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.
Hustle Butter, Tattoo Goo, Coconut oil, Vitamin E ointment, Bacitracin for antibacterial needs.