Depending on the size of the tattoo and your tattoo artist’s advice, you should leave the bandage on the new tattoo two to three hours, unless instructed otherwise by your artist.

When removing the bandage, do so gently by slowly peeling the bandage. If it sticks at all, STOP! Pour cool water between the skin and the bandage. Make sure that you don’t stick your tattoo under a full force faucet; remember easy does it. Wait a few minutes, and try to remove the bandage again.

The cool water should loosen your skin from the bandage without yanking any color out. Do remember throughout this, not to pull any skin or scabs off the tattoo, as you could pull out the ink, which can result in uncolored or dull gaps in your tattoo.


Once the bandage is off, wash the tattoo very gently with your fingertips. Use a mild, gentle soap that is free of deodorants, skin softeners, or other additives. Make sure if you’re using bar soap, that it is a new bar. Make sure, if you’re in the shower, that you wash your hair and body first before you wash the tattoo.

Rub the soap gently on the tattoo using your fingers.

After you clean the tattoo, gently pour cold water over it for a few minutes. The cold water will tighten your pores, which will help the tattoo heal healthily and quickly. Some tattoo artists believe that the cold water helps the color set in.

Lightly, pat the tattoo dry with a soft towel.

After Washing

Leave the tattoo alone for 24 hours. Remember, this is an open wound, so treat it as such for the next two weeks. Avoid:

• re-bandaging the tattoo
• constricting or abrasive clothing against the tattoo for the first few days and ensure that the clothing is clean
• intense sunlight
• chlorinated or salt water (can leach the colour)
• gyms and hot tubs (they are very dirty places)
• soaking your tattoo in water


Do you have a pet? When was the last time you changed the sheets?  Depending on the placement of your tattoo you could be getting lots of contaminant contact while sleeping.  Change your sheets and keep your tattoo clean. 


After 24 hours, you can begin to use a mild unscented, water based lotion, such as Lubriderm or other specific tattoo aftercare products, no more than twice a day and only when necessary. Ensure that this is not immediately after showering, wait a few hours for tattoo to dry. When applying the lotion, make sure to use only a very thin layer. If too much lotion is applied, dab off the excess with a clean paper towel. Remember that too little lotion is better than too much. Never apply the lotion just before bed as it will stick to your sheets. Make sure that you always wear clean clothes to cover the tattoo.


It is normal to see the tattoo begin to flake during the first week of healing. Don’t pick at these flakes, they will fall off on their own. Do not soak the tattoo in any body of water during the flaking phase and never scratch at the flakes. After the flakes fall off, your tattoo will have a shiny look. Eating the flakes is quite gross and is not advised.  If you are itchy, try patting or slapping the area, but do not scratch! You can potentially pull colour out of your tattoo. Do not expose your tattoo to the sun during this phase. Once the shiny skin is gone, you can expose your tattoo to the sun as long as you cover it with sun block to keep the tattoo looking crisp.


You must wait at least a month for free touch-ups. If you have not followed these instructions and touch-ups are necessary, they will be at your own expense.  However, if there is something that you feel needs to be corrected, please call us to set up a consultation as we want you to be happy and carry our work with pride.  Note that we do not touch-up hands, feet or certain other unusual areas due to these areas having a high rejection rate.  Your artist will advise you at the time of your tattoo if your tattoo is NOT eligible for free touch-ups.  That being said, we will touch up those areas at your own expense.

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