What you will need:
- Clear, unscented soap
- Unscented lotion
- Leave the bandage on for at least 4 hours
- Wash hands thoroughly and then remove bandaging
- Gently wash your new tattoo in warm water with soap until it is squeeky clean. This process hurts but it is the most important step, so please continue washing until it is completely clean. If you fail to remove all residue, a thicker scab will form and it will take much longer for your tattoo to heal properly.
- Once your tattoo is clean, pat dry with a clean towel and keep it uncovered. It will remain an open wound for a few days so keep in mind any fabrics will stick to it.
- Don't touch your tattoo aside from when you're cleaning it and don't let friends touch it!
- The day of your tattoo, before bed, wash it really well again.
- The next morning, wash your tattoo really well and in the afternoon judge whether your tattoo is still leaking any plasma and ink, if so, wash again.
- Once your tattoo is done seeping (within 12-24 hours) stop washing it thoroughly and keep it as clean and DRY as possible for the next few days. This will allow it to form a thin layer of scabbing which will protect the tattoo until it is fully healed.
- Do not soak your tattoo at all until it is completely scab free, this includes baths, long showers and swimming.
- Do not apply any moisturizers until the scabbing is starting to really dry out, the time it takes for this varies between 3-5 days depending on how quickly your body heals.
- Once your scab is dry and tight and almost beginning to crack/flake, start applying lotion sparingly with clean hands. Twice a day should be sufficient.
- Do not sleep in a bed with pets, if you usually have pets in your bed use clean bedding and keep them out until your tattoo is healed. Keep your tattoo away from all surfaces that could have pet dander on them.
- Be mindful in public spaces, do not rest your tattoo against any surfaces.
- Keep your tattoo out of the sun as much as possible. Sunlight is the only thing that will fade your tattoo. New tattoos are especially susceptible to this, so be mindful. If your fresh tattoo is exposed to the sun it will burn and disrupt the healing process. If you want your ink to stay bright then limit sun exposure.
- Feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have, send photos if you have any concerns.
- $20 Touch-ups are offered within 6 months of the tattoo.