Tattoo Aftercare Instructions
If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, please call or e-mail.
Before doing anything with your brand new tattoo, wash your hands.
If your artist wrapped your fresh tattoo with cling film or other plastic-type covering, leave it on for about 4 hours before carefully removing the wrapping.
Wash the tattoo gently but thoroughly with warm water and unscented DIAL GOLD or any other non-fragrant hand pump soap (DO NOT use bar soap, it can actually have dirt and bacteria on it, so don't use it).
Let the tattoo air dry for about 15-20 minutes after every wash to avoid trapping excess moisture in the area. Let it breath!
Apply a thin coat of AQUAPHOR every 3 hours and repeat this process 3 times a day for three days. You want to keep it moisturized, but not smothered. Continue to clean your tattoo 2 to 3 times a day for the full 4 weeks.
On the fourth day switch to LUBRIDERM NON FRAGRANT lotion. Apply a thin coat to your tattoo every 3 hours and repeat this process until the skin is fully returned to normal (typically two to four weeks) remember to ALWAYS wash your hands before applying any moisturizer or ointment.
Following this method should minimize scabbing, but you may still get a scab. DO NOT pick, scratch, rub, peel, or otherwise mess with the scabs/peeling skin. If you remove the scab/skin before it should come off, there is a good chance of screwing up your tattoo but pulling out the ink.. Leave it alone until it naturally falls off.
Note: tattoos with colors will tend to scab more than tattoos that are just line work or black and gray.
Once your tattoo is fully healed, you can protect it from the sun by using sunblock (SPF 50 or higher).
Your tattoo may weep ink/blood/fluid during the first 24 hours. This is normal. You should probably wear clothes and use sheets that you don't care about possibly staining, but do not re-wrap your tattoo. This can trap dirt/bacteria against the tattoo and won't let your tattoo breathe, which it needs to do to heal properly.
Swelling, redness, irritation, and possible bruising are all normal in the first few days after getting a tattoo. Taking an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen can help keep the swelling down. If any of these symptoms continue for more than a few days or get worse, call your artist first before seeing a doctor.