8 most common problems with a fresh tattoo


Below I have described the 8 most common problems with a fresh tattoo that I know from my own experience as well as from conversations with other tattooers:

  • Why is the new tattoo spilling?
  • Why does the tattoo itch?
  • Why is the tattoo design raised?
  • Why does the tattoo swell?
  • Why is the skin peeling when tattooed?
  • Why does the tattoo hurt or burn?
  • Why does the tattoo turn blue or green?
  • Why does the tattoo fade?

Maybe I can help you decide what to do next if you notice something disturbing about your new tattoo.

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Why is the new tattoo spilling?

First of all, don’t panic if your tattoo looks like a spill right after being done, this is often a normal process. After all, a tattoo is a kind of wound that leaks plasma.

Take care of the tattoo in accordance with the guidelines you have from the tattoo artist, you can always send him a photo (at least I do) to consult.

Often, only after full healing, that is 2-5 weeks, depending on the size and location of the design, this “spilling” effect will fully disappear.

Why does the tattoo itch?

Your tattoo artist should inform you that a tattoo that heals properly will itch at first.

Itching is a natural part of the healing process of a tattoo. You may have some cause for concern if the itching persists after a few weeks, when the entire tattoo has healed long ago – then you may have an allergic reaction and it would be a good idea to consult your doctor.

You can also use this Mad Rabbit Tattoo Balm & Aftercare Cream that you can get from Amazon, it really helps.

Why is the tattoo raised?

Everyone’s skin reacts a bit differently to a tattoo, sometimes the bulging effect lasts only for a few weeks while the wound heals, sometimes a little longer. 

Generally, the bulge of a tattoo appears most often at contours, where the needle sticks in harder, but a properly healed tattoo should be flat.

Why does the tattoo swell?

Swelling is a natural reaction and often occurs with delicate skin or when we create a large pattern or the session lasts a long time.

Most often, post-tattoo swelling should subside within 24-48 hours.

If this effect lasts longer you can use this Tattoo aftercare Cream that you can get from Amazon.

Why is the tattoo peeling?

Peeling occurs most often in the second week of healing and continues until all dead skin is peeled off. Then there may also appear scabs, which must not be torn off under any circumstances, because this way some of the ink can be removed.

During this time, take particular care of the hydration of the tattoo, you can do it several times a day with the use of appropriate lotions, like this from Amazon – After Inked Tattoo Moisturizer and Aftercare Lotion, 3 Fluid Ounce

Why does the tattoo hurt or burn?

Pain and burning during and after tattooing is a natural phenomenon, after all, it is a wound that will hurt until it is fully healed.

For the first few days, you will feel a little sore and hellish as you dry, lubricate, and when your tattoo comes in contact with your clothing, but don’t worry about it. The burning will go away on its own as the tattoo heals. If it is hard to handle you can use this soothing cream from Amazon – Hustle Butter Deluxe – Tattoo Butter for Before, During, & After The Tattoo.

Why does the tattoo turn blue or green?

I work with reputable tattoo paints, so this problem does not appear for my clients, but I heard from my friends tattooists that a change of color to green or blue, when it should be black, can occur when the tattoo was made with poor-quality paint or even drawing ink.

Sometimes the color change occurs after a few months, sometimes after intensive sunbathing without applying a suitable sunscreen. The solution in this case can only be a correction at a trusted tattoo artist who uses certified paints.

Why does the tattoo fade?

With time, virtually every tattoo fades slightly, this is a natural phenomenon – our body tries to get rid of foreign bodies such as dye particles. It can happen faster with colored designs, black is more durable.

That is why it is especially important to take care of the tattoo not only at the healing stage, but also later – we do not expose it to direct sunlight, for example.

The most important thing, however, will be how the ink will take your skin, so far it happened to me that the design has faded significantly during healing, the correction did not help – sometimes the skin tries hard to get rid of the dye.

I hope I helped you figure out what could be happening with your freshly made tattoo.

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