tattoo aftercare instructions

leave the bandage!

Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason- to keep air-borne bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection.

Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until later.

don’t do the following:

DO NOT: Rebandage the tattoo. 

DO NOT: Apply Neosporin. 

DO NOT: Apply vaseline or any petroleum based products.

DO NOT: Apply alcohol.

DO NOT: Rub, scratch, or pick at the tattoo. 

DO NOT: Expose the tattoo to sunlight or swim in water for at least two weeks.

washing and treating your tattoo

First thing you will want to do is wash your tattoo.

Take a shower with the water being warm. Wash the tattoo with CLEAR, UNSCENTED antibacterial soap such as SOFT SOAP or Dial.

Gently wash away any blood, ointment, or plasma until the area is completely clean. DO NOT use any washcloth or anything abrasive. YOUR HAND is the best tool to clean your tattoo. (If your tattoo feels slimy or slippery, you have been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much off as possible – when the plasma dries on the skin, it creates scabs.)

After the shower DO NOT rub the tattoo. Take a clean towel or paper towel and gently pat it dry.

Follow this with a very thin layer of the aftercare product you bought from us.

Do not put a lot on, only a little to the point of hydration. Excessive application clogs the pore which leads to an infection.

DO NOT use Neosporin. This is for cuts and scrapes, NOT for tattoos.

If you did not buy lotion from us use Aquaphor two times a day after you clean your tattoo.

using dab aftercare lotion

We use Dab aftercare lotion for our tattoos – a 100% organic and natural solution for tattoo care. It reduces redness and soothes irritation. We highly recommend Dab – it is petroleum free, which is important because petroleum can fade tattoo ink. 

Bathing, showering, hot tubs, and swimming

Yes, you can (and should) shower with a tattoo! Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious INFECTION AND DAMAGE! Wait at least 2-3 weeks for the tattoo to fully heal. Swimming in a pool should also be avoided for 2-3 weeks.

protection from the sun

After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage your tattoo! Protect the tattoo with a minimum of 30SPF sun block. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for years!