Closely following these instructions will help aid you in the healing of your new tattoo. Improper aftercare can seriously affect the appearance of a tattoo after it has completely healed. Improperly healed tattoos that require touch-ups will be at the expense of the client.
Leave bandage on for a minimum of two hours, but preferably overnight.
After removing the bandage, gently wash tattoo with warm water and a mild, unscented soap (I prefer Dr. Bronner’s) and pat dry with a clean paper towel.
Do not re-bandage. Tattoos require air exposure to heal.
Wash your tattoo 3 - 5 times a day for the first 2 days.
After each wash, apply a very thin coat of Aquaphor or unscented lotion. Do not use an excessive amount of Aquaphor.
On the third day, and for the next 2 weeks, begin washing it just once daily. Continue to use a mild, unscented soap.
On the third day, and for the next 2 weeks, stop using Aquaphor. Switch to a light, unscented lotion, and apply a couple times throughout the day.
Do not over moisturize. Over moisturizing can clog pores and cause pimples to appear around your tattoo. If this occurs, simply stop moisturizing.
Expect your tattoo to peel, flake, and or scab, sometimes excessively. This is normal. Everyone heals differently and over different periods of time. - - - - Expect a healing time of two to four weeks. It may take up to 6 weeks.
Do not, under any circumstance pick, scratch, rub, or expose your healing tattoo tattoo to sun.
Avoid submerging in water (pools, baths, etc) for the first 2 weeks of your new tattoo.
Never use a wash cloth or any abrasive materials on a fresh tattoo.
It is important to know that a healing tattoo can look and feel irritated. If any abnormal irritation, swelling, or fever should appear, please contact a physician immediately. These could be signs of a potentially serious medical condition that should be addressed.
Keep your tattoo protected from the sun, even after it’s fully healed. Sun exposure will fade a tattoo faster than anything else.
Touch Up Policy
Sometimes, even a properly cared for tattoo will require a touch-up. If that is the case, email me a picture of the tattoo and we’ll set up a time to take care of it. Before you email me, please make sure the tattoo is at least 2 months healed. Touch-ups done within the first year may be free.
Thank you for your interest. I appreciate your patience in waiting on a response. Between tattooing, drawing for appointments, and scheduling, there’s often little time left to sort through emails. I try to check my email 2 - 3 times a week. If it’s been over a week, feel free to send me another message, as sometimes emails will get lost. I try my best to get back to everyone.