Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap before cleaning your tattoo.
Bandage can be left on overnight. After removing bandage, rinse tattoo with warm water and mild, unscented soap and pat dry with a paper towel.
Wash your tattoo at least 2 times daily with mild soap and apply a thin layer of ointment. We recommend Aquaphor, Lubriderm or H2Ocean.
What not to do
Do not use a tanning bed for at least a month after getting your tattoo. Use a high SPF sunscreen on your tattoo when in the sun.
Do not soak in any waters (lakes, oceans, bathtubs, pools) for at least one month after getting your tattoo.
Avoid heavy sweating in the area of your tattoo for at least two weeks after getting your tattoo.
What to expect
Your tattoo and the area around it may be slightly swollen and red for the next week.
Color may seep to the surface (it is ok to wipe this off with a clean paper towel and reapply ointment.)
Do not let your tattoo stick to sheets or clothing, this can pull out color.
If this does happen, don't panic!! Run warm water over the cloth and tattoo, this should loosen the fabric and you will be able to gently remove it from your tattoo.
A thin scab should form evenly over the entire tattoo and should peel similar to a sunburn. Do not pick at scab.
The color may seem dull or uneven while your tattoo is healing. Your tattoo should be completely healed after one month. Shading may seem dark but will fade up to 40% throughout the healing process.
Your tattoo may be extremely itchy during the healing phase. This is completely normal. Do not scratch as this can pull out color and create scarring. Gently pat your tattoo to appease the itch.
At Day 30: Congratulations! Your tattoo should be pretty well healed at this point. Since the tattoo should be fairly settled now would be a great time to check out your tattoo and see if everything healed the way you wanted it to. If the tattoo was damaged during the healing process or something didn’t turn out quite the way you thought make sure to contact your artist to schedule a touch up on the piece. Touch ups are usually free within the first two months (unless you willfully or egregiously damaged the tattoo during the healing process or want to add something that wasn’t in the original design) so make sure to contact your artist with any concerns.
And finally, if you feel your tattoo is not healing normally at any point, contact your artist directly for further instruction.
WE WANT YOUR TATTOO TO HEAL WELL AND LOOK AMAZING. TAKE AS MUCH CARE TO YOUR HEALING PROCESS OF AS WE DO IN TATTOOING YOU.