Tattoo Preparation and Aftercare

This page is to help you understand how to best prepare for your tattoo appointment so that you have the best possible experience at Constant Ink Addiction and most importantly, how to care for your new tattoo after it is finished. This is particularly important when on holiday or just being in an environment like Bali as there are many ways to damage your fresh ink. First we will look at how you can get yourself ready for your appointment. This includes things like being hydrated, preparing your skin, getting a good night’s sleep, eating well before, bringing snacks and water and wearing comfortable clothing. It is also important that you don’t come to your appointment while intoxicated or with any substances in your system as it can thin your blood causing an increase in excessive bleeding and affect the quality of your tattoo as well as impair your judgement. Tattoos can take a toll on your energy levels and are especially tough on your body, which is why it is important to be ready for your session. Not only will these steps minimize pain, but they will also help your healing process after your appointment is over.

Be hydrated

The tap water in Bali isn’t recommended for drinking, so avoid it and stick to sealed bottled water. That includes steering clear of more than you might think, including ice in drinks, brushing your teeth with tap water, ingesting water in the shower, and food that has been washed in tap water. Hydration is important all of the time, of course. But before a tattoo, make sure to load up on water. It’s likely that during the tattoo you won’t drink a whole lot, but being dehydrated could lead to feeling faint and unwell during your session. Staying hydrated is also important for preventing dry, flakey skin, which won’t make your tattoo any easier.

Prepare your skin

Speaking of avoiding flakey skin, implementing a good skincare routine is also important in the lead up to your tattoo. In the days before your appointment, use a good moisturiser to get your skin ready for its new ink. But, it’s best not to moisturise immediately before a session, as any residue on your skin could interfere with the tattooing process.

Get a good night’s sleep

Doing anything when you’re overtired is hard, but sleep is crucial before a tattoo so that you can be aware of how your body is reacting. Some people also find that getting tattooed on little sleep can cause it to hurt more, but of course this varies for each individual. Regardless, being well rested is always a good thing and could make your session easier.

Eat a balanced meal beforehand

While getting tattooed feels like you aren’t doing much, your body is actually expending a lot of energy during the process. Getting a tattoo is causing trauma to your body, so it’s super important to have enough energy to get through without having your blood sugar drop too low, which could cause it to feel more painful. Plus, the last thing you want while getting a permanent piece of artwork on your body is to be shaking the whole way through. Get some protein and complex carbohydrates in, they will give you energy that lasts longer and won’t spike and fall too quickly. It has also been shown in studies that vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) helps with wound healing and boosts your immune system, so try to eat some vitamin C rich foods before and after your session.

Bring snacks

On the same topic, if you know you are in for a long session it’s a good idea to bring some healthy snacks and drinks along with you. Nuts or protein bars are a good idea, rather than sugary sweets, to avoid intense blood sugar spikes. You will feel like you are dying for something sugary afterwards, so I usually bring a bottle of pure orange or apple juice, but you could treat yourself to a can of fizzy drink. You’ve probably earned it.

Wear comfortable clothing

This one is important; think about where you are getting tattooed. Getting a thigh piece? Don’t wear skinny jeans then. Soft, loose, practical clothing is usually best; it’s easy to move and won’t be rough on your skin afterwards. Putting a bit of thought into your outfit can save you a whole lot of hassle on the day. Hopefully this guide will help you get ready for your next tattoo.

Tattoo aftercare in Bali

We recommend scheduling your tattoo for a time when you are not planning on extended beach time, diving or surf trips for the next 2 weeks. Sunbathing and swimming is a no go for fresh tattoos! For many people the end of their traveling appears as the best time to get some ink. The main focus on tattoo aftercare is to protect your tattoo from infection. To let it heal quickly without scarring and loss of colour and quality. Depending on the size of the tattoo and your skin condition the healing process takes between two and four weeks. In the first days, redness and bruises around the affected areas are normal. You will also experience ink and wound fluids coming out. Due to the healing process scabbing appear and the skin can get a bit itchy. Don’t pick or scratch! After we finished the work on your tattoo, we clean, disinfect and cover it with a plastic wrap. Now it is on you to take care of your new piece of body art. Follow the instructions below to provide the best tattoo aftercare for your Bali tattoo. If the skin around your tattoo becomes more red than it was in the beginning and hot around the new tattoo. Please contact us immediately. And go to the doctor. Keep it clean, let it breathe and moisturized.If you have any questions about your tattoo aftercare, please don´t hesitate to contact us.

• Go home! The bigger the tattoo the more important it is to give your body time to rest and to start the self healing of your skin. Tonight is not the time for a big party night out! Sorry.

• Open the plastic wrapping after max. 2 hours or after you come home. You want to protect your new tattoo from dirt, pollution and germs for the first hours, but then it is important to open the plastic. Your skin can not breathe under the wrapping and it starts sweating. Warm and sweaty wounds are a wonderful surrounding for unwanted bacteria. Also, the sweat will transfer the ink out of the skin. It fades. Do not wrap your tattoo again.

• Wash your tattoo after removing the wrap. In Bali the quality of the tap water is unstable we recommend rinsing the water with drinking water. Remove dried blood and ink carefully, but don’t soak your tattoo in water. You can use only clear water or mild, unfragranced soap like green soap. Dry your tattoo after cleaning it. Use a clean towel or paper towel. Gently tab it dry. No rubbing!

• Apply a tattoo aftercare product. Make sure your tattoo is completely dry. Wash your hands and apply a thin layer of aftercare product, but don’t overdo it, if you apply a thick layer of aftercare product the skin cannot breathe anymore. That has a negative effect on the healing process and the ink easily comes out of the skin. A good aftercare product has an antiseptic effect, supports wound healing and keeps the wound moisturised to reduce scrapes and protects them from cracking.

• Wash your hands, always befor touching your new tattoo

• Repeat the aftercare until the tattoo is fully healed. Do it twice a day. If it got dirty, give it an extra round of cleaning and aftercare product. .

• Don’t pick at the flaking/scabbing skin! It causes delay of healing, fading of colours, scars and increase the chances of infection.

• Don’t expose to the sun! Really don’t do it! Keep your tattoo covered and in the shade. Intense sunlight increases fading of ink (not only on new tattoos)

• Do not apply sunscreen on a tattoo in a healing process.

• Don’t go swimming! Water can contain bacteria witch can cause inflammation and it can have a negative affect on the healing process. You can have a quick shower, but you can not go swimming neither in the sea nor pool until the tattoo is completely healed.

• Don’t overdo it with sports, don’t wear tight clothes, don’t touch the tattoo with dirty hands, don’t shave the tattooed area.

Please keep in mind that all aftercare advice we give are general suggestions based on our experience and knowledge.

Personal conditions like sickness or allergies can affect your healing process.