Aftercare Instructions for your new tattoo

    1. Leave the bandage on your tattoo for at least 1 hour.
    2. Wait at least 3 hours before you gently wash/rinse your tattoo with cold water.
    3. Wait at least 6 hours (or until the next day) before you gently wash your tattoo with a mild (unscented) soap. Please do the same for all further washings.
    4. You may shower, but no bathing, swimming, or hot tubs for at least one month (30 days) after getting your tattoo.
    5. DO NOT re-bandage. Allow your tattoo to breathe. Do not allow your tattoo to get sun or wind burned for at least the first month (30 days), or infection may occur. When dressing, keep in mind that you have a fresh tattoo. Wear loose clothing over you tattoo. Do not let straps or spandex irritate your tattoo.
    6. Let your tattoo heal as natural as possible. Please do not use salves or ointments of any kind.
    7. After 3 days (72 hours) you may use a small amount of unscented lotion if your tattoo feels "tight".
    8. Read #6 and #7 again, please!

    It is completely natural for your tattoo to "scab". You may scab heavy or not at all. DO NOT pick or scratch your scab, it will fall off normally within 7 - 14 days. If your tattoo itches, you may use an alcohol pad or soak a napkin in alcohol, and gently blot your tattoo for temporary relief. After your tattoo is through scabbing, a white film may appear. This is the natural healing process. Do not worry, it will go away. Now you may use a lot of lotion on your tattoo, and when taking a shower use a wash cloth and "scrub" your tattoo. This will help remove the "film". Remember, even though the scabbing process will take 7 - 14 days, the tattoo will not be completely healed for 100 days, as the body heals at 1% daily.

    We have taken the necessary steps to ensure that your tattoo has been applied in a safe and clean condition. However, with all minor procedures, problems can arise such as; a reaction to the tattoo pigment, or a minor infection. If you should notice a problem, it is suggested that you contact your doctor or dermatologist for further instructions. If required they may contact us, and we will explain our procedures to aid them in their diagnosis of your condition.