The life of your tattoo is dependent upon the care it receives during the healing process. It is up to you to take proper care or your tattoo once you leave our sterile environment.
You are advised to contact a physician at the first signs of any adverse reaction this includes but is not limited to; infection, severe redness, excessive swelling, allergic reaction.
Tattoos are permanent and can only be removed by laser treatment.
Please follow these generalized directions and use common sense.
* Always wash hands before touching a healing tattoo.
* Remove bandage after 1-2 hours.
* Wash your tattoo with warm water using your bare hands and a mild antibacterial soap.(only use soaps that are fragrance and dye free)
* Rinse your tattoo using cool water until the area is free of any residue.
* Repeat above washing and rinsing steps if necessary.
* Gently pat your tattoo dry, then let it air dry until the tattooed area feels tight.
* Apply a very small amount of healing ointment to your tattoo.(only use fragrance free, dye free, petrolium free, zinc oxide free ointment) Be sure to thoroughly rub the ointment into your skin until it is absorbed. Blot the excess off with a clean paper towel if necessary.
* Apply ointment after washing 2-4 times a day for the next 3-4 days. When your tattoo begins to show signs of peeling, dryness and itching switch to a fragrance and dye free lotion.
* Always use clean bed linens,towels and clothing during the entire healing period.
* When showering wash your tattoo last with the above mentioned soap. This ensures that all hair care products, body washes, etc..are removed from your tattoo.
* Average healing time for a tattoo is 2-3 weeks.
* After your tattoo is healed use a high SPF sunblock to prevent sun damage to your tattoo.
DO NOT: DO NOT: DO NOT: DO NOT: DO NOT: DO NOT: DO NOT: DO NOT:
* Re-bandage your tattoo unless otherwise instructed by your artist. Tattoos must be able to breathe to heal.
* Use soaps or moisturizers containing dyes, fragrances, sparkles or micro-beads.
* Use bar soaps, loofahs or anything abrasive when washing or drying your tattoo.
* Wear clothing that rubs, smothers or irritates your tattoo while it is healing.
* Expose your tattoo to dirt, grease, chemicals, etc...
* Submerge or soak your tattoo until it is fully healed.
(no swimming, hot tubs, baths, saunas, ocean, etc..)
* Tan or expose your tattoo to direct sunlight until it is fully healed.
(tanning/unprotected sun exposure will cause your tattoo to fade)
* Pick, peel, scratch or excessively rub your new tattoo.
* Apply too much ointment or lotion. This can suffocate your tattoo and clog pores, causing complications during the tattoo healing process.