WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR AFTERCARE?
*Orange Dial Soap Antibacterial
*Aquaphor or other approved ointment
Assuming you’ve kept your tattoo wrapped for however long I told you to… remove your bandage and, with clean hands, wash your tattoo throughly with warm water and liquid antibacterial soap. make sure to wash away all of the plasma and ointment that may be on your tattoo. Pat it completely dry with a paper towel, making sure that there is no extra moisture on the tattoo. Do not dry your fresh tattoo with a bath towel, as they harbor bacteria.
After your tattoo is completely dry, you may apply a very small, chapstick thin amount of A&D, Aquaphor, Elixer or whatever other ointment I’ve approved. SIDENOTE: if it looks wet after 10 minutes you’ve applied too much. Repeat the process of washing it, patting it dry, and putting ointment on it for the first 3-4 days, 2 times a day.
After the first 3-4 days are over and your tattoo is no longer an open wound, you may apply a small amount of unscented lotion to you tattoo if you feel like it is getting too uncomfortable, but it is best to keep it relatively dry for the first week or so. After the first week, you may use lotion as often as you like.
Your tattoo will flake, itch, and possibly scab while healing. This is completely normal and is not cause for concern. Do not pick or scratch or pull of any scabs. Please avoid long and steamy hot showers, and do not soak your fresh tattoo for at least 2 weeks. Avoid direct sunlight on your tattoo. If your tattoo is fresh, keep is covered under clothing while out in the sun. Once it is healed, apply liberal amounts of high SPF sunblock on your tattoo. The sun will age your tattoo very quickly if not cared for properly.
Your tattoo will hopefully be fully healed in about a month.
If you have any other questions about aftercare, please do not hesitate to contact the shop.