Tattoo After-care

When your Tattoo Artist has finished applying your Tattoo he or she will typically "wipe" the Tattoo down with green soap, then apply a thin coat of Vaseline or an anti-bacterial ointment, then bandage it.

KEEP IT CLEAN! The Tattoo is an OPEN WOUND until a skin barrier is formed again and thus subject to the possibility of an infection. The key to proper care is to ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS before touching the tattoo before it heals. Don't touch your Tattoo, or allow others to, if you have not washed your hands. Be conscious that you are still healing.

Once the tattoo's initial covering is removed, do not cover it again during the healing process. The tattoo will need to be exposed to the air in order to heal. Wash the tattoo at least three times a day for the first week with warm water and antibacterial soap. Do not soak or allow excess water exposure to the area. Once you have cleaned the area, pat dry (do not rub) with a clean paper towel.

Apply recommended ointment 5 or 6 times a day for the first three days, especially when you feel the

tattoo is dry. DO NOT OVER-MOISTURIZE!! Use a very thin layer and rub it into the skin. Ointments and petroleum-based products retard the healing process and do not let the skin "breathe". Similarly, continually slathering your body with lotions and ointments on your Tattoo will also retard healing, lead to heavier scabbing and potential loss of color from your new tattoo. After the first few days, we recommend switching to the use of a non fragrant moisturizer. Lubriderm, Eucerin and Aveeno are great options.

DO NOT PICK! Ideally, the skin will form an "onion-peel" like a sunburn. Allow this to slough-off naturally while bathing. Some will dislodge when you gently rub lotion into the Tattoo. Picking at the scab that forms over your Tattoo will result in loss of color. Part of the healing process will cause your tattoo to itch. DO NOT SCRATCH IT. Instead, slapping the area will help ease the discomfort and you can also put non fragrant lotion on the area as well.

DURING HEALING AVOID:

Bathing: During the first 48-72 hours, care should be taken while bathing not to expose the tattoo to excess water. Soaking in a hot tub is not good. The hot water will draw impurities (including Tattoo ink pigment) out of your skin. Simiilarly, a hot shower or a steam-room will have the same effect.

Swimming and tanning: Swimming in chlorinated pools and salt-water swimming should be avoided for the first week or two (as should soaking in a Jacuzzi, or even your own bathtub at home). Without question, the single, WORST thing for any Tattoo is sun.
And THINK AHEAD -- if you are a sun-worshipper and arent' going to change, then perhaps you should consider more seriously getting black/grey or Tribal-style work which generally withstands sun exposure much better than color work does. Of course, there's another school of thought -- that "faded" Tattoos become more a "part of you" and take on a "lived-in" patina -- that's a "look" too. Think sun-drenched Harley biker . . .

The tattoo will "bleed" ink during the first few days of healing. Wear clothes that you wouldn't mind getting a bit of ink on. The ink will wash out of most clothing, but it might require bleach. Depending on the area of your body you have tattooed, you might want to put a towel down or wear some pajamas at night to avoid getting ink on your sheets. Also, loose fitting clothing is better for the tattoo during the healing process. Tight clothes tend to rub the area and can cause irritation and possible loss of pigments due to the rubbing.

We gurantee all of our tattoos with the proper care. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our shop and speak to one of our professional artists who can help you care for your lifelong investment! With the proper care and attention, your tattoo will give you a lifetime of happiness!

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