The do’s and don'ts of getting a tattoo

The do’s and don'ts of getting a tattoo

Thinking about getting that Southern Cross back piece you’ve always dreamed of? Unlike your new artwork, your inability to donate after a tattoo is only temporary!

The common misconception that a tattoo disqualifies you from donating blood is just one of the reasons we’ve pulled together a helpful little list of tips to have once you take the plunge and get your next tattoo. It’s also worth us pointing out that you should always follow the advice of your tattoo artist and doctor, and if you’re not sure about something always seek professional medical advice.  

DO come in to donate before you get your tattoo  

You’ve got your design ready and you’re probably on a wait list for the next available appointment. It can feel like going under the needle is ages away, so what better way to kill some time than coming in to donate with us? If you can squeeze in a donation (remember you can give plasma every two weeks!) before you get inked, you’ll be helping to save lives, and we know you’re not afraid of needles!    

DON’T scratch your piece 

Tempting as it may be you should never scratch your fresh tattoo. Not only could it cause your tattoo to become patchy, the contact between the bacteria on your hand and an open wound could cause an infection.

DO use antiseptic skin cream

Any artist worth their salt will go through tattoo after-care with you, and you’ll most likely be told to grab some antiseptic skin cream from the pharmacy on your way home. Much like keeping your hands away from your fresh tatt, you should be using antiseptic cream (as directed) to avoid an infection.

DON’T go in the water (pool or ocean) 

You should think of your tattoo as an open wound (because it is). It’s never a good idea to have your fresh tattoo submerged in water because you could be subjecting it to a bacteria invasion. If you do experience any pain, swelling, inflammation or discharge you should seek medical advice immediately.

DO book in to donate plasma post-tattoo 

So long as your tattoo was done on licensed or regulated premises in Australia (like a commercial tattoo parlour or a cosmetic clinic) and is healing well, you can book in to donate plasma. If it wasn’t done on licensed or regulated premises in Australia, don’t worry — you’ll be able to donate plasma again in four months. And by that time, you’ll be ready to donate blood and platelets, too!

Read more about making your donation here.