Your tattoo has been done under clean, professional conditions using the utmost modern sterilization techniques and the finest tattooing pigment available. Now it is up to you to take proper care of it. Only follow these aftercare instructions.
Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap.
Leave the tattoo covered ONLY for 1-2 hours.
Carefully remove the bandage. Wash the tattoo gently and thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap, warm water and your FINGERTIPS. Work up a good lather several times to be sure to remove all ointment and body fluids.
**DO NOT use a washcloth**
Lightly pat or air dry. With clean hands, apply a very small amount of A&D ointment, rub it in gently, and wipe off excess. This is the ointment we use after tattooing. If you choose not to use A&D ointment, you may use Aquaphor or Lubiderm lotion. DO NOT use Vaseline, petroleum jelly, alcohol, peroxide or aloe Vera.
Continue to apply ointment 2-4 times per day. DO NOT let the tattoo dry out, but it is more important NOT to smother your tattoo with too much ointment.
**Rub it in completely**
After about 2-7 days, the tattoo will shed a layer of skin. THIS IS NORMAL! Do not pick or scratch this, let it fall off naturally.
Be extra careful not to FORCE skin off when it becomes soft in the shower. Forcing it off can ruin your tattoo!
DO NOT pick, rub or scratch the tattoo.
DO NOT expose to direct sunlight for 2 weeks. Use SPF sunscreen on your tattoo after it is healed to avoid fading.
DO NOT soak in water (i.e., swimming, hot tubs, bath or sauna) for two weeks or until healed. This includes chlorine and salt water.
Healing time is generally 10 to 14 days.
Please contact your tattoo artist with any concerns or questions.
It has been our pleasure tattooing you,