Don't expose your new tattoo to sunlight or indirect sunlight; UV rays are bad for tattoos. SO...no tanning beds!
Do put sunblock on your tattoo if you are planning on being outside.
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 / Clingfilm on your tattoo for as long as the advised by your tattoo artist. It will stop it from sticking to clothing, bed sheets and other things that may damage your new tattoo.
Don't leave the bandage / Clingfilm on your tattoo longer than your artist told you.
Don't rebandage / Clingfilm your tattoo
Don't pull the bandage / Clingfilm off if it is stuck! Use warm water to loosen the bandage / Clingfilm first.
Do use the aftercare product that your tattoo artist told you to use on your tattoo. Follow his/her 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 water and dab dry before applying aftercare products on your tattoo.
Don't use an excessive amount of your aftercare product on your tattoo.
Do make sure you 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, this is part of the healing process.
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.
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 take their time with each customer; they do not rush to get to the next person. 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 want to get, make sure you know what you are getting and 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.
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