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After Care

What to do:

  • Leave the bandage on for a minimum of 1 hour and no longer than 8 hours.
  • Always wash your hands before touching or applying lotion.
  • Once bandage is removed, using mild soap, wash the tattoo off well with your hand and warm soapy water.  Antibacterial soap is best.
  • When done washing the tattoo off, gently pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel and allow the tattoo to air day for about one hour.
  • Apply a very think layer of A&D ointment 1-2 times a day for the first two days.  Wash your hands before doing so. This also goes for anyone helping to apply lotion in hard to reach places.
  • For the next two weeks apply a mild fragrance free hand lotion such as Curel 2-4 times a day.
  • Somewhere between 3-6 days the tattoo will start to flake off like tissue paper. Do not pick or scratch.  Let the skin peel naturally.  You will notice small pieces of dry skin containing color coming off while using the lotion or washing the tattoo.  This is normal. It is just a top layer of dead skin coming off.  Your tattoo is not disappearing.
  • Sun causes fading.  For best long term results, sun screen should be used anytime the tattoo will be exposed to sunlight.
  • In case of infection, contact your health care provider.  Symptoms of infection include excessive redness, swelling, severe itching, or pus at the tattoo site.   Fever is also a sign of infection.  Infection is uncommon if the tattoo is properly taken care of.


Do Not:

  • After initial bandaging, do not rebandage.
  • No tanning beds or direct sunlight for the first 2-3 weeks.
  • Do not pick or scratch the tattoo.
  • Do not soak the tattoo for the first 2 weeks. No swimming, baths, hot tubs or saunas for two weeks.
  • No shaving or waxing the area until the tattoo is fully healed.
  • Do not listen to friends or so-called tattoo experts.  If you have questions call or visit the shop.
  • Once ou leave the shop, proper care of your tattoo is your responsibility.  Failure to care for your tattoo can result in infection.
  • If possible, let the tattoo breathe.  Your body and oxygen are going to heal the tattoo.
  • If possible, wear loose fitting clothing over the tattoo and be careful not to suffocate the tattoo with socks or pantyhose.