What are the possible complications with a new tattoo?

A darn good question!

Pigment rejection is one, reaction to a specific ink colour, using after care incorrectly – these seem to be the most common complications.

I have seen all of these, experienced two of them myself.  I found an article that is most helpful on pigment rejection – the picture shows one way pigment rejection can look (I’ve seen this).  Should this happen to you and you are using TINKture, don’t stop! TINKture will help alleviate the pigment rejection symptoms – the down side to this, it will just take slightly longer for your tattoo to heal (only a matter of a few days from what I have seen).

Reactions to specific ink colours is another complication, very interesting wee article here and an excerpt from it “Some people have just a mild reaction such as small bumps and redness; others will have the red in the tattoo scab violently and their body will actually push the pigment out over the long healing process. I’ve seen this happen and the tattoo might look perfectly fine except all the red is gone!

This has happened to me twice now with a green & a red – its really weird! Every part of my tattoo was healing beautifully except these areas where only small parts of these colours were – they were slightly inflamed around the colour and tender – I kept using TINKture and they eventually came right (the healing was around 3-5 days behind the rest of the tattoo).  My body actually rejected the little green part, pushed it out! The red stayed in, just took longer to heal.

If this happens to you, again, don’t stop using TINKtureTINKture will help to settle and relieve the symptoms. And don’t pick at it either, this will just irritate it more, try and be patient, apply TINKture little and often (remember to always apply just a thin layer).  A touch-up may be required if your body completely rejects the ink and pushes it out (my lovely tattoo artist overcame my green rejection by mixing a blue & yellow together which worked perfectly).

Using an after care product incorrectly may cause some complications – especially if you use too much!  Too much moisture on your new tattoo can cause ‘sloughing’ & unnecessary scabbing – so make sure you read the instructions carefully and use as directed!  With TINKture, its safe to use ‘little and often’ – by doing this you are helping to keep up with the pain relief, stop the new tattoo from feeling ‘tight’ while its going through the healing process.  If your new tattoo is ‘dripping’ with the product – its way too much.

There are so many interesting articles around tattooing & complication- its SO important you must use a ‘quality’ after care product – a product that is specifically wound healing (because that’s what your new tattoo is), nappy creams, petroleum jellies just don’t cut it, synthetic products too – they may have been the tradition but there has been huge progress made in this area – valuable dollars spent on your new body art is worth spending another $15-$30 on protecting and aiding the oh so vital healing process.

And finally…. take a look at this article, published by Scientific American – it explains quite simply why your body may reject a tattoo ink….”In the Ink”… makes you think though huh!

Feel free to share your experiences with complications – please!


I have been asked why I developed TINKture Tattoo After Care…. it was a simple reason – I just didn’t like what was on the market when trying to heal my new tattoos.  When getting a new tattoo I was relying on the advice of my tattoo artists, Bepanthan nappy cream certainly didn’t sit right, I tried other specific tattoo after care products (all natural, that was important to me in my profession) and for many reasons didn’t like what I was using.

I had a very simple tattoo on my right inner forearm – it only took half an hour – it was perfect and had deep sentimental value and I loved it.  I purchased yet another natural tattoo after care product, full of carrier oils & beeswax.  The day after my tattoo my arm was so swollen, huge bruising and man it was sore – I applied the after care, it felt ok, soothed it a little but that was it – after an hour or so it didn’t smell so nice, like it was going rank!  I think the heat from the inflammation of my new tattoo was altering the aroma!

Anyway, long story short, a week after I had this tattoo I was still swollen to the wrist, bruising still purple, my arm ached and now the flaking had started.  I went back to the tattoo store to see if this was ‘right’ – “yep, this can be normal, just keep using X after care as directed”…. sigh, ,my lovely tattoo took 3 flippin painful ugly weeks to heal.

6 months later I was having another tattoo.  Now I’m an Aromatologist, which means I specialise in the use of essential oils – primarily for alternative health care.  I have a practice in Wellington, consult and make essential oil blends & synergy’s to simply give people a better quality of life using natural treatments – it’s wonderful and I love it. You can take a look at my products on my Le’Esscience website.

This time, I thought “I’m going to make my own product to heal this tattoo”.  I did not want to go through the last fiasco trying to heal this new piece of body art!

So using my experience I carefully selected 2 carrier oils & 5 essential oils to treat the stages of healing a new tattoo, the pain, the inflammation, the swelling, the bruising (not everyone bruises and not every body part bruises but I wanted to cover this off), protecting against possible infection, the itchy stage and the dry skin peely stage. The uncomplicated stages!

During my research I also read about people experiencing pigment rejection, nasty reactions to specific colours (this has happened to me twice now) so it was important to make sure the essential oils I selected will help with these symptoms (a bit more complicated) as well as the aiding and speeding the general healing.

My new  tattoo required 2 sittings due to the layering of the colours of my lovely new iris.  When I went into see my tattoo artist to show him the results of the healing on around day 10 of my new Iris tattoo, he was blown away “You have to do something with this”….. so I did – the result is TINKture Tattoo After Care – 100% natural, vegan and not tested on animals – only very willing freshly tattooed humans.

Now I know there are other products out there that contain some essential oils, essential oils I would never use to heal a wound (which is what a new tattoo is), there are products that may contain one essential oil but it’s the ‘synergising’ of essential oils that give them their ‘kick ass’ properties and give just one simple product so many healing abilities (the uncomplicated and a bit more complicated ones).


The other wonderful benefit about TINKture, it’s not sticky, your clothes & bedding won’t adhere to your new tattoo – TINKture won’t stain either and your tattoo will heal a lot faster – a lot faster! If this means you are sports person, a swimmer / surfer / diver etc you will have less down time.  It comes in an easy to carry round, no leak dripulator bottle, its easy to apply and it smell nice too!

People are blogging about how well TINKture is working for them, Angus called it “the next generation in tattoo healing”

So if you would like to give it a go simply visit the TINKture website  check out the stockists and pay them a visit (some sell TINKture online too), if there is no stockist in your area you can order yourself a bottle, we ship world-wide – if you love it, tell your tattoo artist – we are looking for more stockists worldwide!

Please feel free to ask questions!  Maybe don’t ask what exactly is in TINKture, do KFC share their 11 herbs and spices? ^__^