Choose a reputable tattoo artist and shop that follows proper hygiene and safety practices.
Avoid drinking alcohol or taking drugs before your appointment as this can thin your blood and make it more difficult to stop bleeding.
Make sure you eat a meal before your appointment to help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Wear comfortable clothing that will allow easy access to the area where you will be getting your tattoo.
After getting a tattoo:
Leave the bandage on for at least 2-4 hours to allow the tattoo to properly set and reduce the risk of infection.
When you remove the bandage, gently wash the tattoo with warm water and mild soap. Do not scrub or pick at the tattoo.
Apply a thin layer of unscented lotion or ointment to the tattoo to keep it moisturized and prevent it from drying out.
Avoid soaking the tattoo in water for at least 2 weeks, including swimming pools, hot tubs, and baths.
Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight or tanning beds for at least 2 weeks as this can cause fading and damage.
Wear loose, breathable clothing to avoid rubbing against the tattooed area.
It's essential to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist, as different types of tattoos may require slightly different care. If you experience any signs of infection, such as excessive redness, swelling, or discharge, or if you have any questions or concerns about your tattoo's healing process, contact your tattoo artist or a healthcare professional for guidance.