Tattoo Aftercare 101

Getting your first tattoo is exciting! For some people, it can be a fun spur of the moment decision while others spend months — or sometimes even years — deciding on the perfect design. In either case, after undergoing the sometimes substantial pain of getting your tattoo, it’s important to take proper care of it so that it looks as great on your skin as it did in your head. Hopefully, you found a dependable artist who can help you out with this.

To the uninitiated it may seem surprising that tattoos require special care to heal, but preventing infection and encouraging a healing process that keeps your tattoo “pretty” does require some work on your part after you leave the artist’s chair.

Remember that your tattoo starts out as what is basically an open wound. Your skin’s natural healing process usually leads to a well-healed piece of art that has smooth lines and even color just like the artist intended. If cared for improperly though, you can end up with a tattoo that has patches of ink missing, raised lines, scarring, or even a nasty infection.

This guide will give you an overview of basic tattoo care and also address some of the rumors you may have heard about the do’s and don’ts of caring for your new tattoo. The last thing you want is to spend your hard-earned cash on a gorgeous new piece of art, only to have it ruined by infection because you let your best friend talk you into going to the beach before it finished healing.

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