TATTOO AFTERCARE TIPS
We take great pride in our work, and always do our best to ensure you leave our shop with a tattoo that you love.
However, the manner in which you care for your tattoo after having it done is a vital factor in how it will look for the rest of your life.
Follow these instructions, and always feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
GOOD THINGS TO DO
- Immediately after the tattoo, leave the bandage on for a minimum of 2 hours.
- Only remove your bandage in a clean, private space.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap before removing the bandage.
- Gently but thoroughly wash your tattoo with soap and warm water.
- Be sure to gently wash away any blood, ink, or plasma that is loose.
- Gently pat dry the tattoo with a clean paper towel after - don't scratch!
- Apply a very small amount of Aquaphor Ointment for the first 3 days, whenever the skin feels tight or dry.
- Continue washing with soap and warm water regularly and keep the tattoo clean from dirt.
- After 3 days, begin using a fragrance-free lotion such as Lubriderm instead of Aquaphor.
- Continue to moisturize and wash regularly as needed for 2 weeks or as long as it takes to heal completely.
- As the tattoo peels, gently pat dry the skin when washing instead of scratching or rubbing the healing skin off prematurely.
BAD THINGS TO DO
- Let your tattoo dry out.
- Apply too much Aquaphor so your skin can't breathe.
- Expose the tattoo to direct sunlight or tanning beds while healing.
- Pick or scratch while the tattoo is peeling! Pat the tattoo with damp paper towel if you have to.
- Soak or submerge the tattoo in water, such as in a bath, pool, ocean, etc.
- Wear tight or irritating clothing. Go for something loose and preferably a soft cotton or similar.
- Lastly, don't take advice from non-professionals! If you have a question, please contact us.
GENERAL HEALING ADVICE
In the days and weeks after getting tattooed, you may experiences some swelling, flaking, peeling, scabbing, bruising and itching. These are normal signs that your body is healing.
Feel free to ice your tattoo and/or take anti-inflammatory pain killers like Ibuprofen to ease the pain or discomfort that comes with healing a new tattoo.
As with any injury, your body may react differently to different methods and products, so be aware of how the tattoo is looking, and don't hesitate to reach out if you need a second opinion!