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FML - The follow-up
aly55a_mariie Say more :
LOL they definitely weren't lying when they said the internet could be brutal. First off, I have ten other tattoos and this is the first time something like this has happened. I take great care in all of my tattoos. I would like to think of myself as an incredibly clean person. Anal to a certain extent. I live with a very talented and successful tattoo artist. He too was freaked out waking up to ants in our bed. I didn't use anything scented. Just the typical A&D ointment. It was not infected nor did it get infected. It was just one of those crappy things that happen to people. I have had another tattoo since then and am happy to say there was no ant attack this time! But thanks everyone for your comments and likes! And for those that don't think you can see a tattoo in your future, please don't let this be the reason! I highly doubt this is a common occurance. Thanks again everyone and have a great day!
By aly55a_mariie - / Tuesday 20 August 2013 19:04 / United States - Lakewood
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By  RadikulRam  |  40

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  jondivey  |  35

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  jondivey  |  35

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  zomgbies  |  35

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  negb  |  35

I think I was just turned off tattoos for the rest of my life. On the bright side, my parents will forever be grateful to you, OP.

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  xxBFMVAAMIWxx  |  35

I got a new tattoo that's still in the flaking stage... I was just about to go to sleep too... Fuck you very much OP, I'm not sleeping ever again. That's messed with me

By  RadikulRam  |  40

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  VeganVampyre  |  40

You only cover it for a short amount of time, and even so, the bandage isn't sealed on to your skin. Ants could get in there if they wanted to. For all three of my tattoos, I was told to leave the bandage on for about 6 hours, or until the next morning for one I got done in the evening. Then you take a shower to wash off the slimy layer that forms over it. Possibly OP didn't wash that layer off properly, and that's what attracted the ants?

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  Senseless_487  |  40

I have six tattoos, and none of them were ever bandaged when they were done. They're supposed to breathe. But a little A&D ointment works wonders during the healing process!

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  jondivey  |  20

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  vipirius  |  20

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  Jacqui_Meowth  |  20

Most tattoo places recommend letting it heal without a covering, some even recommend not using any creams or anything to aid healing. Research before making a comment, perhaps?

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  astralvagan  |  20

I have 9 tattoos and have never heard a shop say "don't use anything." It's usually A & D ointment or baby oil. I do agree with you on the no cream part though

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  rockstar81  |  20

I have 13 tattoos and each one I was always told to use A&D or Neosporin...I don't know of any good tat artist that tells you to not put anything on it. I got my newest tat about 6 months ago, and because of its location, it was hard to keep ointment on it cuz it would rub off almost immediately while at work. Had to find a solution and actually put baby Aveeno on it and worked wonders! But ya, never putting anything on it isn't a good idea...

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  MrsAlexander83  |  20

I have 5 myself and always heard to use some kind of ointment during the healing process. However, on my last tattoo a couple months ago I was told they don't recommend using anything anymore. I'm not so sure that ALL tattoo artists do any kind of follow up care classes, so I was kinda surprised by this. I'm in nursing school and did some research and apparently there's new studies out there that say it should be left open to oxygen so it can heal on its own and another one that said adding ointment makes the color come out so it's no longer as bright. I still used A&D ointment on mine...

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  rockstar81  |  20

#135 That was told to me by my first tattoo artist when I was 18 and I'm 31 now, so that was quite a while ago. He was the only one that ever told me that. Other artists I've had have said don't use it. But I did use it on my first 3 I got and everything turned out just fine with them. I don't use it now unless I have absolutely NOTHING else. I have used it a few times though since those first 3 tats, but generally do stick with A&D Ointment and try to always make sure I grab some.

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