Tattoo Aftercare

Aftercare can make a huge impact on how well your tattoo heals and turns out. Make sure you follow all the aftercare instructions and advice given to you by your tattoo artist. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


What To Do:

Leave the tattoo bandaged for at least 3-6 hours. Do not remove it earlier, however tempting it is to take pictures.


When you remove the bandage make sure to wash your hands first. Use unscented soap and warm water to clean the tattoo. Be gentle as the area will be raw and irritated.


Gently pat the tattoo to dry with a clean paper towel and allow it to air dry for about 20 minutes.


Apply unscented lotion or special tattoo cream to the tattoo. Before you use any lotion or cream double check with your tattoo artist.


Wash and hydrate your tattoo 1-3 times a day for the first 2 weeks. This will help with the healing process and make sure there isn’t any unnecessary pain, peeling, or infection.


Between days 3-6 the tattoo will begin to flake. It will be similar to mild sunburn in terms of skin flaking. Flaking is perfectly normal so don’t be alarmed. Don’t pick at the skin let it peel naturally. Scabbing is also normal.


Flaking skin containing color or color coming off when washing is totally normal. This is just coming off of the top, dead layer of skin. Your tattoo isn’t disappearing. If there is any severe fading your artist will take care of it during your touch up appointment. You may also notice the color on your clothing or sheets during the first few days.


As much as possible, let the tattoo be open to fresh air. This allows it to breathe and helps with the healing process. Oxygen and hydration are extremely important to helping the tattoo heal.


Wear loose clothing as much as possible during the healing period. Tight clothing can rub and chafe the tattoo, causing the healing period to be longer.


Avoid direct sunlight for the first 2-4 weeks. Submerging your tattoo in water, either through swimming or a bath, is also not recommended.




Do not allow direct sunlight on the tattoo for the first 2-4 weeks. This will cause fading and further skin irritation.


Do not pick or scratch at the tattoo while is it healing. Itching can be managed by hydrating it through lotion.


Do not submerge your tattoo into water. This means avoiding swimming, baths, pools, and hot tubs. Avoid soaking the tattoo for 2-4 weeks. Showering is okay.


Do not shave, wax, or pluck the area until that tattoo is completely healed.


Do not apply alcohol, Vaseline, sun block, or scented lotion to a fresh tattoo. This will dry out and irritate the skin causing damage.


Do not trust the Internet for aftercare advice. If you have any questions call us!