The Do’s and Don’ts When Getting a Tattoo


Different people apply tattoos on their bodies for different reasons with some doing it as a form of art, others as a form of expression of love, passion or association, while for other people it is a souvenir. These reasons make people highly value tattoos, and such factors as cost and other aftermaths that follow after getting the tattoo do not deter the urge for visiting the favorite tattoo artist.

Before making an informed decision on having a tattoo on your body, however, it is crucial to consider such factors as the tattoo design, tattoo colors, tattoos cost, and most important, the tattoo artist who will guarantee total satisfaction and less exposure to after tattoo concerns. Before making a visit or booking a session with a tattoo artist, there are several crucial Do’s and Don’ts that must be considered right from the preliminary planning.

The crucial Do’s to consider

●     Plan, plan, plan!

Prior planning results in less after-tattoo concerns! When planning your tattoo, you should be certain of the tattoo design you want, the appropriate color, and the overall self-consciousness about why you want to have a tattoo. Planning is an eye-opener that keeps the tattoo artist on toes to stick on the client’s demands.

Have antibacterial soap ready

Do not take chances. A tattoo procedure causes some bleeding and you should, therefore, ensure you have antibacterial soap that you can apply upon removing the bandage to ensure there is no dumb skin. The bandage should be removed after approximately six to eight hours. The antibacterial soap will not always accelerate the healing process, but also prevent infections from the surrounding. A numb skin results in infections and failure to take cautions may extend to severe stains that may cause more harm to the body.

●     Consider using tattoo removal cream or using a laser

Sometimes the tattoo may not come out as expected, or better still, you may hate your tattoo with time and decide to remove it. In case it happens, tattoo removal requires equal measures of professionalism as experienced when putting one on. It is therefore advisable to consider using tattoo removal cream or using a laser. Sometimes it may get worse, and the solution to consider should be surgery. The main concern in removing a tattoo is ensuring that the removal does not cause more harm than expected, and ensure the tattoo is kept exposed to the open air to ensure faster healing.

●     Wear loose clothing

You want faster healing and fewer complications, right? It is crucial to wear loose clothing to ensure the clothes do not tightly cover the tattoo.

●     Apply some ointment or anesthetic spray

You may also apply some ointment or anesthetic spray, and to prevent staining your bed sheets, have disposable sheets on your bed sheets. It is also very essential to ensure a sterile absorbent pad is in place to absorb the ink, blood, or any anesthetic when the tattoo is still fresh.

The Don’ts to keep in check

●     Do not use allergic adhesives

The anxiety to have a stylish tattoo on your body may intrude on your precaution measures and forget to inform your tattoo artist about some allergic adhesives when working on your tattoo. It is crucial to understand that some elements may cause allergic reactions on the skin, and they should, therefore, be avoided when covering the fresh tattoo.

●     Avoid wetting your fresh tattoo

Sometimes you may feel tempted to resume your hobbies like swimming slightly before the tattoo heals. It is, however, advisable to prioritize your healing and avoid swimming or any activity that may make the tattoo wet like excessive sweating or steam bathing or soaking the tattoo in the tub. Wetness may lead to slowing down the healing process, and in many cases, it may accumulate some germs that may infect the tattooed part of the body.

●     Do not rush to remove the bandage

Soon after visiting the tattoo artist, take time before removing the bandage. The bandage helps in absorbing all the blood, topical anesthesia, or ink, and it works out well in a span of two to eight hours. Be careful not to remove the bandage before the prescribed time. Otherwise, it will delay in healing, and may not come out as expected due to some ink splits.

●     Do not overuse warm water while cleaning

It is equally helpful to note that the tattoo should be kept clean and preferably cleaned using warm water. However, do not overuse the warm water on your tattoo. Overusing the warm water opens the pores, hence leading to leaching of the used ink outside the skin. Germs will also penetrate quickly, hence infecting the body

Precisely, a tattoo does not only add to the beauty of the beholder, but also binds some internal satisfaction. However, putting it up on the body demands some degree of concern, and both the tattoo artist and the client at hand should beware of the alarming Do’s and Don’ts and heed to them to the latter. Some concerns when down upon are likely to result in complicated health concerns, while others may cause permanent damage to the skin or to the whole body at large.