Tattoo Aftercare

Care Instructions:

  • Leave your bandage on for at least two hours.
  • After removing your bandage, wash your tattoo with Dial Antibacterial Hand Soap. Wash your hands thoroughly then, using two fingers, gently lather a small amount of soap on your tattoo. Rinse with warm water, and gently pat dry with a CLEAN towel. You will do this once a day for the next two weeks.
  • Moisturize. Use some sort of fragrance-free hand lotion; Lubriderm, Curel, Aquaphor, Eucerin, or  Cocoa Butter are all good. Check your tattoo every hour or so. If it’s dry, wash your hands and massage a small amount of lotion into the tattoo. Don’t over-apply your lotion! If it feels gooey, if it looks really shiny, if your clothing sticks to it, you have put on too much. Your tattoo needs to breathe to heal!
  • Keep your tattoo covered with clean, loose, breathable clothing for the first two weeks.


  • Do not pick, rub, or scratch the tattoo.
  • Do not expose your tattoo to the sun for two weeks.
  • Do not submerge your tattoo in anything for two weeks. Getting it wet in the shower is fine, just don’t dunk it. That’s pools, spas, bath tubs, hot tubs, rivers, lakes, oceans, swamps, ANYTHING.
  • Do not re-bandage your tattoo.
  • Do not use Vaseline, lanolin, or petroleum based products.
  • Do not use alcohol or peroxide.

Your First Tattoo - What to Expect:

  • Your tattoo will feel like a mild burn for the next 5-7 days.
  • It will begin to peel and flake like a sunburn. Don’t help it peel! Let it do it on it’s own.
  • During and for a few days after you peel, expect it to itch- that means it’s healing. Don’t scratch or rub your tattoo, but give it a good smack. That’ll shut it up.

After Your Tattoo Has Healed:

  • Continue to protect your tattoo from the sun by always applying a sunblock SPF 30 or higher.
  • We guarantee our work. If it needs any touchup, lets your artist know; it’s free. We want you looking good!