Our practices and procedures are consistent with those taught by our industry's trusted Association of Professional Piercers. SCAN HERE for link to their up-to-date and thorough recommendations for piercing aftercare.
Your new tattoo was performed professionally and appropriately. Follow these simple suggestions and your healing should go smoothly. Remember that it is now up to you to take care of this tattoo during the critical healing period.
Leave the bandage on for a minimum of 2 hours, (overnight 8 max)
Remove bandage and wash gently (no scrubbing) but thoroughly with warm water & MILD soap until no longer slimy (5 to 10 min).
Wash tattooed area twice a day, morning, and night daily. Pat off excess water with disposable paper towel or air dry before putting on (clean) clothing.
Wear loose clothing while tattoo is healing, cotton is best.
DO NOT re-bandage. Your new tattoo needs oxygen to heal properly.
Start ointment application the day after getting the tattoo; any contact with the tattooed area must be clean, wash your hands before application.
Apply a VERY SMALL amount of ointment twice daily, as necessary to prevent cracking of scab. Cracking will result in prolonging the healing and pulling out pigment.
Once the scab has fallen off, switch to an unscented, mild liquid lotion such as Curel, Cetaphil, Aveeno, or After Inked.
DO NOT soak the tattoo in water while it is healing. This includes saunas, bath water, hot tubs, lake water, chlorinated water, and sea water. Of course you should shower, just don’t let the scab get too soggy.
DO NOT use Neosporin, Vitamin E, Aloe, Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter. These are great for skin but NOT for tattoos.
DO NOT pick at your scab. Doing so can pull out bits of ink resulting in an inconsistent tattoo.
AVOID excessive sunlight. Using sunscreen daily will help keep your tattoo sharp and fresh looking over the years.
Expect that your tattoo will: swell up and feel sore first 2 days, feel itchy, darken and scab up, flake off in the color of the tattoo, look shiny underneath scab, appear a bit dull and milky before it has finished healing.
You will know that your tattoo has finished healing when it looks like the rest of your skin. It will take between 2 weeks and 2 months, depending on the placement, size, and your body’s capacity for healing. You must wait until your tattoo is FULLY healed (no shiny skin) before any touch ups or add-ons to your new tattoo.
Please do not hesitate to call your artist with any questions or for further information.