Tattoo Aftercare

Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

These are only suggestions that we have found useful in healing tattoos. Remember that everyone is different and that healing times may vary for each individual depending on the size and location of the tattoo. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a physician. Be aware, however, that many doctors have little to no specific training or experience regarding tattooing and may not be educated on how to assist you. Follow the advise of your artist!

Day 1

  • Remove bandage after 4 hours, or as advised by your artist. If the bandage sticks, wet it down with cool water and remove carefully.
  • Wash your hands, then wash tattoo gently with warm soapy water and your hands. (Dr. Bronners baby or Liquid Dial are good ones.) Pat dry with a clean paper towel. Leave it alone, do not re-bandage.

Day 2 (& beyond)

  • An hour or so after your morning shower, rub the smallest amount of either Aquaphor or a white unscented lotion, like Lubriderm. Do not smother your tattoo with slime globs. Apply as needed for dry or tight feeling throughout the day, don't over moisturize.


  • Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and warm water prior to cleaning or lubricating your tattoo.
  • Use sunscreen every time you go out into the sun to preserve the colors of your tattoo after it is healed.


  • Don't pick - dirty hands can lead to infection
  • Don't use Vaseline or petroleum jelly
  • Do not expose to direct sunlight for at least 2 weeks after getting tattooed.
  • Stay out of swimming pools, hot tubs, ocean water, lakes, streams, etc., until scabs are gone and tattoo looks and feels like real skin again. Either the chemicals can be an irritant or bacteria can enter and cause infection.
  • Don't listen to anyone but your tattoo artist about what is best for your new ink!

Please Note

If you experience any bubbling or strange reactions, get in touch with your tattoo artist as soon as possible. Stop using any product that may have caused the reaction, wash your tattoo and leave it alone. If you have product questions, ask before use. We have found that some people are allergic to many things and the best course of action can be to just let it be.