• actionmattz


Doesn't really exist.

I am sorry if some of you will find this disappointing but allow me to share my experience with aftercares.

When I got my very first tattoo 10years ago the only cream ever recommended from tattoo artist was Bepanthen.

Bepanthen was the only thing you were supposed to use, widely considered the best.

If you had a friend who got a tattoo in the early 2000s they would propably tell you that at the time their tattoist asked them to use vaseline on their fresh tattoo.

In the mid 2000s vaseline wasn't recommended anymore as tattoo aftercare because it traps moisture and bacteria and doesn't let the skin breath.

Fast forward to when I started my tattoo apprentiship in 2013 and for the first time I had access to a professional tattoo supplier (back then, in my hometown to get into a tattoo supply or to shop online from their you had to prove you were working in a registered shop, I wish we could go back to that) I noticed that on their catalogues there were a few pages dedicated just to tattoo aftercares.

Since then aftercares gained extreme popularity, endorsed from some amazing tattoo artists worldwide, claiming that the quality of their work was due even to the aftercare their were promoting and using during the tattoo session.

Now, it's a well known fact then when you are sponsored from someone you will say great things about them, which brings me to my next point.

Many artists, once they reach a certain popularity can become sponsored by some brand in the tattoo industry.

They could be sponsored from a brand that produces tattoo machine, tattoo ink, tattoo needles etc, so when they post on their social or are in convention and show this product that their are being sponsored from, the audience they are targeting is made of tattooers, which have a certain understanding of the tools of this craft.

An aftercare product is something that is pretty much aimed for the client that gets the tattoo.

It will be easy to get a client thoroughly confused about aftercare as there are probably over 100 of them and they all claim to be the best.

There is no best.

It's safe to say that all these tattoo cream/balm/ointment used now are better than the old fashioned bepanthen, are easier to apply, smell better, and overall have a few little perks that make them slightly better (once again I want to point out that bepanthen is still a good option)

Now after discussing about the product used I want to discuss about the procedure.

This is something that will probably change in every tattoo shop you'll go and the same principle about the aftercare applies here: there is no best aftercare procedure.

The vast majority of tattooist will apply some clean film on your fresh tattoo, someone will tell you to keep it at least one hour, someone will tell you that after one hour is mandatory changing it, someone will tell you to keep it between 12 and 24 hours.

Because someone decided that the cling film isn't good anymore now there are some artists that use different kind of film that you will have to keep for 48 hours as well some kind of gauze and pads that can also be kept for a few days.

They all work the same, the difference between film and "special film" is the price.

I don't want to insult any brand or product but I simply don't see a reason to spend money on it (this thing aren't super exprensive but definitely cost more than film)

I hope reading this cleared some of your doubts

Keep your tattoo covered for a bit once is finished, wash it with a gentle soap, let it dry and apply any respectable cream that is suited for fresh tattoos. Always make sure that it stays clean. Keeping it clean is the most important thing as it is an open wound and you don't want dirt on it. A few weeks and your tattoo should be nicely healed.

Enjoy your tattoo and happy aftercare!


These are standard guide lines followed in the industry and my professional opinion. If you have allergies or any other healt issues, consult a doctor before and after a consultation about your problem with a professional tattooer.

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