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RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO CARE FOR TATTOOS

You finally did it! You got the amazing, colorful body art you always wanted. Now all that’s left is learning how to take care of it properly to avoid skin infections and ink loss. The Garrison Tattoo Company wants you to have the best experience possible. Our artists recommend that you follow the how to care for skin advice below to ensure your body heals well and your art looks great. Please feel free to call us at (435)574-4970 if you have any questions regarding the care of your new tattoo. Our artists will be happy to help you during the healing process with personalized advice on how to care for your ink.


RECOMMENDED CARE FOR SKIN AFTER A NEW TATTOO

We recommend you follow these steps while your new art heals to prevent skin infection and ink loss.

  1. Be sure your artist covers your new ink in a think layer of petroleum jelly and a bandage.
  2. Remove the bandage after 24 hours. Gently clean the skin with antimicrobial soap and water and pat dry.
  3. Apply a layer of antibacterial ointment twice a day. Artists should caution you NOT to put on another bandage. Your skin and new ink need air exposure to heal appropriately.
  4. Gently clean your tattooed skin several times a day with soap and water and pat dry. Never rub new body art to dry it as this could result in ink loss and patchy color after healing.
  5. Artists recommend applying an ointment after cleaning to keep the skin moist. Take care not to let your tattoo become too dry as it will become very itchy and increase your risk of infection and damaged ink.
  6. Know that scabbing is common and avoid scratching your new body art to ensure the ink does not become damaged while your skin is healing.

You should repeat this process for 2-4 weeks, try not to wear clothes that stick to your new body art, and avoid swimming and the sun for about two weeks. Take care not to soak your ink in a tub while it is healing. Clean with cool water as hot showers will not only hurt but can fade your new ink. If your tattoo scabs a bit or develops hard layers, don’t worry. It’s normal. But never pick or peel the skin of healing body art. You could get an infection or remove the ink. If you think your skin is infected or isn’t healing correctly, see your doctor.


RECOMMENDED CARE FOR YOUR TATTOO ART LONG TERM

When you leave the shop, your body art will look like a million bucks. The ink colors will be bright and shiny. That’s not going to last. The ink will fade during the healing process.

  1. Always put sunscreen on your body art, especially in sunny weather, to keep the colors bright –SPF 45 or higher is best.
  2. Moisturize daily, especially if the art is on an area of your body, such as your hands, where it can fade quickly.
  3. Tattoo touch-ups are recommended to improve color quality after fading has occurred.


How do you learn what the right recommendations to follow to heal your tattooed skin? Should you trust your artist? According to Web MD, depending on where you live, this question becomes a concern. In the United States, there are few guidelines for tattooing and even fewer for care after a new tattoo. Currently, in the U.S.:

  • Seven states have no regulations at all on tattoo artists.
  • Six states require artists to have licenses but don’t have any care rules to follow for the healing process.
  • Thirty states require artists to have licenses and to provide verbal or written care instructions.
  • Only seven states –Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Louisana, Massachusets, Michigan, and North Dakota – require their tattoo artists to provide their customers with care instructions for new tattoos mandated by the public health department. [1]

Utah requires tattoo artists to have both licenses and aftercare instructions. Health Regulation #19 defines aftercare in section 2.1 as: “Aftercare instruction” shall mean written instruction given to the patron about caring for the body art and surrounding area. Aftercare instruction shall be specific as to the procedure rendered and shall inform the patron regarding normal healing after a body art procedure and shall not discourage the patron from consulting a physician when the body art is healing abnormally. [2] The Garrison Tattoo Company’s artists care about your health. They are here to teach you the steps towards healing your skin and minimize the chances of damaging your new ink.

[1] How to Take Care of Your Tattoo
[2] Body Art Regulation
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