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Proper Tattoo Care April 23, 2005 10:06 AM

There is nothing that pisses me off more than when someone who has never had a tattoo before and has no idea how to take care of one, and then the tattoo artist doesn't tell them how to properly take care of it.

Here I will post how I have learned how to take care of my own tattoos over the years.  Some people haven't agreed with the way I do it, but in the long run my tattoos turn out better looking then theirs.

  • For the first 2 or 3 days or so only use ointment on your new tattoo (brands like Tattoo Goo or Bag Balm are great choices!)

  • NEVER let your tattoo get dry!  If you feel it getting dry, put more ointment on!  If you feel your tattoo getting rough and forming a scab then wash it with soap and water, rubbing a little hard, but not too hard, to get off the dead skin.  Follow with a fresh coat of ointment. *I usually wash my tattoo like 20 times a day.*

  • After the first couple days you now mix a little ointment with lotion.  Make sure your lotion has no fragrance.  By this time your tattoo shouldn't scab, but if you feel it getting rough go ahead and wash it.  Do this for a day or two and then go straight to lotion until your tattoo is healed.

For some reason people think you should only wash your tattoo once a day and only put ointment or lotion on once a day, and this is incorrect because that will cause scabbing and scabs will cause color loss! 

Please feel free to post your own tattoo care tips!!

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 April 23, 2005 1:27 PM

Well I am livin' w/ 19 tatts doin' GREAT so far. This is instructions I give people...

Care of Your New Tattoo

1.

Remove bandage in one to three hours.

2.

Gently wash tattoo with clean toweling to remove surface blood if any.

3.

Apply a small amount of lotion. DO NOT rebandage. KEEP CLEAN!!!

4.

Apply lotion with clean hands a minimum of three or four times a day. About the third day, the color may appear to be flaking. Don't be alarmed. DO NOT PICK AT TATTOO!!!

5.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT get new tattoo sunburned. Avoid U.V. rays. Avoid salt water and chlorine pools. DO NOT soak tattoo for two weeks. A gentle bath or shower may be taken.

6.

To keep the tattoo colors looking bright, use a sunscreen. SPF45 or higher recommended.
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 April 23, 2005 4:51 PM

Those instructions sound great too!  Yeah, I have more tattoos than I can count....alot of single ones merged into 1/2 sleeves and chest pieces, etc....so who knows. LOL  Alot of my older ones lost a lot of color due to scabs and improper tattoo care....Luckily my boyfriend shared his secrets with me quite a few years back, because I have finally had my tattoos show up extremely nice and colorful!  [ send green star]
 
anonymous  April 24, 2005 10:42 AM

The most important thing that I have found, which you both mentioned, was to use sunscreen.  When I got my second tattoo, they didn't put a bandage on it.  My stupid ass got a sunburn and the tattoo has been dull the entire time.  I felt so dumb.

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 April 24, 2005 12:47 PM

As far as rebandaging tattoos.... I have done that many times before and never had a problem with it.  But it's usually after I've taken off the original and let it breathe over night.  In the case of my feet and some on my arms I have had to rebandage them so clothing (or shoes) don't rub up against them.  What I would do is lather up lotion on the tattoo (enough to where you could see the lotion) and I would wrap it in plastic wrap and then wrap it with a paper towel.....it has never harmed my tattoos and I only do it if I have no other choice.  But it is definitely good to let your tattoo breathe.  [ send green star]
 
new to this April 24, 2005 8:24 PM

When I got mine, my artist was really nice.  He sent me home with a pamphlet explaining what to do, and he went over all of it with me before I left.  I took the bandage off after an hour, and I used the ointment stuff he gave me for three days.  Then I started using a hypo-allergenic lotion.  I also kept it out of the sun and out of the pool, though I still took baths (they were short).

I do have one question.  Why isn't the tattoo supposed to get wet?  I understand about chlorine irritating it, but what about just taking a normal bath? 

The one I have is still fairly new, but it turned out great.  I just went in Friday for a little touchup, but that's from where a scab fell off.

I want to get a few more, but I don't want to screw up the one I already have.  Your comments are appreciated.

Kat

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anonymous Katherine April 24, 2005 9:07 PM

Hello.  My wife and I had this very same question, and after hours of research, we found the answer.

