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    Keeping Your Tattoo Lookin’ New Is Actually Pretty Simple

    Spoiler: Stock up on lotion and SPF.

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    When you get a tattoo, you’re making an investment that will live permanently on your body, until death (or painful, multi-session laser removal) do you part. This is news to no one, of course, yet many of us often fail to protect this investment as well as we should in order to ensure it heals without a hitch — and remains crisp and vibrant in the long run.

    We chatted with some professional tattoo artists to get their advice on the best before-and-after tips for your fresh ink and ways to keep your new art looking, well, new in the years to come.

    Don’t drink before (or after) getting inked.

    Avoid aspirin — opt for Tylenol (and a sandwich) instead.

    Follow your artist's aftercare instructions.

    Moisturize — and don’t pick your scabs (gross!).

    Beware the summer.

    Slather with SPF forever!