OK, the only thing about the tattoo I don’t like is the healing. I have *GOT* to figure out a way to wear shirts and no get the inside of my right sleeve all slimed up.

I tried a non-stick gauze pad this evening, but all that did was suck up the lotion. and anyway, I need tape to hold it down. I’ve heard cling wrap from two sources, so that might get a try in the morning.

Right now I’m hanging out in front of the computer shirtless.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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8 Responses to 1444

  1. murriel says:

    I feel your pain. But the oozy phase doesn’t last all that long, or at least mine didn’t. It was only like 3 days at the most. I just had to make sure that I wore shirts that covered the tattoo, so I didn’t leave slime on all my furniture. I guess wearing sleeveless shirts wouldn’t fly at the office? ;-)

  2. detritus says:

    AHHHH my brain! :)

  3. moonfl0wer says:

    you shouldn’t cover it up–it needs to breathe while it heals. they generally only use plastic wrap for the first few hours to protect it from the elements…

    you should only have a few more days of oozy-sticky. :) you can do it…

  4. alchemist says:

    Yeah, I know. And opinions on that seem to vary. I’ve talked to a couple of people who’ve covered w/breathable stuff and done OK.

    The tat itself isnt’ oozy any more, that I can see. Just tender. 100% cotton T feels like burlap on it.

    I suppose I should take a good look at it in the morning and see if I need to keep it goo-ed up all day like I’ve been doing.

  5. alchemist says:

    Uh no, not really. Although I did spend most of today with my sleeve rolled up. :)

  6. jay says:

    Cotton fabric is only “soft” on closed skin. You might like wearing a rash guard like material i.e. synthetic tight nap fibers.

    If you ever surfed and scarred up your nipples you’d appreciate it. :)

  7. alchemist says:

    Rash Guard, eh? I don’t think I’ve got anything like that outside baby clothes *sigh*

    Oh, I have come back with a bad case of waxburn more than once, so while I can’t co-miserate, I can attempt to imagine. OWIE.

  8. mossy says:

    The best was to treat a new tattoo is put a load of antiseptic cream on it and wrap it in cling film. It heals extraordinary quickly, doesn’t stain everything and anything, you can sleep much better at night and when you wake up you don’t have to peel your bedsheets off your body. The only problem is if the tattoo is somewhere that can’t be wrapped very easily. I would suggest using extra adhesive plaster to hold it down.

    The long term benefit of this method is the fact that the peeling of the skin is minimal in the first few days, which means that very little ink will be pulled out leaving the tattoo more vibrant.

    Funnily enough, tomorrow I’m planning to have some more work done on mine. :)

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