The care that is given in the healing stages of a tattoo is critical to the life and longevity of your art investment. How you decide to approach this care is entirely up to you..
– Before cleaning any tattoo, thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.
– If your tattoo is bandaged, remove bandage after 1 hour or less, no more than 2 hours.
– After bandage is removed, wash your tattoo and surrounding area with mild soap and water.
– Always blot dry, never rub until your tattoo is completely healed.
– Do not re-bandage your tattoo.
– Do not apply the following;
o Hydrogen peroxide
o A & D diaper rash control
o Triple antibiotic ointment
– Do not rub, pick or scratch your tattoo.
– Apply a thin layer of one of the recommended ointments below 4 to 6 times daily to prevent tattoo from becoming dry.
– After 2 to 3 days, depending on your rate or healing, switch to a high quality fragrance free lotion, (i.e. Keri, Aveeno, Eucerin, or Lubriderm).
– Your tattoo will peel in about a week, this is normal. It will appear the color is coming off, it is not, it is simply dead skin shedding and your fresh tattoo will emerge.
– Do not expose your new tattoo to sunlight, swimming pools, hot tubs or salt water for at least 2 weeks. Severe damage will occur.
– Keep pets away from a healing tattoo.
Large tattoos (sleeves/back pieces) require additional instructions, consult your artist.
*The ointment provided by Nantucket Body Art is a courtesy packet to aid in the proper aftercare of your new tattoo, when this ointment is used as recommended it is now your responsibility to purchase additional aftercare ointment.
Hustle Butter, Tattoo Goo, Coconut oil, Vitamin E ointment, Bacitracin for antibacterial needs.