Cleanliness and proper moisture are key to making sure your new art looks great. The final appearance depends on how well you care for it as it heals. Read up on what to do here.
Reccomended Lotions (make sure you buy scent/dye free versions only!)
Remove the bandage from your tattoo. Wash it with non-scented, dye free, soap & lukewarm water in a clean sink with clean hands. Ink, blood, and other residue is normal to see under your bandage and on your tattoo (remove all residue from skin without scrubbing).
Very gently pat dry with a clean paper towel then allow to air dry for a few minutes. Apply a very small, pea sized or less, amount of your first lotion. DO NOT RE-BANDAGE! If your tattoo is still weeping at bed time feel free to wear clean clothing over it. Upon waking, get in the shower & dampen clothing to allow it to naturally separate from your healing tattoo without ripping the scab.
DO NOT Swim or use a hot tub, sauna, or Jacuzzi.
DO NOT Expose your new tattoo to gyms, yoga studios, or other locations containing a high amount of bacteria.
DO NOT forget to treat your new tattoo like the open wound it is.
DO NOT Expose your new tattoo to the sun
DO NOT Follow anyone else's instructions
DO NOT Expose your new tattoo to a direct or hot shower jet.