Post # 1
I got my wrist tattoo fixed yesterday, it looks beautiful and I’m following all the aftercare instructions that I was given. I have to change the bandage and clean my wrist three times a day for three days. Not easy with one hand!
Today Ive washed it twice and both times I gently cleaned off this inky gloopy stuff? Is that normal? I rinsed it all off and avoided scratching the tattoo itself. I can always check with the studio but I thought I would check here first ☺️
ps I forgot to add: a wrist tattoo is obviously in a very sensitive spot so I’ll be sore for a while but what signals the start of an infection as opposed to normal pain?
This topic was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by Tisa85.
Post # 2
Tisa85: I’ve never had any “inky glooby” stuff following either of my tattoos, both of which are on my side (one on my ribcage and the other a bit higher along my bra line). Is it colored? Are you describing this as something comparable to a discharge/puss? Sounds a bit odd to me and I would keep an eye on it. If it persists more than 24 hours or so, I’d have it looked at for sure. You would rather be safe than sorry. FWIW, Both of my tattoos of course peeled and itched. In addition to cleaning it and softly patting it dry, I used A&D ointment to help relieve the itchiness for the first few days and then switched to eucerin cream (a non scented thick lotion).
Post # 3
I think it depends on your aftercare. My artist asks me to cover my tattoos every night for the first 3 nights, and I get a similar “gloop”. I think it’s just plasma really. I would worry if it starts to feel warm/hot, or the tenderness doesn’t aleviate after a few days. Of course you’re going to feel sore, but it should start to feel better too.
Post # 4
Tisa85: Maybe the inky gloopy stuff is plasma? Although I only had that for day 1. Also, I’ve never heard of wearing the bandage for more than the first couple hours. You should let it have air so that it can dry out.
Post # 5
Tisa85: I have several tattoos. A tattoo shouldn’t be covered for more than an hour following your appointment. You want the tattoo exposed to air. The ointment should only be gently applied for the first 24-48 hours tops, the first 24 hours is when you wash the tattoo once every 1 – 2 hours. When washing you should only let the mild soap suds glide over your tattoo – never scrub, always pat dry with a new clean towel each time. You also want to choose your ointment carefully – some can pull color out of your tattoo. After the first 24 -48 hours only a fragrance free lotion should be applied – very lightly- if you can see the lotion you have placed too much.
The “inky gloopy stuff” is not normal. Your tattoo should not be oozing colored fluid. If this is yellow, red, or green you need to see your doctor to be sure this is not infected.
As for the pain – some throbbing is normal when a tattoo is place on an area of lower gravity. Your arms hang at your sides and blood will rush to the tattoo area. Remember a tattoo is an “injury” to your skin and your bodys response is to heal. Elevate your arm above your heart when you are resting or as much as possible.
NOW, any pain stronger than mild throbbing is not normal. If the area is red and “hot” feeling – please get this checked.
Lastly, never peel or scratch the tattoo as it is healing. Let any dry skin flake off on its own – not all tattoos peel.
Post # 6
I have a wrist tattoo but mine healed very very fast. However, I have a very large back piece and that one took awhile to heal. When it was first done I had it covered and had ointment on it from the tattoo artist but after the first day I would shower and clean it with anti-bacterial soap (non scented) and then put a thick Eucerin cream on it. I would reapply the cream once it started to get dry and or itchy. Dont let it fully get dry though. You have to treat your new tattoo similarly as you would to a wound beause essentially that is kinda what it is.. it will peel and itch like crazy! All mine did anyways.
Post # 7
Tisa85: The gloop is normal at first. But I second PP and say that you shouldn’t be wearing a bandage after the first day. It needs to dry out and scab up.
Post # 8
Sorry! Just re-read that you said you got this yesterday…. the tattoo will have a light plasma discharge the first day. Please watch for changes to any discharge.
Post # 9
Thank you bees! This is the third time I have work done on this tattoo and I have a larger tattoo on my back but with the other tattoo studios I only washed and used oitnment, no cling film wrap.
I’ve done research online and it looks like some artists are very much for the wrapping and others against. However each article says to follow your artists instructions. Confusing! Glad to hear the gloop isn’t weird, it was like a thin jelly but there was no redness on my skin. I had to gently wipe it away, gross!
Post # 10
IME, the gloop is only normal if you’re using a petroleum based aftercare product to moisturise it… is that the case?
Post # 11
Yes, it is normal for your tattoo to ooze ink and plasma for the first few days. I have many tattoos and this is totally normal! How much depends on your body and how much ink/detail is in the piece. Stop covering it. it’s been long enough. If you want to cover it at night, that’s fine, but use a non-stick, breathable material, like non-stick telfa pads. If you start seeing red streak leading away from the tattoo up your arm, that’s bad, but some regular redness around the site is normal.
Post # 12
The gloop is fine. Just gently wash and pat down. I used the wrap method to heal my sleeve and it’s by far the brightest of my tattoos. Love the method. scabs really suck!
Post # 13
writersblock: That’s what I read online, people were saying that out of their tattoos, the covered ones had remained the brightest. Mines got lots of colour so im hoping this awkward method will be worth it. Other than itchy the area looks healthy so that’s good!
Post # 14
Tisa85: Every time I have been tattoo’d i was told NOT to get the area wet or at least overly wet. Also none of them were covered for more than the first few hours, but maybe it is different here in the UK.
Post # 15
never had that as never been told to cover mine up. With all 9 of mine I’ve been told to keep open and keep damp with a hp balanced body butter. So maybe its because its trying to heal under a hot sweaty bandage.