When it comes down to getting a new tattoo as of your first time, you might have some questions. For example: what are the least painful spots? Or what does it feel like? But most importantly, how to properly take care of your new art piece.
There are many ways to prepare for a new tattoo, especially if it's your first time getting ink done. It is important to take care of your new tattoo, even beforehand, during and after. Tattoos will be there for life, maintenance and care are the main factors in order to have a nice, healthy and shiny tattoo.
Here we have some tips to prepare for your new tattoo and get things done and easy.
Beforehand skin care
Prior to getting ink on your skin, it's important to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated during the process. Being hydrated before and while getting your tattoo can help you last longer and also heal quicker. Make sure to moisturize your skin leading up to your tattoo appointment.
Don't show up looking like a werewolf. Shaving the area can make things easier for you and your artist. It could save you time of the process, but be careful not cut yourself because that could lead to having to reschedule your appointment. Sleeping and eating is another consideration when you are about to get tattooed.
We recommend eating something before starting. A decent meal will help you with your energy while getting inked.
As you're about to start your tattoo session, find something to do since it will take some time to finish it. Some people like to watch a movie or listen to your favorite tunes. Anything to keep your mind away from the needle and pain. Wearing loose clothes during your tattoo will definitely make it easier on your skin after the session is done. Keeping still is very important as the artist is working his magic to give you clean lines and accomplish a great tattoo. As you are getting ink, try your best to relax, breath in and breathe out. If you need to take a break, don't be shy and ask for a short break and cool off.
You did it and finally got a tattoo. Now aftercare is important. Listing to your artist instructions is key, since there are the professionals. Follow the medication instructions. To keep your tattoo clean and aired you must keep away from the sun and water. They're different ways to heal a tattoo.
- We have the “wet “ healing method; which involves the application of wet ointments. After walking out the tattoo shop, it should be cleaned and wrapped.
- After 3-4 hrs remove the plastic and wash gently with mild soap and warm water. When you dry it, use a soft cloth or a paper towel and pat dry it. Once it's completely dry, re-wrap it well. It will start itching and crack but make sure you avoid picking the tattoo. Now you can start applying wet ointments such as tattoo balm or any hydration daily moisturizer lotion.
- Another way to heal a tattoo would be the natural “dry” way. Tattoo “dry” healing process is usually the same aftercare steps but instead of using ointments, lotions, or creams your tattoo artist may recommend, you just let it air dry by itself. You must also keep clean with soap and water and stay away from tight clothing. It's a healthier way in the sense of staying away from skin irritation. Some ointments or creams contain artificial ingredients that can irritate your skin or even an allergic reaction that could in the way of your healing process. By “dry” healing, you eliminate the risk. But the risk can be avoided by using natural oils or moisturizer such as coconut oil, jojoba oil or shea butter.
- Tattoo scabs get so dry they start to crack, definitely not a good look, something you should try to prevent. Follow some preparation tips and healing advice from your tattoo artist to get the shiny beautiful art piece you always wanted. It all starts with the beforehand preparation, during process and up to the after care of your tattoo. Everything plays a big role in your awesome tattoo.