Treat your new tattoo as you would an open wound. Keep it clean. Only touch healing tattoos with clean hands. Before cleaning the tattooed area, wash hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water.

Carefully remove the gauze bandage and tape. If the gauze sticks, use a small amount of warm water to remove it. Do not rip it off. As soon as you remove the dressing, wash the tattoo thoroughly but gently with warm water and antibacterial soap. Do not pick or wipe off any scabs, whether the scab is wet or dry. The area will be tender, but it is important to remove any dried blood and fluids. This is one of the most important steps in the area of your tattoo. When the tattoo has been thoroughly cleaned, gently pat it dry of old ointment or fluids with a clean towel and allow it to be exposed to the air for 10 minutes.

After cleaning and allowing your tattoo to air-dry for 10 minutes, massage a small amount of antibacterial ointment (such as Bacitracin, Neomycin-Polymyxin) into the tattoo. Gently rub the product in well, ensuring that it has all been absorbed and creates a thin layer which moisturizes the entire tattoo. Repeat cleansing and application of the antibiotic ointment 2-4 times a day for 3 days. After 3 days, switch to unscented fragrance-free body moisturizer (such as Eucerin or Lubriderm).

Avoid sunburn, salt or chlorinated pool water, hot tubs, saunas, and steam baths while tattoo is healing. Itching is expected, but do not scratch the tattoo.

The approximate healing time for tattoos is 7-14 days. Human bodies are highly individual and healing times can vary. Your tattoo should not hurt much worse than a sunburn. If your tattoo causes more pain than a sunburn, please contact your tattooist and a doctor immediately.

Follow these instructions carefully and you will have a crisp, bright tattoo for the rest of your life. Disregard them and it will not heal or look as well as it should. If you are not sure about the way your tattoo is healing, give us a call or stop by and let us evaluate your tattoo's progress. Sometimes even a well cared for tattoo may need a small touch-up. Touch-ups may be needed for an area that did not heal well or needs a little more color added. The tattoo will need at least 2 weeks to heal prior to any touch-ups.

Your tattoo will be applied with sterile equipment and with non-toxic color inks. We guarantee the workmanship. Healing and caring for your new tattoo is YOUR responsibility.

Consult your healthcare provider for:

  • Unexpected redness, tenderness or swelling
  • Rash
  • Unexpected drainage
  • Fever within the first 24-72 hours of the procedure