Ask Jeeves for Half Sleeves
October 8, 2010 2:53 PM Subscribe
Hooray for half sleeves! I'm going to be a sticky disgusting mess from shoulder to elbow for a week. What sort of material should I wrap it in? What are the easiest, cleanest, best options for keeping a fairly large new tattoo clean and covered?
I know there is no definitive consensus on proper tattoo aftercare, but assume I already know the basics (hypoallergenic lotion, no soaking, let it air out sometimes, don't keep it in saran wrap forever, listen to your tattoo artist, etc). This question is specifically about what to bandage it in while it heals.
posted by Juliet Banana to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I work in a conservative office where I couldn't show my bare arms even if they weren't covered in ring pops and cupcakes.
I generally wear cardigans, and if I just wear a cardigan over my bare new tattoo I'm going to end up with an open wound full of lint and a sweater sleeve soaked with lotion and full of dead skin flakes, which is fairly disgusting and probably not best practice.
What should I cover it up with? Last time I used unbleached cotton muslin purchased from a Portland co-op secured with medical tape. Now I'm in Chicago, I don't even know where to find something like unbleached medical-grade cotton muslin, and I worry a little that there's not going to be enough room to tape it; the only areas I can tape to the skin will be at my shoulder and elbow, which both have to bend a lot.
OTHER IDEAS (please add to or refine this list)
-use a tube cut out of a pair of tights-I'm not sure if this will be too tight or if synthetic fabric is the best choice
-gauze and medical tape; where do you even find gauze that isn't in tiny wee squares or rolls? I would prefer not to wrap myself up like a mummy.