We always recommendation to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your artist. Each tattooist has their own aftercare preferences based on their particular style. They may also provide personalized aftercare instructions following a tattoo service depending on a client’s individual circumstances.
Below you will find a basic guide, please remember that this varies by artist.
It is always our recommendation to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your artist. Each tattooist may have their own aftercare preferences based on their particular style. They may also provide personalized aftercare instructions following a tattoo service depending on a client’s individual circumstances.
Tattoos generally take anywhere between 3 to 4 weeks to heal. Immediately after getting tattooed, there may be some minor tenderness, redness, bleeding, swelling, and/or bruising of the area for the first few days.
Leave your bandage on for a minimum of 3 hours or as directed by your artist. Remove your bandage with CLEAN hands that have been washed with warm water and soap.
Wash your tattoo 2-3 times a day for the first 3 days using only your hands, warm water, and mild liquid soap like Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile Soap. Be sure to remove any blood, lymph fluid, and debris. Rinse your tattoo thoroughly to remove any soap residue. Gently pat dry with a clean paper towel.
Allow to air dry for an additional 5-10 minutes before applying lotions. For the first 3 days only, you may apply a minimal amount of Aquaphor or A&D ointment according to your artist’s verbal instructions.
After the 3rd day, switch to washing your tattoo once daily. Never try to disturb flaking or itchy skin as this may lead to infection. Picking and scratching may also compromise and fade the colors during the healing process. Switch to applying a light, fragrance-free, and dye free lotion like Aveeno or Cetaphil.
THE NO’S: No soaking in hot tubs, bathtubs, oceans, lakes, rivers, swimming pools, or mud puddles. Do not shave over a healing tattoo. Avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds until fully healed. After your tattoo heals, apply sunscreen to maintain the color and vibrancy. PLEASE NO PICKING OR SCRATCHING: no matter how much it itches!
Infections, while rare, can almost always be prevented by following your aftercare instructions and taking good general care of yourself. Always drink plenty of water and get an adequate amount of rest. Wear clean and loose-fitting clothes. Signs of infection may include redness, abnormal discharge, heat emanating from the tattoo, and a fever.
Excessive redness, bumps, or rashes are some signs of allergic sensitivity. Allergic reactions are more commonly due to the ointments or lotions used rather than the pigment of the tattoo. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your artist and/or physician/ dermatologist.