If you want your new tattoo to heal properly, so that it will look the best it can for its entire life, caring for it is essential. There are many methods people use, but over the years I have found this fairly standard procedure to work best for myself and almost all of my clients. If you have different plans, I recommend discussing it with me first.
More pro tips:
Initial healing can sometimes take up to 3-4 weeks. After healed, wearing sunscreen when being exposed or covering up is always a good idea!
Redness and swelling should subside over the first few days. Flaking/peeling like a sunburn is normal.
Do NOT encourage peeling by picking at or rubbing at the tattoo with force. Let it shed on its own.
Old, clean pajamas for the first few nights are a good idea. It can sometimes get messy. If you wake up stuck to fabric, get it wet and slowly remove the article.
Make sure sheets, clothes, hands and anything else it comes in contact with is clean. If you notice it has gotten dirty, stop what you are doing and go wash it.
Itchiness comes with the territory! Scratching is strictly forbidden, but usually a little lotion or some light slapping will help.
Keep it free! Avoid straps and tight fitting clothing or shoes as well as jewelry from rubbing against your healing tattoo.