Aftercare and risks

Putting the tattoo

Getting tattooed is not without risks. We at Walls and Skin work strictly by the hygenic codes given bij the GGD. Don’t get tattooed by just any artist or at any place.

Because a wound is created during tattooing, there is a chance of contamination with diseases that are being blood transmitted, such as hepatitis B and C. Therefore, check to see that the tattoo artist works hygienically. A hygienic working method is also important to prevent your new tattoo from igniting. In any case, make sure that:

  • The skin for tattooing is cleaned, disinfected and shaved with a new disposable razor blade;
  • The needles and ink are packaged sterile and are only used for you. The needles are packed individually,
  • Ink is in small ink cups;
  • Clean tissues are used during tattooing to clean the skin;
  • The tattoo artist wears gloves while putting the tattoo and replaces them if he or she touches something differently than the tattooing device/ station, a tissue or your skin;
  • The tattoo is cared for and covered afterwards.


A new tattoo is comparable to a scrape. The skin breaks during tattooing, resulting in a wound. Poor care and unsanitary treatment can cause infections and scar tissue. Moreover, wound infections can lead to a less beautiful tattoo. If you take good care of the tattoo, it will take two to six weeks for the wound to heal.
If the tattoo is covered with regular transparent film, you can remove this after 2 to 3 hours. Wound spray or self-adhesive transparent film must remain in place until it naturally wears or falls off. You can shower normally with a tattoo.

Treat the uncovered tattoo as follows:

  • 1-3 hours after getting your tattoo let warm water flow over your tattoo for 10-15 seconds.
  • Pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel after washing;
  • Coat the wound with an ointment that you have received from the tattoo artist or that he or she recommends.
  • The first day after your tattoo you can use more lotion or tattoo cream to get trough the night.

During the healing process, make sure that you:

  • Use ointment as less as possible, keep your tattoo as close to dry as possible but don’t let it go dry. The more your tattoo can breathe, the better it will heal. The ointment is not a magic potion, a little is enough.
  • Touch the tattoo as little as possible (wash your hands before you touch the wound);
  • Do not scratch the tattoo, even tough it will itch;
  • The tattoo isn’t covered with tight or soiled clothing;
  • Do not cover the tattoo with plasters or bandages;
  • Avoid (bubble) baths, swimming pools, saunas and steam baths;
  • Do not expose the tattoo to sunlight or a tanning bed.

The tattooed skin remains very sensitive to sunlight even after healing. Therefore always lubricate your tattoo with sunscreen.

Please note: contact your doctor in case of extreme redness, swelling, bleeding, wound fluid, color change or chronic pain.

Don’t get tattooed if..

Applying tattoos involves risks. Therefore, ensure that you are well equipped and had enough to eat. Inform the tattoo artist of any use of medication or skin problems, allergies, epilepsy and hypersensitivity reactions. (There is a very small, but existing chance of having an allergic reaction on the ink)

Do not apply a tattoo:

  • In places where you have undergone plastic surgery or radiation in the past year;
  • On a scar that is less than a year old;
  • In a place that was tattooed less than six weeks ago;
  • In a place where a tattoo was lasered less than three months ago or where the laser wound is still not healed;
  • On irritated skin such as bumps, dark moles or swellings;
  • If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • If you are pregnant.

In addition, it is not recommended to get a tattoo if you suffer from one of the following diseases:

Diabetes, hemophilia, chronic skin disease, allergy to tattoo materials or ink, immune disorder, cardiovascular abnormalities.

Do you have any of these conditions or do you use anticoagulants or antibiotics? And do you want a tattoo? First consult the options with a doctor. For background information on the above risks, visit