Watercolor tattoos have grown in popularity because they offer a unique look that caters to those looking for softer colors and designs. As with any type of tattoo, you need ensure you take the proper measures to ensure your watercolor tattoo heals correctly. Obviously, you never want to touch the tattoo before washing your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap.
The following is a quick outline of what special care is needed immediately after you’ve received your watercolor tattoo.
The First Day
Make sure to leave your bandage on for one to three hours on the day you receive your tattoo. Once it’s time to remove it, make sure to do so in an environment that is clean. Gently wash the tattoo afterward using only our fingertips, warm water and a liquid antibacterial. Pat the tattoo dry using a paper towel. There’s no need to re-bandage your tattoo at this point.
The Second Day
Be very cautious when managing your tattoo for the next couple of weeks. You don’t want to get lint, hair or fur on your tattoo, because these can interrupt the healing process. You should wash your tattoo between two and four times daily using warm water and antibacterial hand soap. Pat dry with paper towels and then apply a super thin layer of crème or water based hand lotion. You can use this as needed to ensure the skin under the tattoo doesn’t dry out and peel. Try your best to leave the area alone – the less the skin is moved or irritated, the better.
What Not to Do
Make sure that you don’t completely submerge your new tattoo in water – so no swimming pools or baths. You can take showers – just try to avoid placing it directly on the stream of water. You should also keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight. And avoid scratching the tattoo, as this can cause flaking and scabs.
Fighting the Hands of Time
There’s controversy about watercolor tattoos, which revolves around the longevity of them. If you take good care of your watercolor tattoo, you will have a better chance of it looking great for many years. Keep your skin moisturized and wear sunscreen daily to help keep it from fading away over time. It’s also a good idea to choose a tattoo artist who is very experienced with watercolors. Make sure to check over their past work to see how good they really are. Ask for defined lines, since there’s virtually no black being used – black is what helps typical tattoos withstand the test of time. To combat this problem, you can have the artists create defined lines, which will darken the tattoo. High contrast and a black base should be used.