Tattoo Aftercare

How you take care of your new tattoo is incredibly important.

Follow these simple instructions to help your new tattoo heal the best it can.

♦  Remove Bandage after 2- 5 hours.

♦  Always wash hands before touching your new tattoo.

♦  Wash Tattoo 2-3 times daily w/ AntiBacterial Dial soap.

♦  Rinse new tattoo with water & pat dry w/ clean towel.

♦  Allow 20-30 minutes to air dry before applying lotion.

♦  Apply a thin layer of NON- Scented Curel or Lubriderm.

♦  Clean & Lotion new tattoo 3-5 times daily for 2 weeks.

♦  Do NOT pick at scabs if present, wear clean, loose clothing.

♦  Do NOT soak in water, pool or hot tub. Keep out of sun.

♦  Always apply a SPF 30-50 if you are in prolonged sunlight.


For the first few days after you get your tattoo, your skin may be red, itchy, and sore. You may notice excess ink, along with blood and fluid, leaking from your skin. This is normal.

If you begin experiencing symptoms of any of the following complications, see your doctor:


A tattoo that isn’t properly cared for can get infected. Infected skin will be red, warm, and painful. It may also leak pus.

If the equipment or ink your artist used was contaminated, you could get a bloodborne infection, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, tetanus, or HIV.

There have also been reports of other infections, such as nontuberculous mycobacterial skin infections, being transmitted through tattoos.

Allergic reaction

If you’re sensitive to the ink your artist used, you may develop a red, itchy skin reaction at the site. Red dyes are the most likely to cause an allergic reaction. Red dyes, along with blue and black dyes, are also more likely to cause nonallergic skin reactions such as photosensitivity.


Damage from the needle or from picking at the tattoo can cause your body to produce scar tissue. Scars can be permanent.