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Tattoo Aftercare by Random G

Tattoo aftercare by day

How quickly you heal depends on the size of your tattoo and how intricate it is. Bigger tattoos will stay red and swollen longer, because they cause more trauma to your skin.

Day 1

You’ll come home from the artist with a wrap over your tattoo. After 1 to 2 hours, you can remove it.

Once the wrap comes off, you’ll probably notice fluid oozing from the tattoo. This is blood, plasma (the clear part of blood), and some extra ink. It’s normal. Your skin will also be red and sore. It might feel slightly warm to the touch.

With clean hands, wash the tattoo with warm water and a fragrance-free soap. Use Carlton roll to dab and absorb the water and moisture from the tattoo. Leave the bandage off so the tattoo can heal.

Days 2 to 3

Your tattoo will have a duller, cloudy appearance by now. This happens as your skin heals. Scabs will start to form.

Wash your tattoo once or twice a day and dry thoroughly with paper towel. On day 3 you should begin using tiny amounts of moisturizer.

Days 4 to 6

The redness should start to fade. You’ll probably notice some light scabbing over the tattoo. The scabs shouldn’t be as thick as scabs you get when you cut yourself, but they will be raised. Don’t pick at the scabs — this can cause scarring.

Keep washing your tattoo once or twice a day. Apply moisturizer.

Days 6 to 14

The scabs have hardened and will begin to flake off. Don’t pick at them or try to pull them off, let them come off naturally. Otherwise, you could pull out the ink and leave scars.

At this point your skin may feel very itchy. Gently rub on a moisturizer several times a day to relieve the itch.

Days 15 to 30

In this last stage of healing, most of the big flakes will be gone and the scabs should be going away. You might still see some dead skin, but it should eventually clear up too. The tattooed area might still look dry and dull. Keep moisturizing until the skin looks hydrated again.

By the second or third week, the outer layers of skin should have healed. It may take three to four months for the lower layers to completely heal. By the end of your third month, the tattoo should look as bright and vivid as the artist intended.



Last High

This post is ridiculously accurate, brilliant! I am so glad I survived my 10 year stint.

Carrie Mayhem

Line cut
Roll a bill
Inhale deeply
Pupil ousts iris
Euphoria takes hold
Invincible once again
Vivacious life of the party
Clammy flesh, crimson stain, stolen breath
Body seizes, panic, and then, nothing…………

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Dear Nikon Camera Corporation

Personally I would love to see what these cameras can do. Who better for the task? I look at Dons photos everyday.
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Don Charisma

Dear Nikon,

I know you guys are avid readers of my blog, and love my sunset photos. I also know you’re wondering why I’m taking photos using my iPhone as opposed to one of your excellent cameras. A very good question, you guys do ask very good questions !

In a word – budget. Even stretching my budget I’ve been unable to track down a Nikon J4 or V3 locally to where I live here in Thailand.

So here’s an opportunity for you guys …

I’ll do an extensive review of either a J4 or a V3, whichever you think would be more suitable for me, over the course of a couple of weeks.

For me to do the review I need the following :

  • Nikon 1 – J4 or V3 (V3 I think is better, J4 is lighter – either would work for me)
  • Lens – 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm…

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My Take on the MotoGP.

A great post, well worth a read.

From the Pen of Gazza!

I’ve followed the Top level Motorcycle racing scene for as long as I can remember.


The last couple of years has been a bit of a boring time as there was no real “personality” at the top … Rossi (one of my all time fav’s) had an injury and then went onto a bike that he just could not master.

Last year and this he is back on Yamaha and doing a lot better. BUT up comes a little guy Marc Márquez … little more than WOW has to be said about this guy. Just go and read a little in the link I put on his name – you’ll be rather amazed.

Yesterday’s race (Argentine Grand Prix) Vale came 4th with Marc winning the race.

I have to say that at this point in the technology – (as it was last year) it seems as if there is just…

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Behold: the two absolutely worst arguments against homeschooling

Homeschooling, you might like this!

The Matt Walsh Blog


Here’s the email I received last week. I was saving it for today, as I’ll be speaking at a homeschool conference tomorrow:

Hi Matt,

I’ve been a pretty decent fan of some of your writings, and while I don’t always agree I find that you sometimes have an entertaining way of presenting your opinion. Anyway, all due respect, I find myself having a hard time continuing to follow you now that I’ve gone back and read through your views on education.

It doesn’t so much bother me that you seem to be PROUD of your lack of a college education. You seem to be of the lucky few smart enough to get away with having no real education to speak of (congratulations). What I can’t reconcile myself with is your vitriol and hatred for public education and your insistence on peddling “homeschooling” like it’s somehow the answers to all of…

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