OK. So you've just finished an awesome piece of work and are ready to collect payment and send your customer on their way. But first you must complete the final step of the process which is to bandage the tattoo. Tattooing is a painful art form as it causes some bleeding and swelling in the part of skin that is tattooed. Although the end product is a very beautiful piece of art some precautions need to be taken to protect your customer and the tattoo itself. Bandaging a tattoo is the last step of the tattoo making process.
The process of bandaging a tattoo is pretty simple, but also very important. The main aim of bandaging a tattoo is to protect the clothes from getting stained with blood or ink from the freshly complete tattoo. The other intention is to protect the area of skin from possible bacterial and other debris such as dirt, dust, etc. Although a fresh tattoo should get as much fresh air as possible but you do not want to risk the vulnerable part of your skin.
Once tattoo has been completed make sure you wipe the area down real good with green soap. Green soap is used during the entire tattoo process, before, during, and after. It is a skin prep and disinfectant used by tattoo artists as well as doctors to clean skin. Get green soap here. Also don’t forget a wash bottle for applying soap.
Next, apply very small amount of Tattoo Afterlife Redemption cream on the area. If you don’t have this many artists just use thin layer of Vaseline. This is done to prevent the bandage from sticking to the skin, but also helps seal the pores and prevent further bleeding.
Next apply a bandage and secure with some tape and you are good to go. Most professional shops will use a bandage that has a pad to soak up excess ink and plasma leaking from the skin, the bandage also has a porous plastic backing to allow heat to escape. A word of advice, plastic wrap should not be used to wrap a tattoo as it does not properly soak up blood born pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis that could potentially be leaking from the skin. Also, plastic wrap traps in heat and does not allow air to the tattoo creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Just remember that a tattoo is like a fresh wound into your skin so it needs to be covered to remain protected from the infection-causing microorganisms in the surrounding, as well as it needs to heal simultaneously.
This article primarily talks about how to bandage a tattoo after it is complete, but if the client is getting her first tattoo then some basic instruction should also be given by the artist on aftercare. Usually 3-4 hours after tattoo is done is good time to remove bandage, but some artists recommend leaving bandage on as long as 24 hours. As the healing and blood clotting process progresses, the clot tends to stick firmly to anything it gets in contact with so use caution when removing the bandage. So once the area has stopped bleeding the bandage can be removed in order to get some air and prevent moisture from being trapped which leads to scabbing.
That is pretty much it. Just a quick recap of the process. Wipe down with green soap, apply bandage, then secure with tape. If you client is getting their first tattoo or is new to the process make sure you cover aftercare with them.