Never submerge your new tattoo for at least 2 weeks because the soaking will open the pores of your skin and a loss of color could result.  Taking showers is ok, as long as they are brief.  And of course NEVER scrub the tattoo.

I hope this helps out, as it did for me.

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Submerging new ink April 26, 2005 11:39 AM

I do believe I touched on the submerging or your new ink in my care instructions.. And not understanding why is not a bad thing. But not knowing how your own body responds to normal everyday things that are done too it is just too funny...  [ send green star]
 
 April 26, 2005 7:59 PM

I have had tattoo artists in the past tell me to let the hottest water I can tolerate pound down on my fresh tattoo for a few minutes in the shower and have never had a problem with how the tattoo turned out....though I never understood what the hot water did for it.  I've only done it a couple times and never noticed a difference.

I also used to never get a new tattoo into pool water because I heard it was bad for a tattoo... then over the years I have heard it won't hurt them either.....so I have also been in pools with fairly fresh tattoos and it never hurt them.. So I suppose it's all up to different people and how their bodies work...

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anonymous No definitive answer April 27, 2005 9:01 AM

I guess there is no truely "true" answer about most after-care instructions.  Every artist probably has their own opinion on what to do and what not to do.  They most likely want to err on safe side so that nothing bad happens to their artwork.  And I'm sure that different after-care methods do different things to different people.  [report anonymous abuse]
 
 April 27, 2005 8:36 PM

Yes, I agree completely Brian.... I would never tell someone that they could get into a pool after a tattoo, because I have heard so often that it's bad....just with my experience it didn't hurt my work.

I had a girl at work on her 18th birthday go and get a tattoo and it was on her back right where her jeans rub.  Anyway...her artist told her to put a little bit of lotion on it in the morning and then nothing else until the next day.

So not only did she have a dry tattoo, but her pants were rubbing right on it!  The whole tattoo turned into a scab...so she finally came and asked me what to do and I was shocked at what the tattoo artist told her.  I got a big glob of lotion and put it on there and got a paper towel and taped it over the tattoo and after that she felt much better.  But once that scab fell off she lost a lot of color and it was as beautiful as it could have been if it had been taken care of properly.  Such a shame!

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2 cents from a newbie May 03, 2005 5:07 AM

Hey everyone

I'm new here and still trying to figure it all out.

they may tell you to let the hot water pound on the tattoo to try and rinse off the plasma that oozes out of a fresh tattoo. I prefer to gently wash it with my fingertips in soapy water.

everybody's skin is different, therefore there isn't ONE aftercare that will work the best for everyone.
I leave mine alone and just moisturize it as necessary.
My husband is a tattoo artist and he tells his customers that your tattoo should never be so dry it hurts, and it should never be so moist that it's sticky.

it's always best to follow the advice that your artist gave you because chances are they are going to give you a free touch-up if it doesn't heal well.
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 May 03, 2005 3:14 PM

Hey Amy, welcome to the group and thanks for explaining the hot water thing to me...I have always wondered!

I like the way my bf told me to take care of my tattoos than any of the tattoo artists that have worked me.  Too bad I didn't know what he told me all along because I would have some better looking tattoos and less painful healing time. lol

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thanks for the welcome May 04, 2005 3:45 AM

a quick dip in and out of a pool probably won't hurt your tattoo, but if you get in and stay in for awhile, then you are very likely to draw out some color.
but even some lotions that you use can do that, esp. if you use it too often.

Sunscreen is definitely a good choice, for the health of your skin, and the life of your tattoo...
But I like to work outside in my garden and usually end up with a tan, even while wearing 45 SPF
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 May 04, 2005 3:20 PM

Well then, it's a good thing that my constant use of ointments and lotions don't have that effect on my tattoos!  It's the only thing I can do to get them to heal well! lol  [ send green star]
 
Ointments May 21, 2005 4:27 PM

I heard that Neosporin is bad for a tattoo that is draws out the ink but bacitracin is good and does not. Any opinions on this?

I personally have washed my tatts in warm water and soaked them and nothing happened to them at all. My tattooist did say that my skin absorbed the ink quickly though, so maybe that could be a reason and explanation at the same time...

