General guidelines to healing your new tattoo.
Please note that your artist may give you supplementary instructions
based on your skin type, tattoo experience, body placement, etc.
Please call us if you have any questions. We are here to help!
For fast and proper healing:
1. Maximum 4 hours after your tattoo is complete, take off the bandage and wash your tattoo with cool water and a mild soap (unscented basic stuff). Use your hand, NOT a cloth. Gently pat dry with a clean paper towel. DO NOT BANDAGE AGAIN!
2. Put a THIN layer of Tattoo Goo or unscented Lubriderm lotion on your tattoo. Apply a THIN layer of lotion to a maximum of 2 times a day. Do not over-cream. Make sure to wash your hands before touching your new tattoo.
3. Continue step #2 for the first 7 - 10 days. Try to keep your tattoo as dry as possible during this period. Keep it out of the direct stream in the shower and do not soak it. If it gets wet, pat it dry with a clean paper towel.
DO NOT tan for 4 weeks after being tattooed.
DO NOT go swimming or in a hottub for 2 weeks after your tattoo.
DO NOT go into a steam room, sauna or do extensive workouts for 2 weeks.
DO NOT soak your tattoo in water for 2 weeks. If you are having a shower, keep the tattooed area dry as possible. Yes, we know how awkward and difficult this can be depending on the location of your tattoo, but it's important to keep it dry while it is healing. When water soaks into a new tattoo, it may form scabs that could swell and come off prematurely, pulling out ink and resulting in a patchy tattoo.
DO NOT scratch or pick at your new tattoo! Again, this can cause scabs to come off prematurely and pull out ink.
Use at least SPF 30 sun-block on your tattoo when in the sun or indoor tanning. You know how awnings and paint fade in the sun? Same thing with your tattoo. Over time and exposure to the UV rays your tattoo will fade and lose it's vibrancy. A relatively fresh tattoo will also burn faster than the rest of your body because it's composed of new layers of skin.
So cover up and wear sunblock!
Just because your tattoo LOOKS healed, DOES NOT MEAN IT IS!!!
It could still be healing under the surface; the layers of skin that you cannot see.
Your tattoo will take a MINIMUM of 2 - 4 weeks to heal.
PLEASE CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
REGARDING YOUR HEALING TATTOO. WE ARE HERE TO HELP.
WE ALSO CARRY VARIOUS PRODUCTS FOR SALE FOR YOUR TATTOO AFTERCARE NEEDS!