To get the best long term results for your Tattoo it's important to take care of your skin and your new ink in the days and weeks after you get your new design. Follow these handy tps for the best results!
1. Leave your Dressing/film on for a minimum of 1 hour:
Leave your dressing/film on for a minimum of 1 hour and no longer than 2 or 3 hours. (We would rather you left it on longer as opposed to washing it in a dirty bar bathroom) DO NOT re-dress/film unless you speak with us and we decide it is a good idea, etc. Treat your new tattoo like an open wound. Its important to do everything you can to keep it from becoming infected.
2. After removal of bandage wash thoroughly with warm water:
After removal of dressing wash thoroughly with warm water and preferably a mild, liquid, unscented, soap.
3. Pat dry with a clean towel:
Pat dry with a clean towel and let air dry for one hour or more before applying aftercare.
4. Apply a THIN layer of product:
Apply a THIN layer of product (tattoo aftercare cream/goo/ointment) and massage in to the skin to the point where it just barely looks moist.
5. KEEP YOUR TATTOO CLEAN WITH SOAP AND WATER:
The most important part of healing your tattoo is keeping it clean with soap and water. It is a mere matter of common sense. If you are out and about, working, getting dirty, wash it more than if you are sitting on the couch watching Scooby Doo re-runs.
6. Repeat this process for a week or two:
Repeat this process for a week or two depending on the how the tattoo looks. It will peel like sunburn after a few days. (It is totally normal to see colored flakes of skin shedding) If it does scab in a few areas this is nothing to worry about, just let them fall off on their own. DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK AT THEM and do NOT over-saturate in the shower. This could soften them up too much and cause them to come off prematurely which will leave blank spots that will need touching up.
7. NO SUN, NO SOAKING IN WATER OF ANY KIND:
During the healing process….NO sun, No sun beds, NO pets licking it, NO shaving it, NO swimming pools, NO jacuzzis, NO Ocean…..NO soaking in water of any kind.
8. AFTER YOUR TATTOO IS HEALED:
After your tattoo is healed….you can moisturise it as you would any part of your body. Also using sun block will keep your tattoo looking like new longer.
9. The better you take care of the glass/skin the better the picture/tattoo looks underneath:
Think of it this way, you are looking through the skin at the ink underneath much like a picture in a frame with glass over it. The better you take care of the glass/skin the better the picture/tattoo looks underneath.
10. After you are all healed:
After you are all healed (usually about 2 weeks) stop in and say hello so the artist can give it a good looking over to make sure it does not need to be touched up and to get a nice healed portfolio picture.