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How to Take Care of Your New Tattoo

Caring for a new tattoo will ensure your ink stays awesome for years to come.


  • Step 1: Remove bandage Remove the bandage or plastic wrap placed over your tattoo two hours after receiving your art.
  • Step 2: Wash tattoo Wash the tattoo with using a mild skin cleanser or soap every 20 minutes. This should be done for the first three to four hours after removing your bandage.
  • Step 3: Pat dry Pat the tattoo dry with a soft cloth or towel after washing.
  • TIP: Tattoos will usually weep blood or plasma. Pat the tattoo dry between washings to get rid of excess fluids on the skin.
  • Step 4: Put on ointment Rub antibiotic ointment onto the tattoo after each washing. After five minutes, blot any excess ointment or blood off with a soft cloth.
  • TIP: Continue to wash and spread ointment on the tattoo twice a day until the scab disappears.
  • Step 5: Resist the itch Resist the urge to itch or pick at the scab that forms over the tattoo. Rub ointment or moisturizing skin lotion into the tattoo to help with the itch.
  • Step 6: Stay away from water Stay away from water other than the shower or bath. This includes pools, hot tubs, lakes, and oceans.
  • Step 7: Limit your bath time Limit your bath time to five or 10 minutes. Watch as your new artwork heals and show it off.
  • FACT: In the Maori culture, a woman with blue, tattooed lips was considered the height of beauty.

You Will Need

  • Mild skin cleanser or soap
  • Soft cloth or towel
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Moisturizing lotion

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