Sleeping with a new Tattoo

Your new tattoo is beautiful, but you want to make sure it's properly cared for. The best way to do that is by following these six steps:-

Leave the bandage on for 2-3 hours:

Once your artist applies cling wrap or a film like Dr Pickles Tattoo Wrap, it's time to let it sit for a few hours. The reason for this is that a new tattoo is vulnerable to all kinds of bacteria, just like a new wound, and can be easily irritated.

Don't touch!

It’s normal to be excited about your new tattoo — but don’t touch it! It will take a few days for your skin to heal and if you pick at the scab or break the tender skin covering your ink, there's a chance it could get infected or have parts of your tattoo fade/fall out. 

Wash your hands:

Before touching your tattoo or removing any tattoo film wash your hands with Dr Pickles Foaming Tattoo Wash to prevent the spread of bacteria and germs.

Wash your tattoo:

It's important to wash your tattoo with warm water and Dr Pickles Foaming Tattoo Wash, this will help remove any dirt, blood or plasma that may be on top of the skin. Apply Dr Pickles Foaming Tattoo Wash and leave it to sit for 10-15 seconds before rinsing with clean water for about 20 seconds. Pat dry, don't rub! Let your tattoo air dry before applying Dr Pickles Tattoo Balm

Apply a thin layer of ointment:

You should apply a light layer of Dr Pickles Tattoo Balm (not too much) to your tattoo, not your skin. Dr Pickles Tattoo Balm will help keep moisture in your tattoo while also helping prevent scabbing and itching.


A note on sheets:

Wearing a wrap to bed will also protect your sheets from excess ink, blood and plasma leaking and staining them.

If over night, your new tattoo weeps and gets stuck to your bed clothes/ sheets, do not rip the material off dry! Wet the material to soften it's attachment to your new skin sticker then gently remove it. Take your while sheet into the shower if you need to, it will make removal pain free and not create unnecessary scabs. 

Wrapping your tattoo up with Dr Pickles Tattoo Film will help prevent infection, but if you're still worried, covering the area with another bandage will help reduce cramping and swelling around the area after sleeping with a new tattoo. 

Now that you know how to sleep with a new tattoo you can rest easy and enjoy your new ink. We hope these tips have been helpful in your journey to becoming an expert on the art of sleeping with a tattoo!