Dealing with your skin promptly in the wake of getting a tattoo can both forestall contamination and help keep it looking extraordinary. While particular guidelines fluctuate from shop to shop, here are the nuts and bolts, obligingness of Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo in Jamaica Plain, MA (my nearby tattoo studio):
After a tattoo session is over, remove the swathe inside three to five hours. Wash your hands with antibacterial cleanser and warm water, then wash the inked skin. Pat dry with a paper towel or clean fabric towel.
Permit the skin to air dry for 5 to 10 minutes. At that point apply a thin layer of Vaseline, Aquaphor, or other treatment.
Rehash the washing, drying, and saturating process three to four times each day for four days.
At the point when the inked skin begins to shed a thin flaky layer of skin, don’t scratch or pick at it. Now you can change to a lotion—don’t give your tattoo a chance to get dried out for the initial couple of weeks.
Call your specialist—not the tattoo craftsman—if redness or swelling holds on following a couple days, you have a fever, or you see a rash in or around the tattoo.