Tattoo Aftercare

We’re all adults, I don’t think I need to qualify or disclaimer this information.  So let’s get to it.

1. Leave bandage on overnight.  No peeking!  And change your sheets while you’re at it.
2. Remove bandage.  Do not reapply it.
3. Get in the shower and wash the tattoo until all gooey, shiny stuff is gone and it feels like normal skin to your hand. Use a wash cloth and VERY hot water.  Try not to shriek too loudly, or pass out.
4. Pat dry with a clean towel or use a hair dryer, on a high heat setting.
5. If any goo wells up to the surface, wash it off ASAP. Keep an eye on that shit! Keep it CLEAN and keep it DRY and keep your dirty hands, dog haired sheets and scruffy clothes OFF IT.
6. Once the tattoo has started to flake off in that peely sunburny way, apply some something or other. I don’t personally use any petrochemicals on my wounds for longer than necessary (no Lubriderm, Polysporin, no Aveeno) and I don’t want anything sticky (attracts germs). So I usually use whatever oily balm I have kicking around that I’ve fashioned from ingredients like calendula oil, sweet almond, hemp seed and a touch of beeswax, and it absorbs quickly but thoroughly. This just gets me through the milky skin stage quicker.
7. Hey you!  Don’t pick! If you have to pick something, go for your nose.

And that friends, is how I heal my tattoos.

37 Responses to “Tattoo Aftercare”

  1. Kris says:

    Thanks for this info. I’m starting my first tattoo, a half sleeve, in a few weeks and now know how to help it heal!

  2. [...] followed Twwly’s recommended aftercare regimen and holy heck was that a whole new dimension of hurt. My foot was [...]

  3. megan says:

    we seem a LOT alike aside from a few things (I’m vegan) but my hubby is a tattooer, too!
    However, I do things a little differently when healing tattoos.
    I don’t use very hot water or a wash cloth. It seems like that will just irritate it and could cause it to scab worse. I try to be as gentle as possible with my fresh flesh wound (say that 5 times fast).
    I have never used a hair dryer especially on high heat. Just air dry. and apply some sort of ointment.
    then I wrap it up again with new seran wrap, loose. I just repeat once or twice a day and keep it wrapped and clean for a few days (currently healing one and have kept up with the wrapping for 4 days.) It prevents the bigger scabs from forming and keeps it nice and soft.
    thats how I do it. ;)
    =D

  4. Brittany says:

    Even though a lotion with no alcohol is the “go-to” for tattoos, it still burns to me! So I use Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment. Because I haven’t started my farm yet (but will after College!) and started making my own ointments, it’s a good substitute for the homemade stuffs. Although it makes me said Clorox bought Burt’s out.

  5. Twwly says:

    Yeah, that bums me out too, Brittany!

    If you ever have any questions when the day comes you are farm living, feel free. :)

  6. Twwly says:

    In reference to Megans post:

    The idea with hot water and a cloth is that you wash off all of the petroleum based vaseline as to not encourage ANY scabbing to form. You wouldn’t scrub DURING healing.

    You should hopefully never have any scabs, just thin flakes.

  7. Keith says:

    i will say this, i have five tattoos, one was done in two sittings. One of these is on my spine, a place not easy to have taken care of. now im a marine and dont have time for the plastic rap and all my tats are under clothing most of the day. out on my experience all you need to do is this.
    1. leave the bandage on for and hour, two hours max. any longer and it just scabs to the bandage and when you take it off it dammages to skin more.

    2. use warm not hot water. hot water opens the pores made but the needles and releases some of that ink you just sat in a chair for hours to have put under your skin. now not all of it will come out but enough of it can that when it heals it looks faded. and i dont recomend a wash cloth, yes it works but might be too rough your hand works fun, clean them first and remember use a mild soap like for a homemade soap one infused with jasmine.

    3. pat dry lightly and or air dry.

    4. add a light coat of mosturizer eather homemade beeswax, or vasalin. out of my experiance, though i respect you and envy you for your homemade oil twwly, i have found that if your going to get more then one tat get a tube of H2Ocean it has never failed me and is ment only for tats unlike other oils and creams and lotions.

    5. yes you can wear clothes but it is not recommended, all i ever did was you some H2Ocean on a papertowel and tape it on and it worked fine for work

  8. Joey says:

    I am a Marine as well and I have over 70 hours of ink on me (all covered with a t-shirt) but, no offense of course to you keith, if she is giving advice on her page I am sure it is with good reason. I only have nine but, the only bottim line I have is to keep it moisturized. I used the H2o ocean on my ribs and I liked it. I have been getting ink for 14 years now and Theres a thousand ways to keep it from scabbing and blotching. I do know what you mean about being in uniform AND at work though, its rough lol. especially when your on a deployment, not allowed to get tattoos, do it anyway (3, 9 hour sittings on my back), and have to work without anyone knowing for over a month. twwly, thank you for your site and for all of your past shoots. you are hands down my favorite tattooed girl ever! and keith, Semper Fi man.

  9. Twwly says:

    Keith, hot compress, aka Japanese healing style, most certainly do not fade professional tattoos. All of my work is crisp and bright, the only thing that fades them now is the sun. On that point, I have to call shenanigans. That is a long standing healing method, just not particularly western.

    H2Ocean is “only for tattoos” because it is labeled that way. The ingredients are not unique, I hope you realize that much. The reason I use what I do is because it’s basically all of the natural ingredients, none of the synthetics that are found in shelf stable lotions. That’s just a personal choice to avoid necessary emulsifiers.

    I would also never recommend plastic wrap under clothes. My tattoos get bashed about during healing, and as long as I keep my coveralls off them, it goes fine. That’s just basic common sense: don’t get manure in your fresh tattoo. ;)

    This is how I heal my tattoos. This is how we recommend clients heal their tattoos. My husband and I have both been in this industry for over a decade each, and we have both arrived to the same conclusion for a recommended aftercare routine for clients that appears to work the best for the most people.

