Once you've taken the protective wrap off of your new tattoo (which your artist should have applied before you left the studio), you should be able to shower whenever you feel you're ready to, although some artist suggest you wait at least 24 hours before trying to shower.
In this regard, can you bathe with a new tattoo?
Yes, you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo, as long as you don't completely soak it. Avoid swimming—whether in a pool, lake, or the ocean—and submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub for two to three weeks, though; this can cause serious damage.
How long do you have to wait until you can wet your tattoo?
No. Don't go swimming or immerse your new tattoo in water until every bit of scab and dry skin has fallen off. This can take as long as four weeks. There is a big difference between getting your tattoo wet (during a normal shower) and entirely submerging or soaking your fresh wound in still water.
How long do you have to wait before soaking a tattoo?
If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water. Swimming – whether it be a pool, fresh water or salt water – should be avoided for at least 2 weeks. After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing.