Before and After Care
Before You Arrive
NO ALCOHOL OR BLOOD THINNERS THE DAY OF OR THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR TATTOO.
No food or drink allowed in tattoo room itself.
We recommend that you eat a real meal before you arrive.
Wear clothing that makes it easy for the artist to access the area to be tattooed.
Please arrive at your appointment on time, clean, and ready to start.
After Your Appointment
1 to 3 hours after your appointment, remove the bandage and wash your tattoo with warm water and unscented soap (like Dial) using only your hands (no washcloth).
Dry the tattoo by just gently patting it dry with a clean, paper towel (not with a bath towel).
Apply a THIN amount of ointment (A&D or Aquaphor) up to 3 times a day. Avoid the use of triple antibiotic ointments like Neosporin or Bacitracin. These are too strong and could fade the tattoo.
THE FOLLOWING DAYS
Continue to care for your tattoo this way every day for the following 3 days, or until your tattoo begins to peel.
Once it begins to peel, stop using ointment and begin using a plain, unscented lotion like Lubriderm or Curel. Apply a very thin layer, just as you did with your ointment. Your tattoo needs to breath.
Continue to use the lotion 2 to 3 times a day for the next 2 to 3 weeks.
GENERAL RULES FOR A NEW TATTOO
Never scratch, pick, or slap a new tattoo.
Keep tattoo covered while in the sun and use sunblock after it has healed.
Do not expose to chlorine swimming pools, lakes, or beach waters.
Do not soak in a sauna, steam, or tub. Yes, you can still shower.
Remember that healing times will vary. So, if your healing is different than someone else you know, don’t worry. If you're concerned, please call us.
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