To heal. It is very important that you DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH! SLAP IT! If it is peeling, put lotion on it. If it is scabbing, just leave it alone.
Continue to keep the tattoo clean, but switch to lotion, rather than an ointment, to keep the skin soft once the open flesh has healed. Whatever lotion you use, it MUST BE dye and fragrance free.
Bathing, showering, hot tubs, and swimming: Yes, you can shower with a new tattoo. It is ok to get the tattoo wet, just don’t soak it. Avoid submerging the tattoo in a bath or hot tub as doing so can cause serious damage. Again, showering is perfectly fine provided you do not saturate the tattoo. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo simply rinse quickly with warm water. Swimming, whether it be a pool, fresh water or salt water should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not use Neosporin or like products. Such products are used for cuts and scrapes, but NOT tattoos. Some people may have an allergic reaction to these products which will cause little red bumps. When the bumps disappear, so does the ink causing a polka dotted tattoo.
ALWAYS REMEMBER: Each tattoo artist will have their own advice regarding aftercare. No specific way is the best.