You just got a new tattoo and it looks incredible. Clean, strong lines. An exact match to the sketch. Instant euphoria. After you’ve marveled at the new masterpiece on your arm and snapped a few pics for the ‘gram, your tattoo artist bandages you up.
At this time, it’s likely your artist will do one of two things: apply a ‘second-skin’ type of bandage (a sterile medical grade adhesive patch that stays on for multiple days and protects your skin from infection) or they may apply some antibacterial ointment and bandage you up with some good ol’ fashioned plastic wrap before sending you on your way. Even though it’s beautiful art, you did just give yourself an open wound, after all. But how do you care for your new tattoo once you’re on your own at home? We chatted with a tattoo artist, aftercare experts and a dermatologist to find out. Read ahead for their seriously helpful tips.