Caring For Your New Tattoo

  • Your tattoo artist will apply a bandage of your tattoo before you leave the shop.  You need to wear this bandage for 20-30 minutes after leaving, or until you get somewhere suitable (ie, home.)  The bandage is there to catch blood and to make sure nothing gets in your tattoo while it’s still open and bleeding.
  • After removing your bandage, wash the tattoo with warm water and antibacterial soap, using your hands.  You want to wash away and dried blood, loose ink, that kind of thing, without scrubbing too harshly.
  • After washing, pat your tattoo dry with a clean paper towel, and let it air dry for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • When your tattoo is completely dry, apply a very thin coat of Triple Antibiotic or A&D ointment to the entire tattoo, and a little past it.  Unscented lotions are ok, too.  After rubbing the ointment in well, pat your tattoo dry again with a clean paper towel to make sure there’s not too much ointment.  Anything that’s going to soak in and help the skin is already in there, so extra ointment will only make your tattoo soft and gummy (not good.)
  • You should wash and pat dry your tattoo twice a day (more if your tattoo gets dirty.)  Ointment should only be applied when necessary, but no less than once a day.  If your tattoo starts to feel a bit dry and flaky, apply a little more ointment as necessary, but don’t overdo it.  Drier is better than wetter in the long run.
  • DON’T pick or sccratch at your tattoo!  Doing so will pull color out, and can cause your tattoo to get infected.  If it itches (and it will,) pat it lightly with your hand or gently rub it, but do your best to leave it alone as much as you can.  The itching means it’s healing, so it’s a good thing!
  • DON’T go swimming or soaking in the tub!  Letting your tattoo stay wet for extended periods is not good for it.  It’s ok if it gets wet (how else are you going to wash it?) but prolonged soaking will soften the natural scabbing and can pull pigment out just as easily as scratching.
  • DON’T wear clothes that are going to rub on or aggravate your tattoo!  It’s no different from picking or scratching if your clothes rub on it too much.
  • Try to keep your tattoo out of the sun as much as possible.  This is especially important during the first month after getting your tattoo, but the more you can keep it out of the sun, the better it will look in the long run.
  • Remember that your tattoo is a wound, and treat it as such.  As long as you take your time, pay attention, and listen to your body, it will heal up perfectly.
  • If you have any questions, or think there may be a problem, don’t hesitate to give us a call or come by the shop and talk to us.
  • Don’t forget to enjoy your new tattoo, and show it off to everybody!
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