General Tattoo Aftercare

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.  Please read those instructions provided to you. 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 it’s 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.


SYMPTOMS OF BAD REACTIONS / BAD HEALING CAUSED BY AFTERCARE ….Aftercare reaction is one of the leading causes of a badly healed tattoo.. Some things to look for are extreme seeping/heavy scabbing, excessive inflammation, and most of all a rash (little bumps) or excessive pimples. If you think that you are having a reaction to your aftercare it is VERY IMPORTANT that you consult your artist asap, you can save your tattoo if you deal with the situation right away…

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS OF A BAD HEALING TATTOO ……. If you are having a problem with your healing tattoo done at a reputable shop, it is more times than not YOUR choice of aftercare, a few other things that will cause a tattoo to heal badly are…

NEGLECT – If you don’t practice good personal hygiene, pick your tattoo, let clothing stick to it, scrub your healing tattoo in the shower your tattoo will NOT look nice when it heals, we do offer a guarantee but signs of this type of neglect would not be guaranteed and a fee depending on damage, size of tattoo and work involved may be a result if you request any touch ups. So do the right thing and take care of your investment you’re going to have it the rest of your life…

YOUR HEALTH – If you have immunity deficiencies, blood disorders such as diabetes, or are on certain medications such as steroids or blood thinners your tattoo could be affected, it is a good idea to consult your doctor if you suspect there may be a problem.

SUN EXPOSURE – The sun is your tattoos worst enemy, if you expose your healing tattoo to the sun it can react with the healing ink and literally burn it from the inside out, so UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES expose your healing tattoo to prolonged direct sunlight. Even a healed tattoo will fade when exposed to the sun or tanning beds with time, if you must expose your HEALED tattoo to those nasty UV rays be sure to use a high SPF SUNBLOCK (at least 30)


Once you have left the tattoo parlor, the tattoo is your responsibility

Things to remember!
Clean & moisturize your new tattoo 4 times daily for the next 2 weeks (14 days)


For the next 3 weeks –

Absolutely NO direct sunlight on the tattoo.
NO Bathing
NO Swimming
NO Hot Tub          
NO Sauna
NO Steam Room
NO Gym or excessive workouts

– DO NOT pick or scratch at your new tattoo

– NO shaving or waxing tattoo area until the tattoo is completely healed.
 foot/leg ankle tattoo – no pedicures for 1 month

– DO NOT apply alcohol, Vaseline petroleum jelly or sun block to your fresh tattoo.

– DO NOT listen to friends or so-called tattoo experts. You may get misleading and conflicting information. When in doubt, go back to your tattoo artist for the last word.

Wear loose clothing that does not rub the tattooed area

Watch for signs of infection, you’re not super human and even though we here at Ink Is Art have undergone several methods of caution to ensure a sterile environment for you to get tattooed in, the rest of the world is not. And you have a fresh wound that can get infected easily. Please follow this aftercare to aid in prevention of infection as well as heal your tattoo perfectly.

For more information please read the rest of this brochure on any of the topics listed above!

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