somebody who has a track record,” he explained. Angel has been on island since 1977 and a serious tattooist since 1982, he says. Low Tide Tattoo, which his business cards bill as “Guam’s Only Fully Certified Tattoo Shop,” opened in its Tumon location across from the Pacific Island Club in 2001.

The point of doing research before getting a new tattoo is to ensure that a tattooist is using clean, safe practices. “Make sure they’re using aseptic procedures,” Angel explained. “Make sure that they’re using disposable needles, disposable tubes. Make sure that they’re wearing gloves — and not just latex gloves, because some people are allergic to latex.

You wanna use Nitrile (gloves). ” PIKA:  Family gets matching tattoos to honor late father PIKA: Tips for those getting their first tattoos When your new tattoo is done, it will need to be wrapped up with a sterile bandage or absorbent covering.

“Never let a tattooer wrap your tattoo in Saran wrap,” Angel warned. “Saran wrap does not absorb the blood and other body fluids that come from a fresh tattoo. So you want, you want the tattoo wrapped in a sterile bandage, something that’s absorbent. Saran wrap is a no-no.

” And the tattoo shouldn’t stay covered for too long. “Tattoo care is gonna vary a little bit from shop to shop, y’know?” he advised. “Generally, you leave the tattoo wrapped up for at least a couple of hours.

And after removing the sterile bandage, you wash the tattoo — soap and water. It doesn’t matter what kind of soap. ” When drying off a new tattoo, make sure to pat it dry. “You don’t wipe it dry,” Angel said. A tattooist may give some ointment for new tattoos, or you can buy A&D ointment, Neosporin or Bacitracin over the counter.

There are specialized tattoo-care products like the H2Ocean brand, but Angel doesn’t think it’s necessary to spend that kind of money. Angel said he’s even heard of people using Listerine or Preparation H, though he couldn’t say he would recommend those.

No matter what product is used, people with new tattoos should remember to keep their hands clean before touching the tattoo. Angel also advised against using too much ointment: “You wanna put (the ointment) on thin. You don’t glob it on real thick. ‘Cause if you put it on real thick, that keeps air from getting to the tattoo.

  1. And air’s a real important component to the healing process;
  2. ” Expect your tattoo to ooze some fluids, including blood and ink, and then to scab over;
  3. “There’s probably going to be a little scabbing, similar to — I tell people, similar to like a peeling sunburn,” Angel said;

“It’s not a thick scab, but there’s going to probably be a little bit of scabbing. That’s not something you want to pick or scratch at. ” The best advice is to use common sense and mostly leave the new tattoo alone. “Don’t turn it into some difficult science project,” Angel said.

“It’s not like you’re healing up after open-heart surgery. It is a wound — it’s a controlled wound, if you want to look at this way. ” For those particularly worried about infection, make sure to do research, but also relax.

Angel has been in the business for over three decades and has never seen a tattoo go bad. “In all the years I’ve been in tattoo shops and tattooing, I’ve never seen an infected tattoo,” he said. Aside from germs, there are other things new tattoos should be protected from.

“Sun is the worst thing for your skin, it’s the worst thing for tattoos. Look what the sun does to car paint. You should never sunburn yourself. Stay out of the sun. You want to show off your tattoo, but you don’t want to sunburn it,” Angel said.

Angel said people with tattoos eventually find a routine that suits them. “After you get several tattoos, you find a routine that works well for you,” Angel said, “‘cause you’re going to hear different things from different tattooers.