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Tattoo Aftercare Advise.

"Protect your ink - Take care of your tattoo and it will take care of you!"

Aftercare, Responsibility and Product Information.


Congratulations on your new tattoo! As a professional tattoo artist with over 20 years of experience and 14 years running my own licensed tattoo business, I want to provide you with expert aftercare advice to ensure your tattoo heals beautifully.

1. The Initial Bandage or Wrap:
After completing the tattoo, I will apply a thin layer of tattoo jelly or aftercare product over the tattooed area and cover it with plastic wrap or a bandage. Leave this covering on for at least 1-2 hours. It's essential to contain any weeping or oozing to promote a clean healing process. Once you remove the plastic covering, clean any surfaces used and dispose of the wrapping to prevent cross-contamination.

2. Washing Your Tattoo:
After 1-2 hours, gently wash your tattoo with hypoallergenic soap and warm water to remove the weepy substance. Pat the area dry with a clean towel and let it air-dry for up to 20 minutes. Then apply a thin layer of tattoo aftercare ointment specifically designed for tattoos, but avoid petroleum jelly, paw paw, or aloe vera.

3. Washing Frequency:
Wash your tattoo 2-3 times daily, allowing it to dry in between, and reapply the aftercare ointment. If your lifestyle involves physical activities in compromised environments, wrap your tattoo with plastic wrap without any ointment before engaging in these activities.

4. Tattoo Care During the First Two to Three Days:
For large comprehensive tattoos, it's advisable to wrap the area overnight to prevent sticking to bed linen and protect the tattoo during the weeping phase. After the third day, you can leave the tattoo uncovered to promote healing.

5. Week One:
During the first week, your tattoo may appear bright and reddish due to the healing process. Scabs may form, but avoid picking or scratching them. Let the scabs fall off naturally to avoid color loss.

6. Avoid Soaking the Tattoo:
For the first 3-6 weeks, avoid soaking the tattoo in saltwater, chlorinated water, or bubble baths. Regular washing is still necessary, but soaking can hinder the healing process.

7. Numbing Cream:
I no longer work with numbing creams due to potential complications with healing. If your tattoo is in a sensitive area or large, consider breaking the sessions into smaller parts to make it more manageable.

8. Week Two:
During the second week, the scabs will start to flake off naturally. Avoid scratching or damaging the tattooed area. It may be itchy, but resist the urge to scratch and instead use aftercare to relieve the itch.

9. Week Three and Beyond:
During the final stage of healing, small scabs and bits of dead skin may appear. Be gentle with your skin, lightly loofah in the shower to remove in-grown hairs, and avoid picking or scratching.

10. Ink Rejection or Allergy:
Ink rejection or allergies can occur in rare cases. If you notice any unusual reactions, visit your doctor to identify and treat the issue.

11. Recommended Aftercare Products:
I highly recommend using Bepanthen Tattoo or Hustle Butter Deluxe for effective aftercare. Stick to the recommended products to ensure proper healing and vibrant tattoo colors.

12. Protect Your Skin:
Once your tattoo has healed, apply sunscreen when exposed to the sun, especially on tattooed areas, to prevent sunburn and skin damage.

Follow this aftercare advice diligently, and your tattoo will heal beautifully, allowing you to enjoy your new ink for years to come. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to me.


Enjoy your tattoo and take care of your skin!

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