Moisturize and revive your tattoo with Samoa by The Inglorious Mariner

Have you done your first tattoo but you don’t know how to take care of it? Or have you already had a tattoo for a while and would like to know how to keep it at its best? Or are you still deciding where to get tattooed, and you already want to start preparing for the “after”?

In this article you will find the answers to all these questions and many others, and in the end you will have the clearest ideas about what you have to do to keep your tattoo as faithful as possible to how you saw it on the first day. 

Your tattoo is like a diamond: it is forever

Let’s start by saying that the care of your tattoo is a life-long process, not just the time needed to heal the tattoo. After following your tattoo artist’s instructions to the letter for the two weeks following your visit to the studio (the average time it will take your tattoo to heal) it’s time to figure out how to preserve it over time.  The tattoo will be a permanent part of your skin, but unfortunately it is subject to many factors that can decrease its brilliance and make it more opaque over the years.

Consciously choose where to make your tattoo

But before we explain how to keep your tattoo colors more vivid, let’s take a step back. If you’re still deciding which area to get tattooed in and you’re worried about your tattoo getting ruined quickly, here are some tips that might help:

  • Areas like belly, hips and thighs are more subject to the flow of time. It is more likely that the skin in these areas will relax over the years and as a result the tattoo will lose its original shape. The collarbone, calf, back and shoulder blades are areas where the skin tends to remain unchanged. In addition, these areas are not usually exposed to the sun, which as we will see is one of the factors that can alter the appearance of your tattoos.
  • Areas like feet and hands are more risky and put a strain on the longevity of your tattoo. Who remembers to put on sunscreen and protect their hands and feet? In addition, they are high-rubbing areas: walking the skin creates friction with shoes and socks, and similarly we often rub our hands to wash them. The replacement of cells in this area is faster and as a result the tattoo fades more quickly. 

Tips to keep your tattoo healthy

Okay, it’s done. You have your tattoo. The healing period is over. What now? 

Now begins the “maintenance” phase, to preserve the colors of your tattoo vivid and vibrant. Here are some tips that you’d better keep in mind if you plan to enjoy your tattoo for a long time “as well as tattoo artist did”:

  • Avoid too long exposure to the sun.  The sun is the sworn enemy of tattoos. Always apply a high protection sunscreen when you are exposed to the sun, because the sun’s rays fade the colors of your tattoo. In particular, lighter inks are likely to fade more easily, while darker inks have greater strength. In any case, prevention is always better than cure. For your tattoo you can use the same sunscreen that you use for the rest of your body. The important thing is that it is high, with SPF from 30 up.

P.s. The same goes for lamps. Avoid them.

  • Renounce the pool subscription. Unfortunately, chlorine is harmful to your tattoo and risks whitening it faster. This doesn’t mean that you can’t step foot in a pool anymore, but that it would be good to limit it for the sake of your tattoo.
  • Remember to drink. This may seem like a foregone conclusion, but it’s really important. Drinking the right amount of water daily keeps your skin more elastic and consequently your tattoo too. If you do not drink enough, the tattoo will look dull and the skin will appear more wrinkled. 
  • Moisturize your skin. It is true that the hydration of your skin comes mainly from “inside”, but it is also true that you can help her with lotions and moisturizers. Choose it according to your skin type, with safe ingredients, to avoid irritation. Moisturizing the skin is always essential, but even more so when you have tattoos. A dehydrated skin means a faded tattoo, with poorly defined edges and strokes.

Try Samoa, the Moisturizing Revitalizing Tattoo Oil 

It’s never too late to start taking care of your tattoo. To keep the look of your tattoo vivid and intense, you can try Samoa, The Inglorious Mariner’s Moisturizing Revitalizing Tattoo Oil. Thanks to the blend of natural oils (sunflower seed oil, rice bran oil, sweet almond oil) and vitamin E, Samoa manages to keep the black and colored pigments of your tattoo bright. By applying Samoa to your tattoo, your skin will immediately become more hydrated and the tattoo sharper. 

We recommend using Samoa at least once a day on clean skin, massaging until completely absorbed. You can reapply several times if you notice your dry skin during the day.


In addition to the tattoo oil, The Inglorious Mariner has a wide line of 100% natural men’s cosmetics, strictly Made in Italy and tested on the skin of our sailors.

The Inglorious Mariner follows a completely green and plastic free philosophy. All products in the line are packed without plastic and contain natural ingredients. Our products DO NOT contain PPG, paraffin, petrolatum, SLS, SLES, cocamide DEA/TEA/MEA, (methyl) isothiazolinone, dyes, OMG, parabens, formaldehyde cessories, EDTA, BHA/BHT, perfumes with allergens, propellant gases, silicones, lactose and raw materials of animal origin.

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