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The best ointment is Tattoo Goo which preserves the color really well and it also smells nice. It is also one of the first tatto aftercare that is both clinically and dermatologist tested. You can find out more information here http://www.tattoogoo.com/.
I have always used Bag Balm, it might not be the very best, because it stinks but it does work great and it's cheap. (this is the "udder cream" in the green tin) Avoid healing ointments, you are correct about the ink fading.
Do not re cover it because it ruins the ink. Once u take that bandage (the tattoo artist put on) off after 2-4 hrs do not recover!!! For mine i didnt used ointment, i just kept putting unscented lotion on to keep it moiturized. The best lotion for tattoos is Currel Unscented. Thats what i use and many people have said the same thing.
Don't put anything on it! Take the bandage off and soak it in as hot of water as you can stand for about 10 min. and use your fingers to pull off the goop. This will draw out the extra ink and blood and leave a thin, clean scab. Keep soaking in hot water until the ink no longer oozes. Do not cover it. Let it dry out fully and heal naturally. This is the best way to retain the colour. If you absolutely can't stand the itching as it heals, apply a very thin layer of plain, unscented lotion. Lubriderm unscented is a good one. Please, please don't put any other ointments on it. Once its fully healed, protect it from the sun with a high spf sunscreen. Congrats on your new ink!
A and D Ointment is by far the best, and the most recommended. Do NOT use Neosporin or go soak it in hot water or any such nonsense like that.... The brand does NOT have to be specific, but AD Ointment literally spells it out for you; you want something with Vitamin A and Vitamin D only. There ya go!