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Tattoo Aftercare

Things to Remember

  1. Your tattoo is an open wound – your body can’t tell the difference.
  2. Tattoo aftercare is crucial. Be aware of this process and your surroundings while your tattoo heals.
  3. Reach out to us if you have questions about deviating from our recommended aftercare. Instructions can vary among different professionals.


To Do and Not to Do


  • Keep your bandages on your new tattoo for at least a few hours, or until the end of the day. If your artist used Saniderm or Tegaderm (basically a medical cling wrap), keep it on for at least two days. If it comes off sooner on its own, feel free to remove it gently.
  • Rinse and wash it thoroughly using warm water, antibacterial soap, and your hands.
  • Pat dry (don’t wipe!) with a paper towel. You can use a cloth towel but be mindful that the ink could stain the fabric.
  • Lightly apply lotion 1-2 times per day. We recommend Lubriderm or Jergens – you can use pretty much anything, just make sure it’s unscented.
  • Keep it clean! Normal showers are fine, just not too long!


  • Wipe or rub your skin. Or use anything you mind ruining with ink.
  • Soak in water. Stay away from pools, hot tubs, oceans, and absolutely no rivers.
  • Over moisturize or use anything scented.
  • Sit in sunlight. Especially direct.


A tattoo will take anywhere between 2-4 weeks to heal, depending on the individual. A reliable way to tell that it’s healed is if it’s no longer shiny.

Once it’s healed DO apply sunscreen regularly! This will protect the longevity of your new ink.

Contact us with questions any time.