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Plastic wrap on tattoos
Let’s talk about a bad trend I’ve been seeing - plastic wrap on tattoos. It may look cool and seem like a good idea. Hey, you can show off your tattoo and still have it covered up! However, the reality is that it causes a lot of harm,and it’s not worth showing off your your new ink.
Starting with the obvious, plastic wrap is sanitary. You may think it is, but it really isn’t. Bacteria tends to cling to that stuff. Hands, even gloved ones, touching a roll of plastic wrap over and over again will transfer bacteria like crazy, and we all know increased bacteria causes an increase in the chance of infection. Seriously, guys. It’s extremely germ-filled, even around your food. It’s some pretty gross stuff.
With the plastic wrap on, your tattoo can’t breath. Because of this, the temperature will rise about 5 degrees, and if you’ve ever taken a biology class, you know that the warmer the environment, the easier it is for bacteria to develop. With the rise in temperature, your body will excrete more liquids, such as sweat, and the liquids will pull up causing easier contamination. That’s really not something you want on an open wound.
What should be done to cover a fresh tattoo?
First off, do not go to any tattoo “artist” that uses plastic wrap to cover new tattoos. If they aren’t aware of how nasty and unhealthy it is, they probably don’t know much about sanitary tattooing. This could mean avoiding a wicked infection.
Fresh tattoos should be bandaged properly in medical bandaging. This will allow your tattoo to breath, and having your tattoo covered in this manner will lower your risk of infection by a great deal. For this, pretty much any sterile bandaging material works. As long as it isn’t covered in plastic wrap and the tape isn’t touching your tattoo, you should be fine. Seriously, guys, even plastic wrap over the bandage will raise the temperature and possibly cause problems.
The wrong way:
The right way:
I know it doesn’t look as cool to have it properly bandaged, but in the long run, it’s for the best. The risk of getting an infection is lowered greatly. I mean, you want your tattoo to look good for a long time, don’t you? If it gets infected, it definitely won’t. Skip on the plastic wrap, and just wait a little bit before showing off your new tattoo. It’s for your own health and safety.