Should I eat before I get tattooed? Yes eating a full meal before you get tattooed is a good idea.
Leave your bandage / wrap on for 2 hours maximum. After you remove the bandage, you’ll need to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and unscented antibacterial soap to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive; scrub the area gently using only your hand. Pat dry (do not rub) the area with a clean towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of unscented lotion.
You can shower with your new tattoo, just don’t saturate it (be careful of bathing!). After your shower, pat dry with a clean towel. Make sure to use a fresh clean towel (or paper towel) as towels and washclothes can harbor bacteria. Avoid taking baths for 2-3 weeks. Submerging a tattoo in the bath can cause serious damage.
Do not go in swimming pools or hot tubs! Aside from the potential to soak your healing tattoo, pools and hot tubs contain chemicals that will dry your tattoo out and cause infection, even if you do not submerge your tattoo in the water.
After a couple of days, you might have some peeling and possibly some scabbing. This can vary depending on skin type and area of the body that the tattoo has been done. (Do not apply ointment or lotion to a scab) You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. Don’t pick it and don’t scratch! Your scab will heal with color intact as long as you don’t pick at it. If your skin is peeling, apply lotion.
Stay out of the sun for at least one month after getting your tattoo. After your tattoo has fully healed, you should always wear sunblock to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a tattoo. Before spending a lot of time in excessive sun, protect your tattoo with strong sunblock and reapply every few hours.
Never touch a piercing with dirty hands. Soak a clean Q-tip with warm salt water (1/4 tsp. for every 8oz cup.) and gently wipe away any “crusties” that have gathered around the piercing. Rinse the piercing and jewelry several times with warm water to remove any salt left behind. Dry your piercing with a clean Q-tip.
Cloth towels, especially ones that have already been used, can harbor germs and bacteria. It is safest to use a clean paper towel. If you have to use a fabric cloth or towel, make sure it is clean from the laundry.
To aid in healing a new piercing, sea salt soaks once a day should be sufficient. If your piercing is irritated or dried out looking… Soak your piercing once every other day. Follow these guidelines for soaking piercings (especially oral piercings).
Only use pure sea salt. Table salt, kosher salt, epsom salts, and iodized sea salts are not acceptable. If you are not sure about the solution strength, put some on your finger and taste it. It shouldn’t be any saltier than a potato chip. If your piercing becomes irritated as a result of sea salt soaks, you are probably using either the wrong kind of salt or have made your solution too strong.