More Info: Depth of the wound and area receiving the tattoo factor into healing time. A tattoo is an open wound and the same care should be given to treat it as you would any wound. Pay careful heed to the aftercare instructions and be sure to note any signs of infection or health changes.
As it begins to heal, avoid scratching or picking at it. Cover your tattoo when exposed to sun and avoid chlorine and saltwater as well as hot tubs.