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The Volcano - What happened to my new tattoo!

Updated on October 31, 2012
This is my tattoo the day it was completed.
This is my tattoo the day it was completed.
LEFT: Frick and Frack (new) RIGHT: Little Miss PiggyTails (my first and favorite)
LEFT: Frick and Frack (new) RIGHT: Little Miss PiggyTails (my first and favorite)

Warning: Those of you with a weak stomach might want to shy away from this one. The rest of you, jump right in. And I recommend this as required reading for anyone with a new tattoo. If you aren't taking great care of it now, you will be!

Disclaimer: While I write this story in a "fun" manner, tattoos are serious business. They come with serious health risks and reponsibility. A tattoo is an open wound. Care for it as such. Your artist will give you after care instructions. Follow them! If you are unsure about anything, ask questions. And at the first sign of something not looking or feeling right, call your artist or your doctor. That is what I did and it saved my tattoo. It could save your life.


"Thank you. I love it. Fingers crossed that it doesn't get infected." "Just keep it clean. You'll be fine." "We will see about that. Thanks again!"... Bandage off. Moment of truth. Looks good. Usual slime. So far so good. Keep it clean...

Uh oh. Fell asleep on the couch. In my clothes. Without washing my new ink. What? Seriously? I am stuck to my shirt?! Pulled it off. Oh. Look at that. Now my shirt has a tattoo, Something tells me that was a bad idea... Crusty. Looks good. Keep it clean. Out of antibacterial soap. Regular stuff should do. Keep it clean...

Oh. Great time for my back to break out. Not too bad. Should clear up fine, Zits on my new tattoo?! Not good. Healing up fine. Except that one. Hmmm. Check it tomorrow... Oh wow! Three times bigger overnight! Red too! And warm. Damn that hurts! Crap. I know what this means. Time to call the doctor...

I have to come in, really? Fine. An infection. No kidding. Antibiotics. Hot packs. Keep an eye on it... TIme to call Digger. "My tattoo is infected. Nothing you did wrong. Thought you should know. I'll keep you posted."...

Pills. Could they be any bigger?! Nausea. Pain. Speaking of big, damn! Looks like a volacno! Crater and everything. Gross... Hotpack. Ouch that hurts. Don't press so hard. Pills... Getting bigger. Maybe a gentle squeeze. Dammit! Ouch! Bad idea. Pills. Hotpack...

Recheck. Still infected. Pretty deep too. Surgeon? Cut it open?! My new tattoo?! I don't think so! Lets give it a few more days. If it goes any deeper, it is getting cut open. Fine. Keep an eye on it...

Pills. Hotpacks. Gross. Its all squishy. Maybe another gentle squeeze. Woah! Eruption! Waterfall of pus. River down my back. Foamy, Yellow. One more squeeze. Another river. Splat! That was unexpected. Guess I should clean off the mirror. Knock on the bathroom door. "You OK in there?!" My boyfriend. "Look honey!" Gags. Helps with the bandage. "Thanks baby!"... Pills. Hotpacks. alcohol wipes. Bandages. Oozing...

No more volcano. Just the crater, With a squishy little brain inside! What's that black spec? A scab? Floating in the squishiness. A gentle pull. Oooh! A tiny green carrot! So that's what's been growing in there! Gentle squeeze. Just a small stream this time. Chunky. What on earth is going on in there? Bandage. Pills. Hotpack...

Looking better. Recheck. Still infected. Again with the surgeon. No sir. Not yet. A few more days, please! More Pills... Better. Sort of. Missing some ink. Looks like its gonna scar. Just a tiny spot thankfully...

Time to call Digger. "Prettymuch all healed. Damaged the tattoo. Sorry!" "Figures. I do something nice for you and you F it up!" Laughter. "You know I F everything up. And I always do a good job of it too! You wanna hear about my Volcano?!"


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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Sharkye11 - You are right. Tattoos require are. They ar serious business, especially when they are the size of the one I got. I was very stupid not to care for it likeI should, but very smart to seek medical care right away... Sorry to hear about your second tat. That just goes to show that every tat needs to be considered individually. Just cuz the first went well doesn't mean the second will. Hope your scarring isn't too bad on yours. Parts of my pigtail skull are slightly raised. I have read that scarring like that can happen if the artist presses too hard or goes over the same spot a lot. I am going to look into that.... So happy you love Little Miss PiggyTails. I adore her! I will pass the compliment on to my friend..... I GOT A NEW TATTOO a few days ago. I think I will update this hub with the news. So far it is ok.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Sunshine625 - Hi Linda! For the most part tats are safe. I admit that I dropped the ball on that one. And this story points out why that was a very bad idea. And why it is so importnant to see a doctor right away if anything goes wrong. You should see the photos I found of tattoos that were badly infected!! I chose not to post them because of the gross out factor!.... If you every did decide to get a tat you would totally rock it! Buy I understand those that don't get them.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yet another reason I won't get a tat, but I do admire others! :)

