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Old 07-15-2009, 07:48 PM   #31
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Letting them scab up too much can cause them to lose some definition. I used lubriderm beginning to end. There's different schools of thought on tats, but since you chose to get one during the summer, keep sunscreen on it for the rest of the season. The sun is an enemy of fresh ink.
Sun is an enemy to ALL ink, but especially fresh. I have 6 tats and the faded ones are on the lower arms. I got mine in 1990 and I used Neutrogena.. There needs to be a "Thank You" button on posts at the bottom by Quote... But, Thank you for this useful post.
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I have full sleeves, my back is covered, half my chest and half of one leg is done. You never want to keep it covered if possible, you want it to breath. Just like someone else mentioned, keep a light layer of A&D on it, washing it with dial antibacterial pump soap. You don't want to use a bar soap on it until it heals. For the time you are using the A&D, wash it 3 to 4 times a day with said dial, and ice it for 5 to 10 minutes after every wash. Once it starts flaking, switch to a non-alcohol based lotion. I've always used Curel original formula, and still do to this day. Don't go swimming or take a bath, avoid excessive exposure to the sun and always use sun screen, at least a 30 or so. It might all seem a bit much, but if you sit through getting a tattoo and it's with you forever, might as well take care of it properly. I've had the majority of my tattoos for a decade or so, and they still look like new. A couple of really old ones that I got along time ago I had covered up because I didn't care fro them properly. Hope that helps.

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Old 07-15-2009, 08:07 PM   #33
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Ankles and feet HURT. Nice Tat btw!
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Thank you, sir. It definitely wasn't pleasurable having work done on certain spots, that's for sure.
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:47 PM   #35
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Here's the latest of my ink. The head and half the body was already finished in 2 previous sessions. Just did the legs on monday evening.
1 more sitting and we'll have the rest done. I can only sit for about an hour on this piece. Its an extremely sensitive part of the body and the pain just becomes too much. I've sat through 4-5 hours straight on my sleeved arm without a flinch. The ribs are a completely different world...I cringed every time the needle hit my skin.

Isnt she perrrty..
gosh man, that's huge! she is quite perty. I can't imagine getting one in that spot. my artist told me the shoulder/arm is the least sensitive place. it wasn't that bad, but it sure wasn't comfortable either. I bet the ribs are killer. looks awesome though man! How long ago did you start it?
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:51 PM   #36
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I have full sleeves, my back is covered, half my chest and half of one leg is done. You never want to keep it covered if possible, you want it to breath. Just like someone else mentioned, keep a light layer of A&D on it, washing it with dial antibacterial pump soap. You don't want to use a bar soap on it until it heals. For the time you are using the A&D, wash it 3 to 4 times a day with said dial, and ice it for 5 to 10 minutes after every wash. Once it starts flaking, switch to a non-alcohol based lotion. I've always used Curel original formula, and still do to this day. Don't go swimming or take a bath, avoid excessive exposure to the sun and always use sun screen, at least a 30 or so. It might all seem a bit much, but if you sit through getting a tattoo and it's with you forever, might as well take care of it properly. I've had the majority of my tattoos for a decade or so, and they still look like new. A couple of really old ones that I got along time ago I had covered up because I didn't care fro them properly. Hope that helps.

Here's a pic of my leg, a work in progress.
Wow that's impressive. Looks like a good amount of hours spent under the needle. I'm not quite to the point of planning my next one yet, but i'm not sure i could take the pain of having my feet done. Thanks for sharing!

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