When I was growing up a tattoo meant you were socially or morally objectionable. That’s still the mindset I guess I have these days, I’ll work on changing that. It seems today’s young adults are getting tattoos more and more as a representation of a memory, a loved one and so on.
In my nephews case it’s to represent pride in his Samoan culture.
Samoan tattoos have evolved into a new style of contemporary designs blended with old traditional designs. Designs are implemented from the culture like the fala mat pattern, flowers, turtles, birds, fish and other cultural symbols. So I understand now why he did it. He’s proud and there is nothing wrong with that.
In any case I was surprised at how good his tattoo looked. So, to help my nephew heal healthy and preserve the ink here is a tattoo healing timeline and some do’s and dont’s.
It is critical to begin proper after care to your new tattoo immediately. Proper aftercare is key to healing a tattoo properly and to prolonging the visual appearance of your tattoo.
Receiving a tattoo is similar to having minor surgery. Care must be taken to keep the area as clean, and germ-free, as possible. Ensure your clothes, and sheets, are also clean.
Do NOT pick at your tattoo. While the newly tattooed area will get itchy, scratching will only prolong the healing process of your tattoo.
Tattoo Healing – Do’s and Don’ts
Do NOT apply vaseline to your new tattoo
Do NOT apply alcohol to your new tattoo
Do NOT swim, or soak in the tub, for at least 2 weeks
Do NOT get your new tattoo sunburnt
Don’t scratch, don’t scratch, don’t scratch!
DO use quality tattoo aftercare products
Tattoo Healing Timeline – Week 1
During the first week you may experience sunburn-like sensations in your newly-tattooed area. You may also experience some minor swelling and discomfort. Over-the counter pain relievers can help to alleviate some of this discomfort.
Tattoo Healing Timeline – Week 2
Your new tattoo may start to peel and flake. The area of your new tattoo may also feel dry and itchy. Do NOT scratch your new tattoo or pick any scabs!
Tattoo Healing Timeline – Week 3
By now, most of the scabbing on your new tattoo will be gone. The area may still be sensitive as your skin continues to heal completely.
Hope this helps you boo. Enjoy and be proud.