How to Properly Care For Your New Tattoo, According to a Tattoo Artist
Whether you're getting your first piece of ink or you're just adding another one to your collection, getting a tattoo requires a bit of research beforehand. There's the process of figuring out what design you're most comfortable with getting permanently etched onto your body, picking a trustworthy artist to do it, and most importantly, making sure you know how to take care of the tattoo once the job is done.
Following the proper aftercare instructions is key to making sure your tattoo heals properly and doesn't end up getting infected. People are typically briefed by their tattoo artists on how to care for their tattoos once they're finally placed and finished, but in the event that you're curious or experiencing some nerves ahead of getting a new tattoo, we're here to help.
We consulted tattoo artist Michelle Santana, who works at celebrity-favorite Bang Bang Tattoo in New York City and owns Santana Tattoo in Colombia, to find out exactly how to heal your tattoo without infection.
From which products to use to what activities to avoid, she's laid out everything you need to know. Keep reading to find her tips to make sure your ink ends up looking as good as you hoped.