Safe journey,

Phil

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Polysporin May 22, 2005 9:11 PM

I've always used Polysporin and I've never had a problem. Neosporin I'm not sure about.  [ send green star]
 
 May 23, 2005 10:42 AM

I've always heard the same thing about Neosporin.  I always use things I can get at the tattoo shop like Tattoo Goo or Bag Balm (which you can also buy at regular stores).  Those always work well for me!  [ send green star]
 
 May 23, 2005 10:43 AM

Also, you can ask your tattoo artist for a couple of the ointment packets to take home and use.  [ send green star]
 
 May 29, 2005 10:28 AM

Tattoo goo? Im assuming this is an ointment. I never heard of it before. Where would someone get this from? I have seen it around at all.

Phil

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 May 29, 2005 8:46 PM

I haven't seen Tattoo Goo around in a while (but I also haven't been looking for it, as I am fully stocked in Bag Balm) But you can more than likely find it at your local tattoo shop and yes, it is an ointment.  It always worked well for me!  [ send green star]
 
A and D ointment June 07, 2005 7:17 PM

Hi, I am new to this group but i have 8 tattoos, I was reading on and no one mentioned A & D ointment, I was told and have used it for the first Day or so after getting a tattoo and they have always healed beautifully.  [ send green star]
 
anonymous Aftercare June 14, 2005 6:56 PM

We recommend A&D ointment 3 times a day for 5 days, then Lubriderm to keep it from getting dry. No sun, salt water or chlorine for 2 weeks. No hot tubs or public pools- it's n open wound and you don't know what's lurking there.

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First tat... February 11, 2007 3:30 PM

Hey...I just got my first tat last night and so far have done all I've  been told which is to wash 5-6 times daily then lotion with Lubriderm lotion  so not to get dry. My artist never mentioned ointment to me...should I use some? And someone mentioned color seeping...will there be color loss during healing or afterward? What is the best way to avoid that?  [ send green star]
 
Neosporin-- Bad or Good ? May 05, 2007 8:51 PM

My first Tats starting 15 years ago, I was given Bacetracin to use. My Scorpion,(picture) About 8 months ago, I was told to use A&D, which I did.(that was Tat #9) & I lost color!

I just got #10 two days ago & got mixed up & have been using Neosporin!

If anyone has ANY comments on Neo. Please Post. There's no colors in my Tat, But still...

              Thanks, C.C.

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first June 13, 2007 11:14 AM

i was thinking about getting my tattoo this saturday but i leave for bball camp sunday to tuesday and i was wondering if it would affect the outcome of my tattoo any?  [ send green star]
 
Question... July 16, 2007 3:32 AM

Hi, I've gotten my new tattoo about 2-4 days now.

I find that it gets a little too try in my point of view, it feels like scaby/bumpy/dry.

I use polysporin 2-3 times a day
When taking a shower I only let water run over it, I dont let the water directly hit the tattoo.

Now my question is & it's kinda getting me worried.

Is it okay to use Polyspoirin??

My tattoo is located on my left arm top middle side.

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2nd Question... July 16, 2007 3:39 AM

Can I use hand cream to treat my 3-4 day tatto?  [ send green star]
 
i do it like this... August 09, 2007 11:26 AM

This method has worked for both of my tatts. I take off the bandage 1-2 hours after the procedure. The first thing that gets done is that warm water and antibacterial soap is put on a soft washcloth, and any surface blood, plasma, or extra ink on other parts of my skin is cleaned off. The washcloth is then rinsed and squeezed out and then the soap is cleaned from the tattoo. Then, it gets a pat-dry with a soft, clean towel. This is done first thing in the morning and right before I go to bed at night. The only reason I do it twice a day is because I work from 9-5 and I'm not able to do anything to it during the day at work. Anyway...right after the tattoo is clean, a thin layer of bacitracin is applied over the entire tattoo. The washing/bacitracin rituals are done morning and night for 4 days or so. After that, I use Lubriderm (Extra-Dry skin formula) two to three times a day.

In the shower I'm very careful not to get my tattoo wet. I'll usually stick my butt out away from the water, turn my head to the side or flip my hair over the front of my head to wash it. I don't let any body wash get onto it. Once I'm out of the shower, the tattoo gets cleaned again with the soap just to be safe, and another layer of bacitracin applied. After the lotion starts going on it, I'm not as careful about keeping my back out of the water in the shower, but I don't spend too much time with my back turned to it. I'm still cautious about shampoo or body wash getting onto it though. When the outline for my second one was healed fairly well, I started going back in the pool. We don't put chlorine in our pool, we only shock it, so there wasn't much of a threat to the tatt. I went back in about a week and three days after it was done. I don't reccommend it if you have a pool that uses chlorine though.

