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  1. Leah

    Bump in tattoo?

    I had something really similar happen to some red ink. It raised for about a month and then just became an itchy dry patch. I'm pretty sure it's my body rejecting it, luckily a majority of the tattoo was black so I'm not all that concerned. More annoying than anything. In my case the artist was mixing his own inks. The shop couldn't even tell me what was in the mix. I haven't gone back. Been tattooed since by a new artist with no problems.
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    when is the time to switch to lotion

    I use fragrance/color free lotion the whole time. I used to use A&D for the first few days but stopped that years ago.
  3. I have to ask, did this ever get better? Also, how was the wedding?
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    ***FIRST TATTOO, is it a blowout????

    It looks like you have a very slight blow out in some areas. It looks good though! I wouldn't worry too much about it although you'll probably obsess over it. To my knowledge there is nothing you can do about it. I have a few tattoos that did that too.
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    New Tattoo Swelling?

    Love that! The hot bath idea is great! 💡
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    New Tattoo Swelling?

    Awesome advice! That doesn’t sound asinine at all, diet is a huge factor in so many other things so why not tattoos? I should eat better that is for sure. The swelling is way down now and I’m starting to peel, I usually start peeling after like 3 or 4 days. Thanks again for the response and the link. Have a nice night! Cheers.
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    New Tattoo Swelling?

    Thank you! I know it’s pretty normal for me to swell this way so I’m not so nervous, more curious about others’ swelling and whether or not they do. Thanks for responding! Cheers.
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    New Tattoo Swelling?

    For reference, I usually do not have a bi-cep.
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    New Tattoo Swelling?

    I normally swell like this. It’s the oddest thing.
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    New Tattoo Swelling?

    Thank you. I have a pretty physical job but as soon as I go up I’ll be sure to ice and elevate it. Was curious if anyone else shared my experience. Thank you!
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    Tattooing over blue

    I don’t think that would work well. Although, that is a pretty light shade of blue so hopefully they can.
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    New Tattoo Swelling?

    Hey guys, I'll add a pic later in the thread but I recently got a bicep tattoo, 3 days ago, decent size (a cover-up) and my bi-cep is the size of a ham. I had a similar experience with my forearm. Anyone else experience this?
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    Red ink healing question

    Quick update. The red is getting better and better. Just small dry bumps now.
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    Red ink healing question

    Hey guys, so I woke up this morning and the red lost most of its puffiness and now seems like it has small itchy bumps on it. It is way more flush with my skin and I think the bumps aren’t here to stay. I took the advise and left it alone, no lotion or anything just kept it dry so it could breathe. I think folks were right when they said it just wasn’t healed yet. In conclusion, if I do have an allergy to the ink it’s extremely mild. More likely though, red just took a bit longer to heal than black. How are you guys doing? Thanks again for all the help. Thinking about getting an ink color test from my artist because I want an underwater marine life back piece. If I show any reactions I’ll do it black. Cheers.
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    Sleeve progress

    What you have so far is awesome. You could totally do a live crow and add some blue through his black too. Like that iridescent blue/black look.