According to Tattoo Junkies, the best ways to reduce swelling after a tattoo are to apply ice and keep the area of the tattoo elevated. Taking short showers, keeping the area clean and covered, avoiding abrasive materials that are irritating against the tattoo and shielding the tattoo from exposure to the sun also help to expedite the healing process and prevent complications.Continue Reading
WebMD warns against applying an ice pack directly to the skin as this can cause tissue damage. Instead, cover an ice pack with a towel before applying it to the skin to help bring down swelling, alleviate itching and prevent bruising in the area around the tattoo. Additionally, taking an over-the-counter antihistamine can help to prevent itching and any associated swelling in the days following application of a new tattoo.
Keeping the tattoo clean and following all aftercare instructions help to prevent infection and decrease the chances of other painful side effects, according to WebMD. If there is any allergic reaction, infection or an increase in swelling or pain, it is important to speak with a doctor promptly. Typical signs of infection include skin that is warm to the touch, red streaks on the skin, pus draining from the tattoo or a fever.Learn more about Tattoos
Tattoos above the pelvis may be called pelvis tattoos, hip tattoos, pubic tattoos or groin tattoos on the male depending on the location of the tattoo on the area above the pelvis. Men considering this area for tattooing should be aware that this area is among the worst for pain.Full Answer >
Getting a tattoo typically hurts the most on the ribs, hips, feet, stomach and the area behind the ear. Other areas that are particularly painful when tattooed include the nipples, chest, ankles, and backs of the knees or inside of the elbow.Full Answer >
Some of the best tattoo websites are blogs and websites that provide historical information or context about tattoos. Examples of these include "How Tattoos Work" by How Stuff Works, "Tattoo Road Trip," and "Needles and Sins."Full Answer >
The first step in properly shading a tattoo is to choose an ideal needle size as well as adjusting it inside the tattoo gun. The shading begins and is performed by applying pressure to the skin and working in a circular motion. Remove any excess ink after this step and examine the tattoo to determine if any further work needs to be done.Full Answer >