Your tattoo artist may give you special instructions for your tattoo, but this generally how you want to take care of it.
-Your tattoo is covered up with an antibacterial ointment to promote healing.
-DO NOT remove the bandage on your tattoo for 24 hours.
-After 24 hours, remove the bandage SLOWLY and wash it with a mild soap, then pat dry. Apply Bacitracin, Neosporin, A&D Ointment, or any kind of ANTIBACTERIAL ointment (available in any pharmacy) lightly three or four times a day. In a day or two, a light scab may form on the tattoo.
-DO NOT PICK THIS SCAB!
-Do not expose your tattoo to grease, oil, dirt, etc. Wear protective clothing while engaged in dirty work. Do not sunburn tattoo while it is healing. Also avoid chlorine pools and salt water bathing.