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Question: How do I take care of my new tattoo?
Leave That Bandage Alone!
We took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason - to keep out infection. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait.
Wash and Treat
After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap to gently wash away any ointment, blood and/or plasma and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is best. (If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible - when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.)
Pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very light application of your choice of ointment. A&D vitamin enriched ointment, Bacitracin or a similar antibacterial ointment is acceptable.
**IMPORTANT** - Do not use Neosporin. This is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo.**
Question: Does it hurt to get a tattoo?
Of course it hurts! But if you have ever had a bad sun burn and it has gotten scratched...that is about what it feels like. Every spot on your body has a different sensation, some spots burn, others just feel irritated and some hurt kinda bad. But just remember, it wont last that long(the pain) and it is SOOO worth it!!!