do's and don'ts
Don't expose your new tattoo to sunlight or indirect sunlight, UV rays are bad for tattoos. And...no tanning Bed!
Do put sunblock on your tattoo if you are planning on being outside. (See Tatguard)
Don't shave over your tattoo until it has healed.
Do listen to your tattoo artist when your tattoo is completed. He/she will tell you the best way to take care of your tattoo.
Don't listen to your friends, your relatives, or your significant other about tattoo aftercare..... Unless they are the artist who gave you the tattoo.
Do leave the bandage on your tattoo for as long as the artist told you to. It will stop it from sticking to clothing, bedsheets and other things that may damage your new tattoo.
Don't leave the bandage on your tattoo longer than your artist told you.
Don't rebandage your tattoo
Don't pull the bandage off if it is stuck! use warm water to loosen the bandage first.
Do use the aftercare product that your tattoo artist told you to use on your tattoo. Follow his directions to the letter.
Don't use Neosporin, vaseline or peroxide on your new tattoo for aftercare. These may ruin your tattoo.
Do wash your tattoo gently with soap and water before putting aftercare products on your tattoo.
Don't use an excessive amount of your aftercare product on your tattoo.
Do make sure to wash your hands before applying the aftercare product to your new tattoo.
Don't pick or scratch at your tattoo when it is healing. It will itch, it is part of the healing process. (See Tatguard)
Don't go swimming or soak the tattoo in water for the first 2 weeks of getting it done. Unless you have a water-proof aftercare product. (See Tatguard)
Do elevate your lower leg after you get it tattooed, this will lessen the swelling.
Don't let your pets rub or lick your fresh tattoo. If your pet comes in contact with your fresh tattoo then you should wash it off asap.
Do try and be patient when waiting in line to get a tattoo if the studio is busy. Or make an appointment to go back. Artists do not rush to get to the next person. They take their time with each customer. You don't want them to rush with you, do you?
Don't get drunk or high before you go to get your tattoo. This affects your judgment and you act like a dumbass which pisses off the artists who are trying to concentrate and do something permanent on your skin.It could also thin your blood and make you bleed more than usual, or make you pass out easily.
Don't Bring your child into a tattoo studio. It is not an environment for children. (unless you have permission ahead of time)
Do some research on the tattoo you are wanting to get. Make sure you know what you are getting and if it is something you want for the rest of your life.
Don't ask for a deal, discount, break, or if the artist can cut you some slack. Cheap tattoos often are..."cheap" tattoos.
Do research the shop also. Make sure you know the precautions they are taking for your safety and theirs.