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tattoo aftercare

How to care for your new tattoo

  • Leave dressing in place for 1-5 days.

  • Before removing dressing, wash hands.

  • Remove dressing and wash tattoo with clear liquid hand soap and warm water. Do not use washcloths, sponges, etc.

  • Air dry or pat dry with a clean paper towel. DO NOT WIPE.

  • Once tattoo is thoroughly dried, apply a NEW, non-scented, water based, petroleum free lotion 2-3 times a day until tattoo is completely healed.

  • Use ointment provided by your artist, if applicable.

  • Quick Showers are OK. No tub baths for 2 weeks.

  • When applying ointment: Use the smallest amount possible. Ointment/lotion should absorb completely in to the skin. If the tattoo appears shiny or wet, you have used TOO MUCH.

  • Do not use PETROLEUM based products such as Vaseline or Aquaphor. This can slow healing and cause skin irritation or rashes around the tattoo.

  • Keep tattoo out of Hot Tubs, swimming pools, and natural water sources for at least 2 weeks. -Keep fresh tattoo away from pets and saliva.

  • Keep tattoo out of the sun and tanning beds for at least 2 weeks. Sun exposure will fade the colors of your tattoo. Sunscreen is recommended for the life of your tattoo following the initial healing period. -Wear loose fitting, clean clothing, and sleep on clean linen during healing.

  • Treat your tattoo as if it were an open wound, as it essentially is. The better you care for it, the easier it will heal. Some scabbing is normal. DO NOT pick or scratch your new tattoo. This WILL cause pigment loss.

  • Though rare, infection is possible. Please contact your health care provider immediately if you see signs of infection such as; fever, increased pain, redness and swelling, oozing foul drainage.

  • Contact us at if you have any further questions

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