Tattoo Aftercare

Your new tattoo is most prone to infection the first 48 hours of receiving it.  Please thoroughly read and follow these steps to ensure that your new tattoo heals properly.

Leave the bandage on over night. Your tattoo will ooze, this is normal and part of the healing process.  Once the bandage comes off you will NOT need to re-bandage your tattoo

The bandage is here to keep air-born bacteria and any other contaminants in the environment from invading your new tattoo.  Make sure your hands have been washed thoroughly before you remove the bandage.  Gently cleanse the tattoo with antibacterial soap (Dial) and rinse it with warm water and let air dry. This helps remove any dead skin cells, blood, and plasma that may have built up on the tattoo. Repeat this cleaning routine 2 or 3 times for the first 3 days

DO NOT use hot water or 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.

48-72 hours after receiving the tattoo you may start applying a small amount of white UNSCENTED lotion. Lubriderm, Eucerin, Suave, Jergens

You will 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 with allow for quicker healing.

After a few days you may notice some peeling and possibly scabbing, both of which are normal.  During this time, your tattoo will begin to itch.  DO NOT pick or scratch your tattoo.  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.

DO NOT use A & D ointment or Neosporin or any other healing ointments

DO NOT use hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol on your tattoo.

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 go out in the sun without proper protection   (SPF 50 +) and clothing that will cover) until the tattoo has 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 take the effort to put sunscreen on.

All tattoos are guaranteed with a free touch up as long as you follow the aftercare instructions and come back to the shop within 60 days for a checkup. 

Take extra care in healing tattoos on the hands, wrists, and feet, these ares take more abuse from normal everyday life.  This makes maintaining the quality of the tattoo very difficult.

These are only recommendations. We are not responsible for any allergic reactions.