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artists often have differing views about aftercare. This depends on
the tattoo technique applied. It's a fact that the deeper a tattoo is
executed, the less aftercare it needs: the colour will definately stay
in the skin, but there is a risk of scarring, which looks terrible.
I don't go deeper than necessary (that is also why it's not so painful)
and because it's important to me that the tattoo stays a work of art,
I ask my customers to keep to certain rules.
I advise that you follow the guidance of your own tattoo artist, as
everyone has his/her own experiences. Correct preparation and aftercare
is part if a perfect tattoo.
Tattoos are an investment in yourself: aftercare is mostly common sense,
nevertheless very important so that the tattoo turns out the way it should
THE DAY BEFORE (up
to your tattoo appointment)
avoid alcohol, coffein and other drugs,
* keep the area to be tattooed out
of direct sunlight for 48 hours,
* get enough sleep and eat a good
meal before the appointment, and
appropriate clothing, so that the area is easily accessible
(i.e. tank/halterneck tops for tattoos on arms, short or loose pants for
tattoos on legs, etc.)
is mostly common sense, and usually the less you fuss with a healing tattoo,
* avoid direct sunlight and soaking
it in water,
* don't pick or peel at it, avoid
* use an antiseptic solution (i.e
"Octenisept") to clean your new tattoo, and
* don't forget to apply cream (see
below) on it as often as you can. The tattoo should never dry out during
the first week!
Leave the bandage on the new tattoo for a minimum of 4 hours, but not
longer than 8 hours.
* Wash your hands properly and carefully
remove the bandage, soak bits that might have got stuck with luke-warm
water and carefully remove them. Never rip or rub at your new tattoo!
* Use an antiseptic solution (i.e
"Octenisept") to clean your new tattoo and carefully pat it dry with a
* Treat your tattoo as you would an
open wound (after all, your skin has just been pricked several hundreds
* Apply cream, "Calendula Wundsalbe"
by Weleda (available at your chemist) at least 6 times a day. Don't use
Bacitracin, Vaseline or any other cream: it could cause colour loss or
* After 2 to 3 days the skin will
start to peel slightly, simliar to a sunburn. Keep applying cream for
* During the first weeks, don't expose
the tattoo. Keep it completely covered with cream and paper towels and
don't use textile bandages; they could become stuck to the tattoo and
be difficult to remove - in some cases even ruin the tattoo.
* If you don't have the time or opportunity
to apply cream frequently, apply a thick layer of cream in the morning
and cover the tattoo with cling-wrap foil, which is kept in position with
plaster strips. Cling-wrap however does not let air through, so only use
it when it's absolutely necessary.
the complete healing process, the tattoo could itch terribly (this can
last up to 2 months). Never scratch or peel at it! To soothe the itching,
massage the area with cream.
During the first 2 weeks, the tattoo should not be soaked in water. Avoid
taking baths or visits to public pools (chlorinated water). Keep the tattoo
out of direct sunlight (including solariums!) for the next couple of months
and protect it with sunblock whenever you are outdoors.
advise you to follow these instructions in your own interest! Thanks.