As a resource to our clients, here is a brief outline of how to care for your new tattoo. Bear in mind that the following aftercare is generalized, and that your artist may give slightly different instructions after your tattoo. Be sure to follow the advice of ONLY your artist or doctor.
-Always wash your hands using a mild soap before touching your tattoo.
-Remove the bandage applied by the artist the morning after your appointment. Be sure you are in a clean, familiar place.
-Immediately wash your tattoo, using a mild soap.
-Wash your tattoo firmly using only your open hand. DO NOT scrub. Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean, disposable paper towel.
-Allow tattoo to air dry.
-Wash the tattoo area 2-3 times daily (or as needed), using soap and water to create a lather to remove discharge. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
-We usually advise ONLY washing your tattoo for the first 24-48 hours. As your tattoo will most likely still be discharging at that point, moisturizing would be unnecessary.
-Once the tattoo begins to feel dry and tight (usually around day 3) apply a very thin coat of fragrance free, unmedicated, mild lotion. Be sure to wash your hands before applying the lotion.
-Gently rub in lotion until fully absorbed. There should be no heavy gobs, or glossy appearance from the lotion.
- Apply lotion as needed throughout the day to prevent the tattoo from drying out. Apply small amounts whenever the tattoo feels overtly itchy or tight.
-Do NOT over-saturate or smother your tattoo with aftercare product. This may lead to complications and prolong your healing time
-If scabs form, allow them to fall of in their own time. DON'T PICK!
-Avoid gyms, swimming, soaking under water, saunas and sun exposure for 2-4 weeks after your appointment.
-Should you have any questions or concerns, contact us. We're here to help.