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Taking Care of Your Tattoo
- Leave bandage on at least 2 hours, or up to overnight
- Remove bandage and wash immediately, do not rebandage
- Wash thoroughly with a mild bar soap (avoid scents, exfoliating beads, loofahs, and washcloths)
- Rinse, wash. repeat. The first wash is sometimes painful, but its the most important
- Pat dry with clean towel or let air dry
- Once dry, apply a very SMALL amount of moisturizing ointment. We recommend Redemption, Aquaphor, or basic white hand lotion
- Wash again 1-3 times a day. After each wash, apply a small amount of ointment
- After 3-5 days the tattoo will be flakey and may have scabbing
- Wash it once a day, and apply lotion 2-3 times a day instead of ointment
- If it scabs, let the scabs do their thing. Don’t pick, scratch, or bump any scabs
- After 3-4 weeks, the tattoo should usually be healed
Things to Avoid for the First 2-3 Weeks
- Do not rub poop on your tattoo while healing
- Do not submerge in water, no swimming, no baths, no hot-tubs, but showering is okay
- Do not scratch that itchy tattoo. Instead; try patting it, or washing and reapplying lotion
- Do not workout if the workout feels like it is pulling on or squeezing the tattoo
- Do not tan or spray tan
- Avoid penetration from the Sun
- Avoid heavy petting from the Sun
- Do not rub kittens or puppies on your tattoo
Things Worth Knowing
- Although performed in a clean environment with single use and/or sterile equipment, tattoos begin as open wounds and it is possible to get them infected. Rubbing poop in them is a surefire way, another good method is just to not wash your hands all day, and then touch the tattoo. These are bad ideas. Try to avoid infecting it.
- In general bacteria enjoys a dark, warm, moist environment. Try not to provide that too much, let your tattoo breathe, and don’t smother it in moisturizers.
- If you see redness all around the tattoo and it is painful, please stop using any moisturizers, and call us so we can see the tattoo in person.
- If you see just redness and tightness around a scabby area and but not red around the rest of the tattoo, that is normal, scabs shrink some once formed and can pull on surrounding skin.
- If black or colored ink is flaking off and the color under the flake is different, that is normal. expect more.
- If you miss a few chances to wash it or moisturize it, don’t worry, your body is completely capable of healing it without any help at all.