Caring for your new tattoo is pretty straight forward, and every artist will have slightly different advice. In most cases, the goal is simple – speed up healing and prevent infection.
Follow THESE directions, not what your friend told you. Your friend did NOT tattoo you, we did.
#1 Leave your Saniderm bandage on for 4-7 days:
Leave your bandage on for 4-7 days. DO NOT RE-BANDAGE unless you speak with us and we decide it is a good idea, etc.
#2 After removal of bandage wash thoroughly:
After removal of bandage wash thoroughly with water and preferably a mild, liquid, UNSCENTED, soap. (dial, equate, etc…) Check out our Aftercare Cleansing Soap >> CLICK HERE
#3 Pat dry with a clean paper towel:
Pat dry with a clean paper towel and let air dry for one hour or more before applying aftercare salve.
#4 Apply a THIN layer of product:
Apply a THIN layer of product (Aquaphor or Tattoo Goo Aftercare Salve) and massage in to the skin to the point where it just barely looks moist. DO NOT GOOP ON A PILE OF OINTMENT. We do not recommend A&D ointment, Vaseline, etc because of its high petroleum content. This will block your skin from breathing which is the most important thing for not only healthy but especially healing skin. It needs to be able to breathe to avoid clogging pores, etc.
#5 KEEP YOUR TATTOO CLEAN WITH SOAP AND WATER:
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF HEALING YOUR TATTOO IS KEEPING IT CLEAN WITH SOAP AND WATER! It is a mere matter of common sense. If you are out and about, working, getting dirty, wash it more than if you are sitting on the couch watching Netflix 🙂
#6 Repeat this process for a week or two:
Repeat this process for a week or two depending on the how the tattoo looks. It will peel like a sunburn after a few days. (It is totally normal to see colored flakes of skin shedding and to have plasma and ink to come out of the newly tattooed area) If it does scab in a few areas this is nothing to worry about, just let them fall off on their own. DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK AT THEM and do NOT over-saturate in the shower. This could soften them up too much and cause them to come off prematurely which will leave blank spots that will need touching up.
#7 NO SUN, NO SOAKING IN WATER OF ANY KIND:
DURING THE HEALING PROCESS….NO SUN, NO SWIMMING POOLS, NO JACUZZIS, NO OCEAN, NO SOAKING IN WATER OF ANY KIND!
#8 AFTER YOUR TATTOO IS HEALED:
AFTER YOUR TATTOO IS HEALED….USE SUNBLOCK, THIS WILL KEEP IT LOOKING LIKE NEW LONGER. Check out our Store for proper aftercare products to take care of your new masterpiece. >> CLICK HERE
#9 After you are all healed:
After you are all healed (usually about 2 weeks) shoot us a message, so we know how it’s doing. If there are any areas that need a touch up – All touch up work is included in your original price for up to 6 months, unless you desire to CHANGE the tattoo in some way. If this is the case there may or may not be a small fee.