- Following your tattoo, an application of ointment and a dressing or wrap will be applied. This helps to seal the tattoo from any cross contamination and airborne bacteria. Remove dressing/wrap after a minimum of 1 hour, then wash (not scrub) your tattoo. Wash hands first, then tattoo, with hot, soapy water (preferably glycerin or antibacterial soap with no fragrance), rinse with warm water, then follow up with cold water (to help seal pours, and promote speedy healing), and gently PAT dry with a soft, lint free towel.
- Avoid long baths or showers for the first 2 weeks. NEVER submerge the tattoo in water for more than a few seconds, and avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Swimming during the healing process, either in open water, or a pool is NEVER acceptable. DO NOT PICK OR SCRUB YOUR TATTOO EVER!
- Apply a thin layer of approved moisturizing cream, once or twice daily to maintain colors, prevent scabbing and promote healing. Recommended products are Tattoo Goo, Unscented Lubriderm, or other UNSCENTED lotions that contain NO ALCOHOL. (cetyl alcohol is ok, as long as it’s not one of the first few ingredients. Lotions with Isopropyl alcohol, or simply “alcohol” on the ingredients list, should be avoided)
(DO NOT USE – Neosporin, Polysporin, Vaseline, Bactracin, Bactroban, Rubbing Alcohol, Iodine, Bactine or Hydrogen Peroxide – These products may impair healing and cause color loss.)
- If you experience a second flaking, applying additional moisturizing lotion will help to keep it moist, and aid in healing.
- Healing skin is often itchy. Gently pat or applying a small amount of pressure to the tattooed area, will help dissipate the itch. Occasionally a scab will form. Do not pick or scratch the tattoo, as that will create a secondary scab which may cause color loss. New tattoos normally heal in 1 to 3 weeks but can take up to 2 months to heal depending on the site, aftercare, skin type etc.
- Avoid exposing your new tattoo to direct sunlight or tanning beds. Your new tattoo can burn in as little as 5 minutes which can result in excessive scabbing, prolonged healing time and cause discomfort, and/or pain After your tattoo is fully healed, we recommend using sunblock, when exposing the tattooed area to sunlight, to maintain optimal color, and prevent fading.
- CAUTION: No Sun or chlorinated water (long baths, swimming) on your new tattoo until it is healed. Peeling skin is normal. Don’t pick or scratch. No harsh cleansers or creams. Always use sun block on your tattoo. Direct sunlight will eventually fade your tattoo. If you are not sure how your tattoo is healing feel free to call or stop by any time. These aftercare instructions will help you to maintain a crisp, bright tattoo.
- Sometimes even a well cared for tattoo needs touch ups. Touch ups apply to an area that has not healed well, needs more color or has minor imperfections. This will be provided free of charge (at the discretion of the artist) as long as you have followed all the aftercare instructions and return to see your tattooist within 90 days after your tattoo appointment.