Care instructions for your new tattoo
Wash your tattoo an hour or so after completion and continue to wash your tattoo regularly at least 3 times a day, for the next week. Please use a non-scented type of soap.
After the tattoo is clean, apply a thin layer of A&D or Aquaphor ointment to lubricate the tattoo (you can get either of these whereever diapers are sold). You must always keep your new tattoo lubricated with ointment for the first 3 days following the completion of your tattoo.
Do not cover the tattoo with a bandage or gauze. If the ointment rubs off on your clothes, then you must re-apply it to make sure the tattoo stays lubricated. This will avoid scabbing, which could harm your new tattoo.
On the 4th day, discontinue using the ointment and start applying a sensitive skin hand lotion instead, and do this for another week or so. Continue to wash the tattoo and keep it hydrated by consistently reapplying the lotion. During this time the tattoo will more than likely “peel” like a sunburn and some color or shading will peel along with it. This is normal. By keeping it continuously lubricated you are preventing it from scabbing and this is the goal. in short, keep the tattoo clean and lubricated for the next 10 days, the first 3 days using ointment, and the rest using lotion.
Don’t pick, scratch, or touch your tattoo excessively. And especially don’t touch it with dirty hands or let someone else with dirty hands touch your tattoo.
Other than showering or cleaning your tattoo, stay out of water. No pools, hot tubs, lake or ocean water for the next 10 days.
No tanning during the next 10 days. Tanning is the absolute worst thing for a tattoo's longevity. If you must, keep a good sunscreen on your tattoo.
Use common sense. If your tattoo gets dirty or sweaty, wash it. If your tattoo feels or looks dry, apply ointment or lotion. If you are planning to be in the sun all day, make sure your tattoo is protected.
Enjoy your new tattoo!
If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to answer them.
If your tattoo becomes infected, painful or if a fever develops, please seek medical attention.