Tattoo Aftercare Instructions
One hour after you have received your tattoo you will need to remove the covering, if, you will then need to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and antibacterial soap to gently wash away any ointment and to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a dry clean paper towel to get it completely dry.
After the tattoo you may use A & D ointment (plain, not medicated), unscented lotion or aftercare specified by your artist when needed to keep the skin soft. Apply after washing and as needed throughout the day, but only as necessary for two weeks. DO NOT OVER USE Remove any excess ointment or lotion. If you have any questions about other tattoo after care please ask your artist before applying anything, there are some good products out there but not everything works for everyone. **Do not use Neosporin or any medicated ointment** These are good products for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. They will pull the color out of your tattoo.
For the first few days you may cover the area with gauze, using tape to hold it in place, before you go to bed to protect it while you sleep. Be sure to remove the gauze and wash your tattoo as soon as you wake up. You may have to wet the area if the gauze is stuck to your skin, pulling it off dry can cause the skin to rip off and possibly damage your tattoo. Otherwise leave uncovered unless specified by your artist.
If you choose to tan you should wait at least 3 days before doing so, then you will want to keep it covered in the tanner with a towel or paper towel for the 2 week healing process. After that a strong sun block on your tattoo will keep it from fading due to exposure to the sun or tanner.
Hand tattoos will obviously need get washed more frequently than most, just make sure to follow the same procedure and apply ointment or lotion as needed so it doesn't dry out.
If touch ups are needed they can be done no sooner than 30 days and no later than 6 months. Touch ups require an appointment. Please contact your artist.
If you have any questions, call or visit the artist that did your tattoo! Improper care can result in the need for medical attention due to infection, such as severe pain and/or fever. Referring to us before contacting a doctor, in most cases, can clear things up easily. There is no such thing as a dumb question. DO NOT ask any of your friends regardless of how many tattoos they have... they don't know!!!