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.