Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

Once the tattoo is completed, it will be cleansed with an antiseptic soap, an antibiotic ointment will be applied to the tattoo and the tattoo will then be bandaged by the artist. Leave the bandage on the tattoo for at least one hour, but no more than four hours. The longer the bandage stays the harder it will be to remove. Wash hands thoroughly with hot water and antibacterial soap before removing the bandage. If the bandage tends to stick to the tattoo use warm water to help loosen the bandage and gently remove. Once the bandage has been removed, discard the bandage into the trash and gently wash any dried blood and ointment off with warm water and antibacterial soap. Dry off any excess moisture with a clean towel or cloth, and let the tattoo air dry. Once the tattoo is dry an antibiotic ointment may be applied. Only a small amount of antibiotic ointment should be applied. The ointment should be gently be rubbed over the tattoo. An average tattoo would only need a dime sized amount of ointment. Excess ointment should be wiped away. If any ointment is visible on the skin, it is too much. A tattoo that has too much ointment applied to it will take longer to heal and some ink loss may occur.

While the tattoo heals, it should be washed at least once a day with antibacterial soap. Wash hands thoroughly with hot water and antibacterial soap before cleaning the tattoo. A daily shower is the perfect opportunity to clean the tattoo, but the tattoo should not be subjected to extended immersion in water or high temperatures or steam as these may loosen the scab and cause loss of ink. Do not take baths, swim, or otherwise submerge the tattoo in water, as these may loosen the scab and cause loss of color. After two or three days, the tattoo will have formed a scab. A fragrance free, dye free hand lotion may be applied to the tattoo instead of an antibacterial ointment, but only in small amounts. Too much lotion applied to the tattoo will make it take longer to heal, and some ink loss may occur.

Tattoos take an average of seven to ten days to heal. However, the skin where the tattoo is located will be tender and shiny for up to a month and a half. While the tattoo is healing, clean loose-fitting clothing is recommended for wear over the tattoo.

  • Do not pick or scratch at the scab as this may cause loss of ink and/or infection. Do not let people or animals touch the tattoo, as this may result in infection.

  • Do not lean, lay, or in any way allow the tattoo to come in contact with common surfaces such as counters, doors, or walls, as this may result in infection.

  • Do not wear tight or restrictive clothing, as this may result in chafing and loss of ink.

  • Do not expose the tattoo to sunlight for at least a month and a half after the tattoo was applied.

The products required for aftercare may be obtained at any drug store or market. Make sure soap is labeled antibacterial or antimicrobial. Any brand of antibiotic or triple antibiotic ointment may be used and any brand of lotion may be used as long as it is fragrance and dye free. To extend the life of the tattoo, it is suggested that exposure to the sun is avoided or a sunscreen is applied to the tattoo.

If you have any questions or concerns please call us at 678-534-5915