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My new tattoo November 12, 2007 7:33 AM

I just got my first tattoo the other day and they told me to use a + d ointment it has not pulled any color off my tattoo but my friend used it and everytime she applied and blotted some of her color came off so i guess it is all a matter of your skin and how well it absorbs the ink. The guy that did my tattoo did not tell me how long to use this stuff though so when can i switch from ointment to lotion???  [ send green star]
 
Is this normal November 14, 2007 11:10 AM

ok my tattoo is now 5 days old and last night it started peeling like a sunburn is this normal and is it gonna cause color loss.... if so what do i need to do?????  [ send green star]
 
 November 26, 2007 6:43 PM

A&D does not pullcolor out. Some color comes off at first as it is on the surface.  Half the quality of a tattoo is application and half is in aftercare.   Apply a very thin layer pf A7D for 5 days only, then switch to an unscented lotion like Lubriderm.

Don't pick it, don't peel it like a sunburn! It will pull your ink out!   Any time it feels dry or cracky or itchy and scratchy, apply lotion!

I am a trained proffessional, this is what I tell my clients.

Any more questions? I'll be happy to help. Also I reccomend keeping on the bandage over night, these fresh open wounds need protection. Oozing stains sheets with ink and blood, if you don't care about your sheets, you still don'r want sheet fuzz in your fresh tattoo.

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getting a new tattoo january 2 December 14, 2007 8:16 PM

hey, so i have a beautiful tattoo of a turtle on my hip and it healed nicely, i took care of it and i put sunblock on it whenever im in the sun im about to get a black heart with a peace sign in it on my ribs, its not going to be very big but is the only reason you cant go in salt water because it will mess up the color? if its gonna be black, does it matter. Im going to ecuador / galapagos a weeks after i get it and i know ill be in the water. opinions?  [ send green star]
 
 December 14, 2007 8:46 PM

No, getting it soaked will ruin black ink as well as color.

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 December 17, 2007 10:50 AM

Im new here as well... I am about to get my 9th tattoo for Christmas this year. I wanted to put my 2 cents worth in about the A&D ointment. I was told that it can cause the tattoo to kind of over heal in a way and causes the skin to reject the ink more. I dont know if this is correct information or not, but I have avoided it just in case. All of my tattoos so far have stayed great. I have one from about 12 or 13 years ago that has never been touched up or anything and it still looks good although the colors could stand to be brightened a little. Anyway, just wanted to find out if anyone else has heard the same about the A&D. It also goes for Bacitracin, Triple Antibotic Ointment and Neosporin as well...  [ send green star]
 
tattoo care on my bum February 03, 2008 11:16 AM

Hi, I am really considering getting a tattoo on my butt.  So i decided to do some research and all i keep reading is how one is supposed to keep a newly done tattoo bandaged for 2-3 hours then leave it open to breath while keeping it moist.  Can anyone explain to me from their experiences how they kept a tattoo on their bottom uncovered and moist so that it remained vibrant in color, healed well, etc.  I really want this, so i am asking for all the advice i can receive.   [ send green star]
 
tattoo care on my bum February 03, 2008 11:22 AM

Hi, I am really considering getting a tattoo on my butt.  So i decided to do some research and all i keep reading is how one is supposed to keep a newly done tattoo bandaged for 2-3 hours then leave it open to breath while keeping it moist.  Can anyone explain to me from their experiences how they kept a tattoo on their bottom uncovered and moist so that it remained vibrant in color, healed well, etc.  I really want this, so i am asking for all the advice i can receive.   [ send green star]
 
 February 03, 2008 11:49 AM

I have 28 but none on my butt. The best I can say is to wear as loose a garment as you can and keep from sitting on it as much as possible for about 3 or 4 days. Maybe try to get it done on a Friday evening and relax around your house for the weekend wearing loose fitting sweat pants. But the best advice I can give you is, Just talk to your artist about his/her Recommendations about after care for that area. But be prepared for a touch up. Depending on where on the butt your tattoo is located, especially those areas you directly sit on, you may irritate your fresh ink and cause some scabbing and color loss. Don't be surprised if you need a touch up if your tattoo is on the lower portion of your backside.

