Every artist’s tattoos tend to heal differently, so consulting with your artist about his/her preferred aftercare method is ALWAYS best!
Tattoo Aftercare is extraordinarily important for good results. Please remember this while caring for yours, because it will be with you forever.
Always wash your hands before touching your new tattoo!
After leaving the shop, you must start by removing your bandage after one-to-three hours, providing necessary air circulation. Wash your tattoo thoroughly with an un-scented, hypo-allergenic, liquid soap. Continue this daily in between applications of ointment. Be careful not to scrub!
It is crucial that you DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo after the initial bandage has been removed. In doing so, bacteria may be trapped and/or many other complications may arise.
Although your clothing may cause mild discomfort against the tattoo, it is important to remember to leave it be. Other suggestions are to avoid wearing tighter clothing, and avoid activities with scrutiny movement around the freshly tattooed area.
*First 3-7 days, apply a topical tattoo aftercare product 1-3 times a day as needed. We recommend a hypo-allergenic ointment, such as Aquaphor, TatWax or Tattoo Goo.
*Once the skin progresses in healing and just becomes dry, switch to an un-scented moisturizer at least 2-3 times daily.
It is important to not overuse your ointment! A little bit goes a long way. The key is to moisturize the skin, not soak. Over saturation can lead to a longer healing.
Your tattoo will heal very much like a sunburn. Do not scrub, scratch, or pick at your tattoo. This will cause excess irritation and prolong healing. If your tattoo itches, it is often found better to slap it.
Do not submerge your new tattoo in any body of water until it has completely healed. Do not expose it to any excess amount of sun. When it is fully healed, use sunscreen.
Your tattoo will be completely healed when it has stopped shedding all dead skin, and is smooth and vibrant.