    I appreciate that you heal your tattoos differently, as Joey said there are a thousand ways to do it. As I stated above, this is what I do. Nothing more.

    Joey – thank YOU. :) Faith is a beautiful thing.

  10. Very good write-up. I definitely appreciate this
    website. Keep it up!

  11. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after
    checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking
    and checking back frequently!

  12. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was once a leisure account it.
    Glance advanced to more brought agreeable from you!
    By the way, how could we communicate?

  13. Hi there! I just want to give you a big thumbs up for the excellent info you’ve got here on this post.
    I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.

  14. fantasy says:

    hello!,I really like your writing very a lot! proportion we communicate extra about
    your post on AOL? I require a specialist
    in this area to solve my problem. Maybe that is you!
    Taking a look forward to look you.

  15. Excellent pieces. Keep posting such kind of info on your site.
    Im really impressed by your blog.
    Hello there, You’ve performed a fantastic job. I’ll definitely digg it and
    individually suggest to my friends. I am confident
    they will be benefited from this website.

    Feel free to visit my website diets to lose weight

  16. Harleigh says:

    I have five tattoos ( 2 wrist tattoos, a huge back piece, an ankle tattoo and one on ribs) and I’ve always used a thin layer of A and D ointment the first three days then switched over to Lubriderm lotion after that . Lubriderm has very low alcohol in it and is both dye and fragrance free. Haven’t tried hot compresses because I’ve heard a lot of negative feedback on it but still debating on using it on my newest addition back piece .

  17. Good day I am so grateful I found your webpage, I really found you by mistake,
    while I was looking on Yahoo for something else, Regardless I am here now and would
    just like to say many thanks for a incredible post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the moment but I have book-marked it and also added in your RSS feeds,
    so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the great jo.

    My blog – muscle zx90 growth formula; reagans-story.blogspot.nl,

  18. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on nike free 7.0.
    Regards

  19. Choose your priority of one feature and your digital camera will take care of the other.
    Monty Alexander has written more than thousand articles
    on digital cameras – canon digital camera, sony digital camera,
    kodak digital camera, nikon digital camera etc. With the capability in 60 second
    printing for a 4′ X 6′ color photo and also borderless printing,
    you can easily call it as the truly affordable photo
    printer.

  20. I tend not to leave a response, but after browsing some of the comments on How
    to Heal Tattoos, Tattoo Aftercare | Twwly.com.
    I actually do have a few questions for you if it’s okay.
    Could it be just me or does it give the impression like some of the remarks appear like they are
    coming from brain dead individuals? :-P And, if you are
    posting on additional social sites, I would like to keep up with anything fresh you
    have to post. Would you list of every one of all your social pages like your linkedin profile,
    Facebook page or twitter feed?

    my page colon cleanse reviews

  21. Lincoln says:

    Basic Dos And Don’ts Of Automobile Maintenance On Modern Computerized Cars

    My page – san diego cash for cars – Lincoln -

  22. It’s actually a great and useful piece of info.
    I’m glad that you simply shared this useful information with
    us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Felipe says:

    greetings!

    how often must i repeat the hot shower process?

  24. kiscamp.com says:

    I prefer to find trending topics which can be monetized through actual products and affiliate offers.
    This article is about generating sales with articles. Whether you like it or not, the internet is the business weapon of
    today and it could be your best friend, if you treat
    it right.

  25. Tire Pump says:

    This article offers clear idea in favor of
    the new visitors of blogging, that genuinely how to
    do running a blog.

  26. always i used to read smaller posts which also clear their motive,
    and that is also happening with this paragraph which I am
    reading here.

    For a better informative review please have a look at this page
    - handbag wholesale distributors

  27. Actually no matter if someone doesn’t be aware of then its up to other people that they will assist, so here
    it occurs.

  28. Wonderful, what a blog it is! This website gives helpful facts to us, keep it up.

  29. extra time says:

    Hi! Quick question that’s completely off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My weblog looks weird when browsing from my iphone4.
    I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to
    fix this issue. If you have any suggestions, please share.
    Many thanks!

  30. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that
    I have truly enjoyed surfing around your weblog posts.

    After all I’ll be subscribing for your rss feed and I am hoping you write
    once more soon!

  31. The Windows Identity Foundation is a technology that helps simplify user access for
    developers by externalizing user access from applications.
    For other options, Web based word processors are becoming ever more prevalent, specifically in the addressing of collaborative writing.
    But PDF allows image data to be stored in external files by the use
    of external streams or Alternate Images.

  32. ?????????? says:

    Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice while you
    amend your site, how could i subscribe for a blog site? The account
    helped me a appropriate deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered shiny clear idea

    Feel free to visit my web site: ??????????

  33. http says:

    I don’t even know the way I finished up here, however I thought this put up
    was good. I don’t recognise who you’re however certainly you are going to a well-known blogger in case you aren’t already.
    Cheers!

  34. ???????????? says:

    each time i used to read smaller articles or
    reviews that also clear their motive, and that is also
    happening with this post which I am reading at this place.

    Here is my web blog :: ????????????

  35. ??????? says:

    I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This post
    posted at this site is actually nice.

    my blog; ???????

  36. whoah this blog is wonderful i really like studying
    your posts. Keep up the great work! You realize,
    lots of individuals are searching round for this info, you
    can aid them greatly.

    My website; ????????????????

  37. Hi, of course this paragraph is really nice and I have learned lot of things from it on the
    topic of blogging. thanks.

    Feel free to visit my site: total body cleanse

RSS feed for comments on this post. And trackBack URL.

Leave a Reply