A new tattoo may be undergoing the first of three stages of healing. During this period, the skin surrounding the ink will look dull and taut. Excess ink and plasma may still be oozing from the area, but this should subside and the skin will appear smooth and shiny. The healing phase is very important for a good-looking tattoo. However, it is important not to pick or scratch the scabs or scab-like patches. Picking the scabs can lead to scarring, which will ruin the new artwork.