You’ve just gotten your first tattoo and it looks great. You’ve been taking care of it, following the directions provided to you by your artist, and it’s all been good.
You wake up one morning and take a look at that brand new tattoo and something doesn’t look right. Do you panic? Do you rush back to the tattoo shop and question the artist? Do you head off to the doctor to make sure you’re not having a reaction?
Chances are that what you’re experiencing is perfectly normal. Your tattoo will go through several phases, and truth be told, they’re not all pretty. But, if you continue to follow the aftercare steps provided to you by your artist everything should come out just fine. Of course, there are cases in which the tattoo may have become infected, your body reacted badly to the ink, or you had a sloppy artist who dug you up—it does happen. However, these are usually rare, and it’s most likely that what you’re experiencing is a normal new-tattoo phase.
Here are some perfectly normal symptoms that you may experience shortly after getting your brand new ink.