Your new art is fun, fashionable and exciting. Here’s what you need to know about treating it with respect so you don’t land yourself in the hospital.
It’s summer and with vacation time setting in and imaginations soaring, many people will feel the need to get some ink done. With that decision come exciting moments and some possible danger.
Here are eight things you should definitely never do if you just got a tattoo:
1) Go Swimming
The true story goes like this: an unnamed man got a tattoo and went swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, a mere 5 days later.
The ink, which was on his right calf, became infected and he developed a fever and a rash. Once he reached the hospital, the whole thing had turned purple, he was placed on life support and two weeks later, he died.
So, this one is super serious beeswax. Never go swimming in a pool, lake or ocean with a new tattoo. It’s definitely not worth it.If you do, you could contract a flesh eating disease and die.
2) Leave it Uncovered
You do want to remove the bandage covering your new tattoo after 24 hours, the Mayo Clinic states. Do not, however, take it off before that. It’s an open wound, dude! Keep that thing covered up to keep it safe.
3) Touch it With Dirty Hands
You’re going to want to clean you tattoo with plain soap and water, gently. You’re not doing yourself any favor though if you do it all with dirty hands, though. Wash your hands well before cleaning out your tattoo.
4) Use Gauze
This stuff sticks like crazy and will make an infected mess. Your knowledgeable tattoo artist should cover your new ink with a proper bandage. Leave this on for the first 24 hours and resist the urge to change it to gauze.
5) Let Your Dog Lick It
This might go without saying, but someone out there needs to be reminded. Your dog is so cute and so loving but keep that mouth away, momma- like yours, it’s full of bacteria.
6) Go Sunbathing
Once you get a tattoo, your skin is sensitive to the sun, due to the healing process. So, let it heal. Keep out of the rays until it’s fully set and all will be good.
Then and only then should you hit the beach to show off your art.
7) Wear Clothing That Will Stick to It
Love that fleece sweater? Just like the gauze mentioned above, it’ll stick to your wound like no tomorrow.
Go for clothing that isn’t fluffy, fuzzy or furry to cover up.
8) Pick Your Scabs
This last one is gross but needed. It’s is oh-so-tempting to pick away at that encrusted blood on your arm or leg, in the hopes that it will make things heal faster and look ‘normal’ sooner, but just don’t. Leave it be.
You’re only inviting infection by peeling that thing off early.
Get art and stay safe!
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