Aftercare for tattoos can be confusing and tricky. Every tattooer seems to have different instructions and everyone who’s ever been tattooed will instruct as if they are an expert. In this post, I will go over what my experience is after working in the tattoo industry since 1998, what I’ve learned and what works best for me. This does not mean that I can anticipate what your experience will be or what will work for you. The first place to go if you think you have any infection is the doctor. The first place to go when you’re just not sure if your tattoo is healing normally is the person who did your tattoo (unless they were not a professional). We also have a blog post that covers how to prepare before you get your tattoo here.
Total tattoo preparation and hygiene is an example of many things you can do to prepare for your big tattoo day. These are just suggestions and in no way are required. They may help to make the day go more smoothly. I’ll be writing in first person because, if you’re anything like me, you don’t like to be told what to do. This is just what I do when I get tattooed.