When you first get your tattoo, the blacks are nice and crisp and any colors are nice and bright. As your tattoo ages, it can lose that brightness and crispness. You don't want that to happen, so there are things that you can do that will help to keep that from happening.
Avoid the Sun
Avoiding the sun doesn't mean that you have to turn into a vampire and never go out in the daytime, it means that you keep your tattoo out of the sun as much as possible. That can mean that you want to wear a hat to shade yourself, as well as wearing clothes that cover up your tattoo, if possible. You don't have to wear heavy long sleeve shirts or jeans in the heat, but even something light can help to protect your tattoo from the sun. You can also use a high SPF sunscreen to protect your tattoo. You can use a sunscreen that you can get at any store, or there are sunscreens that are formulated for people with tattoos. The important thing is to make sure that you protect your tattoo from the sun, no matter how you do it.
Moisturized skin is healthy skin. Healthy skin helps your tattoo last longer. You want to put on a good moisturizer after your shower as well as any time your skin feels tight or itchy. It's important to moisturize your skin in the days immediately after your tattoo to help promote healing, and your artist should be able to tell you what moisturizer would be good to use during that time. You don't necessarily have to use the same moisturizer in the years after your tattoo is healed, but a good one will help. In the winter, you may want to go with a thicker moisturizer because your skin will generally dry out in the colder, dryer air. Make sure that you are moisturizing from the inside out as well as from the outside in by drinking a lot of water as well. Drinking a lot of water can help your skin look and feel healthier, helping you feel better
Getting a tattoo means that you have spent a lot of money and that you have spent a lot of time sitting in a chair so that you have the tattoo of your dreams. You want to make sure that you take care of that tattoo so it looks as good 10 years after having it as it does 10 days after getting it.