A tattoo is one of the most dynamic symbols of self-expression ever created and it's important to rely on the expert guidance of your artist for the proper aftercare of your life-long treasure.
You were tattooed in a modern studio with sterilized instruments and pigments and, after the process, the artist may have dressed the tattoo with a small amount of antiseptic cream. The long life of your tattoo depends upon the care you give it during the critical first few days and weeks. Quality parlor operators worldwide have helped compile these simple directions for quick healing. However, we urge you to consult your own tattoo artist for any special instructions related to the aftercare of your specific tattoo.
* Do not re-bandage the tattoo.
* Do not apply Vaseline, lanolin or petroleum based products.
* Do not apply alcohol.
* Do not rub, scratch or pick at the tattoo.
* Do not expose the tattoo to direct sunlight, swim or soak in sauna, steam bath or bathtub for one week.
* Be sure clothing touching your tattoo is clean and soft.
A tattoo is considered minor surgery. It may bleed a bit at first but it will stop within a couple of hours. Most artists recommend the tattoo be kept bandaged one or two hours (because of heat and humidity in Thailand).Once the tattoo is exposed, wash it carefully in cold water, gently applying antibacterial soap with fingers (if you don't have antibacterial soap, just use water) to remove all surface blood. Rinse with cold water, pat dry with a clean towel, and air-dry for 5 minutes. Then, gently and sparingly apply a thin layer of healing lotion. Repeat 3 or 4 times a day for 7 to 15 days.After 3 to 7 days, the tattoo may start to peel (this is normal - like a sunburn) and scab. DO NOT pick or peel the skin away. Let it fall off naturally during washing or application of healing lotion. Fresh skin will soon replace the dead skin. Colors may fade during the process, but will return when healing is completed. Healing lotion keep your tattoos from drying and the skin areas soft and moist. Always apply sparingly. Too much prevents the skin/tattoo from breathing, and can cause leaching of the colors. If this happens, discontinue use, wash the tattoo, pat dry, and consult your tattoo artist at your earliest convenience.After one or two weeks, all scabbing will be gone, but the area may still be sensitive.
Continue regular cleaning and application of healing lotion for proper aftercare of your tattoo. Exposure to the sun is the major cause of tattoo fading, but after healing you may sunbathe in moderation. Always use a sun block (at least SPF-30 sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection).