TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTION
*WHAT TO DO*
1. (If bandaged) REMOVE BANDAGE WITHIN 1 HOUR. *DO NOT RE-BANDAGE!
2. STARTING WITH CLEAN HANDS GENTLY WASH WITH MILD OR NON SCENTED SOAP & WATER. Keep the tattoo clean through the healing process. It is an open wound, do not forget that! Pat dry with paper towel. Do this once or twice a day unless the tattoo gets dirty.
3. APPLY A SMALL AMOUNT OF AQUAPHOR (OR GENERIC EQUIVALENT) OINTMENT 5-7 TIMES A DAY* FOR THE FIRST WEEK ONLY. After the first week you may use a mild lotion 3-5 times a day. *More is not better, do not over do the ointment! The tattoo must be allowed to breathe if it’s to heal properly. A thin layer is enough.
*WHAT TO EXPECT DURING HEALING*
You can expect your new tattoo to be sensitive, red and/or swollen. Most people find that this goes away after a day or so, some a little longer.
Your tattoo may weep a clear or ink colored fluid in the first couple of days, this is normal to the healing process.
After a couple days to a week, a thin layer of skin will start to peel or flake away from the tattoo, this is a normal part of the healing process. DO NOT SCRATCH, ITCH OR PICK AT YOUR TATTOO IN ANYWAY!
Your tattoo may get itchy, this is part of the healing process. Again DO NOT SCRATCH, ITCH OR PICK AT YOUR TATTOO IN ANYWAY!
*WHAT TO AVOID*
Do not soak your tattoo for at least two weeks after it’s been done, so no bathing or swimming (sauna is also not recommended). Showering is totally fine, in fact washing your tattoo under the shower is probably the easiest way to do it. Keep in mind it may be sensitive to both the showers water pressure and the heat so be careful.
Avoid sun exposure (including tanning beds) for at least two weeks! UV Rays damage the skin, irritate the wound and fade tattoo color.
Do exactly as your Tattoo Artist tells you. He/She is a professional and knows which method works best for their work, and for their clients. Your best friend, your mom, or anyone else will not know better than your Tattoo Artist, even if they have lots of tattoos.
If you get a rash, or any kind of unusual symptoms on or around the tattoo you should CONTACT YOUR TATTOO ARTIST IMMEDIATELY. (603) 589-9286
Your tattoo may take up to 2 - 4 weeks to heal. This is dependent on your skin and how your body heals as well as size, placement and style of the tattoo.
OUR QUALITY PROMISE
We are always happy to work with our clients to try and make sure that they are happy
With not only their new tattoo but also their experience.
*This promise is for clients who try to follow our recommendations. If it is evident that an appropriate (recommended) aftercare method has not been followed, or if abuse or neglect to the tattoo is suspected, this promise is null and void.
* TOUCH UPS ARE ALWAYS AT THE DISCRETION OF THE TATTOO ARTIST *