During healing your tattoo will flake and peel (Similar to a sun burn). This flaking is normal. Allow the dry skin to fall off naturally. Do not pick or pull it off.
-No direct sunlight for 2-3 weeks. The sun is a major cause of new tattoos looking blurred. Use Sunblock!
-No soaking in water, no swimming, hot tubs, or direct shower water beating on it for 2-3 weeks. Of course you can keep clean, but if the healing bit soaks up water it will be like going swimming when you were a kid and had scab. Remember how the waterlogged scab would float away…….there goes your new tattoo! Seriously! If it does get wet in the shower, gently pat it dry , don’t rub at it with a towel. Then immediately after getting dried off re-moisturize it.
If you work out, or do contact sports, give it a bit of a break. Contact abrasions could knock off the healing skin, or in a gym worry about over-straining delicate perforated tissue and getting a stretch mark, or touching a piece of sweat-contaminated workout equipment with an open raw area….. wait a couple of weeks.
If your tattoo is itchy apply ointment or cream. Do not scratch or pick at it as you could tear the new skin which is protecting your ink! Do your best to restrict clothing on your fresh ink. Contact abrasions could knock off the healing skin, It is up to you to protect your investment!