1. MOISTURIZE WEEKS IN ADVANCE
Dry and flakey skin does not exactly set the table for an ideal tattoo. If you have a persistent issue, start using a moisturizer (after exfoliating) that includes some combination of ingredients proven to be effective against dry skin. These include glycolic acid, aloe vera, lactic acid, urea, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and occlusive agents such as dimethicone, petrolatum, paraffin, and lanolin. The more advance the better, as you’ll be able to try out different moisturizers until you find one that’s effective for your unique skin type. Just don’t go to town on the bottle of lotion (or use any for that matter) on the day of your tattoo, as that can leave a stubborn film that gets in the way of the needle and ink.If you happen to suffer from extremely dry skin in the winter you may consider putting off your tattoo until the spring and summer. Again, this is only for extreme cases, and in such a case you may want to consult with a dermatologist to provide a solution, as you would with eczema and other skin conditions.
2. SMART SHAVING
If you commonly shave (or wax) the area you intend on getting tattooed on, make sure that your skin does not get irritated. If it typically does, avoid shaving the area until the day of the tattoo, and do so with extreme care so as to avoid nicks and cuts. Alternatively you can leave this to your tattooist, but please do confirm with them beforehand. If you’ve never shaved the area before, or haven’t done so in quite some time, also wait until the day of.Otherwise, maintain a shaving schedule (for the area) of about one to three times per week in the weeks/months leading up to your tattoo, as this will help your skin acclimatize (so to speak) to the process and heal faster after each shave. Regular shaving is an exfoliating process that will also make it easier to accept your updated moisturizing protocol.
Hydrated skin is healthy skin and the healthier your skin the better your tattoo will be. Drink plenty of water (eight 8-oz glasses per day) starting today. You may need to map out where the public restrooms are in relation to your daily travels, but it will be worth the minor inconvenience. Plus, frequent hydration is a big part of your tattoo aftercare regime so you may as well get used to the process earlier rather than later.Also, avoid things that tend to dehydrate your skin. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol weeks prior to your session, or at the very least overcompensate with water consumption after you’ve had a cup of coffee or bottle of beer, and so forth.
4. DON’T GET BURNED (OR EVEN TANNED)
Lather up your exposed skin at the area of which you intend on getting tattooed with SPF-50+ on sunny days. The last thing you want is to enter a session with a burned and sun-damaged epidermis. If you’re already burned or excessively tanned, you will most likely have to reschedule. Avoid tanning beds, laying out at the beach, and even sitting defenseless on sunny patios weeks prior to your tattoo. In addition to SPF-50+, be sure to wear UV-protective clothing if going on a vacation to a hot spot known for strong sun.
5. EAT FOR HEALTHIER SKIN
Beyond beverages, many people don’t consider that what they consume and don’t consume has a big impact on skin health, which invariably will have an impact on your skin’s ability to properly accept a tattoo. Avoid foods that can dry out your skin, those that are salty, sugary, and contain refined carbohydrates.Instead, consume fish (tuna, mackerel, and salmon in particular) that is high in the essential fatty acid (EFA) omega-3. Also add nuts to your diet, especially brazil nuts and almonds, those that are rich in Vitamin-E and selenium which is a powerful antioxidant that works alongside Vitamin-E and C (more on this below). Vitamin-E is also prevalent in avocado (which also boasts healthy fats) so feel free to ask for extra guacamole when heading out for tacos.Lastly, consume plenty of Vitamin-C to support your immune system while promoting healthy skin through collagen production. While you can supplement accordingly (and for any of the above vitamins and minerals) there’s nothing like natural foods to deliver what you need and achieve healthier skin. Vitamin-C rich foods include dark green leafy veggies, sweet potatoes, red and green peppers, tomatoes, and more.
Day of Your Session You Should:
Your body, inside and outside, has to be clean. It means alcohol, drugs and any kind of stuff can not be used at least 24 hours before your tattoo session. As well be in proper hygiene, take a good shower before you leave your house
Get a good night’s sleep before your tattoo session. Head to bed early and don’t imbibe any alcohol or drugs the night before. You’ll want to be well rested before getting a piece of permanent body art.
