Tattoo Healing Instructions:
Following these after care instructions will ensure that your tattoo heals solid and bright!
Your artist will bandage you when finished. Leave your bandage on for 2-3 hours, after removing the bandage, clean your tattoo using warm water and mild antibacterial cleanser to rinse off the shiny coat which may have formed on the surface of your tattoo. It’s important to take your time and really lather wash your tattoo. Washing it until it feels smooth to the touch and all of the top build up is removed. Pat dry (using clean towels) and leave it to air dry. Very important to keep washing the tattoo if you notice any fluid leaking out onto the skin. Wash it as many times as necessary, thorough cleaning will ensure thinner more manageable scab layer.
2. Keep the tattoo unwrapped throughout the day, and wrap it just before going to sleep for the
first three nights only, WASH TATTOO and let air dry for 20-30 minutes before wrapping,
(NO OINTMENT) dry with only plastic wrap, making sure your new tattoo is completely dry
before you rewrap. Rewrapping your tattoo during the first three days is important since your
body tends to lose a lot of fluid of Lymph in the initial days. This Lymph oozes from your tattoo
and sticks to your skin and sheets making your skin itchy on the following day. Rewrapping
your tattoo during the first three nights will reduce skin irritation and promote quicker healing.
Upon awakening remove the wrap, wash thoroughly and allow to air dry.
3. 48 hours after getting tattooed, in the day time, apply tattoo aftercare ointment.
Keep lightly applying the ointment until your tattoo pens after three to seven days.
If bubbles form on your tattoo, it’s due to excess moisture, stop applying the ointment and let
your tattoo dry and peel on it’s own. Engage the healing process by feel, if it feels dry apply a
little ointment, if not, don’t worry about it. The main thing is not to scratch or pick at your
tattoo. Some parts take longer than others, be patient.
4. Protect that tattoo! Don’t soak in the tub, pool, hot tub, ocean, lake, or stream. Avoid direct
sun exposure, dirt, or anything that could get into an open wound. Don’t scratch!
Wrap healing tattoos:
Less conventional than traditional dry healing, wrap healing is becoming very popular, many tattoo artists and clients prefer it.
Leave your bandage on for at least 3-6 hours, but no longer than 12. Clean your tattoo with mild antibacterial soap and water, air dry the new tattoo for 20-30 minutes minimum, making sure it’s completely dry and clean.
2. Wrap up the tattoo with plastic wrap. Do not use any moisturiser ointment or lotion.
3. Remove and discard the plastic wrap and wash your tattoo every four to six hours. If you are sweating excessively under the wrap, change it more often. After washing, pat dry with a clean cloth, let air dry for 20-30 minutes then rewrap with fresh plastic wrap. That’s the procedure for at least 3 to 5 days.
4. Your new tattoo will start to peel within those 3 to 5 days, flaking like a sunburn. That’s when you know when to stop wrapping. Treat the dry and itchy skin with a reputable aftercare ointment, and no scratching of picking! If a scab gets pulled off you WILL have missing color. Your skin texture might look milky for a couple of weeks but will return to normal as your tattoo heals.
Moisture rashes happen the there is too much moisture left on the skin that’s wrapped. Ingrown hairs can also be uncomfortable during healing. The most important things with either healing method is to keep it clean, be consistent, and don’t be shy about contacting your tattoo artist with any questions. It’s a guarantee that however weird your question seems to you, someone has asked something weirder. We should rather talk you through and questions you might have.
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