-- The first 3-5 days
Day & night; keep it wrapped. Change the wrap every 5-6 hours or so. In between wrappings; give it an hour or so to "breathe"
Remove bandage after 2 hours & thoroughly wash your tattoo with mild soap and water.
Rinse it with water & pat dry with paper towels. Let it "breathe" (uncovered) for 2 hours then apply a thin layer of ointment (natural, petroleum free works the best) & cover with plastic wrap.
*After removing the wrap, thoroughly clean the ENTIRE area with soap and water, pat dry with clean paper towels*
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our shop and/or the artist directly, not google!
-- After a few days..
It's okay to leave the tattooed area unwrapped while you are relaxing at night (if you do not want ink on your sheets or blankets, PLEASE keep covered)
To avoid clothing irritation, if you are active during the day, it's best to keep it wrapped.
While it's exposed to air, it will need a very thin layer of ointment.
If your body is leaking fluid and/or starting to scab, continue to wrap the area for a few more days. (it's common for some to need to continue wrapping up to a week or so)
-- Discontinuing the plastic wrap..
Very light layer of ointment 3-5 times a day. Should scab with a light, paper-thin layer (which will flake away within a few days) Towards the end of healing, you can use water based lotion.
Aftercare is essential to healing & the outcome of your tattoo
-- If you cannot use plastic wrap..
Keep the area clean with soap & water, pat dry with paper towels daily.
Apply ointment in small amounts 2-4 times daily. Remove any excess ointment with a paper towel after each application.
*Too much moisture (ointment or water) can cause slower healing, thicker surface scabs & complications*
We have products at our shop that can help you with the aftercare process.
DO NOT expose to sunlight, tanning bed, chlorine, ocean or submerge in any water during the duration of the tattoo healing process.
It's best to avoid any direct exposure.
If for some reason you can't, use a high SPF sunblock and re-apply every 1-2 hours. (you also have the option to cover it)
HIGH SPF SUNBLOCK IS NOT ADEQUATE PROTECTION FOR TANNING BEDS, OR NEW TATTOOS UNDER 3 MONTHS OLD.