Taking care of your tattoo at home is easy if you follow the rules and directions that your artist gives you. It is important to wash your tattoo once a day for the first 48 hours with mild soap or just water. It is ok to get your new tattoo wet, just don't soak it. Refrain from swimming or getting into the hot tub for at least 2 weeks after getting your tattoo. It is important to protect your tattoo from the harmful sun rays to avoid the tattoo fading or causing more damage. Peeling and potential scabbing are a normal process of healing and you should avoid scratching or picking at it as it heals. The less you mess with it, the better it will heal.