- Leave your bandage on for two hours, no more than three. Do not remove prior.
- Once bandage is removed, keep your new tattoo uncovered from that point on to let the tattoo breathe.
- Avoid physically strenuous or heavy outdoor activities for two to three days to avoid infection from the environment.
- Keep your tattoo out of the sun or soaking too long in water for two weeks at least, three weeks preferably.
- Keep gently cleansed with Liquid Anti-Bacterial Soap (Dial or Generic); but not too often, twice daily is good. It is perfectly normal to see flakes of color wash off, what is not normal is “oozing of color”. If that occurs contact your artist immediately.
- Apply Vitamin A & D ointment (obtained at many local drug or grocery stores) for two to three days ONLY in a very thin coat then discontinue use of it on or by the end of the third day. Ointments have anti-biotics and are necessary to prevent infection for the first few days, but continued use will push pigment out. DO NOT us any other ointments such as Neosporin or burn ointments, they are too strong.
- For the most part after the first two or three days let your new tattoo air out, get a little dry and seal itself. Rather than keeping a constant “sheen” of lotion on the tattoo, only put lotion when the tattoo feels really dry or tight.
- Lubriderm fragrance free lotion or Aquaphor for four weeks (total cure time for a tattoo) only when your tattoo gets super tight itchy and dry. Most ink comes out when it’s overly saturated or medicated.
- Upon the fourth week if you want to go “above and beyond” cocoa butter helps reduce any “shine” or “light scarring” that would normally remain for a while on the tattoo.
- If your tattoo doesn’t seem like it’s “healing right”, do not hesitate to contact your artist or the studio asap, usually something minor needs to be adjusted and we want your tattoo to heal as best as possible.
- Signs of “not healing right”? : Constant burning, oozing of color, green, yellow, or flesh color once the scab starts coming off. Some redness is normal but not a complete very red halo around the entire tattoo. If any of these symptoms occur please contact your artist as soon as possible.
Any further questions? Give us a call: (424) 228-2233