1. Remove bandage after two hours.
2. Gently wash tattoo with antibacterial soap with your hands. No washcloths, luffas, sponges, etc.
3. Pat dry with a clean paper towel.
4. Apply a thin layer of Aquaphor for a week or two to keep area moisturized. Do not overcoat the area. You want your tattoo to breath. I highly recommend After Inked (a grapeseed based aftercare product) which is available at the tattoo studio.
5. Clean and apply aftercare 2-3 times a day.
6. If your tattoo is in an area where rubbing will occur keep your tattoo bandaged while healing. It is recommended and highly beneficial. Tattoos that are left not bandaged may heal fine as well without any problems, but the likeliness of problems occurring are MUCH GREATER when a fresh tattoo is not bandaged, left to the millions of germs and airborne contaminants that you may not realize you absolutely do come in contact with every day.
7. Your fresh tattoo MUST be cleaned after any direct contact with anything other than a clean bandage! Consider most everything you come in contact with “not clean.” Car doors, seats in the movie theater, grocery carts, the counter in your kitchen, your garments such as shirts and pants as well as the inside of your jacket sleeves, a friend touching it, or yourself touching it with unwashed hands.
Anything that may touch your fresh tattoo adds a tremendous risk factor to your tattoo becoming infected, and fresh tattoos becoming infected is EXTREMELY common!
8. NO swimming, pools, hot tubs, or tanning!
9. NO picking at or scratching your new tattoo!
10. Touch ups are free within the first 30 days. After that 30 day period fees may apply, and we must see the tattoo in person to warrant a touch up service.