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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great hub! Tattoos are very beautiful, but they do require the correct care. I am glad they didn't have to cut you and that the tattoo wasn't damaged. My first gave my no problems, but the second scarred badly when healing. It didn't damage the artwork, but the scar is very raised under the design. Love your pigtail skull!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Nat Amaral - as long as your nephew goes to a reputable artist and takes care of it, he should be fine. my tats are ok. i am bummed that i have to wait to get more, but itsnot worth my health to risk going against my doctor... hope your nephew does well with his. and if he ever regrets one, i have another hub on what to do with a bad tattoo! :)

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      Nat Amaral 5 years ago from BC Canada

      Thank you so much! I have a nephew that has taken a liking to tattoos, and I hope this doesn't happen to him. I hope everything is fine with you and your tattoos now.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Jools99 - glad i could share :) ... yes, things are fine now. and you can barely see the scar.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      midget - yes. tattoos are not all frilly fun. they do need to be taken seriously. i also get an HIV test and Hepatitis test about a year after the tattoo. just in case... i will say though - i LOVE them and it was worth it.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Daisy - this started out as me just wnting to write a gross out stream of consciouness piece about my little volcano. but i felt that i should also point out to people that it is nothing to take lightly. i still plan on more tattoos but my artist and my doctor both say its too soon. ugh! but health comes first.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Dana, I am tattoo free but I felt your pain whilst reading this. 'Volcanic' certainly sounded like the right adjective. Hope all is well now!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Major ouch, Dana. Tattoos may be pretty...but the pain and possible infection do make them suck like you've described!! I'm sharing, voting up and away!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      You've shared some very important information here. You're correct...everyone who is about to get a new tattoo should read this.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      rcrumple - thanks for reading. its kind of like passing a car wreck. you want to stop reading but u just can't look away. i suppose thoughts of a pus filled volcano might squash my appetite. i will give it a shot. glad you did/didn't love this. and hey, it;s never to late to get some ink!

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky


      Just read this every time you start thinking about a cheeseburger and you'll lose weight so fast it'll make your head spin! lol Very descriptive. I loved it, or maybe I didn't. I'm confused (as always) lol Oh well, never wanted a tattoo anyway! Great Job! : )

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      (above was supposed to say sebaceous cyst. man i hate autocorrect!)

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      PDXKaraokeGuy - yes I learned my lesson. I spoke to the artist and my doctor and it seems that it was the result of bad luck and depression on my part. Turns out I have at least one sebaceous cults in that area. The tattooing must have aggregated things..... I plan on more tats but with doctor approval of course. My artist insists on a doctors note before touching me. Tattoos are serious business.... I will definitely check out your hub and if its OK with u I will link it to mine.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Dana, I like the story. Great voice and good tone. I hope you learned to take care of your tattoos in the future! I have five and I've never had one infected.

      Diogenes, why would she sue the artist? He didn't do anything wrong. To get a tattoo you sign a release and most licensed shops are required to give you oral and written instructions on aftercare. If you don't follow their instructions, it's your fault, not theirs.

      (Ps, I have a hub on tattoo design and aftercare that may interest you. In fact, I'll link it with yours:

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      Dana Strang 6 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Eddy! See you around!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Dana;great work here.

      Take care and enjoy your day.


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      Dana Strang 6 years ago from Ohio

      Bob. Tattoo man is a friend of mine. He even did the work as a gift. I admit it was risky of me to refuse surgery. I had to keep careful watch to be sure it wasn't moving deeper. Abscesses are nothing to play around with!

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      Dana Strang 6 years ago from Ohio

      Oh Bill. If only I had pictures! Fortunately the infection is healed. And there is some ink in the scar, so it might look just fine after a few months. My tattoo artist has banned me from future tats unless I get a doctor's note. Silly guy is always looking out for me.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Dana, that was an appetizing way to start my morning. ;) Can't say you didn't warn me though. Hope all is well now and you can finally enjoy that tat!

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Wonderful! As soon as you got into your stride I thought, uh, uh, tropical abcess a'building. They can go right down to the bone.

      Good job you're a nice person or you would have sued the tattoo man.

      I hope your lovely new tat can be repaired.



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