FAQ & Aftercare

How long before I can take my bandage off?

Remove your bandage as soon as you get home, make sure that you’ve washed your hands with anti-bacterial soap before touching your tattoo. Gently wash your tattoo with hot water and anti-bacterial soap. Rinse your tattoo with cold water when you’re done to close the pores.

What soap can I use?

Make sure the soap you’re using to clean your tattoo is ANTI-BACTERIAL and has no scents or fragrances. Scented soaps will irritate your new tattoo and inhibit the healing process. A good example of a safe soap is Classic Dial Gold.


Can I shower with my new tattoo?

A quick hot shower is fine, the idea is to not keep your tattoo wet for too long. Keeping the skin wet while it’s trying to heal will interfere with the normal healing processes and affect how your tattoo will heal.


Can I go swimming?

Absolutely DO NOT swim or soak your new tattoo. Not only does keeping the skin wet interfere with the natural healing processes but both chlorine in a pool/hot tub and the bacteria in natural bodies of water will cause damage to your new tattoo and possibly infection.

What do I do after I clean my tattoo?

Allow the skin to air dry for 5-10 minutes then apply a thin layer of Armor Gel or Aquaphor over the tattoo with clean hands. Do not over do it! You want your skin to be shiny but it also needs to be able to push out any excess ink or fluids.

How long do I put Armor Gel/Aquaphor on my tattoo?

Repeat washing/air drying/applying ointment up to three times a day and for no longer than three days. If you feel something is wrong that makes you think you need to continue applying ointment, please call or visit the shop.

Can I put lotion on my tattoo?

After three days or when the skin begins to dry out and flake you may begin to use UNSCENTEDlotion to help with the dryness and itch. It’s very important you DO NOT scratch your tattoo, this will affect the healing process.