Now you're tattooed! What's next?

A tattoo isn’t completed until it is fully healed. Tattoos are an investment and require active participation on your part.
You will need:

Healing Instructions

Step 1.) Leave your bandage on for two or three hours and until you get home or somewhere clean. After removing the bandage, wash your tattoo. Do not cover or re-bandage your tattoo.Wash your tattoo 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks.

Step 2.) Gently wash the tattoo using your fingertips or hands only. Using antibacterial soap and cool to warm water, take care to gently remove all traces of blood and/or plasma; residual body fluids cause scabbing. Do not scrub the tattoo during your healing period. Gently air dry. Do not use towels or washcloths on your tattoo as they can harbor bacteria.

Step 3.) Apply a small amount of lotion to the tattoo; only enough to where it will completely rub in with no excess. A little bit goes a long way. Always wash your tattoo before applying new lotion.

Ensure that your tattoo remains moisturized but not oversaturated. Keep in mind that you will need to pay extra attention to this during the first 3-4 days after being tattooed.

What to Expect

  • It is normal for your skin to form a protective layer over your tattoo. However, if you over moisturize or do not moisturize enough, a thick, hard scab may form that may crack when you move. It is important to try to avoid this kind of scab through proper washing and moisturizing. Moisturizing is a personal balance that can be different for each individual.

  • When your tattoo is healing your body will form a thin membrane to protect the tattoo while it heals. This layer peels off very similar to a sunburn. Do not pick at your tattoo or purposely try to make it peel while it heals. It is normal to see small flakes of colored skin peeling off during this stage of healing.

  • Some people may also experience some heavier layers of buildup or scabbing. When dealing with scabs cut back on the lotion and make sure you do not scratch or pick at the scabs.

  • It is normal for the tattoo to become very itchy during healing, sometimes gently slapping or tapping a tattoo can help, do not scratch or pick!
  • Under No Circumstances

  • Do not submerge your tattoo in water for at least 2 weeks. Soaking your tattoo can soak through the soft tissue and cause your ink to flow down the drain. This includes swimming in the ocean or a pool, hot tubs, and saunas. Short showers are best, under 10 minutes if possible.

  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning until your tattoo is completely healed. Keep in mind that even after healing is complete the sun can and will fade your tattoo over time!

  • Do not use Vaseline on your tattoo ever. We don’t care what your friend said or how your uncle healed his tattoo, don’t use it.

  • Do not use lotions that contain color fragrance or sparkles anywhere on or around your tattoo until the healing is complete.

  • If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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