If you’re going to commit to having something permanent and meaningful inked on your skin, it’s best you get your head around good tattoo aftercare first. Why? Because you’ll want reassurance your new tattoo is going to look just as fresh in ten years’ time.
Smudged lines and colour fade are not on the new-ink wish list, whether you’re going big and bold, or treating yourself to a chic finger tattoo. So, it’s important that before the tattoo artist takes care of the tattoo, you get clued up on its aftercare and maintenance.
“You’ve just spent time, money and in some cases pain on your new tattoo, so surely you want to take the best care of your investment?” points out tattoo artist Abigail Rawlings of Abigail Louise Tattoos. “If you don’t follow the aftercare guidance, your tattoo could end up looking patchy and faded, and more importantly, lead to an infection which requires antibiotics.”
We asked Abigail and other expert tattoo artists for their aftercare tips, which should be followed closely even on the most small and intricate designs, to ensure your ink remains in tip-top condition.
In this article:
- What should I do in the first 24 hours after getting a tattoo?
- What should I not do after a tattoo?
- How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?
- How long should I keep my tattoo covered with cling film?
- How long after a tattoo can I shower normally?
- How often should I moisturise my tattoo?
- How do I know if my tattoo is infected?
- Start shopping
What should I do in the first 24 hours after getting a tattoo?
The first 24 hours post tattoo are crucial for the healing and prevent things going left. So follow these steps for the best possible aftercare on the first 24.
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