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Tattoo Aftercare Instructions


If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process,

please call or e-mail.


Please do the following:


The first two weeks-


  • Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo! This is the most important part!

  • Most of the artists in the shop use Tagaderm or Saniderm to cover your tattoo. This is a clear bandage that covers the entirety of the tattoo, acting as a barrier the outside environment. Each artist will inform you of the length of time to leave the bandage on. If you have an aversion to adhesives, please let your artists know so they can use the proper bandaging process. 

  • Wash your tattoo with an anti-bacterial liquid soap. Be gentle, do not use a washcloth or anything that will exfoliate your tattoo. Only use your hands.

  • Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, or use a fabric with a rough surface.

  • The first 3-4 days after removing bandage: Rub a small amount of ointment on your tattoo. Use the tattoo aftercare you may have purchased from our parlor. If you did not purchase any aftercare product from us, you may use Bacitracin, A&D or a mild, white, unscented lotion, free of dyes or Perfumes if you wish but the tattoo aftercare product is just fine too.Whatever you know you’re not allergic to. Always use clean hands and do not place your fingers back into the ointment after touching your tattoo. Make sure to rub the ointment in so that it is not shiny, or greasy– you want the thinnest amount possible, a very light layer. Pat off any excess ointment with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not use Vaseline, petroleum or Bag Balm. Wash, dry and apply ointment 3-5 times daily, as needed.

  • Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks– nothing abrasive or irritating. For a foot tattoo: go barefoot as much as possible. If you must wear shoes, first wrap your clean tattoo in saran wrap, then cover with a clean cotton sock before putting on your shoe. Avoid sandals or flip flops for this period to prevent chafing and damage to the tattoo.

  • Use lotion or your tattoo aftercare product for minimum 2 weeks, 1-2 times daily.

Things to avoid:

  • Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo.

  • You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, soaking or hot tub. Not to mention the bacteria from natural bodies of water can infect your tattoo, so you will not want to do that.

  • You may not want to directly expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 3 weeks, after that you must use sun block.

  • Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that rub against your tattoo.

  • Do not let anyone touch your tattoo, unless they wash their hands.

  • Beware of gym equipment, wash it well before using it.

You can also

  • Ice your tattoo to reduce swelling.

  • Elevate your tattoo, to reduce swelling.

  • Take short showers.


For the longevity of your tattoo


  • Use SPF 70 sunscreen on your tattoo anytime you are in the sun or sun blocking clothing.

  • If you are in a physical environment that can cause exfoliate your skin, use protective clotting.


If you do not take care of your tattoo, it may become infected or damaged and that is on you. Infections are very red around the outside of the tattoo and may have thin red lines extending from it. It may ooze, pus, or bleed abnormally. If you think your tattoo is infected, seek medical attention immediately.

If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, please call or e-mail.

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