A freshly made tattoo requires extra care. With these tips, you'll have an excellent chance of making sure that your new Tattoo will be the best that it can be!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Bandaging Your Freshly Done Tattoo.\r\n\r\nWhen your Tattoo Artist has finished applying your Tattoo he or she will typically "wipe" the Tattoo down with green soap, then apply a thin coat of Vaseline or an anti-bacterial ointment (such as A&D Ointment, Neosporin or Bacitracin), then bandage it.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Anti-Bacterial Ointments (Neosporin, Bacitracin, A&D Ointment, Etc.).\r\n\r\nBefore your new Tattoo is bandaged, your Tattoo Artist will typically apply a thin coat of an anti-bacterial ointment, such as Bacitracin or Neosporin from a sterile, single-use packet.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n3.\u00a0How Long Before I Can Remove the Bandage?\r\n\r\nYou\u00a0should wait at least a few hours.\u00a0 Principally, this is to allow the traumatized skin to heal and the "oozing" to stop flowing.\r\n\r\nAfter 4-6 hours feel free to remove the bandage -- and if your artist has used plastic-film wrap, do not leave the bandage on more than 8 hours!\u00a0 Once you have removed the bandage, clean your new Tattoo well with a mild, non-abrasive soap and warm water.\r\n\r\nDO NOT SCRUB\u00a0- Clean it well -- massage and remove the excess ink and dried fluid and be sure to remove the residue of any Vaseline, Neosporing or other ointment that may have been applied.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n4.\u00a0Care During the First Week.\r\n\r\nSimply moisturize the Tattoo lightly with a lotion -- no more than 2 or 3 times a day. Use Noxzema face cream.\u00a0 It's very light, water-based and non-pore clogging.\r\n\r\nCLOTHING:\u00a0 You will also want to be sure to wear loose-fitting clothing that will not rub against the Tattoo -- especially in the first 2 or 3 days of healing.\r\n\r\nDO NOT PICK\u00a0at your new Tattoo.\u00a0 Ideally, the skin will form an "onion-peel" like a sunburn.\u00a0 Allow this to slough-off naturally while bathing -- and some will remove when you gently rub lotion into the Tattoo.\r\n\r\nKEEP IT CLEAN.\u00a0\u00a0 Avoid things like letting your pets lick the freshly Tattooed skin.\u00a0 Don't touch your Tattoo yourself if you have not washed your hands.\u00a0 Be conscious that you are still healing.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n5. Moisturizing.\r\n\r\nDO NOT OVER-MOISTURIZE.\u00a0This will\u00a0retard the healing process and not let the skin "breathe", lead to heavier scabbing and potential loss of color from your new Tattoo.\r\n\r\nMoisturizing should be "light" -- a thin coat in the morning, and in the evening of when it feels "dry".