When a tattoo is healing, it can look like nothing is happening, or it can look like full-blown zombified leprosy, or anything in between. We tattoo artists try our best to educate clients about tattoo care and what to expect during the healing process - we even give out written instructions, so you can refresh yourself later when the excitement wears off. But no matter how well we attempt to prepare folks, occasionally, someone has a panic attack when they see their tattoo scabbing up in spots. Inflammation is not abnormal, especially on the feet, ankles, hands, wrists, and on the inside bicep area (ibuprofen can help with the swelling). A few days of redness is common. One of the worst things for a healing tattoo is pet dander. Your tattoo coming in contact with a bed or other furniture that your dogs/cats lay on very often leads to longer healing time and greater risk of infection. So, what should you do if you're concerned about how your tattoo is healing? Visit your artist...
Your artist will give you instructions on how to heal your new tattoo and with what products. FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS and do not deviate. Using products and methods other than what your artist prescribes may void any touch-up policies offered.
2) DON’T PANIC
Tattoos very often look HORRIBLE during the healing process. You will see peeling skin, scabbing, cloudy/pinkish fresh skin growing over, and some spots may appear to have little or no ink. Leave these spots alone!!! Follow your artist’s instructions and let these rough spots slough off naturally.
3) IGNORE THE ADVICE OF FRIENDS
Remember that WE are the experts. WE have seen thousands upon thousands of tattoos. Having prison tatts does not make your cousin Bobby an expert on your tattoo. Just because Cousin Bobby tells you to use nothing but Vasoline on your tattoos, like he did in ‘the joint’, doesn’t mean you listen to him.