Posted by whitey from IP: 126.96.36.199 on 12/19/06 uk
wet or dry heal???....opinion is mixed here...my old tatooist said to leave it out in the open and let it dry and put 'preparation H' on it which is a pile cream...nice..this was 8 years ago!!! my new tatooist who is also my mate...and a fuckin good tatooist says to apply 'bepanthen' which is a nappy rash rash cream then keep it wrapped in cling film for a few days so it can stay moist and therefore keep the ink in!!! this is bloody uncomfortable and pretty disgusting as it's all shitty an bloody an inky!! i'm just wondering what the general opinion is on this subject!!! you can check out a couple of pics of my tat at www.myspace.com/whiteyyetihw and you can visit my tatooists web-site at www.funkytat.com if you feel like it!!! keep inking xxx
Posted by Apprentice from IP: 188.8.131.52 on 12/19/06 CND
O...also i have been taught that keeping a tat wrapped and moist is a bad idea, you need the air to get to it so it can heal.Also when it is all gooey and eventually dries the scabs are gonna be thick and more likely to crack.
Posted by sailorcombs from IP: 184.108.40.206 on 12/19/06 silverdale wa
look not to jump on your mate or anything but he told you to wrap it in plastic wrap, and on top of that he told you to do it to keep it moist and KEEP THE INK IN???? maybe im confused but i didnt know plastic wrap worked such wonders. lol
Posted by gabe from IP: 220.127.116.11 on 12/19/06 OffTheMapTattoo.com / TattooNOW
You should heal it the way your artist recommends, he or she knows best how their tattoos heal on your skintype (or should).
I have healed tattoos with nothing but plastic wrap, its best to change the wrap every 2-3 hours to get rid of the gunk. Best way to describe this method is the body heals itself best with its own juices. Many clients and friends heal this way, but I get a heat rash when i try too, I have very sensitive skin. And yes, it tickles me pink to say I have sensitive skin. I have a beard too though so its ok. (cant shave, sensitive skin!)
Posted by sailorcombs from IP: 18.104.22.168 on 12/19/06 Silverdale wa
i have seen alot of bad things come out of putting plastic wrap over tattoos gabe thats just why i wouldnt reccommend it. the body naturally heals itself best yes.. i agree, but on the other hand suffocating the skin... which is what you are doing with plastic wrap is not going to allow that. your skin needs to breathe also the fact that wrapping the skin promotes oil and acne which can lead to spots in the tattoo.
We use Ohm Ointment, and recommend that our customers use a thin layer several times daily, and wrap only when sleeping or working, and take the wrap off often to let the tat breathe. I think wrapping does help it not to dry out, especially if clothes are going to be touching the tattoo, at least for the first few days. Once our tat gets to the peeling stage, we use Ohm Lotion. We rarely get scabs using this method. In my past experience with my tats, using a A&D or dry method, leads to scabs. I prefer to keep mine moist as much as possible with something natural and non petroleum, and recommend the same to my customers for the quickest healing time. Jess
Posted by Master_Shake from IP: 22.214.171.124 on 12/20/06 mass
Maybe I am too old school for this forum, but i dont do much for the healing. I keep recent tattoos bandaged with A&D for one day with a paper towel and tape. Then I use unscented lotion after that. But if you want an answer to your question, I have to agree with Gabe and just do what your artist tells you.