Tattoo Aftercare

Keep the plastic bandage on until you’re able to wash the tattoo in a clean environment or for a few hours. You can leave it on overnight, but it is important for your tattoo to get oxygen to heal properly.


Use Dial antibacterial soap with luke warm water and gently scrub the tattoo for 30 seconds. Pat try with a clean paper towel. Apply a very small amount of ointment and pat the excess with clean paper towel. For ointment, I recommend using AfterInked, Aquaphor, H2Ocean's Aquatat or Hustle Butter (Never dip dirty hands into ointment container, this can lead to cross contamination).



Repeat the process above 2-3 times a day until you notice your tattoo is peeling/flaking. 

During the peeling process you’ll need to switch to a light lotion. I recommend unscented lotions such as AfterInked, H2Ocean's lotion, CeraVe or Hustle Butter. Apply a light layer with clean hands 2-3 times a day. 

After a week, apply lotion 1-2 times a day or as needed. 



The outer layer of skin heals for about 2-3 weeks, second layer (where the tattoo sits) heals in about 6 months. 



Do not touch your tattoo with dirty hands (hands are clean after scrubbing for 30 seconds with warm water and antibacterial soap)


Never use a used/dirty towel to dry your tattoo. Always pat dry with a paper towel or a clean towel if paper towels are not available.


***Please don’t pick or scratch at your healing tattoo.***


Only apply a very LIGHT LAYER of ointment. Tattoos need to breathe in order to heal properly. 

Over cleaning can be just as harmful as not cleaning it at all. Make sure to limit the times you clean your tattoo to 2-3 times a day. 


Wear breathable loose clothing over your tattoo if you’re in an environment where you’re more likely to get dirty.


Avoid submerging your tattoo in water for 2-3 weeks (No taking baths or swimming). Shower once a day to keep the surrounding clean. Avoid using body wash and loofahs on your new tattoo, only use antibacterial soap and clean hands.

In order to promote good healing on your new tattoo, I recommend sleeping in clean sheets and wearing clean/loose clothing. 


If your clothing gets stuck to your tattoo, do not peel it off dry! Make sure to soak in warm water and let soak for a few minutes. If still stuck repeat this process and immediately clean your tattoo.


Tattoos will usually be a bit swollen, ooze clear plasma and be red for a few days following the initial session, this is all normal. With that being said, they can still get infected even after you leave the shop so make sure to keep them clean and protected as they heal. If you notice the swelling and redness getting worse after a week please message me or seek medical attention.


Keeping your tattoo moisturized and using sun block daily after healing will protect your tattoo from aging poorly. 


Thank you!