Summer Tattoo Care, Festival Fun, and an Artist Spotlight

Welcome to our latest blog post, packed with essential tips, exciting news, and an artist highlight you won't want to miss! First, learn the best practices to keep your fresh tattoos vibrant and safe during the sunny summer months. Next, we’re thrilled to share details about Red Arbor Tattoo’s participation in the Twin Cities Tattoo Festival. Lastly, don’t miss our artist spotlight on the talented Payton Park. Stay tuned and stay inked with Red Arbor Tattoo!

7/10/20244 min read

Summer is here, and while it's the perfect season for showing off your new ink, it's also a time when your tattoos need extra care to stay vibrant and healthy. Here are some essential tips to keep your fresh tattoos looking their best in the summer sun:

  1. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Fresh tattoos are particularly vulnerable to the sun's harmful UV rays, which can cause fading and irritation. For the first few weeks, try to keep your tattoo covered with loose, breathable clothing when you're outdoors.

  2. Use Sunscreen: Once your tattoo is fully healed, it's crucial to protect it with a high-SPF sunscreen. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and reapply it every two hours, especially if you're swimming or sweating.

  3. Stay Hydrated: Keeping your skin hydrated from the inside out is key to maintaining the health of your tattoo. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to ensure your skin stays supple and your tattoo looks its best.

  4. Moisturize Regularly: Applying a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizer to your tattoo will help keep the skin hydrated and prevent it from drying out. Be sure to follow your tattoo artist's aftercare instructions regarding when to start moisturizing.

  5. Avoid Swimming: For at least the first two weeks, avoid swimming in pools, oceans, or hot tubs. Immersing your tattoo in water can introduce bacteria and increase the risk of infection. Once your tattoo is fully healed, you can enjoy the water with proper sun protection.

  6. Keep It Clean: During the healing process, gently wash your tattoo with mild, fragrance-free soap and lukewarm water. Pat it dry with a clean towel, and avoid using abrasive materials that can irritate the skin.

  7. Be Mindful of Heat and Sweat: Excessive sweating can cause irritation and prolong the healing process. Try to stay cool and avoid activities that make you sweat heavily, especially in the first few weeks after getting your tattoo.

  8. Watch for Signs of Trouble: Keep an eye out for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or unusual discharge. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your tattoo artist or a healthcare professional immediately.


By following these summer tattoo care tips, you'll ensure your new ink stays vibrant and beautiful while enjoying all the fun and sun the season has to offer. Remember, a little extra care goes a long way in preserving your tattoo's color and detail for years to come. Stay safe, stay cool, and show off your art with pride!

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Twin Cities Tattoo Festival

We are thrilled to announce that Red Arbor Tattoo will be participating in the Twin Cities Tattoo Festival from July 12th to the 14th at the Saint Paul RiverCentre! This highly anticipated event is a gathering of some of the most talented tattoo artists from around the country, and we are excited to be a part of it.

Here’s what you can expect from Red Arbor Tattoo at the festival:

Meet Our Artists

Our talented team, including Cory Claussen, Payton Park, Trevor Larsen, Mia Vrooman, Libby Murphy, and Morgan Bentley, will be there showcasing their incredible skills. This is your chance to meet them in person, see their portfolios, and discuss your tattoo ideas directly with the artists. Whether you’re considering your first tattoo or adding to your collection, our artists are ready to bring your vision to life.

Live Tattooing

Experience the thrill of live tattooing sessions right at our booth. Watch our artists work their magic in real-time, and get a firsthand look at the precision and creativity that goes into each piece. If you’re feeling spontaneous, you might even have the opportunity to get a tattoo on the spot!

Tattoo Care Tips

Got questions about tattoo care? Our team will be on hand to provide expert advice and answer any questions you have about keeping your tattoos looking fresh and vibrant. Whether it’s your first tattoo or your fiftieth, we’re here to help.

Festival Highlights

The Twin Cities Tattoo Festival isn’t just about getting inked – it’s a celebration of art and community. Enjoy live music, art exhibits, and meet fellow tattoo enthusiasts. It’s a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the tattoo culture and discover new inspirations.

We can’t wait to connect with you all at the Twin Cities Tattoo Festival! Make sure to mark your calendars and come visit us. Follow us on social media for updates, sneak peeks, and live coverage from the event. See you there!

This month, we are excited to shine the spotlight on our incredible artist, Payton Park. Payton is known for his unique style and meticulous attention to detail. His portfolio is filled with stunning pieces that range from intricate black and grey work to vibrant color tattoos. Check out Payton's amazing work on his Instagram.

Whether you're looking for a custom design or inspired by one of their existing pieces, Payton's creativity and skill will bring your tattoo vision to life. Book your appointment today!

Artist Spotlight: Payton Park