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Taking Care Of Your Tattoo

Taking care of your new tattoo is crucial to ensure it heals properly and looks great in the long run. Here's some informative guidance to help you care for your fresh ink:

1. Listen to Your Tattoo Artist: Your tattoo artist at Jane-Doe Ink is your first source of information. They’ll provide specific aftercare instructions, so pay close attention and follow their advice.

2. Keep It Covered: After getting inked, your tattoo artist will likely wrap your tattoo in plastic wrap or a bandage to protect it. Leave this wrap on for the time they recommend, usually 2-4 a hours here at Jane-Doe Ink.

3. Wash Gently: When it’s time to remove the wrap, wash your tattoo gently with lukewarm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap. Don’t scrub or use a rough washcloth. Use your clean, bare hands.

4. Pat Dry: After washing, pat your tattoo dry with a clean, soft paper towel or a lint-free cloth. Don’t rub it; you want to be gentle.

5. Moisturize: Apply a thin layer of fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and non-petroleum-based tattoo aftercare lotion to your tattoo. Do this a few times a day for at least a couple of weeks, but don’t overdo it. Your tattoo should be moisturized, not soaked.

6. Avoid Sun and Water: Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight and avoid swimming, soaking, or exposing it to excessive moisture for at least two to three weeks.

7. No Scratching or Picking: As your tattoo heals, it’s going to itch and scab a bit. Do your best not to scratch or pick at it, even if it’s tempting. Scratching can damage the tattoo and lead to infections.

8. Loose Clothing: Wear loose, breathable clothing over your tattoo during the healing process to prevent friction and irritation.

9. Stay Clean: Make sure your hands are clean when you touch your tattoo, and avoid letting others touch it as well. Germs are not your tattoo’s friends.

10. Watch for Signs of Infection: Keep an eye out for any signs of infection, such as excessive redness, swelling, pain, or discharge. If you suspect an infection, contact a healthcare professional.

11. Be Patient: Healing time can vary, but most tattoos take about 2-4 weeks to heal. Your tattoo will go through different stages, including peeling and flaking, which is normal.

12. Follow Up: If you have any concerns or questions about your tattoo’s healing process, don’t hesitate to reach out to your tattoo artist.

Remember, taking good care of your new tattoo is like an investment in your art. Follow these steps, and you’ll have a beautiful and vibrant tattoo that you can proudly show off.

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