What to Do and What Not to Do While Getting a Tattoo
Are you considering getting the Southern Cross back piece you’ve always wanted? Your refusal to donate after a tattoo, unlike your new artwork, is just temporary! One of the reasons we’ve put together a handy little list of tips to have once you take the plunge and get your next tattoo is to dispel the popular myth that a tattoo disqualifies you from donating blood. It’s also worth noting that you should always follow your tattoo artist’s and doctor’s instructions and that if you’re unsure about anything, you should seek professional medical advice.

Please consider donating before getting your tattoo.

You’ve prepared your design and are most likely on the waiting list for the next available appointment. Going under the needle might seem like an eternity away, so what better way to pass the time than by donating with us? You’ll be helping to save lives if you can squeeze in a donation (remember, you can give plasma every two weeks!) before getting inked, and we know you’re not afraid of needles!

DON’T scuff your work.

Even if it’s tempting, you can never scratch a new tattoo. Not only could it make your tattoo look patchy, but it could also lead to an infection if bacteria on your hand came into contact with an open wound.


Any good tattoo artist will go over tattoo aftercare with you, and you’ll almost certainly be advised to pick up some antiseptic skin cream on your way home from the pharmacy. To prevent infection, use antiseptic cream (as directed) in the same way you keep your hands away from your new tatt.

Don’t Really Get into pool or ocean

Consider your tattoo to be an open wound (because it is). It’s never a good idea to submerge your new tattoo in water because you risk exposing it to bacteria. If you have any discomfort, swelling, inflammation, or discharge, you should see a doctor right away.

DO make an appointment to donate plasma after getting a tattoo.

You can donate plasma if your tattoo was done on approved or controlled premises in Australia (such as a commercial tattoo parlor or a cosmetic clinic) and is healing well. Don’t worry if it wasn’t performed in Australia on licensed or controlled premises; you’ll be able to donate plasma again in four months. You’ll even be able to donate blood and platelets by then!