Tattoo Aftercare

The following are instructions for smaller tattoos that do not have multiple colors. If your tattoo covers a large area of space or has multiple colors, please refer below to the instructions for large tattoo sessions. Your new tattoo will need to be kept moist with fragrance-free lotion in order to allow for proper healing. You should set aside time, every 4-6 hours is suggested, to wash your tattoo with plain soap and warm water in order to keep it free from debris and bacteria. As the tattoo is healing, it is normal to experience very light weeping, scabbing, and peeling. Do not pick at or scratch at your tattoo! Allow for it to fall off naturally. If you have any other questions please contact the shop.

For Large Tattoo Sessions (tattoos covering large areas of space or with multiple colors)

You must leave the bandage on your tattoo overnight. The next morning, wash hands thoroughly before removing bandage. With clean hands, wash tattoo using unscented, anti-bacterial soap and warm water. Pat dry with a clean paper towel and apply a very thin coat of Aquaphor (you can find this at your local pharmacy such as CVS or Rite-Aid). Apply Aquaphor 2 to 3 times per day for the first 3 days after you have been tattooed. For the first two nights after your tattoo, re-bandage in Saran/Plastic wrap without applying ointment before going to bed. After 3 days, switch to a FRAGRANCE-FREE lotion such as Jergens or Lubriderm. You should set aside time to wash your tattoo with plain soap and warm water, every 4-6 hours, in order to keep it free from debris and bacteria.

Things to Remember:

  • No Surfing.
  • No Swimming.
  • No Hot Tubs.
  • No Baths or Soaking (Showers are Ok).
  • Keep out of Sun, or use Sunblock if unavoidable.
  • Avoid the gym while your tattoo is healing
  • For Wrist/Forearm Tattoos:
    • Be very careful with counters when ordering food at bars or restaurants, or in any place that is frequented by the public.
    • Keep in mind that the bacteria Staph and Strep can live on any surface, and some places do not keep their counters or other furniture very clean.
    • Disinfect your work space, even when using the computer at work or at home, just to be safe.
    • Wash your hands before you tend to your tattoo, especially after handling public door knobs, shaking hands with people or anything that would compromise healing.