How to take care of your tattoo:
Note this is only one possible way of how to take care of your tattoo.
First of all never scratch, pick, or hit on your tattoo. Don’t rub dirt into it neither, or let an animal lick it! I have seen it all, believe me!
Sun is very bad during the healing process and bad for tattoos in general, due to its laser like qualities. Therefore do not go to a Sun-bed, Sauna, into the ocean, or into a swimming pool during healing time!
No Sports for at least 5-7 days! Too much sweating is not the best either.
Don’t wear too tight clothes or clothing that looses fabric, like wool, directly on top of the fresh tattoo. No synthetic clothes either! Only 100% cotton long sleeve shirts or T-shirts and maybe even long underwear for leg tattoos. All 100% natural cotton.
Normal healing time takes anything between 4-14 days and should not produce a thick scab but a thin layer of skin that rolls off during the healing process like a minor sunburn. Excess colour will roll of with it.- Line-work doesn’t necessarily have to be wrapped by the way. Shading and colour is more difficult and important to take care of.
After getting your new tattoo take off the cling-film when home.- Wash your hands.- Wash your tattoo with clean hands, warm water and normal shower-gel. Showers are absolutely fine and even a must.- The more you wash it the better but do not wash more than 4 times a day.- Tap it dry with a clean towel.- If time at hand, leave it open a while to breathe and dry a bit more.- Apply antiseptic cream like Bepanthen or else. Something with Dexpanthenol as ingredient is best. Apply not too thick though!- For the first 2-3 days apply fresh cling-film again after the wash and always leave for 12 hour periods – of course with the cream under it. Repeat the washing ritual! Washing your tattoo is the most important thing to do. It helps the skin renew itself. The cling-film hinders the skin from getting stuck to clothing or bed-sheets.- It is important to stop using the cling-film after 3 days for the skin to breathe normally. The skin has pretty much renewed itself with the help of the cling-film.- From now on wash and cream as much as you can during the day, anything between 2-4 times daily.- In the next days don’t listen to any advice in bars, or from so called tattoo-experts in your circle of friends.- If there are any questions or problems call and ask ME first please.-
To take care of your tattoo for the future use +40 or even +50 Sun-blocker screen cream! Best is the stuff from Organic stores which are natural. Try to avoid the big companies that put cancerous ingredients into their suncream! I personally use SPF+50 long sleeve swimwear, which protects me 100% and I don’t need to use sunscreen.
How to use Numbing cream:
For bigger pieces and or very painful areas of your tattoo you can use helpers like numbing creams. Note that I do not believe in the use of them for small pieces or areas on the arms or legs. The torso and buttox area can be very painful and one could consider using them to get over extremely painful stretches.
There is an array of these creams on the market and most of them are pretty useless.
I know of two good ones which are similar and they should be used like this:
First off: The use of these creams is entirely at your own risk!!
Nothing unusual or bad has been reported so far, I just want to make sure you understand that I cannot take responsibility for the use or miss-use of these products.
One of the products comes is different sizes. With the 25gram pot you can ease the pain on about 2 large size tattoos or quarter of a back piece start to finish, with the 50 gram pot you can start and finish about half the size of a back piece and with the 100 gram pot you can finish about an average size back-piece. This means you can use the gel for as many sessions as you need to finish a tattoo area of the size stated. Some people use way too much gel each time. Make sure its an evenly spread whitish, but still see-through film of cream. It does not have to be 5mm thick!
Instructions come with each pot. It should give you 1,5 to 2,5 hours of pain-free tattooing when applied correctly depending on skin type.
Like all numbing agents its toxic when swallowed so please keep away from children at all times and keep in a SAFE place inside the fridge!
It’s a Tetracain gel, not Lidocain. You need to stir it first then apply it 2 hours before your tattoo session under cling film and airtight. Whoever takes it off needs to rub it off thoroughly before you get tattooed. Its best if the artist does it before he/she starts. He/she can take it off, area by area, as well. The cream shouldn’t be on your skin much longer than 2- 2½ hours otherwise the effect might reverse. It’s safe to use, especially if you follow the instructions carefully. You cannot use this cream on freshly tattooed or opened skin areas!
Do not use if you know you’re allergic to any of the ingredients stated on the leaflet. The overuse can lead to your body becoming used to the product, which will make it have a less potent effect of easing the pain.
The same applies to the other product, but it only comes in much smaller quantities and is much more expensive. If you are interested in any of these products you can contact me. I can advise you.