*Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo!
*When you get home: Remove bandage within 2-3 hours after getting your tattoo.
*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.
*Use WARM water first, this will help open your pores to get out excess fluids and ointment.
*When you are done, use cold water to help close your pores. This ensures that when you reapply ointment, it will go on top of your skin instead of in it.
*The first 3-4 days: Rub a SMALL amount of ointment on your tattoo. We use After Inked, System One & Sacred Solutions. This should be applied in a very thin layer like chapstick. Too much ointment will cause the tattoo to become soggy and you will LOSE INK.
*On the first night, you may want to bandage your tattoo with either dental bibs or Saran wrap to prevent sticking to your bedding. Do not use any cloth bandages, as the fibers of this material can adhere to your open tattoo and hinder the healing process and cause infection.
*After day 4: On the 3rd or 4th day your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin. You may begin using a mild, white, unscented lotion, free of dyes or perfumes. (If you are using After Inked, continue with After Inked from Day 1 to the end of your healing.)
*Use the lotion 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.
*You may not 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.
If you do not take care of your tattoo, it may become infected or damaged.
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.