Tattoo Aftercare

Your tattoo artist will tell you which one of these 3 aftercare instructions to follow

Remove bandage within half an hour to 6 hours of receiving the tattoo unless your artist specifies otherwise.

  • Wash the tattoo as soon as you remove the bandage:
    • Make sure hands are clean before touching tattoo, if help is needed washing tattoo, make sure the person helping has first washed their hands.
    • You can shower as you normally would, but avoid soaking your tattoo in any body of water. (Ex: bathtubs, hot tubs, pools, lakes, the ocean, etc)
    • Wash your tattoo with water as warm as you can tolerate it. Allow the water to run over your tattoo from 30 seconds up to a minute, until it feels soothing.
    • Use unscented, liquid, antibacterial or antimicrobial soap (Ex: Dial Liquid Gold, Provon). Avoid bar soaps because they can harbour bacteria. Avoid soaps with dyes or fragrances as they can be drying and irritating to your tattoo.
    • Use only your fingers to thoroughly massage soap into tattoo. Do not scrub or use sponges, wash cloths, or loofahs to wash tattoos.
    • Always use a single-use paper towel to pat dry your tattoo. Do not use bath towels, they can harbour bacteria.
    • Apply a thin layer of ointment, never glop it on. If the tattoo looks shiny or goopy, you have too much ointment on.
    • We recommend Aquatat or Aquaphor for the first 2-3 days of healing; then switch to unscented white lotion (Ex:Aveeno or Lubriderm). Do not use Vaseline, A&D ointment, medicated ointments, or Neosporin.
    • Wash your tattoo a minimum of twice daily, 3-4 times daily is the maximum. Always wash the tattoo anytime you get sweaty, dirty, or if the area feels tight, dry, or itchy, or if someone touches it.
    • It will take a minimum of two weeks for your tattoo to fully heal. You will know it is completely healed when all the shininess and flakiness is completely gone. Maintain your aftercare until the tattoo is healed completely.
  • Tattoos are open wounds and susceptible to infections.
  • Avoid cross contamination and potential infection risks.
  • Never touch the tattoo with unwashed hands.
  • Keep your fresh tattoo away from pets, children, and pet hair.
  • Make sure your sheets are freshly washed and do not allow pets to sleep with you while your tattoo is healing.
  • All clothing, sheets, and towels that may encounter the tattoo should be freshly washed and not be reused.
  • Gyms are a commonplace to pick up staph infections. Use caution when going to the gym with a fresh tattoo. Always wear clothing that will cover the tattoo at the gym, don’t wrap it with any bandages. Wipe down any equipment before and after use, and wash your tattoo immediately after you finish working out.
  • Never share aftercare products with other people, as this is like rubbing two open wounds together.
  • Do not let the tattoo dry out.
  • Do not pick or scratch at the tattoo, allow any flaking or scabbing to come off naturally.
  • Avoid direct sunlight while tattoo is healing. After it is healed, you may use sunscreen to protect the tattoo.

If your tattoo needs a touch up, contact us after it is fully healed at 910-238-2009 to schedule an appointment.

Remove bandage after 24 hours. You may come by the shop to get it changed out and replaced by one of our artists.

Keep bandage on for up to 6 days after replacement, if bandage peels too close to the tattoo, or leaks remove it immediately.

After removing the bandage, Wash the tattoo:

