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Tattoo Aftercare

Tattoo Aftercare

  • Remove the bandage after 2-4 hours. You can wet the bandage with water if necessary to peel it off.

  • Gently Wash your tattoo with lukewarm water and a mild anti-bacterial liquid soap. Do not scrub it, dab it. Then gently pat it dry with a clean paper towel

  • Some artists suggest that you use a healing product such as H20cean, Tattoo Goo, or Aquaphor. If so, only use the ointment for the first few days, applying a very thin coat 2 to 3 times a day, and always washing in between each application.

  • For the next several weeks, only when the tattoo feels very dry and/or tight, apply a thin layer of moisturizing lotion, up to 2-3 times a day. We suggest Curel, Lubriderm or another unscented lotion.

  • The normal healing time is 2-4 weeks

  • Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight while it is healing

  • After your tattoo is healed, always use sunblock (30+SPF) while in the sun or tanning, and remember to frequently moisturize your skin with lotion. It will help keep your colors fresh.

  • Always make sure your hands are clean before touching your tattoo while it is healing.

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Please Do Not

  • Do not re-bandage your tattoo

  • Do not use antibiotic or antibacterial ointments. They can cause allergic reactions.

  • Do not pick, scratch, or shave your tattoo while it's healing. (Flaking or peeling is normal during the healing process.)

  • Do not submerge your tattoo during healing. Showering is okay. Do not soak your tattoo in baths, hot tubs, pools or bodies of water. (These activities can ruin your tattoo.)

  • Do not us a tanning bed during the healing process.

Remember it takes two people to have a successful tattoo experience - a skilled tattoo artist, and a customer knowledgeable about properly taking care of the tattoo during the healing time.