A new tattoo is a wound, so treat it well.
Remember to wash your hands well before touching the tattooed area.
Remove the protective film after 3-4 hours.
Wash the tattoo with thoroughly with water and mild soap (ex. LV)
Press (DO NOT RUB) the tattoo dry with paper towels and moisturize the tattoo with creamy Bepanthene or any other product that is made for tattoo healing (non-emulsion).
Wash your tattoo in the morning and evening, and moisturize it often during the day so that the tattoo will not dry out.
Cover your new tattoo with new plastic wrap for the first night after washing and moisturizing it. After this, the tattoo will not have to be covered unless otherwise instructed.
Depending on the person and the skin type, the healing process can take 2-4 weeks. Washing and regular moisturizing should be done for two weeks (14 days).
Risks and other things to keep in mind:
Your tattoo will “leak” some ink and tissue fluid for the first couple of days. This is totally normal, so don’t worry about it. You may also experience some bruising around the tattoo, as well. After a few days of tattooing, the tattoo will begin to scab. Do not scratch or pick at this, rather just let if come off naturally. Your skin will peel some during the healing process and some of the ink from your tattoo will come off with the scab. Remember to moisturize regularly as this will decrease itching and help the healing process. Avoid wearing clothing that rubs the tattooed area. During the healing process, avoid going to the sauna, going swimming in both pools and open water, and going to the gym. The bacteria in these places are always an inflammatory and infection risk. Direct exposure to sunlight should be avoided for at least the first month after which sunscreen can start to be used.
Tattooing always includes a warranty; with a few exceptions (ex. finger, neck, and side of the foot). If you notice that your tattoo needs to be touched-up, you should contact your tattoo artist within 2 months of being tattooed.
Touch-ups due to poor treatment or lack of proper care (such as infections and neglect) are not covered by the warranty, so be sure to follow the instructions.
We would like to see your tattoo once it is healed, so if possible, contact your tattoo artist and stop by to show it to us about a month after receiving your tattoo.
If you have any questions or problems, always contact your tattoo artist.
Piercing after-care instructions coming soon!