Tattoo Care Instructions

What type of bandage do you have?

Regular Bandages:

Leave the bandage on for one to four hours. Remove the bandage, wash your hands - then gently wash the new tattoo with Dial Antibacterial Unscented hand soap and warm water. You will want to do this 2-3 times per day for one week after getting the tattoo. Stick to unscented until the tattoo is healed to avoid a nasty stinging sensation on your fresh tattoo.

Let it air dry.

For Larger Tattoos:

Massage a very thin, almost translucent layer of Aquaphor, Aquatat or Redemption on the tattoo. After three or four days, switch from the thicker ointments to a gentle unscented lotion of your choice. THIS STEP IS CRITICAL!

Massage in thoroughly, this helps keep the itchy, "peely" healing process under control. Make sure to dab off excess ointment after application. You don't want your tattoo to be shiny.

For Smaller Tattoos:

No need for ointments of any kind. Just use a gentle unscented lotion of your choice. massage a thin layer into your tattoo thoroughly. Apply 4-5 times per day as this helps keep the itchy, "peely" healing process under control

Do's and Don'ts

Don't freak out if your tattoo is red and/or irritated for a few days after your appointment as this is totally normal.

Don't re-bandage your tattoo for any reason. We want it to breathe the fresh air.

Do keep up the washing regiment at least once per day for 7-14 days after getting the tatoo. This helps speed up the healing process and relieve the itching.

Don't overdo the ointment! It can clog your pores and ultimately mess up your tattoo. Try to keep the application thin and down to 3-5 times per day. This is the most common issie we see clients deal with.

DON'T PICK! It is normal for the tattoo to be itchy, but resist the scratching! If you pick or scratch a healing tattoo you can pull out pigments and create scar tissue.

Avoid hot tubs, swimming pools, baths or anything else that might submerge your tattoo for two to three weeks. Avoid saunas and tanning beds during this timeframe as well.

Do call us with questions! Although usually helpful, don't ask Google or your friends for advice regarding tattoos. If you have any questions or concerns about your new artwork, please don't hesitate to call or stop by the shop - that's what we're here for!

Remember, severe redness that spreads outward or in streaks, extreme swelling, and yellow or green puss can all be signs of an infection. If you believe that there is an infection, go see your doctor! However, stoping by the shop to have a trained artist look at your tattoo may save you a trip.

Skin Armor

If your tattoo was wrapped in the thin, adhesive plastic known as Skin Armor, these instructions are for you!

Leave your Skin Armor on for three to six full days after getting your tattoo. It is "waterproof", you can shower in it. Just wash regularly around the bandage and when you finish in the shower, check to make sure there are no additional openings or water that has entered the adhesive bandage. It is important to keep your tattoo completely sealed. If your tattoo is exposed, it puts you at risk for an infection as bacteria can enter the film through an open hole.

It is normal for your Skin Armor to fill with plasma, ink and blood. It may appear as if the ink is spreading under the film. No worries! This is normal and typically creates a dark brown/black liquid that sits on your tattoo under the plastic. Leave it alone! After a couple of days, the liquid will start to harden up. If for some reason the liquid leaks out of the bottom of the bandage or there is a puncture made in the plastic, please remove the bandage immediately and care for your tattoo using the directions below.

After 3 to 6 days:

The best way to remove your Skin Armor is to peel it off in the shower. Find an edge and slowly pull the bangage over itself (like you would peel a banana). It may be sore, so get ready for a bit of tinderness. Do not rip it off quickly as you would a bandaid. Do NOT pull the bandage upward. Failure to remove the film correctly can result in damaging the skin. Wash the tattoo well with Dial Antibacterial Unscented hand soap and warm water. Let the tattoo air dry for up to 2-3 hours. Afterwards, with clean hands, apply a non-scented white lotion and do this as needed until the tattoo is completely healed. You will want to massage a thin layer into your tattoo thoroughly, wipe away any excess lotion. The tattoo will be healed in 2-4 weeks time.