Finally, the design you've had in your head for months has now become a reality, and your skin is sporting a cool new tattoo. But what next? How do you look after it and ensure it heals well and ends up looking just as you beaut as it should? Here's everything you need to know…. Aftercare advice will vary from studio to studio, and sometimes even artists in the same studio will have different ideas of what heals best. Listen to the instructions your artist gives you — most will have a leaflet with their advice printed out for you to take away.
Above all else, you have to know what imagery you want. Do you want something floral? A portrait? Abstract blots of color? Or maybe you just want some simple script?
It's sometimes hard to estimate how long a tattoo will take to heal, but there are many ways to prevent healing from becoming a drag. All of our tips and tricks below should help to ensure healing times are kept as short as possible. We'll explain how long an average tattoo takes to heal, and the many factors that come into play when determining healing times.