BANDAGING AND WASHING
Keep bandage for 3-5 hours or as long as your artist recommends and gently wash it with warm water and unscented antibacterial soap removing any ointment, excess ink or blood from your fresh tattoo.
Gently pad dry it with a clean towel. DO NOT rub dry it as this could damage the tattoo and once dry, apply a thin layer of ointment or uncented lotion recommended by your artist.
DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo as it needs to breathe in order to heal. Soft, breathable clothes is best to help the healing process, avoid tight, constricting clothes or any material that may rub against your fresh tattoo.
PEELING, SCABBING, ETC
Your tattoo should begin to peel and flake 3-5 days after your tattoo session. Light Scabbing can also occur at this stage. DO NOT pick at or scratch your tattoo! If your tattoo is itchy, applying a thin layer of lotion should help. Treat your tattoo gently while healing and in the event that some damage has occurred during the healing process, feel free to reach out to your artist.
Please use whatever lotion or ointment recommended by your artist. Moisturiser should be applied 3-5 times per day or until your tattoo is healed ( 1-2 weeks). Gently massage a very thin layer of lotion/ointment into your tattoo. BE CAREFUL NOT TO oversaturate your tattoo.
SUNLIGHT, SWIMMING, OTHER INFO
DO NOT expose your tattoo to direct sunlight or tanning booths during the first two weeks. NO SWIMMING OR SOAKING your tattoo until the tattoo is completely healed, NO oceans, rivers, lakes, pools, jacuzzis or bathtubs and NO gardening. Showers are fine though. PAY ATTENTION to any animals or PETS and do not let them come in contact with your fresh tattoo. Make sure they do not rub up against it or lick it.
In the event that you notice any signs and symptoms of infection such as redness, swelling, tenderness, red streaks going from the procedure site to your heart, elected temperature or any other symptoms that indicate the need to seek medical care, CONTACT YOUR PHYSICIAN AND TATTOOER IMMEDIATELY!