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Question by Kimmy Sue
Submitted on 3/22/2004
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I just got a new tattoo five months ago (my first an only.) I followed the aftercare instructions faithfully, and it has not been exposed to the sun. After the healing was complete, I noticed that the ink had faded noticeably. The tattoo is a dragon with a red tail blending into a purple wing which blends into the rest of the body which is done in black. The red is a blotchy shade of pink, and the purple is a blotchy lavender shade (the colors were vivid when first done.) Did I do something wrong? Can I get it "touched-up," and if I do are there any particular ink colors that are more vibrant and that won't fade as easily. Any help will be appreciated.

Answer by Tiff
Submitted on 6/18/2004
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no you did nothing wrong...and yes you can get a touch-up. I don't really know anything about the color sorry.


Answer by Hush
Submitted on 7/11/2004
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A lot of how your tattoo appears after it is completed healing depends on the quality of the equipment and inks used by the artist.  Also on the care instructions you receive.

The tattoo should be left covered for a minimum of 24 hours without removal of the gauze.  Then morning and night you should clean the tattoo area in luke warm soapy water (the soap should be a neutral - 0 Ph beauty soap).  After cleaning the tattoo should be dabbed dry with a soft cloth, and a layer of Vaseline (or a similar high quality petroleum gelline) should be applied.

Perhaps it would be a good idea to look for another artist, and ensure that the inks being used are high quality pigments.


Answer by sux
Submitted on 8/20/2005
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I had the exact same thing happen to me, But when I had it done they didn't go in far enough with the needle. I had it redone & this time they went too fr in & it's a permanently raised tattoo.
Be Careful


Answer by mike carey
Submitted on 10/29/2006
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no vaseline, use a&d ointment only adn yeah the ink is bad. i have a lot of tats and they look fine, and i even have blacklight ink


Answer by kayla
Submitted on 5/14/2007
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NEVER use Vaseline on a tattoo! It sucks out colour and doesn't let it heal properly.

Never use anything greasy, or petroleum-like on a fresh tattoo EVER.


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