Follow the instructions by the tattoo artist
It is advised to follow the instructions given to you by the artist who drew the tattoo. They will give you best directions to what to do on not only the first day but the whole week. If you have any questions or queries, it is best to ask from the artist.
Before taking care and handling your tattoo, the first thing you should do is to wash your hands. You need to wash before doing anything to your tattoo from removing the bandage to applying petroleum jelly or lotion. Even if you are touching the area around your tattoo, you are required to wash your hands.
Remove the bandage
Next you need to take off the bandage. Remove the bandage almost two to five hours after you have your tattoo and then let your tattoo to air dry. In case you are going to sleep after having tattoo then let the bandage on.
Wash the tattoo
After removing the bandage and air drying the tattoo, you need to wash it with warm water and soap. Remove any blood stains and then dry it with towel.
Keep your tattoo moisturised
Next you need to keep the tattoo moisturised. You can apply petroleum jelly or lotion for this purpose. Remember that you can take shower but not bath as bathing may fade the tattoo.