We will both explain and provide written aftercare instructions and A&D ointment at the time of your appointment.
TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
When you get home: Remove your bandage after 1-3 hours. Wash all ointment and bodily fluids off of your tattoo with warm water and antibacterial soap. Pat dry with a clean paper towel. Apply a thin layer of A&D ointment. Always wash your hands before touching your new tattoo.
Your artist may recommend re-bandaging your tattoo for the first night. Immediately before bandaging, wash your tattoo with warm water and antibacterial soap, pat dry, and apply a thin layer of A&D ointment. Apply the bandage before bedtime, and remove the bandage in the morning.
For the first 2 days after getting your tattoo, repeat this process 3 times a day: Wash your tattoo with warm water and antibacterial soap. Pat dry with a clean paper towel. Apply a thin layer of A&D ointment. It is not necessary to rub the ointment in.
After 2 days, stop using A&D ointment and switch to a fragrance-free lotion. Wash your tattoo twice a day with warm water and antibacterial soap. Pat dry with a clean paper towel. Apply lotion as often as needed throughout the day. Continue until your tattoo is no longer peeling, flaking, or shiny.
Your tattoo will take about two weeks to heal. Your tattoo will weep some initially, and scab after a couple days. Do not scratch, rub, or pick at your tattoo. Wear loose clothing that does not scratch or rub your tattoo. Showering is fine, but avoid soaking your tattoo in a bath or pool. Limit sun exposure until the tattoo is fully healed and you are able to wear sunblock.
KEEP YOUR TATTOO CLEAN.
Remember that it is an open wound initially. Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo. Avoid contact with anything that may contain bacteria, such as dirty hands, gym equipment, pools, etc.
These aftercare instructions are recommendations only. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We want you to be happy with your tattoo. We know that even if you followed aftercare instructions to the letter, sometimes shit just happens. It is skin after all, and not paper. We will do most touch ups on our own work at no charge. (And we only say ‘most’ because we all know that one guy that goes straight to the beach with his fresh tattoo and then wonders why half of it falls out!) We take pride in our work, and we want you to be proud to wear it. If you notice a spot that needs a touch up, just give us a call to set up a touch up appointment. Please give your tattoo at least three weeks to heal before requesting a touch up – sometimes that one spot that looks a little lighter is just still healing.