How to take care of a Tattoo? As you leave the shop with your fresh new piece, this is the question you will find yourself asking.


Tattoo Aftercare Timetable



What Should I Avoid in the Process of Tattoo Aftercare?

Sunblock and sunscreens are typically not formulated to protect wounds like a fresh tattoo. You will feel your fresh tattoo burning if it’s exposed to sunlight. If you must be out in the sun, keep it completely covered with sun-protective clothing at all times!  After you get a new tattoo, one of the things to avoid is direct sunlight. 


When clothing and fabric abrade against your new tattoo, you run the risk of agitating the healing process. The least amount of contact with fabric is usually the best call while healing a new tattoo. Loose-fitting clothing should be worn around the area for a week minimum.  After a solid 2-3 weeks, you can probably wear your tight clothing again.


While in the healing phase, it is common for your tattoo to seep excess plasma, fluid, and ink — which may stick to sheets, blankets, or clothing. If you can sleep with your tattoo exposed, that would be best. To be safe, you can place a clean thin towel between you and the sheets. If in the morning your tattoo is stuck to fabric, this is no cause for alarm. Don’t peel it off! Instead, take the fabric with you to the shower and wet it off with cool or lukewarm water.  Avoid sleeping on your fresh tattoo and cover your bed with clean towels.


Scabbing is a very normal part of the tattoo healing process. DO NOT PICK THE SCAB. Don’t scrub it either. Scabbing will typically be the same color as the pigment that was used. If you pick or scrub your scab, you risk pulling out the color or causing hypertrophic scarring of your tattoo. Let the tattoo heal by itself. Patience is a virtue.  If your tattoo itches, don’t scratch it!


Opt for showers instead of baths for 2-3 weeks as submerging a new tattoo in standing water may expose open skin to unwanted bacteria. This means no baths, pools, jacuzzis, lakes, ponds or quick dips in the ocean.  Avoid standing water that may expose open skin to unwanted bacterias.

What Are the Symptoms I Should Be Aware of in Regards to My New Tattoo?

Some symptoms might raise concerns when it comes to your new tattoo. You don’t have to be worried about every single signal your body emits, but a few of them should alarm you.


If you’ve noticed a sudden outbreak of pimples around your tattoo, chances are you’ve over moisturized. Dial back on the oil/lotion and try to maintain a moisture level even with the rest of your body.


Professional tattoo artists do everything possible to ensure safe tattooing practices. However, they are not medical professionals. Contact your doctor immediately if the following symptoms arise when you’ve gotten a new tattoo:

  • Severe pain or swelling

  • Prolonged oozing of plasma with or without color

  • Thick, hard scabs that are bleeding red blood


So, there you have it. By following this aftercare advice your brand new tattoo will soon mature into a phenomenally healed tattoo. Admittedly this is a lot to do, but considering that you’re going to have that same tattoo for the rest of your life, what does it actually mean that you have to pay close attention to the aftercare for a couple of weeks?