This is my second tattoo. My first tattoo was a hand poke tattoo and it went so well, I was completely fine when it was done which was about 10 days ago. It's in the flaking stage and I am not touching it. It's healing a treat
Saturday, 20 Nov, I got a large colour flower piece done on my right lower arm. It goes from just above the wrist to a few inches below the elbow. The experience has been so much worse. The pain was quite something when it was being done but I managed to make it through. It was hot and swollen Sunday and Monday but the swelling is subsiding around most of it. It's still quite raised though and quite bumpy especially the line work. I think the tattooist went in too deep when they made it as they were extremely heavy-handed and it's been overworked. I do fully understand that bigger, colour tattoos are much more traumatising to the skin than the thinner, delicate hand-poked ones.
I went to the doctor because (I'm a hypercondriac thanks to my dad) of the heat, because the tattoo is extremely tight feeling - I wash it thrice daily and put aftercare cream on it everytime - and because of the scabbing. It still hurts to use the arm.
My doctor said I am allergic to the ink so as well as antibiotics, to make sure no infection has formed, I am also taking piriton twice a day.
As mentioned, the tattoo feels very tight and pulling where it's scabbed the most and the area around the gramophone is more swollen than anywhere else but not hot. The skin is shiny.
For info - the tattoo has red, yellow, blue, black and brown inks on the piece.
Photos are attached. If you look at the semi-circle area, you will see that a bit of a wound is there after I stupidly touched it and ink rose to the surface and some skin came off.
Final note - I also have been cleaning it and moisturising it with aftercare cream as I have been directed. I even bought a tattoo aftercare kit to make sure I had covered all my bases.
I know it's been three days but this is my first colour tattoo and I just need some reassurance that it'll heal ok. I'm keeping it out of the sun, only wearing cotton, bought aveeno to use in the shower so if soap does get on it, it's not insane and I'm using fragrance-free cocoa butter.