You have a new tattoo, so now what? 

  1. Keep the tattoo bandage on for TWO HOURS after receiving your tattoo.  The bandage may ooze a bit, but don’t worry, this is normal.  

  2. To clean the tattoo, slowly remove the bandage and clean the skin with warm water and antibacterial hand soap.  Don’t scrub the tattoo with a towel.  Gently rub the area with your hand.  Once the tattooed area is washed you’ll want to apply a thin layer of either A&D or Aquaphor.  Repeat this washing a FEW TIMES A DAY FOR THE 1ST FOUR DAYS.

  3. By day five you’ll be able to apply unscented lotion to your tattoo.  CUREL and LUBRIDERM are two examples of a good lotion.  

  4. Around day four or five you will notice peeling on your tattoo.  This is completely normal and a part of the healing process.  It will look similar to your skin peeling after a sunburn.  Don’t freak out if you see flakes with pigment, your tattoo is not falling off.   Just keep the tattoo clean and thinly lotion. (Remember:  Do not smother it or let it become too dry.)

  5. Your tattoo should be completely healed within three to four weeks.

    DO NOT!!!!!!

  • Expose your tattoo to GYM equipment.  This is a fast way to infect your tattoo.

  • SWIM or go in a HOT TUB for three weeks.  This can lead to infection.

  • Let your PETS lick or get their PET HAIR on your new tattoo.  This can infect it.

  • Put SCENTED lotion or sunscreen on your fresh tattoo, it will burn and sometimes cause an infection.

  • PICK at your tattoo when it begins to peel.  This can cause scarring.

  • Touch it with UNWASHED hands

Note: You may notice your skin breaks out while it’s healing.  This can be caused from shaving, or too much ointment, or a bad reaction to the ointment.  There can also sometimes be slight bruising in sensitive areas.  If you feel that your tattoo has gotten infected during the healing process contact your artist.  It could just be irritated, but there is always the possibility that it is indeed infected.  Watch out for yellowish green oozing during healing.  If you see this contact your physician.