  • Make sure hands are clean before touching tattoo, if help is needed washing tattoo, make sure the person helping has first washed their hands.
  • You can shower as you normally would, but avoid soaking your tattoo in any body of water. (Ex: bathtubs, hot tubs, pools, lakes, the ocean, etc)
  • Wash your tattoo with water as warm as you can tolerate it. Allow the water to run over your tattoo from 30 seconds up to a minute, until it feels soothing.
  • Use unscented, liquid, antibacterial or antimicrobial soap (Ex: Dial Liquid Gold, Provon). Avoid bar soaps because they can harbour bacteria. Avoid soaps with dyes or fragrances as they can be drying and irritating to your tattoo.
  • Use only your fingers to thoroughly massage soap into tattoo. Do not scrub or use sponges, wash cloths, or loofahs to wash tattoos.
  • Always use a single-use paper towel to pat dry your tattoo. Do not use bath towels, they can harbour bacteria.
  • Apply a thin layer of ointment, never glop it on. If the tattoo looks shiny or goopy, you have too much ointment on.
  • We recommend Aquatat or Aquaphor for the first 2-3 days of healing; then switch to unscented white lotion (Ex:Aveeno or Lubriderm). Do not use Vaseline, A&D ointment, medicated ointments, or Neosporin.
  • It will take a minimum of two weeks for your tattoo to fully heal. You will know it is completely healed when all the shininess and flakiness is completely gone. Maintain your aftercare until the tattoo is healed completely.
  • Tattoos are open wounds and susceptible to infections.
  • Avoid cross contamination and potential infection risks.
  • Never touch the tattoo with unwashed hands.
  • Keep your fresh tattoo away from pets, children, and pet hair.
  • Make sure your sheets are freshly washed and do not allow pets to sleep with you while your tattoo is healing.
  • All clothing, sheets, and towels that may encounter the tattoo should be freshly washed and not be reused.
  • Gyms are a commonplace to pick up staph infections. Use caution when going to the gym with a fresh tattoo. Always wear clothing that will cover the tattoo at the gym, don’t wrap it with any bandages. Wipe down any equipment before and after use, and wash your tattoo immediately after you finish working out.
  • Never share aftercare products with other people, as this is like rubbing two open wounds together.
  • Do not let the tattoo dry out.
  • Do not pick or scratch at the tattoo, allow any flaking or scabbing to come off naturally.
  • Avoid direct sunlight while tattoo is healing. After it is healed, you may use sunscreen to protect the tattoo.

If your tattoo needs a touch up, contact us after it is fully healed at 910-238-2009 to schedule an appointment.

  • Remove bandage after 3 days.
  • If bandage peels too close to the tattoo, or leaks, remove it immediately.
  • After removing the bandage, Wash the tattoo:
    • Make sure hands are clean before touching tattoo, if help is needed
      washing tattoo, make sure the person helping has first washed their
      hands.
    • You can shower as you normally would, but avoid soaking your
      tattoo in any body of water. (Ex: bathtubs, hot tubs, pools, lakes,
      the ocean, etc)
    • Wash your tattoo with water as warm as you can tolerate it. Allow
      the water to run over your tattoo from 30 seconds up to a minute,
      until it feels soothing.
    • Use unscented, liquid, antibacterial or antimicrobial soap (Ex: Dial
      Liquid Gold, Provon). Avoid bar soaps because they can harbour
      bacteria. Avoid soaps with dyes or fragrances as they can be drying
      and irritating to your tattoo.
    • Use only your fingers to thoroughly massage soap into tattoo. Do
      not scrub or use sponges, wash cloths, or loofahs to wash tattoos.
    • Always use a single-use paper towel to pat dry your tattoo. Do not
      use bath towels, they can harbour bacteria.
    • Apply unscented white lotion (Ex:Aveeno or Lubriderm). Do not
      use Vaseline, A&D ointment, medicated ointments, or Neosporin.
    • It will take a minimum of two weeks for your tattoo to fully heal.
      You will know it is completely healed when all the shininess and
      flakiness is completely gone. Maintain your aftercare until the
      tattoo is healed completely.
  • Tattoos are open wounds and susceptible to infections.
  • Avoid cross contamination and potential infection risks.
  • Never touch the tattoo with unwashed hands.
  • Keep your fresh tattoo away from pets, children, and pet hair.
  • Make sure your sheets are freshly washed and do not allow pets to sleep
    with you while your tattoo is healing.
  • All clothing, sheets, and towels that may encounter the tattoo should be
    freshly washed and not be reused.
  • Gyms are a commonplace to pick up staph infections. Use caution when
    going to the gym with a fresh tattoo. Always wear clothing that will cover
    the tattoo at the gym, don’t wrap it with any bandages. Wipe down any
    equipment before and after use, and wash your tattoo immediately after
    you finish working out.
  • Never share aftercare products with other people, as this is like rubbing
    two open wounds together.
  • Do not let the tattoo dry out.
  • Do not pick or scratch at the tattoo, allow any flaking or scabbing to come
    off naturally.
  • Avoid direct sunlight while tattoo is healing. After it is healed, you may
    use sunscreen to protect the tattoo.

If your tattoo needs a touch up, contact us after it is fully healed at 910-238-2009 to schedule an appointment.

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