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John O February 03, 2008 2:32 PM

Hi, thanks for your quick response. I was wondering, have you ever wrapped your arm in clear plastic wrap while any of your tattoos were healing. I have seen some pics of people doing that for large tattoos or for tattoos in places that rubbed. I know i can not wrap my butt but still, i was wondering how efficient is that or if you have done it before.

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 February 03, 2008 2:57 PM

I never have. Heck if i'm just going right home after,  We don't even bandage it at all!

But they will put some type cover over it before you leave I'm sure being it's your first, they did it for me at first too.

He /she will give (or should!) give you a little card or paper that has the after care instructions on it. Just follow it and you will be fine.

Sample: Just one shops idea yours may be diffrent.

Care of your new tattoo

  1. Leave the bandage on overnight. Do not remove and rebandage the tattoo either. No matter how badly you want to show your friends right after you've finished, this is an important step to start the healing process right and help prevent infection when the skin is at it's most sensitive. Your tattoo will be there forever so you can surely wait one day to show it off.
  2. Remove the bandage in the morning and wash the tattoo with mild soap and water. ( Note from me, Not regular soap use a antibacterial soap like Dial thats what I use)    Gently pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel or paper towel. (note again don't wipe!!! just pat dry)
  3. Apply Vitamin A & D ointment sparingly, rub it in briefly and then wipe off any excess. Just enough should be used so that the skin is soft, not shiny. In order to heal quickly your skin must be able to breathe.
  4. Continue to wash the tattoo and apply the Vitamin A & D ointment twice a day until the tattoo has healed. A dry flaky layer of skin will form on the tattoo. When it has peeled off completely on it's own then the A & D need not be used any longer.
  5. Do not ever pick or scratch at the tattoo. It is natural for a new tattoo to itch somewhat while it is healing, however, scratching at a fresh tattoo could remove a scab or flaking skin prematurely. Doing this could seriously affect the look of your tattoo when it heals.
  6. Do not get any direct sunlight on the tattoo for a period of two weeks or until it is healed completely. This point can not be stressed enough. Whenever in the sun for the first two weeks, the tattoo must always be covered by your clothing.
  7. Do not swim or use jacuzzis for at least one week. While it is necessary to shower and clean the tattoo regularly, it should not be soaked in water for long periods of time as this could remove a scab prematurely and negatively affect the look of your tattoo.
  8. After your tattoo has healed, be aware of the sun's effects on it. Excessive exposure to sunlight will fade and damage a tattoo's appearance. To keep a tattoo looking it's best for a lifetime, it is recommended to use a strong sunblock (spf 36 or spf 50) on the tattoo itself to prevent it from being harmed.
  9. Failure to follow the care directions properly can extend the healing time or prevent your tattoo from looking it's best. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


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tattoo May 19, 2008 9:31 PM

first question is that is it safe using A&D ointment on a new tattoo? ....and secondly i just got through my first week of my tattoo..do i still wash it twice a day?

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Oops! June 01, 2008 8:19 PM

Okay, I guess I blundered, now I'm wondering how bad. (I will go and check with Tattoo artist , also.)

I got my second Tattoo a week ago. It's beautiful. BUT, I think I goofed a bit on the care and I'm worried about scabbing, etc.

My first tattoo was on the small of my back. The care and the healing went well, so I figured the same would be with this one. But, the skin is different on the inside of my lower arm, then my back.

Specifically, I have used a soft washcloth to gently scrub my arm with antibacterial soap. I did this because this is how I washed my back and of course loosened the surface skin which was coming off anyway. So, I went to scrub at my arm a bit because of spots on the tattoo that were thicker, where the dead skin wasn't coming off. I have kept it  moist and I did re-wrap the first 2 nights with thick lotion so the wrap wouldn't stick, so It wouldn't get irritated rubbing against the sheets or my sleeve at night. It was also very sore the first two days, so I used ice and ibuprofin and even arnica gel, then lotion or calendula ointment.

So, I have these two little areas that are bumpy with slightly more saturated color AND the skin seems shiny like eggwhite gets when its dried out.My skin is also a bit red around part of the tattoo. I imagine it is overirritated and now when I clean it, put ltion or ointment on it, cloth rubs against it, etc. it just flares up.

