Proper aftercare is necessary to avoid infections or scarring. It is important to avoid touching, picking or scratching the tattoo, as well as leaning against surfaces that may carry bacteria. It is necessary to avoid placing your tattoo into bodies of water, places like lakes, rivers, bath tubs carry bacteria. Only apply a minuscule amount of A&D ointment on the tattoo to avoid smothering it, the skin needs oxygen to heal. Avoid using medicated ointment such as Neosporin unless adviced by a physician, medication ointment may alter the healing result. Also, avoid exposing your tattoo to sunlight as much as possible, a sunburn can definitely interfere with the healing process of your tattoo.