Tattoo Aftercare

Here is the general aftercare once you leave the studio..: please note – if you do not follow our aftercare as listed here. you will void the touch – up policy


Upon completion of your tattoo, the artist will apply a thin layer of Vaseline and a bandage.

Please keep your tattoo bandaged for at least 3 to 5 hours.  And then follow the directions below.


If you opted for the Sani-derm bandage – please leave that bandage on for the next 3-5 days providing its not leaking fluid from the seam, or peeling back to expose the tattooed area.  At that point then also follow the directions below…


Once you remove the bandage, wash the tattooed area immediately with warm water and

unscented soap. Use clean hands to lather up the area and thoroughly clean off any Vaseline,

blood or body fluids from your fresh tattoo.  DO NOT use a wash cloth! Pat your tattoo dry with

paper towel.  Leave the tattoo uncovered so it can breathe and air dry for a few minutes and then put a light application of Vitamin E ointment.


Its highly recommended that you change your bed sheets prior to sleeping with your new tattoo.


Daily Maintenance:  each morning when you wake up, and prior to going to bed, please  wash and dry your tattoo at night before sleeping as well as in the morning when you wake up. And then moisturize with your Vitamin E.

Be sure  Keep to this routine for the entire duration of the healing process.

(approximately 14 days- NOT LESS)


Continue to moisturize the tattooed area for a minimum of 3 to 4 times per day – if its dry and itchy or irritating you.  DONOT over moisturize

Keep to this routine until your skin is fully healed. (14 days minimum!)


While the tattoo is healing, you must not:

soak your tattoo in water,

expose your tattoo to direct sunlight or tanning beds,

exercise vigorously, wear constricting clothing

or expose the tattoo to any dirty environment.


While your tattoo is healing you may:  shower normally, jog or do light cardio exercises, wear

loose fitting clothes around your tattoo, perform normal daily tasks.


What To Expect: A normal healing tattoo will be mildly tender for a few days and develop light

flakes or scabs in several days. It may also be accompanied by slight swelling, which can be

resolved with ibuprofen (Advil).


At any point of healing it is possible for an infection to develop – Although all precautions have been met to ensure to protect your tattoo wound from bacteria and germs while you have been in the studio, it is now your mission to do the same to ensure proper healing and to avoid risk of infection from here on out. Failure to do this risks not only damage to the tattoo but also INFECTION! – if at any point you develop a rash, irritation or notice excessive redness,

swelling, soreness or oozing several days after receiving your tattoo, please contact your artist, for their professional advice. – if we are closed, unavailable by phone, or you are concerned please seek medical attention .


Long Term Care:

Tattoos fade slightly with age. To protect the longevity of your tattoo, first, make sure that it heals correctly.


If there are any blemishes, please bring them to the attention of the artist as they will do a touch up if necessary.


Secondly, protect your skin from the sun by using at least SPF 50 sunscreen. Third, just be good to your body! Drink enough water and moisturize your skin daily.


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Posted by Tattoos by on Thursday, October 2, 2014

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