Tattoo aftercare instructions

 

  • Leave the bandage on overnight.  Your tattoo will ooze, this is normal and part of the healing process.
  • The bandage is there to keep airborne bacteria and any other contaminants in the environment from invading your tattoo.
  • Make sure your hands have been washed thoroughly before you remove the bandage.
  • Gently cleanse the tattoo area with antibacterial soap (Dial) and rinse it with warm water and let it air dry. This helps remove any dead skin cells, blood, or plasma that may have built up on the tattoo.
  • DO NOT scrub the tattoo with a towel or anything abrasive until the tattoo is completely healed.
  • If you need to dry the tattoo, use a single use paper towel and gently pat the area, do not rub.
  • You do not have to re-bandage your tattoo
  • Repeat the cleaning process 2 or 3 times a day for the first 48 hours.
  • You might be sore for the first few days so feel free to take ibuprofen to help with any swelling or discomfort. Proper rest and good health will allow for quicker healing.
  • After a few days you may notice some pealing and possibly scabbing, both of which are normal. During this time, your tattoo will begin to itch. DO NOT pick or scratch your tattoo.
  • After a few days you can start applying a VERY SMALL AMOUNT of a plain white fragrance free hand lotion.  Lubriderm is what we all use and recommend.
  • DO NOT use anything petroleum based like Vaseline or A & D ointment. This will clog the pores and suffocate your new tattoo and skin not allowing it to breathe and heal properly.
  • The unscented lotion will help with the itching and scabbing. The better you take care of your tattoo, the quicker it will heal, and the better it will look.

 

 

  • DO NOT touch your tattoo with dirty hands or let anyone else touch it.  Do not rub it against any pets, dirt, bodily fluids, ect. Use common sense.
  • DO NOT go swimming; soak in a hot tub, or bath until tattoo is completely healed.
  • DO NOT use hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol on your tattoo.
  • DO NOT itch, pick or scratch your tattoo.  We can tell if you have picked at it.
  • DO NOT work out excessively, lift weights, go running, ect for the first few days of healing.
  • DO NOT tan in a tanning bed or expose to direct sunlight until tattoo is completely healed.
  • Using proper sun block after the tattoo has healed will help avoid any sun damage from ultra-violet rays.  We cannot stress enough how much the sun will damage your tattoo, so make the effort to put sunscreen on.