We had a customer come in yesterday, to inquire about the healing process of her tattoo that she had done a week ago.
It was definitely in the early stages of infection, which distressed us because we pride ourselves on the standard of our hygiene and cleanliness, operating a fully disposable, single use environment.
Turns out she works in housekeeping at a hostel and did not cover up her fresh piece while performing her work. Stirring up untold number of airborne pathogens, that surround us in our day-to-day lives, it’s not really surprising that something has has taken hold within the newly open wound and started to cause irritation.
When your artist tells you to take care of your tattoo, they mean it! The responsibility for maintaining it once it’s put on your body, falls to you. You MUST clean it carefully every day. Cover it while it’s healing, especially if you work in a job that increases your exposure to pathogens. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, just something to keep it out of the sun, wind and air, be it long sleeves or long pants. And make sure any clothing you put against it is clean!