* Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo!
* When you get home: Remove bandage after 24 hours after getting your tattoo. Do not re-bandage.
* ONLY IF INSTRUCTED, leave bandage on for less or more time.
* Wash your tattoo with an anti-bacterial liquid soap. Be gentle, only use your hands.
* Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, or use a fabric with a rough surface.
* The first 2 days after bandage removal: Rub a small amount of AQUAPHOR ointment on your tattoo.
* Always use clean hands and do not place your fingers back into the ointment after touching your tattoo.
* Wash, dry and apply ointment 3-5 times daily, as needed.
* Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks – nothing abrasive or irritating.
* On the 3rd to 5th day your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin.
* Begin using a mild, white, unscented lotion, free of dyes or Perfumes.
* Use lotion for minimum 2 weeks, 4-6 times daily.
Your goal is to keep your new tattoo CLEAN, and MOISTURIZED.
Things to avoid:
* Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo.
* You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, soaking or hot tub.
* You may not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 3 weeks, after that you must use sun block.
* Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that rub against your tattoo.
* Do not let anyone touch your tattoo.
* Beware of gym equipment, wash it well before using it.
* Take short showers.
* If you have pets, keep them away from your tattoo! This is a very common and overlooked way to get an infection!
If you do not take care of your tattoo, it may become infected or damaged. Infections are very red around the outside of the tattoo and may have thin red lines extending from it. It may ooze, pus, or bleed abnormally. If you think your tattoo is infected, seek medical attention immediately.
If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, please contact me via email through the client application or if you’re in town, feel free to stop into the studio to see me personally.