Listed below are general instructions that work best for most of my clients. I say “most,” because we all have different skin and tattoos heal differently from one person to the next. My tattoos may heal different from your other tattoos based on my style, machines and techniques. Please follow my directions to the best of your abilities.
WASHING YOUR NEW TATTOO
- Wait until you are in a comfortable setting, such as your own home, your hotel room, or a trusted friend’s house before you take the wrap off and clean your tattoo. No stores or restaurants for your own safety.
- Scrub and wash your hands very well each and every time before you touch your fresh tattoo.
- Remove the wrap anywhere from 8 to 18 hours after the wrap has been placed unless discussed otherwise.
- Immediately rinse off the slimy layer which may contain blood, plasma, excess ink, and ointment with room temperature water. You want to be able to run your fingers across the tattoo and feel no slime or foreign substance before moving onto the next step.
- Lather your hands and tattoo with a mild, unscented soap and massaging the entire area for 30 seconds to a minute. Then, rinse off the soap.
- Pat the surrounding area dry but let the broken, tattooed skin air dry to help retain moisture.
- Once dry you may use a light coating of ointment on your tattoo. If the ointment is difficult to spread across the tattooed area put it on while your skin is still slightly wet from washing and rinsing. * be sure to wash your tattoo each and every time before you put ointment on to prevent unwanted bacteria from getting under your skin.
- Once your skin starts to peal you may switch to an unscented lotion. Preferably choose one that is made for sensitive skin.
- Do not ever scratch your fresh tattoo or pick at your flaking skin no matter how long it takes to heal.
Although these steps prevent scabbing, some scabbing may still occur in tough to heal places. If scabbing occurs do not pick or scratch at the area but continue to nurture it and hope it heals ok. If you will be in a potentially unsafe area for a fresh tattoo or need to cover it for work, please ask me for assistance. I would not want you to irritate your tattoo, permanently damage it or get it infected.
Please do not take your friends or other tattooists’ advice over mine when healing my tattoos. What works for your friends and other tattooists may not work for my tattoos and your body. Be respectful of the art I put on you and ask me personally if you have any problems or concerns with healing.
If you have any problems with healing or have immediate concerns, please contact me using the form below and I will contact you as quickly as is possible.