Instructions for care of your new tattoo:
Remove bandage 3 to 4 hours after tattoo, just before cleaning*.
Do not re-bandage after cleaning. Wash gently by hand then blot
dry with a clean towel / or clean paper towels.
*Wash your hands before cleaning, touching, or putting lotion on
your tattoo. Be gentle, do not use a washcloth or anything that will
exfoliate your tattoo. Only use your clean hands.
First 2 days:
Gently wash by hand 2 to 3 times per day with a mild soap such as
baby soap, Baby Dr. Bronner’s, or an anti-bacterial soap (Dial) and
water. Try to use a soap that is fragrance free, alcohol free, and for
After washing pat dry with a freshly cleaned towel or paper
towels. . Do not rub, or use a fabric with a rough surface, only pat or blot dry.
* wash at least once daily while tattoo is healing
Starting on day 2:
Apply a scent free lotion 2 to 4 times per day. Rub into skin
completely, being careful to not use too much, if needed pat
excess off with a paper towel.
Recommended lotions: Curel Fragrance Free lotion or Lubriderm
Fragrance Free lotion.
For natural healing: Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter.
Do not use excessive amounts of lotion.
Do not use petroleum jelly or Vaseline.
If a scab forms do not pick it, let it fall off naturally.
Tattoos go through a “peeling” stage, dry skin flakes off the new
tattoo; this is part of the healing process.
Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first two weeks: nothing abrasive, irritating, or clingy.
After the tattoo has healed, hand lotion can be used to keep the
tattoo looking bright, keeping the needed moisture in the skin.
Direct UV rays and sunlight will fade tattoos, for the first 2 weeks
do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight. After the 2
weeks use a high numbered SPF sun block to avoid future fading.
Over time with aging the pigment will change.
If persistent redness, fever, or rash occurs contact your artist, a
doctor, or the shop immediately. These can be signs of an
Things to avoid:
•Do not touch your tattoo with unwashed hands.
•Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo.
•Clean water while washing is good for your tattoo. Lake, river,
ocean, chemical treated, or shared water are not good for the
first two weeks.
•You may not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least two
weeks, after that you must use sun block.
•Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that rub
against your tattoo.
•Do not let anyone touch your tattoo, unless they wash their
•Beware of dirty gym equipment, dirty surfaces, or surfaces
(couches, beds) where pets lay.
You can also:
•Take Ibuprofen for the swelling.
•Elevate your tattoo, to reduce swelling