It doesn’t matter if you have a small party tattoo or end a multi-year journey to finish a bodysuit, every tattoo session ends exactly the same, with the tattoo artist reminding you to take care of your new ink.
When you’ve been tattooed more times than you can count, it’s easy to ignore this advice. That’s exactly what Bam Margera did after his last tattoo, and now he’s paying the price.
As the former “Jackass” star explains, not taking care of her tattoo led to a staph infection. “I deserve it,” Margera wrote in the post, “and it hurts a lot.”
The tattoo is written in Farsi and it is written “Navid” which means “good news”. The irony is almost as painful as the infection.
We like to think of this as a teaching moment for everyone who is going to get a tattoo. Keep your fresh tattoo clean. Do not go swimming, especially not in open water. And keep this piece out of the sun while it heals.
Margera appears to be on the mend and should be fine in no time, but the bad news is that her tattoo is probably destroyed. To paraphrase the disclaimer that appeared before a certain TV show featuring Mr. Magera: “Inked must insist that no one attempt to recreate or re-create any tattoo aftercare procedures performed on this tattoo.”