Love Hate Tattoo, the star of TLC’s Miami Ink series on tattoo artists in Miami Beach, Florida, has its own experts with tattoo aftercare instructions. The show spanned from 2005 to 2008. If you’ve recently gotten a tattoo, you can take care of your new body artwork using some advice from Kat Von D, one of the stars of the Miami Ink series and the creator of the spin-off show, LA Ink.

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Remove the bandage after about an hour and gently wash the tattoo with warm water and antibacterial soap. Avoid fragrant lotions and soaps, which may irritate the skin.

Use a simple white lotion without chemicals and fragrances once the skin around the tattoo starts to peel a little.

Apply a little bit of fragrance-free petroleum jelly for the first five days about 2 or 3 times daily. Don’t use too much, however, as this will over-saturate the tattoo.

Stay out of the sun for a couple of weeks to allow the tattoo to set. Do not pick or scratch the tattoo, or submerge it in water for the first 2 weeks.