Immediate Aftercare Instructions
(THESE ARE ON THE BACK OF YOUR CAR DECAL AS WELL)
If applying any aftercare product such as Saniderm, H2Ocean, etc. use as directed by the manufacturer.
Otherwise, leave your tattoo wrapped for 45 minutes to an hour. Wash your hands before touching your new tattoo. Remove the wrap and wash the tattoo with antibacterial soap. Dry and apply a non-scented healing lotion. Repeat three times a day and moisturize as needed. No picking and ALWAYS wash your hands before touching or cleaning your tattoo.
*** We do NOT recommend/guarantee tattoos on neck/face/wrist/hand/fingers or ankles/feet/toes *** Full price will be charged for “touch-ups” on any of these locations...
ALL “touch-ups” MUST be done after healing (2-3 weeks) AND no later than 90 days from the date of the original application (beyond that it’s considered a new tattoo) and you can get it “touched-up” when you book your next paid tattoo appointment.
IF your tattoo requires a touch-up, it will be determined once it’s fully healed, AT the shop, BY the artist, NOT by you or your friend. Not all tattoos NEED a touch-up, especially if cared for during the healing process.
Aftercare is the full responsibility of the client, the tattoo is performed in accordance with the highest standards of cleanliness. Once leaving the studio the tattoo will be an open wound that you are responsible for. It can take between 2-4 weeks to heal. During this time, how you treat your tattoo is fully out of the control of the artist.
The application of the tattoo is the job of the craftsman but the healing process is fully in the hands of the client once leaving the studio. The healing process is half the work! Aftercare instructions are given to the client before leaving the studio & support is available by email thereafter.
Our Artists are trained to apply your tattoo properly the FIRST time. Which is part of the reason we don’t recommend or guarantee tattoos on hands/feet/neck. If you’re getting a tattoo in one of these areas, it will most likely require a “touch-up”. Therefore, it should be done by an artist close to home.
Any reactions that may occur as the result of lax aftercare or poor hygiene is the client's responsibility. We can tell if a tattoo is improperly cared for, and we will charge FULL price for a touch-up.
The First Day & Beyond
After removing the wrap, you might see leaking liquids. Don't be scared or grossed out by this, as this is normal and expected. The liquid is a mixture of plasma, blood, and the extra ink that is inadvertently in our skin. It is recommended that you wash the area of the tattooed skin first with warm water and antibacterial soap. Gently pat dry with a paper towel or clean cloth that absorbs water and moisture. After all of the moisture is absorbed, keep the area dry for 10 to 20 minutes. As soon as your skin is dry from the wash, you should apply a very small amount of nonscented healing lotion but be sure to let the area have plenty of air and ventilation. This process will help your skin recover faster. Repeat this at least three times a day and moisturize as needed.
The healing process depends on the size of your tattoo and the intricate details of the tattoo design. Also, there is variation in recovery due to skin type, diet, hydration (how much water you drink), and previous skin damage from the sun or skin damage. Every person is different, even the weather and temperature of where you live can also affect your tattooed skin. You may see scabs forming around the area of the tattooed skin after about day 3. Do not apply excessive cream as the scab will become thick, and you will suffocate the wound. This is why it's especially important to use a high-quality non-scented healing lotion to help ensure you don't clog your pores and create an overly moist area primed for infection. Apply your tattoo aftercare in a small amount three to four times a day. Make sure that you don't over-moisturize your tattoo.
ALWAYS wash your hands before touching or cleaning your tattoo
Avoid wearing clothing that may cause excessive rubbing to the area during the recovery process
Avoid exposure to the sun, especially in the first month after getting a new tattoo
Avoid submerging the area of your tattooed skin in water for at least two weeks
Avoid touching the tattooed skin area