TATTOO AFTER CARE:
The first few days and weeks the most important for your new tattoo. Make sure you care for it properly. Below is the healing procedure and do’s and do not's we recommend. Because each individual is different, this may not always be the best recommendation for each person. We recommend you follow the advice of your tattoo artist first, or seek advice from a doctor.
1. Leave the bandage that you received after the tattoo on for 2 to 10 hours. Tattoos will ooze, this is a normal part of the healing process. The bandage is there to keep airborne bacteria and any other contaminants in the environment from invading your wound.
2. Make sure your hands have been washed thoroughly before you remove the bandage.
3. After removing the bandage, cleanse the tattooed area with a liquid soap and water. Do not scrub the tattoo with a brush or towel (this should not be done until the tattoo has healed). The idea behind the washing is to eliminate any dead cells have been allowed to accumulate on the surface.
4. Dry the tattooed area by gently patting the area with a clean, sterile towel.
5. Let the tattoo dry completely (approximately 10 minutes)
6. Lightly rub on a THIN layer of lotion such as unscented Lubriderm or a natural moisturizer such as coconut oil or shea butter.
7. You do not need to re-bandage
8. Repeat steps above for four-five days, approximately TWO-FOUR times a day.
After a few days you may notice some peeling and possibly some scabbing. It is at this point in the healing process that your tattoo will begin to itch. RESIST THE URGE TO SCRATCH, RUB, OR PICK at the tattoo. Remember -- the first few days and weeks are probably the most important for your new tattoo. Make sure you care for it properly. Consult your tattoo artist or a physician if you experience symptoms such as excessive swelling, redness, yellow or green discharge, fever.
Some final DO's and DO NOT'S
1. Go swimming or soak in a hot tub or bath for the first two weeks
2. Use hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol on your tattoo
3. Itch, pick, or scratch your tattoo
4. Participate in activities that make you sweat excessively while your tattoo is healing.
1. Stay out of the sun until your tattoo has healed completely.
2. Apply sun block to tattoo after it has healed whenever it is exposed to the sun to protect it from damaging