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The preparational and aftercare instructions below apply to all divisions of this section.


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PREPARATION AND AFTERCARE

Tattoo 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 be.

PREPARATION 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
*
wear 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.)

Aftercare is mostly common sense, and usually the less you fuss with a healing tattoo, the better.
* avoid direct sunlight and soaking it in water,
* don't pick or peel at it, avoid harsh chemicals,
* 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!

AFTERCARE

* 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 paper towel.
* Treat your tattoo as you would an open wound (after all, your skin has just been pricked several hundreds of times).
* 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 skin irritations.
* After 2 to 3 days the skin will start to peel slightly, simliar to a sunburn. Keep applying cream for a week.
* 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.

During 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.

I advise you to follow these instructions in your own interest! Thanks.

* BloodyMary *