TATTOO HEALING & AFTERCARE
WHAT IS NORMAL WHEN HEALING A TATTOO?
Healing tattoos can continue to be sore for a few days following the appointment. Afterwards, they will typically be sensitive but not outwardly painful. Healing tattoos can peel or flake like a sunburn, scab up, or look dry. If this is the case, do not pick at the flakes or scabs; let them fall off on their own. Healing tattoos can also weep yellowish clear fluid for the first few days, especially if you were given a Second Skin style bandage, as described above. Some minor swelling and redness is common for the first few days. Swelling and redness can persist if the tattoo is being irritated continuously (such as being slept on, being in a spot that moves or bends a lot, or being touched often). If the tattoo is unusually painful, red, swollen, weeping pus, or otherwise unusually bothersome, contact the shop to speak to your artist. They can advise you on the best course of action.