When finding tattoo designs online, you will not generally also consider tattoo aftercare although it is possible to find information on each of these on the same websites. In fact, a tattoo site that offered you masses of designs without any advice on how to care for them, or for your skin, would be somewhat negligent since a responsible website should offer you both. Let's consider each of these in turn in relation to online tattoo services. Finding Tattoo Designs Online An internet search will provide you with a number of websites that should offer you a large selection of tattoo designs, and you are almost certain to find one that suits you. Whether you are seeking girly tattoos, Indian tattoos, heavy metal or even gay tattoos, they will be there, and it will be difficult for you to distinguish between all of these sites as to which is best. In fact, it is not the choice of tattoo art that will set one apart from another, but the ancillary services provided. Take a simple search box, for example. Do you really want to spend all evening trawling through hundreds or even more of tattoo designs looking for that angel tattoo that is in your mind or for an awesome Celtic cross? Without a search box a tattoo website is incomplete and shows a disregard for its customers. In fact, a good tattoo website will make finding tattoo designs easy in addition to offering tattoo aftercare tips on the designs it offers. Not only that but you should be able to search for other products such as a Kat Von D LA Inks t-shirt with a fabulous tattoo design on it that you might want to have tattooed onto your own back. How about a traditional Native American tattoo applied using the art of Mehndi, which is an ink manufactured from henna and that dyes your skin temporarily and can be changed to suit your mood. There are many Mehndi tattoos available online and they are popular with those that like to change their tattoos, but again you must know where to look. Mehndi tattoo designs can be exceptionally intricate, but are also so beautiful that many people have had them tattooed permanently. Tattoo aftercare is important with Mehndi if it is not to disappear sooner than you intended, which brings us on to the topic of tattoo aftercare in general. Tattoo Aftercare Every tattoo has to be looked after properly, particularly immediately after it application. This is to avoid infection and to help maintain its vibrant colors. If your tattoo has been bandaged, keep it on, at least for a few hours, but remove any plastic covering. Then wash it using an antibacterial soap to prevent infection: keep in mind that your tattoo has damaged the first few layers of your skin, and it can easily become infected. While it is fine to shower with a new tattoo, do not have a bath. A crucial aspect of tattoo aftercare is not to immerse it in water during the first 2-3 weeks, and that includes avoiding swimming (even in salt water). It is the immersion that causes the problem, not the type of water or its cleanliness or sterility. If your tattoo scabs over or itches don't pick or scratch - that can cause irreparable damage, and another important factor in tattoo aftercare is exposure to the sun: make sure you always use a high factor sunblock because strong sunlight can cause the pigments to fade and you could end up with a faded weak tattoo that has no depth or vibrancy. While finding tattoo designs is fairly easy online, finding one that won't fade in strong sunlight while you get that fabulous tan is not so easy. The brighter the colour the quicker it will fade, and the old traditional blue tattoos appear to be the most resistant to strong ultra-violet radiation. Choosing a Studio or Artist Finding tattoo designs and learning about tattoo aftercare are all very well, but what about an equally important aspect of your tattoo: the studio or tattoo artist. You should choose carefully because not all are equal, and you want the best job you can get for a body decoration that could be with you for life. Shop around the studios and check out the artist's portfolio. Make sure that you are looking at examples of their work and not just agency photographs. Live examples are best, and make sure the lines are smooth, the areas properly filled in and the colors bright and vibrant. If you know people with really good-looking tattoos ask them where they had them done. Take your time because once it's in your skin it's very difficult to remove. Finding tattoo designs is not difficult, but finding the ones best suited to you might not be so easy. Add to that the fact that there is a very large variation in quality, and that tattoo aftercare is extremely important both to your health and to the way your tattoo heals and develops, then it is important that you find the correct tattoo studio and the right tattoo website from which to get your information.