Here is a baseline instruction guide to tattoo aftercare. If your artist has given you different instructions follow them. If you forget what they have told you, this will work just fine!
After getting your tattoo, your fresh art will be wrapped in either a bandage or selefane (plastic wrap). You want to leave this on for 3 hrs, then take it off and clean it with basic soap and warm water (have a shower if its in a hard to reach spot). Pat it dry with a clean towel or paper towel. Give it a day or 2 to dry out, then start applying moisturizer when dry. Common sense healing.
DO’S — UN-SCENTED moisturizer will be needed periodically throughout healing as it begins to dry out. Dont smother it, but just a light coat that can be rubbed in. Apply when dry. There are many brands available, just make sure its as basic as possible and unscented. Cleaning your tattoo is a must. Rinse with basic soap (WHITE BAR) and warm water. Showers are all good, and cleaning the tattoo when you shower is good. Trouble comes in with soaking situations. Stay away from hot-tubs, pools, anything where the tattoo can soak.
DONT’S — Sunshine is kryptonite to tattoos. Unprotected sun exposure will drastically fade your quality and brightness of your tattoo (especially color) . Always remember to apply 40+ sunblock if your doing activities in the sun. Sunburns are your tattoos worst nightmare. Dont pick or scratch! As your tattoo dries out it will flake and peel, and ITCH. this is all normal. This is the healing process. Moisturizer is usually the best option to quench a good itch. If you take those scabs or flakes off too early it can take ink with it, so leave them be.