After your inking session, your new tattoo will be covered with a type of ointment to facilitate healing. After this, most tattoo artists will cover your tattoo with something right after the session is over, whether that is gauze or saran wrap. This is due to the fact that your tattoo is, for all intents and purposes an open wound. There's a good chance that it will be bleeding a bit and when it is in this condition there is a chance that it could get infected. Leave the wrapping on for however long you are instructed to do so (usually just a few hours) before removing it and very gently rinsing the ointment off.
When it comes to healing a tattoo, one of the best things you can do with it is leave it alone. Don't touch it too much, and certainly don't scratch it. Some people even suggest not spraying water directly onto the design, but instead letting the water trickle down over. Essentially, this is to prevent your new tattoo from becoming overly irritated. In the days to come, you will notice that your tattoo scabbing over. This is perfectly normal, so resist the urge to try to scrape the scabbing off; allow it to fall off in its own time. Don't worry about any color that comes off with the scabbing.
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