Hax0rs Sux…

But in fairness they’ve gave me the well overdue kick up the backside I’ve needed to update wordpress and install a few plugins that I’ve been meaning to do for a while for this blog.  I woke up this morning, only slightly hungover caused by a gig I went to last night which was a lot of fun, fed the cats, and went back to bed with my laptop to find this post by my friend Brenda and thought “shit” so I’ve spent an hour or so doing a bit of “behind the scenes” magic to avoid such issues, especially since I’m trying to make more of an effort with this blog.

The new tattoo is healing well but why is it that whenever you get new ink and you see someone you know they instinctively grab/touch it straight away?  You can’t really get angry at them because it’s not their fault they didn’t know it was new so you just have to grin and bear it.  I decided I would write a little on how I care for new tattoos on here as well.  I do realise that there’s a lot of information on this subject on the internet but this is how I’ve more or less always done it and so far so good.
  • For the first 2-3 days I’ll wash my tattoo around 2 times a day (normally first thing in the morning and just before bed) with lukewarm water and fragrance free / anti-bacterial soap and pat dry with a towel. After this I just start treating it like the rest of my body and just wash it when I’m in the bath/shower.
  • After cleaning I then apply a small amount of Bepanthen (It’s nappy rash cream but is the best stuff I’ve ever used).  I find putting the tube in hot water for a minute or two beforehand makes it runny and means you don’t need to use a lot.  I’ll also re-apply as and when during the day.  I’ll use Bepanthen for about 5-7 days until the tattoo has shed its skin.
  • For the first 2 nights after cleaning and applying Bepenthen I may wrap the new tattoo in cling film.  I don’t really like doing this but I hate the feeling of bedsheets sticking to me.  It also saves your bedsheets from being covered in gunk which is a plus.
  • For a few days before my tattoo appointment and until it’s healed I’ll start taking Zinc supplements along with my normal daily multi-vitamin.
  • For a few days beforehand I’ll also try to not drink alcohol too, or at least not overindulge (it thins the blood and hangovers suck anyway without adding being repeatedly stabbed with a needle on top of that).  Afterwards is another matter. Heh heh.
  • Whilst healing it’ll get itchy.  I’ve found slapping it relieves it.
  • Once fully healed I always use sunblock if it’s sunny too.  The sun fades tattoos like a mo-fo.  Plus tattoos hurt enough without adding skin cancer/sunburn into the mix as well.

And that is basically it.


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