Tattoo Care

Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

  1.  Remove your bandage in one hour
  2. Wash with anti-bacterial soap and water, pat dry, then apply a thin layer of Aquaphor or non-scented lotion to the tattoo, 5-7 times a day. DO NOT re-bandage the tattoo!
  3. Don't pick, scratch, soak or expose your tattoo to the sun for two weeks. NO pool, spas, lakes, rivers until the tattoo is fully healed.

Call your Artist if you have any QUESTIONS!

Restriction on Physical Activities

Physical activity ( non-contact sports ) is usually okay to continue when you get a new tattoo as long  as you take extra good care of it. If you get sweaty, take a shower and clean it as soon as you can.  If you're a body builder, just avoid lifting weights with that particular muscle for a few days so you don't stretch it too much. Keep it covered if it has to come in contact with any tight clothing that may rub during movement.  Remove any covering as soon as your workout is completed. Contact sports like football and wrestling are much more potentially damaging for a new tattoo. In this case a tattoo would really not be a wise choice unless it was possible to avoid the sport for at least a couple of weeks.

Symptoms of a Skin Infection

  1.  Extreme pain, redness or irritation
  2. Sores or red streaks extending fro the area
  3. Pus or discharge coming from the wound
  4. Swollen or tender lymph nodes
  5. Unusual color
  6. Fever

You can decrease the risk of infection if you follow the home treatment steps for cleaning and caring for a wound. Prompt treatment of an infection can prevent  more serious problems. If you have any signs of infection it is recommended to consult your tattoo artist before going to the doctor. Most tattoo artist have been trained to know the signs of infection.  If the artist has confirmed you do have an infection, you will contact your doctor as they will be able to diagnose the infection and give you the proper tools for treatment.