What have I done? What should I do now?

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color loss November 08, 2010 7:20 AM

I just got my first large scale tattoo on Saturday, it is now monday and everytime I change the bandage there is actual ink on the gauze pad...  I have been washing it and putting ointment on it 3 to 5 times a day.  I am just wondering if the ink on the bandage is normal?  The tattoo hasn't lost any color and still looks vibrant...  Any thoughts?  [ send green star]
 
Bumpy tattoe May 08, 2011 10:02 AM

I got my tattoe around a year ago and had it darkened less than 2 months ago. I did use a&d for immediate after care both times as directed to. It was still itchy before I had it darkened but now there are raised itchy bumps, only in the ink areas. The tattoe still looks nice and you can't tell that there are bumps unless you touch it. But I am worried that the bumps are not going to go away or get worse. What should I do?

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Tattoo infected? October 03, 2011 9:19 PM

Do you knoww what it means when i wet my tattoo it gets red and it feels hot, does that means its infected? its on my finger and it looks very scaly and i got it like a week ago and it looks like the ink didnt go in my skin well.

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 October 19, 2011 2:56 PM

Ink doesn't always go in well on fingers, hands or feet. Something your artist should have told you. They can stay hot & red the first few days, doesn't mean infection - keep it clean!!!  If it gets yellow crusty stuff you can start to think in infection, at that point maybe a little neosporin might help.....ordinarily avoid neosporin on tattoos!!! that is only if it starts to get infected. Always wash your hands before you touch it! If it's infected & neosporin doesn't help it within a day or so, see your artist or a doctor.
I am a tattoo artist, always consult your artist first, weird things happen to tattoos that we are used to seeing - ink allergies, ointment sensitivities etc.... If your artist isn't knowledgeable or helpful, seek out another one or a doctor.

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Bumpy Tattoo October 19, 2011 2:59 PM

Is the ink red? Red inks are the ones most prone to irritating skin. Have you used too much A&D on it? that will do it too.
See your artist! If your artist isn't helpful or knowledgeable, see another one! Different stuff can happen to them, sounds like ink or A&D sensitivity without any other info to go on.

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Color Loss October 19, 2011 3:02 PM

Some ink does come out onto the bandage and can leak for a few days. After a week or so it may start to peel, don't peel it!!! you might pull out color, just put lotion on it & keep it from drying out.

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1st tattoo January 20, 2012 11:23 AM

I got my first tattoo yesterday on my upper arm. The guy didn't put a bandage on it but a piece of plastic wrap which I took off after about 3 hours.  He didn't really give me any aftercare instructions apart from avoiding hot showers, chlorine water & putting on Aquaphor 4 times a day for a week.  I washed it this morning with cool water and antibacterial soap.  The color seems to be leaking a little, is this normal.  Should I be using something else on it.  Thanks !

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Tried it all :) March 09, 2012 5:21 AM

I have 10 tattoos now, and i have tried to take care of them in different ways to see which one works the best. My first one i got i was told to use A&D ointment being a newbie i listened and found that it extracted the ink on the tattoos. So when it healed it wasnt as dark as it should be. Then I tried the vaseline... NO NO... that causes a huge mess and it doesnt clean as easy... its greesy and sticks to your skin. I then tried the goo stuff that the tattoo shop said would work well, my skin had a reaction to it. Then one day i was listening to Lil Wayne and he said some thing about lubriderm on a new tattoo so i tried that and it worked PERFECTLY.As far as my general taking care of i leave the tattoo wrapped in the plastic for a minium of 2 hours. Then it take it off and tape a clean piece of papertowel to it so that it can breathe and my clothes wont irritate it. I leave the paper towel on over night. After that i wash it with Cetaphil which is a Gentle Skin Cleanser, which is mild, non-irritating and fragrance free, and it softens as it cleans. you can find it at walgreens and cvs for about 8 bucks but its a huge bottle. The i pat dry DO NOT RUB and gently apply a thin coat of Lubriderm the blue bottle fragrance free. i was typically about 7-10 times a day especially when it begins to scab because you DONT want to SCRATCH washing always makes it feel better. Then i carry on with this procedure until scabbing is complete about a little over a week or so, depending how big and detail.

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