Taking care of a new tattoo correctly is almost as important as picking the right artist to do it. There have been plenty of amazing tattoos ruined by people who did not take care of them properly. The first thing you should do is forget anything anyone has ever told you about tattoo aftercare. Then, just follow these simple instructions and please come see us if you’re ever concerned or have questions..
- Remove the bandage after 2-4 hours. Do not leave it on all night! If you need to, you can wet the bandage with water to more easily peel it off.
- Starting the first night and proceeding at least daily, gently wash your tattoo with lukewarm (not hot) water and a mild liquid soap. Remember to not scrub it, dab it. We carry several excellent aftercare products to choose from.
- Afterwards gently pat it dry, for the first day or two using a clean, disposable paper towel and not your regular towel.
- OPTIONAL: Some artists suggest you apply an aftercare product such as H2Ocean, or Aquatat. If so, only use the ointment during the first few days, always applying very thin even coats, no more than 2 to 3 times a day, and always washing in between each application. Afterwards you may proceed as follows….
- For the first several weeks, whenever the tattoo feels dry and/or tight, apply a thin layer of unscented moisturizing lotion, up to 2 to 3 times a day. We suggest Curel or Lubriderm.
- The normal healing time is typically 2 to 4 weeks, but can sometimes take longer.
- Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight while it’s healing.
- After your tattoo is healed always use sunblock (at least SPF 30) while in the sun or tanning and remember to frequently moisturize your skin with lotion. It will help keep your colors fresh.
Make sure to always clean your hands before touching a healing tattoo!
Please Do Not:
- Do not re-bandage the tattoo.
- Do not use antibiotic or antibacterial ointments. This includes products like Bactine or Neosporin which can cause severe allergic reactions!
- Do not pick, scratch, or shave your tattoo while it’s healing. Itching, flaking and/or peeling are all a normal part of the healing process.
- Do not submerge your tattoo during healing. Showering is OK. Do not soak your tattoo in baths, hot tubs, pools, or bodies of water. (These activities can ruin your tattoo.)
- Do not tan or use a tanning bed during the healing process. Even after healing you’ll need to use sunblock.
Remember it takes two people to have a successful tattoo experience – a skilled tattoo artist, and a customer who is educated and diligent about properly taking care of their tattoo during its entire healing time.