Aftercare

Resources for healing your new tattoo. 

Healing advice may vary from artist to artist, so questions should be directed to your tattooer.

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Day of Your Appointment

  • Leave your bandage on at least 4 hours

  • You may leave your bandage on overnight if your appointment is late or if you want to keep it protected.  

  • Avoid excessive activity or sweating. 

The First Wash

  • Make sure you have clean hands when touching your new tattoo.

  • Wash your tattoo with UNSCENTED soap. Lather the soap in your hands and use your fingertips to gently clean your tattoo.

  • There will be excess vaseline, blood and ink on your tattoo when you remove the bandage. Wash this off.

  • Pat your tattoo dry with a clean towel.

  • Let your tattoo breathe, un-bandaged and wear loose comfortable clothing. 

The Healing Process

  • Your new tattoo is an open wound, so your goal is to keep it clean.

  • Continue to wash your tattoo 2x a day for the first week.

  • On day 2 or 3 your tattoo will start to get tight and dry.  This is when you can add UNSCENTED lotion or ointment to your washing routine.

  • Apply only a thin layer of lotion at a time and let it soak in. If your tattoo becomes dry and itchy later you can add more.

  • Your tattoo will go through stages of healing and may get flaky or develop light scabbing.  Try not to pick off any scabs as they may take pigment with them.  If scabs or flakes come off while you are washing your tattoo that means they were ready to come off.  

  • It takes an average of 2 weeks to heal a tattoo. Yours may go faster or slower depending on your body and the tattoo.  

Washing Hands

Don't do that!

  • Don't submerge the tattoo in water for 2 weeks.(No swimming, baths or hot tubs)

  • Don't tan or expose your healing tattoo to the sun

  • Don't pick or scratch your tattoo.

  • Don't wear tight clothing that will rub your healing tattoo.

  • Don't touch your healing tattoo with dirty hands.

  • Don't let people or pets touch your healing tattoo.

Ask for help if...

  • Your tattoo is red and warm to the touch. Irritation is expected the day of your tattoo and likely the following day.  If it persists, contact your artist.

  • Your tattoo is oozing or has excessive scabbing.

  • You develop a rash or reaction around your tattoo.

  • You have questions about the healing process.

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