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.
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.