Yes, there is always a level of pain when getting a tattoo and generally the tolerance level is up to the individual, but our talented artist take great care to make sure you are relaxed, comfortable and confident. A skilled hand can make the experience much more enjoyable, and those are the hands we employ here at Blue Hawaii Tattoo.
Can I get an infection?
After getting a tattoo, it’s important not to expose your tattoo to the ocean or public pools so it is best to plan your tattoo session after doing your planned activities in the ocean or swimming pools.
Infection is caused by bacteria getting into the raw wound so your artist will cover the area with a bandage immediately following your session and will provide you with instructions on how to properly care for the tattoo. As long as you follow the instructions provided, your risk of infection will decrease dramatically.
Proper care will help the tattoo heal properly, and reduce the risk of infection. It will also help with the overall appearance of the tattoo, causing the colors to remain bold and bright and remain beautiful for years to come.
How Do I heal my new Tattoo
Tattoos involve puncturing skin and inserting ink below the first layer of skin. It is important to know how to treat a new tattoo in order to speed up your healing time and avoid negative side effects. .
First off, he or she will provide detailed instructions and you should follow them carefully. Think of your tattoo as having a warranty; if you don’t follow the artist’s instructions, you might void the warranty and he or she won’t give you free touch-ups.
Leave the bandage on. You should leave it on anywhere between two hours to 24 hours. Make sure a thick, absorbent, non-stick ABD wound dressing is used. Your tattoo artist will give you a time frame. Be patient. The bandage is there to protect your tattoo from airborne bacteria, which can penetrate through your broken skin.
Soak the bandage with warm water when removing it. This is optional, but recommended if the bandage is stuck to your tattoo and offers resistance.
Wash the tattoo. Most artists recommend lukewarm water and mild, unscented liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap. Use your hands (not a wash cloth) and gently remove all traces of blood so it doesn’t scab. Pat (don’t rub) dry with a clean towel or a paper towel.
Apply ointment. Many tattoo artists advise that you use ointment for 2-3 days. Ointment lasts longer than lotion, reducing the number of times you need to apply it and thus lessening the amount of rubbing. Apply a thin layer that’s just enough to make the tattoo shine, or else you’ll suffocate it. Apply it twice a day. Switch over to lotion when your tattoo artist says so.
Continue washing and applying ointment or lotion as directed by your tattoo artist until the tattoo heals. The tattoo might look cloudy for a few days as it heals. This is called “onion skin.” You’ll know you have “onion skin” when the tattoo looks clearer when wet.