Tattoo Care Instructions


You are done. You probably feel spent and happy and hungry. 

Go get some food. Your body needs protein to replenish the energy and plasma and blood cells that it spent while getting tattooed. If you eat red meat, a good quality burger or steak would be a great replenisher. 


Read the rest of these instructions when you get home.

  1. Leave your bandage on for 24 hours. 
  2. After taking off the bandage, wash your tattoo thoroughly with a mild soap. Dr. Bronner's "baby unscented" is a great choice. Wash well. All of the goo, plasma, blood should be washed off. Pat it dry with a clean towel, or let air dry.
  3. Apply a small amount of ointment to your tattoo. I prefer Aquafor. It protects well and helps skin retain moisture. Rub it in lightly but thoroughly. Aquafor will sit on your skin, but it shouldn't sit in a thick layer. 
  4. If you do not want to use aquafor, which is a petroleum based product, you can use a whipped shea butter such as this one by Evan Healy.  It's pricy but wonderful. 

First 2 days:

  • wash your tattoo 3-4 times a day
  • ointment afterwards 

Third day - 2 weeks:

  • wash 1-2 times a day
  • ointment 2-4 times a day (whenever it feels dry and/or itchy) 

Please do not:

  • Do not use products containing aloe vera, perfumed soaps, antibacterial anything, or scented/flavored lotions.
  • Do not scratch or pick at your healing tattoo. Slapping to relieve itching is fine. 
  • Do not soak your brand new tattoo. Examples of soaking: swimming, hot tubbing, taking baths, bikram yoga classes.
  • Do not sun your new tattoo. Sun will eat your pigment. After you are completely healed, use sunscreen.

Other suggestions:

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Drinking a lot while healing isn't recommended.
  • Keep your tattoo clean.
  • Give your new tattoo plenty of air.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail me.