Care Tips for Tattoos

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Tattoo’s have come a long way since the anchor and eagle that your Grandfather had on his arm. It has evolved into an art form and we treat it as such. During the healing process, as well as afterwards, it is extremely important that you take care of your tattoo to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment. Please take note of the instructions below.

Care Instructions:

  • In 2 to 12 hours remove bandage, wash gently with mild soap and hot water and pat dry with a clean paper towel. Do not rub. Let air dry for at least one hour before applying antibiotic ointment.
  • Apply only antibiotic ointment 2 to 3 times daily for 5 to 7 days or until scab is gone.
  • Use Sterile Bandage only if necessary.
  • Do NOT pick Scab.
  • For 2 weeks minimize exposure to sun and water; no swimming in fresh, salt, or chlorinated water.
  • If redness persists or you have a reaction, seek medical attention and notify your artist.
  • Keep tattoo clean with soap and water, especially for those out and about and getting dirty.
  • Repeat this process for about a week or two until it is completely healed.
  • Remember, the better you care for your tattoo during the healing process, the better it will appear afterwards.
  • Skin will probably start to peal like a sunburn, DO NOT pick or scratch at it. Let the flakes just fall off.
  • To keep tattoo looking like new after tattoo is completely healed, use sunblock.
  • If a touch-up is necessary, please wait a minimum of 4 weeks to allow for adequate healing.

 

Always do your research if you are planning to get a tattoo. Be sure to ask your tattoo artist any questions you may have about caring for your new tattoo. Click the link below to contact us for more information.

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16 thoughts on “Care Tips for Tattoos”

  1. You are right about not scratching your new tattoo. One of my friends got a tattoo, and when it started peeling, he started scratching it. As a result, it ended up with faded colors. I will definitely remember your tips when I’m going to get my tattoo.

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