Tattoo Aftercare Advice:

  • Leave the covering on for 5 hours. Once the tattoo is complete, your tattoo artist will clean the area, apply an antibacterial ointment and cover the tattoo with cling film. Once you have left the tattoo studio, resist the temptation to unwrap the cling film. The cling film is there to protect your tattoo from dirt and bacteria and should be left on for up to 5 hours before you remove it

  • Wash your hands before carefully removing the cling film. Washing your hands beforehand will help prevent your tattoo from getting infected when you go to touch it. To remove the Cling film more easily, you can apply warm water to it to prevent the dressing from sticking to your skin. Pull the dressing off slowly and carefully so you don't damage your new tattoo. Throw away the dressing in a bin.

  • Wash the tattoo with lukewarm water and antibacterial soap. Instead of soaking your tattoo in water, cup your hands together and scoop lukewarm water over it. Use a mild, unscented liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap to rub the tattoo gently with your fingers, removing all traces of blood, plasma, or leaked ink. This will help to prevent the tattoo from scabbing too soon.

  • Do not use a wash cloth, loofah or any sponge to clean the tattoo, as these may harbour bacteria. Do not resume use of the items until the tattoo has healed completely.

  • Let the tattoo air dry or pat it dry with a clean paper towel. While it's best to let your skin air dry after the tattoo has been cleaned, you can also use a clean, dry paper towel to gently blot the tattoo until it's dry. Avoid rubbing the tattoo with the paper towel to avoid irritating your skin. Regular towels can irritate your tattoo or cause little bits of fluff to get stuck in them, so it's best to only use a paper towel for drying.

  • Apply a non-scented antibacterial cream recommended by your artist. Once your tattoo is fully dry, apply a little moisturising ointment, preferably an all-natural tattoo aftercare, to the tattoo. Make sure to apply only a very thin layer and pat it in gently until it's absorbed by the skin. If you're not sure what kind of ointment to use, ask your tattoo artist what they recommend for your skin. We sell the best tattoo aftercare in the studio.

  • Once your tattoo is clean and moisturised, avoid rewrapping it.

  • Listen to your tattoo artist's advice. Your tattoo artist will explain how you should care for your tattoo immediately after getting it, so try to follow their instructions. The way they bandage your tattoo may be different from other tattoo artists, so take the advice they give you seriously to ensure your tattoo heals correctly

  • Do not soak it in a bath or swimming pool for 2 weeks. Avoid soaking the tattoo in water. Until your tattoo is fully healed, don't swim in a pool or the sea. Avoid soaking in the bathtub as well. Exposing your tattoo to lots of water can pull the ink out of your skin and do damage to the tattoo's appearance. The water may also be carrying dirt, bacteria, or other chemicals that can infect your tattoo.

  • It will be safe to resume these activities once your tattoo is healed, but for now you should stick to rinsing your tattoo in the sink or shower.

  • Wash your tattoo and apply the tattoo cream daily until the scabs are gone. You should continue to wash your tattoo 2-3 times a day with antibacterial soap and lukewarm water until it's fully healed. This can take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the size and location of the tattoo.

  • Avoid scratching or picking at your tattoo. As it heals, your tattoo will start to scab over, which is normal. Let the scabs dry out and fall off by themselves, and don't speed up the process by picking or scratching at the scabs. This can cause the scabs to fall off too soon, which can leave holes or light spots on the tattoo. Dry, scabbing or peeling skin can become very itchy, but scratching at your tattoo may also cause scabs to fall off.

  • Keep using the tattoo cream to combat itchiness if it is a problem.

  • Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight. The harsh rays of the sun may cause your skin to blister and bleach some of the colours from your tattoo. For this reason, it is best to keep your tattoo covered and out of the sun for at least 4 to 6 weeks until the initial healing is complete.

  • Once your tattoo is healed, you'll want to wear sunscreen to prevent the tattoo from fading.

  • Wear clean, loose-fitting clothing to avoid irritating your tattoo. Try not to wear tight or restrictive clothing on the area with your new tattoo, especially at first. As your tattoo heals, it will seep plasma and excess ink, which may cause the clothing to stick to the tattoo. The clothing will then be painful to remove and may rip off any freshly formed scabs.

  • If your clothing does stick to your tattoo, do not pull it off! First wet the area with water, which should loosen the clothing to where it can be removed without damaging your tattoo.

  • Tight clothing will prevent enough oxygen from getting to your tattoo, and oxygen is essential for the healing process.

  • Wait for your tattoo to heal before doing strenuous workouts. If the tattoo covers a large surface area or is near your joints (such as elbows and knees), it may take longer to heal if the skin is forced to move around too much during physical activity. The movement will cause the skin to crack and become irritated, prolonging the healing process.

  • If you work in a job that involves physical activity, such as construction or dance, you may want to consider having your new tattoo done right before you have a day or 2 off so it has time to heal before you return to work.

  • If you get your new tattoo infected, we will encourage make an appointment to see your doctor as they can prescribe you antibiotics to kill the infection.

  • After a new tattoo, some redness, swelling, and discomfort is normal.

  • After the tattoo is fully healed, continue to moisturise the area regularly to keep your tattoo looking its best.

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