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					Proper Tattoo Aftercare
Tattoo aftercare is an important part of the tattooing process. If this
step fails to be properly followed, all of the artist's hard work will
have been for not. 8 out of 10 touch-ups are caused by the improper care
the tattoo has received once home. From the time you step out of the
tattoo shop, it becomes your sole responsibility in the way your new
badge of honor looks after it heals.
I can't stress enough how important it is to follow the guidelines your
tattoo artist has given you. If you did not receive a care packet, then I
would suggest a follow-up call to your artist on the proper care of your
tattoo. A beautiful tattoo can become a complete mess if you skimp on the
aftercare.
The following steps are meant to inform, and by no means are to replace
the instructions given to you by your artist.
Bandaging- Yes, it may look odd, feel odd, and make you want to pull it
off. But, LEAVE IT ALONE! This thin film helps to prevent air-born
bacteria from infecting the fresh wound. New tattoos can become a
breeding-ground for infection if you remove it too soon. You should leave
the bandage on for a minimum of two hours, after which the tattoo should
be cleaned up as the body's natural defenses will cause weeping.
Treating and washing your tattoo- Using luke-warm water, and mild liquid
antimicrobial soap (try to stay away from Dial, as it can be too harsh on
your skin), to wash away any ointment, plasma, or dry blood from your new
tattoo. Do not use anything abrasive, your hand, or a soft paper towel
works well. Pat, do not rub the area with a clean towel, or dry paper
towel to dry. Apply a thin layer of D&D ointment, Bacitracin ointment,
H2Ocean,or the Tattoo Goo which should have been included in your care
kit. DO NOT use Neosporin the healing accelerator can cause excess
scabbing, and pigment loss.
You should clean your tattoo 2-3 times daily, do not allow your tattoo to
completely dry out, as it can cause cracks, and again pigment loss. This
routine should be preformed for 5-7 days until the skin is smooth, or the
scabs have hardened. After this point in time, you can then use un-
scented lotions such as Lubriderm, or Vastaline.
Showering and Bathing- It is alright to shower with your new tattoo,
however submerging your tattoo in a bath can cause damage to the wound.
Avoid soaking your tattoo for 2-4 weeks.
Swimming and hot tubs- You should avoid the chemicals which are in a
swimming pool, and hot tub environment for at least 4-6 weeks after
getting your tattoo. You should also avoid swimming in lakes, or ponds as
the water can introduce infection to your tattoo.
Scabbing- You will notice that your tattoo has the feel, and look of a
snake shedding. There is no cause for alarm with a little scabbing,
however excessive scabbing can be indicative of poor tattooing. Keep the
tattoo moist with lotion, do not pick, or scratch at your tattoo while
this is occurring as it can cause major problems.
The sun- Even when your tattoo is healed, you will always want to protect
it from the sun. It can fade, and severely damage a tattoo's vibrant
colors very quickly. I would suggest wearing clothing to protect your new
tattoo, if it isn't an option remember to cover it with an SPF of 30.
From needles, ink and tattoo machines to body piercing jewelry and
equipment, we can provide you with all the info as well as current
industy news and new products. Beginning with tattoo supplies, it's
important to research the types of equipment that are out there and the
pros and cons to using each type. Tattoo guns, tattoo ink, tubes, tattoo
starter set, machines, and power supplies are all key to starting a
studio, shop, parlor or business. The guns and machines are usually hand
crafted or homemade. As for the inks, it is crucial to carry a wide
variety of colors so you as the artists can create rich and unique
designs. More information: Tattoo aftercare.

				
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