Many of the tattoo parlors will have thousands of tattoo designs to choose from. However, if you want something unique to you than they can always draw up a custom tattoo for you. Be very mindful that this tattoo is permanant and will be with you for ever. You'll want to make sure they give you tips on how to care for your tattoo wants it's complete. If you have decided to finally get a tattoo, you really need to consider finding a reputable tattoo parlor.
The artist should be cleaning the fresh tattoo with antiseptic ointment while they are creating it. This obviously is for keeping the tattoo healthy and infection free. After the artist is done, be sure to have him clean the tattoo a second time and add more antiseptic ointment. Make sure to cover the tattoo with gause to help keep dirt and debree from getting on the tattoo.
Make sure when the tattoo is complete the artist explains to you how to care for the tattoo. Most of the tattoo artist have information on hand explaining step by step on how to care for a new tattoo. If the tattoo artist fails to explain these important facts, be sure to find this information out as soon as possible. If you fail to care for your tattoo immediately after completion, it may lead to skin infection or something even worse. This is very important.
After getting your tattoo, be sure to wait to take a shower. Keeping your fresh tattoo dry for at least a few days is crucial for the healing process. This goes without saying, keeping your tattoo clean is also important. Also be sure to wash your hands before touching your new tattoo. This will help eliminate any chance of getting bacteria in the new tattoo.
Before getting home, be sure to stop by the store and pick up some more antiseptic ointment. The most reputable kind is A&D ointment. This will help keep the tattoo clean and really needs to be applied at least for the first few days. Read the applicaton instructions for best results. Try not to rub your tattoo hard. This may slow the healing process down and may cause a skin infection. Also, avoid using soap for the first few days.
The tattoo should be pretty much healed after a week. You may not need to use the ointment at this point. Also, it should be safe to start washing with regular soap and water. Applying unscented body lotion is also recommended. This keeps the skin moist and continues to help the healing process. Using lotions with scented ingrediants may cause a skin irritation, so be sure to use unscented lotions at all times.
After applying the unscented lotion for at least a week, it should be close to 100% healed. A good sign would be scabs forming on the tattoo. Try not to pick off the scabs to soon, or the tattoo may start bleeding. Also, this may cause damage to the actual design of the tattoo. Honestly, the best advice is to leave the scabs alone and let them fall off naturally. Continue to put lotion on if you still feel any itching sensations.
Getting a tattoo can be a wonderful experience. However, it is very important to know how to care for your tattoo for optimal results. This tattoo will be with you for ever. Unless you decide to have it surgically removed which can be very costly. So be sure that getting a tattoo is right for you, and if so, be sure to take care of your tattoo to keep you healthy.