Do's and Dont's on Tattoo Care

*Tattoos are a lifelong commitment and require some special care to keep them looking good for many years to come.

What to do

A person can take good care of their tattoo by:


  • Always using fragrance-free, hypoallergenic soap and moisturizer when caring for a tattoo, as harsh chemicals and fragrances can irritate and even damage freshly tattooed skin.
  • Using a moisturizer that allows the skin to breathe, as clogged pores can cause an infection.
  • Making sure the area is completely dry before applying aftercare moisturizer, as trapping excess moisture under the skin can lead to irritation and heat rash.
  • Washing the tattoo regularly but gently, especially after dirty or sweaty activities.
  • Drinking plenty of water to help keep the skin moist and supple.
  • While healing, covering the tattoo with clothing or a bandage whenever it might be exposed to the sun.

What not to do

A person can also help the healing process by:


  • Avoiding soaps and moisturizers with any fragrances or harsh chemicals. Even if a product does not normally irritate the skin, it may irritate the tattooed area.
  • Not picking at scabs, as this can cause scar tissue to form.
  • Not scratching the tattoo even if it becomes itchy.​
  • Avoiding non-cosmetic grade petroleum moisturizers, which will clog the pores.
  • Not using sunscreen on the tattoo until it has fully healed.
  • Not swimming and bathing until the tattoo has healed.

The most important factor for tattoo care is working with a professional, highly-recommended tattoo artist. This helps avoid any complications and makes the healing process much easier.

Following the tattoo artist's instructions on self-care is often a person's best line of defense against infection and poor healing. Regular care for a tattoo can help prevent infection and keep both the skin and tattoo preserved for years to come.

Suggested Tattoo Aftercare

Follow the simple steps listed out below to ensure your new tattoo is well taken care of.

  • Leave your bandage on for at least 2-3 hours — overnight if you received the tattoo late in the evening, (before your bedtime).
  • Handwash it using warm water (NOT TOO HOT) & soap — do not use cloths or sponges. Soak the bandage while removing it, and wash it with antibacterial soap and water.
  • Do not rebandage the tattoo. Wash tattoo at least twice a day while it is healing.
  • Apply light coats of aftercare ointment like Fucidin, or Terramicyn for the first 3 – 5 days, then switch to a moisturizing lotion (such as Lubriderm). Lotions are safest to use in warm weather, (Be careful with lotions containing excessive alcohol). Keeping the tattoo moist will speed the healing process. But, your tattoo also needs to breathe. Heavy application of petroleum-based ointments can suffocate the tattoo and cause a rash. You can wet your tattoo, but don’t soak it in the tub or shower for a long time while it is healing.
  • Try to wear loose clothing around your tattoo.
  • It is normal for your tattoo to flake off tiny pieces of colored skin while it is healing. But, you don’t want to force it. Do not rub or scratch or pick your tattoo!
  • You can gently pat the tattoo if it itches too much.
  • Do not expose your tattoo to chlorine, salt, alcohol or sun for 10 days. Tattoos normally take 30 days to heal.
  • If you ever have a question or problem with your tattoo, you should call your tattoo artist immediately. They’ll be able to give you further instructions for proper care.

FAQ

How do I make an Appointment?

  • We recommend you schedule a free consultation to speak to an artist in person if something needs to be drawn up ahead of time. This gives the artist time to draw, and can give you a better idea of what the tattoo will cost. For cover ups or reworking an existing tattoo, a consultation is mandatory.

How should I prepare for my Appointment?

  • Make sure you are well rested, have eaten recently, make sure you bathe before you come in and make sure you’re hydrated. You can bring snacks and drinks, anything with some sugar in it. Fruit, energy bars, juice, candy and soda are all helpful while your tattoo gets underway. Have your phone or tablet charged, you can bring headphones and music. Only one person is allowed in the back while you get tattooed, and please do not bring children with you on the day of the appointment.

Can I just walk in?

  • We do take “walk ins” as long as the tattooers are available. We suggest you call the day you want to walk in just to check how busy the artists are and so we can suggest the best time to come in so the wait time is minimal. If your tattoo needs to be drawn up, we suggest you schedule a consultation with an artist so when you do come in, you aren’t waiting around while the tattoo is drawn up.

Can I bring Photos/Imagery to the shop or consultation?

  • Yes! We encourage you to bring reference material with you. While we prefer you bring imagery other than photos of other people’s tattoos, you can bring anything that helps describe what you’re looking to do. We will not copy another person’s tattoo, so be prepared for us to redraw anything so you end up with an original piece. A good example would be if you wanted a flower, bring in photos of that flower you like, as opposed to photos of tattoos of that flower. We can also draw for you from scratch if you know what you want but don’t have any imagery for us to look at. For this, a consultation prior to the tattoo appointment is best (unless it’s super simple).

Can you fix or cover up old Tattoos?

  • We specialize in cover ups and revitalizing old tattoos. Consultations are mandatory for these so we can see the work in person, and can go over your options for the best result.

Hand/Finger/Foot Tattoos?

  • Hands and feet are tricky areas to tattoo. The skin exfoliates at a much higher rate than other parts of the body, which means you are shedding skin cells at a much higher rate than the rest of the body. This can result in fading, “bleeding” (when the ink spreads under the skin), or parts of the tattoo disappearing altogether. A lot of tattooers refuse to tattoo these parts of the body for those reasons. We are willing to tattoo hands and feet as long as the client has all the information we can give on what the outcome could be. These are parts of the body where there is no guarantee of how it will heal. You can google image “healed hand tattoo,” “healed finger tattoo,” or “healed foot tattoo” to get an idea of what a tattoo on these areas can look like after healing.