THE FIRST 24 HOURS OF AFTERCARE WITH YOUR TATTOO IS THE MOST CRUCIAL TIME!!
Leave that bandage alone because your artist took the time to ensure that air-borne bacteria does not enter your body through your new tattoo. A new tattoo, as awesome as it looks, is a potential breeding ground for bacteria and infection since a new tattoo is an open wound. So leave that bandage on for at least two hours MINIMUM.
**If your tattoo feels slimy or slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Gently remove as much of the plasma as possible because when plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs**
Wash and treat: After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Take a shower where the water is extremely hot to where you can withstand it. Leave it submerged under water for about 30-45 seconds until the stinging goes away. Wash the tattoo with any CLEAR, UNSCENTED antibacterial soap such as dial. Gently wash away any blood, ointment, or plasma to where the area is completely clean. Your hand is the best tool to wash your tattoo. DO NOT USE A WASH CLOTH, it is to abrasive. After the shower DO NOT RUB THE TATTOO. Take a clean towel or paper towel and gently pat your tattoo until it is dry. Following this, apply a VERY THIN LAYER of either aquaphor or unscented lubriderm. ( Any fragrance free lotion will do as well. Our preference is the lubriderm or aquaphor.) CAUTION: excessive amounts of after care will clog the pores. As a result this will lead to an infection. Only apply a thin layer to the point of hydration. About 2 to 3 times a day is required to moisturize the tattoo.
Warning: Do not use Neosporin! This is used for cuts, and scrapes.
Showering, Bathing, Hot Tubs, and Swimming
Yes, you can and absolutely should shower with a new tattoo. It’s perfectly fine to get your tattoo wet, just do not soak it. We highly recommend that you do not submerge your tattoo in a bath or a hot tub for at least 2-3 weeks if you wish to avoid serious damage.If you get soap, body wash, or shampoo on your tattoo, quickly rinse the area with water. Swimming – pool, fresh water or salt water – should also be avoided for at least 2-3 weeks.
Protection from the Sun
After your tattoo is healed, you must always protect the tattoo from the sun’ ultraviolet rays because the rays can fade and damage your tattoo. Before spending time laying down on a warm sand with a hot sun over your head, protect your tattoo with a minimum 30 SPF sunblock. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years to come.
Follow these instructions and you should have 0 problems with your tattoo!!