Tattoos & Piercings are becoming more and more common and with the rise of anything, comes the rise of complications. Tattoos and piercings are extremely low maintenance IF you know how to take care of them or more specifically how not to fuck them up.
The biggest and most common mistake is to over react, over clean and over stimulate.
Basic aftercare is given after most tattoos or piercings by the artist who did the procedure, there are no real RIGHT or WRONG instructions and the artist will always try to give you the best information in their opinion or experience. For a tattoo, you will be told to take the bandage or covering off anywhere from two hours to three days later depending on the artist and the kind of covering. Wash the tattoo with a mild unscented soap and allow the tattoo to air dry or pat dry with a paper towel. You will be told to apply a type of moisturizing product to the tattoo one to two times a day or as needed. NEVER SCRATCH OR PICK the tattoo, don't soak the tattoo in any water for long periods of time, avoid dirt, swimming, hot tubs or other bodily fluids till the scabs are gone. Follow the artists’ instructions but more importantly listen to your body, if it’s dry, moisturize. If it’s squishy and the scabs are raised, moisturize less.
Piercings are sea salt and water for every type of piercing. You can use Saline or Piercing Aftercares, but a rinse or soak twice a day of sea salt + water for a few minutes will heal every piercing, as well as heal almost all complications that arise including mild keloids, infections, hypertrophic scars and piercing pimples. The mixture is approximately 1 teaspoon of non iodized sea salt to 1 cup of warm purified or distilled water.
Infections or more specifically serious infections are actually incredibly rare. In fact, it is far harder to actually contract anything from a tattoo or piercing done in a safe environment than most people believe: did you know that HIV has never been proven to have been transmitted through tattooing, while it is theoretically possible, it has never happened in recorded medical history. If you are going to a safe and clean shop, you do not need to sterilize or disinfect your tattoo or piercing as there is no harmful bacteria present and over cleaning will actually do more harm than good by killing the bodies natural bacteria and anti-bodies.
Top five most common complications
The above are extremely vague descriptions and we recommend contacting your piercer or tattoo artist if you are unsure but more often then not what you are experiencing is harmless and totally normal. We do advise against asking your friends for their opinions and NEVER EVER google your symptoms.