Remove the bandage after one to two hours if home/ after 4-5 hours if you’re not going straight home.
Wash the tattoo using a mild antibacterial soap and cold water. Remove all traces of blood and ink as this will cause scabbing. Do not scrub the tattoo with a wash cloth during the two week healing period. Let it air dry or pat it dry with a clean soft cloth or paper towel. It’s very important to your tattoo “breathe” like this any time you get it wet before it gets into the pealing stage.
Once dry, apply very thin coat of ointment to the tattoo. We recommend using Vitamin A&D or bacitracin because these products fight infection, or other such tattoo aftercare products. Only use enough that will dry in up to 20 minutes, a little goes a long way. Too much ointment traps germs into your new tattoo which can potentially lead to infection.
Repeat the cycle of washing, drying, and applying ointment to the tattoo about 3-4 times per day for the first 2-3 days. After that the tattoo will dry up and begin closing, perfectly normal you want it to dry up.
Apply tattoo aftercare as directed. Beware of over-moisturizing. Apply aftercare 2-3 times a day as instructed if you are not using tattoo aftercare, and use A&D or Bacitracin, then apply it for two to three days then switch to a unscented moisturizer like Eucerin, Lubriderm, Aquaphor, Curel, or Jergens. Apply moisturizer twice a day for the remainder of two weeks. Do not use lotions that contain color or fragrance at all until the healing is complete.
You must keep you tattoo moisturized! Do not overexpose your skin to the sun!
You must keep your tattoo clean. Refrain from swimming in the ocean, pool hot tubs, and saunas. Short showers are the best, under ten minutes if possible.
Please refrain from scratching or picking at the tattoo. Scrubbing with a washcloth can be very harsh on a tattoo and will cause colors to fade.
Remember, the sun is BAD for your tattoo! Whether the tattoo is new or old, if you want it to look nice and heal properly, keep it out the sun. It will dry out your tattoo and could cause it to form a scab resulting in fading before it is even healed. It will also take much longer to heal completely promotes scarring in a new tattoo. Wait until it is fully healed to go back in the sun or a tanning bed and make sure you put on high quality sunblock
Following all of these simple steps will ensure that you end up with the best result with minimal complications and your tattoo will stay looking bright and beautiful for many years to come
TOUCH UP POLICY: (If a situation occurs in which a retouch needed 3-6 months after a finished tattoo, then this applies.) For tattoos that are charged more than $500, every artist (residential/traveling) is responsible for up to 1-hour free retouch valued at $150. Tattoos that are charged no more than $500 are granted 30 minutes free retouch valued at $80 (Excludes lip and finger tattoos)