HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW TATTOO
- Always wash your hands before touching your new tattoo while it is in the healing stages.
- Remove bandage within 2 hours. Do not re-bandage.
- With clean hands, wash your tattoo with an anti-bacterial soap.
- Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.
The first 3-4 days:
- Rub a small amount of ointment on your tattoo. We recommend Aquaphor. Be sure to rub the ointment in so that it is absorbed and is not shiny or greasy– you want the thinnest amount possible. If you can wipe anything off you have too much on. Excess ointment can actually be detrimental to the healing process. Apply ointment as needed.
- On the first night try not to sleep directly on your tattoo to avoid it drying to your sheets. If this happens you can apply warm water to the material to loosen it without damage.
- Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks– nothing abrasive or irritating.
- For a foot tattoo: go barefoot as much as possible or wear a shoe with an open top. Avoid sandals or flip flops for this period to prevent chafing and damage to the tattoo.
- After a few days your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal. Do not pick at the skin. Begin using a mild, white, unscented lotion, free of dyes or perfumes.
- Use lotion for 2 weeks or as needed until healed.
- Tattoos typically heal with in 2-3 weeks. Can be a longer or shorter period of time.
Do not pick, scratch, or irritate your tattoo.
- You can shower, but do not soak your tattoo until it is healed back to your normal skin. No swimming, soaking in a hot tub or bath.
- Do not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 3 weeks, after that use sun block to increase the longevity of your tattoo.
If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, please call or stop in the shop so we can take a look. Infections are rare and can be mistaken for normal healing behavior. However if your tattoo is infected seek medical attention.