As a tattoo enthusiast with a sense of humor, I was on the lookout for a tattoo shop that could deliver both intricate artistry and a fun experience. I found my match in 5D Studios in Minnesota, a shop specializing in large-scale realism tattoos. But the real adventure began after leaving the studio – caring for my new masterpiece. In this blog post, I'll share my personal guide to tattoo aftercare, peppered with a few laughs to keep things interesting.
Step-by-Step Tattoo Aftercare (with a pinch of humor): At 5D Studios, the talented artists provide clients with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure their tattoos heal well. Here's a breakdown of the process, as experienced by me – with a twist of humor:
Keep the Bandage On: I left the bandage on my tattoo like a proud parent keeping their newborn bundled up – for at least 3-4 hours after my appointment, that is.
First Wash: Channeling my inner zen, I gently cleansed the tattoo using Dial unscented antibacterial foam soap during a shower with water as hot as I could stand. No loofahs or washcloths were harmed in the making of this tattoo. Then, I applied a hot compress with a white paper towel like a tattooed burrito, repeating until no blood, plasma, or ink was left on the towel.
Rewrapping and Repeating: After letting my tattoo breathe for 5-10 minutes, I swaddled it in plastic wrap, like I was preserving a priceless piece of art (which it is!). I repeated the washing and hot compress routine every 3-4 hours for the first 36-48 hours after getting my tattoo.
Unwrapping and Moisturizing: After 48 hours, it was time to set my tattoo free. I removed the wrap and continued washing the tattoo every 3-4 hours. After air drying, I applied a thin layer of unscented lotion like I was icing a very delicate cake.
Ongoing Care: For the next two weeks, I washed my tattoo 2-3 times a day with Dial unscented antibacterial foam soap and moisturized like a pro. I mastered the art of applying just the right amount – not too little, not too much.
Itching and Peeling: When my tattoo started to itch and peel, I resisted the urge to scratch like I was auditioning for a role in a horror movie. Instead, I continued my regular cleaning and moisturizing routine.
Clothing and Activities: I wore loose, preferably cotton clothing over my fresh tattoo, like I was embracing my inner fashion-challenged artist. I avoided baths, swimming, saunas, excessive exercise, sun exposure, spray tanning, and shaving over the tattoo until it was fully healed.
Healing and Maintenance: It took about 4-6 weeks for my tattoo to fully heal. Now, I maintain its vibrancy by moisturizing with Alchemy Luxury Tattoo Butter, shaving the area, and using sunscreen when out in sun– all while making sure I don't take myself too seriously.
Proper aftercare is crucial for preserving the beauty of your large-scale realism tattoo from 5D Studios in Minnesota. By following these steps, you'll not only enjoy a stunning piece of art but also ensure its longevity and vibrancy for years to come. And remember, a good laugh can make the healing process a whole lot more enjoyable!