- Even after your tattoo has healed try to avoid exposing it to the sun without sunblock. Sunblock with a 30 SPF or higher will work the best - though SPF numbers over 30 do not provide much further advantage than an SPF of 30. Sunlight over time fades tattoos.
- Disease and viruses may be spread through the tattoo process when a dirty needle is used. This is why it is important to find a reputable shop. Remember, you will get what you pay for.
- Do not use products like Neosporin: if you read the label they tell you they are not for puncture wounds (and remember, your tattoo is just thousands of little puncture wounds). This will cause the skin under and around your tattoo to heal too quickly.
- Do not let your tattoo "dry out" while it is healing - about three weeks.
- Even after your tattoo has healed, it may feel a little bumpy. This is because the ink still needs to "settle." This usually takes about four weeks.
- It is normal for tattoos to peel after you first get them. As tempted as you may be, don't pick it!