Today was another three hours at Kings Ave NYC.
Fortunately, band practice was canceled this evening, so I was able to knock down some calories and cocktails before coming home at a more-than-reasonable hour. Unfortunately, we hit a lot of the spinal column today which is a difficult place to wash and lubricate when your girlfriend is out and about with a gym-class/cocktails date with one of her girlfriends.
And while I think I worked it out for now (and will undoubtedly ask the Lil Lady to help slather me up when she gets home), this strikes me as a decent time to answer all of these requests I've received about the "healing process."
Rule #1 of Tattoo Healing: DO WHATEVER THE FUCK YOUR TATTOOIST TELLS YOU TO DO.
While Rubendall has done 99% of the work on my body over the last several years, I still adhere to the basic tenants of his healing process: Light layer of ointment (preferably Aquaphor) 2-3 times a day for a week, then hypo-allergenic lotion twice a day for the week after. No direct sunlight, no hot water, no fragrances, no abrasives. Seems simple enough, right? Let the shit HEAL. Don't smother it, don't pick at it, rub it, scratch it and for fucks safe take your loofa out of the shower for a week or two.
Rule #2 of Tattoo Healing: IF YOU'RE HEAVILY TATTOOED, YOU KNOW YOUR OWN BODY.
I cannot tell a lie, I break Rube's rules. I use Aquaphor for the first week and then only apply it to shit that is really scabby for the following week. After the first seven days, I will use lotion maybe once a day on the other parts - but only when necessary - because my skin is fairly accepting of tattoos. Sure, I bruise very easily, but no amount of moisturizer is going to help you out of that.
Just keep your eyes open and be attentive to this VERY EXPENSIVE INJURY on your body.
Rule #3 of Tattoo Healing: DON'T BE AFRAID TO TRY NEW TECHNIQUES (PROVIDED THAT YOU'RE TOTALLY WILLING TO FUCK UP YOUR INVESTMENT).
Rule #4 of Tattoo Healing: SEE RULE #1.