***Your tattoo artist is responsible for touch-ups and will give you their specific aftercare intructions verbally and should be followed. These are general care instructions we provide that have worked well though may not be the same as your tattoo artists instructions. There are alot of factors that go into healing but 2 things to remember is keep it CLEAN and less is more, let your body do it’s job! Do not hesitate to contact us for any reason, we have the same goal, that your tattoo heals well.

Pre-Care:

-Avoid alcohol and aspirin for at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.

-Drink plenty of water the day prior to and the day of procedure.

-Eat something about an hour before the procedure. 

Aftercare:

-Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your tattoo. Do not let anyone else touch your tattoo unless they wash their hands first. Do not submerge your tattoo in water for at least 10 days, but taking a normal shower is fine. Avoid sun on the tattoo for 2 weeks.

-Day 1: Leave bandage on for at least 2 hours, then gently remove. There may be some ink on bandage – this is normal. If bandage is stuck, soak with cool water to remove. Rinse tattoo with lukewarm water. Gently lather with mild, preferably non-perfumed soap using your hand – not a wash cloth. Pat tattoo dry with a fresh paper towel and let skin air dry for about five minutes. Smear a THIN layer of ointment on tattoo every couple of hours. Do not re-bandage. Prior to bed, tape a piece of saran/clear wrap over top of the tattoo. This will help keep your tattoo slightly moist and prevent scabbing, and prevents irritation and possible ink loss.

-Days 2 to 4: Wash tattoo after waking up, as mentioned above. Apply a thin layer of ointment every 2 hours. Tattoo can be plastic-wrapped under your clothes if you must cover it for work – but it must be cleaned every 4-6 hours. Continue plastic-wrapping prior to bed.

-Days 5 to 14: Tattoo may itch and peel as it heals, like sunburn. Do NOT scratch or pick at it. Apply unscented lotion 5-10 times per day. Avoid direct sunlight, tanning salons, and chlorine water on tattoo during this time.

-Once healed, use sun block on tattoo every time you go in the sun or a tanning salon.