TATTOO AFTERCARE GUIDELINES
Everyone heals differently. Above all, listen to your body.
Your tattoo was applied with sterilized and/or disposable equipment. Extreme precaution was taken to ensure your tattoo was applied in a clean, safe manor. Your artist will apply a cream to the tattoo and cover it. The rest is in your hands...
Your tattoo will bleed and release fluid (a gooey substance, not pus) after tattooing has seized; usually for no more than 24 hours. In the first 3-5 days, the skin will flake and scabbing will occur. Most clients complete this stage within 3-5 days. After that, your tattoo is healed (aprox. 6-10 days in total).
Heres what you have to do...
*Remember: your tattoo is an open wound; keep it clean, free of infection, and never touch it with unwashed hands.
STEP 1 WASH Remove cling wrap after about 3 hrs (if your session ended late, you can wait until morning). Wash the area gently with warm water and a non-perfume liquid soap. Bar soaps are a breeding ground for bacteria - don't use them. Do not use antibacterial soap or a washcloth. It's important to remove all excess fluid. If you do not, it will create a scab and may cause poor healing. Pat dry with clean paper towel. Do not use cloth towels. Apply a thin layer of tattoo aftercare or Bepanthen. Listen to your body; it may need air, or may be lacking moisture and need covering again.
STEP 2 Determine your day's activities. Are you going dirt biking or staying in? If you're going to be around dirt - keep the tattoo clean and covered. If your home - it's optional. If clothing is an issue, use a cling wrap covering to stop any friction for the first few days. Stay away from strenuous activity and excessive sweating. This is especially important for tattooed feet; the more you walk around, the more they will swell.
STEP 3 Apply tattoo aftercare 1-2 times daily until it is healed ensuring you do so with freshly washed hands. Do not over-moisturise or let it dry out. Listen to your body. Do not use moisturizers not intended for tattoos i.e. perfumed hand cream etc.
THE OTHER RULES...
- don't submerge the tattoo in water; i.e. ocean, lakes, pools, baths and spas. Shower as normal.
- don't expose your fresh tattoo to the sun.
- don't pick at your flaking/scabbing tattoo.
- come back and visit us! Seeing our work healed helps us become better artists.
- In the long term: cover it when possible from sunlight exposure and use lots of sunscreen. Thanks and enjoy your new art!