Keep your tattoo bandaged for twelve to twenty-four hours. Wash your hands then remove the bandage. After you have removed the bandage, wash your tattoo thoroughly using an unscented soap and water. After washing your tattoo, pat it dry gently using a clean towel, do not rub. If you are able, wash your tattoo thoughoughly 2 or 3 more times throughout the next day.
Do not rebandage your tattoo.
Leave your tattoo alone for 2-3 days giving it a chance to start to heal and form a thin dry layer.
After washing and allowing your tattoo to dry for 2-3 days, you can start to apply a small amount of the lotion provided two to three times a day, gently massaging it into your tattoo with your fingertips. Use the lotion sparingly as overuse can cause excess scabbing. Tattoos will generally form a thin scab during the healing process, but it is no worse than the flaky skin of a sunburn, and is completely normal. If you run out of lotion use an unscented skin lotion as a substitute.
Do not soak your tattoo in water for at least two weeks. This means no swimming in salt or chlorinated water, no baths, hot tubs or saunas. Daily showering is fine, though remember to gently pat your tattoo dry, do not rub.
Do not pick or scratch your tattoo. This is one of the worst things you can do to it, as it will remove the color from your tattoo and leave it looking blotchy. Your tattoo will become itchy towards the end of the healing process, but try to ignore it as much as possible. If you need to alleviate the itch, gently slap the area with clean hands. Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight for at least two weeks, this includes tanning beds. The sun is the main thing that will fade your tattoo over time. A strong sun block will help to maintain the integrity of your tattoo over time.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call us at the shop any time. Do not listen to your friends, they aren't professional tattoo artists.