While most tattoo shops will let you bring a friend or significant other to share the big moment, it generally isn’t advised to bring people who aren’t there to get tattooed themselves. Onlookers get bored and may even get in the artist’s way. Children and infants are generally not permitted in tattoo shops as they can cause distractions, damage to equipment, or interrupt the tattoo artists hard work.
Dress comfortably and appropriately. Prepare for a long session and dress accordingly. Avoid tight and constricting clothing. Pay some mind to where you will be getting tattooed and make sure the clothing you wear leaves the area easily accessible.
Bring a Comfort Item
Bring a pillow if you intend to lay down or if you will be lying prone for a long time while getting tattooed. In some cases, while you getting a tattoo, your body might start to feel cold, so the blanket can be helpful.
Getting a tattoo is exciting, but getting tattooed can get boring. Bringing some non-intrusive entertainment which won’t disrupt your tattoo artist is a great way to pass the time and distract yourself from the pain. You’re more than welcome to bring portable entertainment like an mp3 player, tablet, or laptop for some passive entertainment. Movies, music, and TV are fine, but anything which requires motion – like playing video games – is not permitted, so leave the portable games at home.
When you come in to get a tattoo done, relax and let the artist take their time. Don’t schedule commitments immediately after your tattoo session. If you are in a rush you will create an air of urgency, and your tattoo artist’s work may be affected.
Do not use any numbing balms or topical creams on the area being tattooed on the day you are getting the tattoo. While it is acceptable to take over-the-counter pain relievers during your tattoo session, never use drugs or alcohol to numb the pain as they can lead to various complications and jeopardize your safety and the quality of your tattoo.
1. Your tattoo artist will place the protective film over your new tattoo. Keep it for 12-24 hours. If it`s necessary to keep it longer, because you traveling or something else, do not keep it longer when 48 hours. It will increase the ability to get an infection.
2. It's time to remove the film. It will be sticky and it takes time to remove it. Be gentle and do it slowly. You can also apply some water on, it will help to peel off the film easier. When the film is off your skin, give the tattooed area a good wash down, eliminate all the glue and plasma. Use antibacterial hand soap and room temperature water.
3. film is peeled off, tattoed area is already washed well. Do not use your bathroom towels to dry it. let it dry naturally, or use disposable paper towels. For the next 2 days keep your new artwork clean and dry. Do not use any creams yet, let it stay dry. Wash 2-3 times a day, and that all u need. If you let your new tattoo to dry out, it becomes more easier to heal and minimize the risk of infection.
4. After you let your tattoo stay dry for a few days, you can start to apply a very thin layer of cream (your artist recommends, or gives you). Do it 2-3 times a day. Before you apply the cream, wash your tattoo with antibacterial soap, wash your hands, let it dry or dry it with paper towels, and then apply the cream. Do not rub it hard, do it slow and gently. Just do not overdose, your tattoo can not sink in a cream, it can cost bad heal and decrease color capacity.
After around week your tattoo should start to flake off and peel. It will start to look a bit messy, do not freak out, it's part of the process. Let it peel naturally, do not force the process. Do not touch or let other ones touch it with dirty hands.The peeling process can take up to 2-3 weeks, and around 1.5 - 2 months to fully heal. Deeper layers of skin can take longer.In the first month:
DO NOT GO SWIMMING.
DO NOT USE SUNBEDS, STAY AWAY FROM SUN ASS WELL.
DO NOT SUBMERGE THE TATTOO UNDERWATER, LIKE BATHS.
DO NOT PICK AT THE SCABS, DO NOT ITCH/SCRATCH THE TATTOO.
DO NOT TOWEL DRY TATTOO.
DO NOT USE HARD TEXTILE CLOTHES.
DO NOT GO TO FITNESS, OR BE VERY CAREFUL WITH YOUR TRAINING.