For best results we suggest using:
1. Lubriderm Lotion. DO NOT USE Neosporin or scented lotions.
2. Liquid antibacterial hand-soap. We recommend Softsoap Brand. Dial brand tends to dry out skin and shower bar soaps are NOT considered antibacterial.
Keep the bandage on for the next 2 hours.
WHY: Your tattoo is a fresh wound and will be bleeding/weeping. It also should not come in contact with any bacteria (hands, couches, clothes, etc.)
With clean hands, remove the bandage and gently wash your tattoo with a lather of water and antibacterial soap. DO NOT SCRUB!!! Gently dry tattoo with a disposable paper product (NOT cloth towels, they carry bacteria.)
WHY: You need to wash away dried blood/ink, old ointment and any bacteria you may have unknowingly encountered since leaving the shop.
Apply a THIN layer of lotion all over the tattoo.
CARE FOR THE NEXT 2-3 WEEKS:
Wash with antibacterial soap 1-2 times a day.
WHY: Your tattoo is an open wound and is susceptible to infection from many outside factors (jobs, pets, other people, etc). Regular washing will help safeguard against bacteria that can lead to infection.
Apply Lotion anytime your tattoo is dry. As many times per day as needed (at least 2-3 times).
WHY: If your tattoo dries out it will lead to scabbing and cracking which severely affects the quality of the final product (color pulling out, lines rubbing away, general irritation, scarring, etc.) and may lead to the loss of your free touch-up from improper care.
DO NOT Smother or re-bandage your tattoo with plastic wrap, tight shirts, tight pants, bra straps, shoes or socks.
WHY: Doing so can tear off scabs, make it difficult to keep your tattoo moisturized properly and possibly stain clothing (from the ink and ointment).
DO NOT Soak or smother your tattoo in standing water or lotions.
No submerging the tattooed area in lakes, oceans, pools, hot tubs or baths, and avoid overusing lotions.
WHY: You risk irritation, ink loss, infection. Showers are fine. So is shampoo/soap getting on it. Lotions should be thinly applied.
DO NOT Go Tanning for 2-3 weeks. The heat/light is the issue. Covering is not likely to help.
WHY: A: It will burn and be generally unpleasant B: Dry out the tattoo and increase scabbing (color loss) C: Cause premature fading.
WHAT TO EXPECT
EXPECT: Your tattoo to feel like a sunburn, bruise, be tender, be slightly red/swollen for up to a week. Just be aware of it. Moisturizing, Advil and wearing soft, looser clothes can help reduce discomfort.
EXPECT: Ink/Fluids to weep out of the tattoo. This is normal for up to a week. We suggest wearing junky clothes to bed for the first few nights to avoid ink stains on your sheets and clothes.
EXPECT: Your tattoo to scab or flake. The flaking is NOT your tattoo falling out, it's only dead skin falling away (like a sunburn). Be sure not to pick, pull or rub off any of this skin (especially scabs) as it can pull out ink unnecessarily.
EXPECT: Your tattoo to be shiny/milky after the skin has scabbed/flaked. Once the scabbing/flaking period is over, new skin is still healing. It may be shiny or milky looking which can dull colors for a few weeks after flaking. Once it no longer has a sheen to it it's considered healed.
EXPECT:Your tattoo to itch!!!!
DO NOT scratch at it!!!! You can pull out ink by itching during the scabbing/flaking period and risk infection from bacteria under your nails.
Slap it (gently) if it itches!
EXPECT: Your tattoo to lighten by 2-3 Shades. As your tattoo heals a layer of skin will form over the ink, hence a dulling of colors since the ink now needs to show through that layer of skin.
TOUCH UPS ARE SUBJECT TO A FEE...
⦁ IMPROPERLY CARED FOR TATTOOS are subject to a $20-60 set-up fee depending on size of tattoo.
⦁ Major patches of colors loss from scabs, picking/scratching, tanning, lack of lotion or cleaning, and clothing/shoes rub spots.
⦁ PROPERLY CARED FOR TATTOOS AFTER THE 2 MONTH GRACE PERIOD are subject to a $10-$40 set-up fee. depending on size of tattoo.
OFTEN TIMES IMPROPER MOISTURIZING CAN CAUSE INFECTION LIKE SYMPTOMS. Even if you have to lotion every five minutes, by all means do it. Symptoms should subside in a day or so.
INFECTION: It's very important that you clean you tattoo
(and your hands) regularly with antibacterial soap!
INFECTIONS COME FROM:
⦁ MOST COMMON CAUSE OF INFECTION: applying lotion without washing your hands first (you've touched money, door knobs, animals, other people, used the bathroom, etc) and not washing the tattoo (or yourself) regularly.
⦁ pet hair and dirty bed sheets
⦁ dirty jobs (any job where you regularly handle money or have direct contact with the public, greasy kitchens, childcare or teaching, factory work, animal work, etc.)
⦁ Scratching the tattoo (fingernail bacteria, ew!)
⦁ Swimming in pools, lakes, rivers, hot tubs during the 2-3 week healing period (they are loaded with bacteria).
IS IT INFECTION OR IRRITATION?
If you've been washing your tattoo at least 1x a day, moisturizing regularly and not been itching it, tanning or swimming, it's probably not an infection. If you've failed to follow any of the aftercare instructions however, it may be. BEST WAY TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE:
⦁ Oozing clear, watery fluid+no smell = not infection
⦁ Oozing thick, cheesy, green, grey pus and smells rancid = might be an infection
Rashes occur as a reaction to soaps, swimming, tanning, other improper care or irritation. Often times “rashes” that occur are just ingrown hairs (from the area being shaved before tattooing and then clogged by lotion.)
We want you to have the best tattoo experience possible...
Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions, comments or concerns you may have about how your tattoo is healing!