For the aftercare, they will most likely give you a paper with instructions for that. But if not, or if it's unclear then you need to rub aquaphor on your tattoo every day.
When you first get it, they will probably wrap it in plastic wrap. Leave that on for a few hours and then when you take it off, wash the tattoo in hot water and use UNSCENTED ANTIBACTERIAL soap!! (it will sting a little bit, but it won't hurt the tattoo at all) Don't scrub it with a washcloth or anything, just use your fingers to wash it. Then blot dry it with a paper towel. Then you need to rub aquaphor over it. Not too much, don't pile it on, but use it as if it's lotion.
Aquaphor feels like vaseline, but is not petroleum based! That's important. Do not use things like tattoo goo or vaseline... aquaphor works the best. You can buy it at any drug store.
The first day, keep it wrapped if you are going to have anything touching it like a long sleeved shirt or a jacket. Don't wear bracelets for a while.
Wash your tattoo with this method for the first 3 days, at least twice a day. And apply the aquaphor every time it rubs off and avoid touching your new tattoo.
After 3 days, you can switch to an unscented lotion for sensitive skin. I suggest using lubriderm for extra dry skin, it is very moisturizing and is good for the sensitivity.
Your tattoo will scab, don't pick at it! If you follow these directions, the scab will be minimal, mine hardly scabbed at all.
Color will come out in your scab, but don't worry, your tattoo will be fine that's normal. Just don't pick at it or scratch it. If it becomes dry and flaky, use some more aquaphor or lotion. (The aquaphor won't hurt it if you use too often!)
If it starts looking a little pale, rub some lotion on it and the color becomes vibrant again if you're getting color.
Since it's on your wrist, I'm guessing you don't shave it, but you never know i'll just throw this in here. Don't shave over your tattoo until it's completely healed! you can tell this by closing your eyes and running your finger over the tattoo. If you feel it raised or bumpy at all don't shave!
Also, with the alcohol.You can't drink beforehand, they won't tattoo you if you have alcohol in your system. I know it sucks, but it can have adverse affects because sometimes when you get a tattoo, the adrenaline starts running through your body and that can have bad effects when mixed with the alcohol or any other drug. Take some tylenol beforehand, it won't numb your wrist but it won't be so bad.
Hope this helps!
· 1 decade ago