How to care for your new tattoo!


Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your new tattoo!

– Gently remove the Saniderm bandage after 24 hours.

– Clean with undyed, unscented antibacterial soap and warm water using your hands. Do not scrub!

– Rinse off with warm water and allow it to air dry 10 to 15 minutes.

– Apply vitamin-enriched (Aquaphor, Tattoo Goo, Burt’s Bees Hand Salve, Vitamin E) aftercare cream very lightly. Do not recover with bandage. Do this for 10-14 days, 2-3 times a day.

– In a few days, your new tattoo will begin to peel or flake, like sunburn. When it does the flakes will be the same color of the tattoo. Do not panic. Do not pick or scratch! If it itches and you can’t exercise self-control, smack or slap the area instead.


– Due to risk of infection and loss of color vibrancy, swimming in chlorinated or natural water is not recommended for the duration of the aftercare process for two weeks.

– A&D ointment, rubbing alcohol, etc are NOT appropriate for healing your new tattoo.

– If you go into the sun or go tanning, be sure to use sun block EVERY TIME to maintain color vibrancy.

– Keep in mind, your new tattoo could take up to or more than 6 weeks to completely heal. Everyone heals differently so some people heal faster, some slower.

– Oxygen is one of the most important parts of the healing process, so keep it uncovered as much as you can.

-A little bit of aftercare ointment is all you need. More is not better, do not over do it.  If it sticks to your clothes then you have put on too much.  Too much ointment clogs the pores and can cause the skin to break out.

– Ingrown hairs can occur as the hair grows back in (especially if the tattoo is in a hairier part of the body). Do not pop them! Come in immediately if they affect the tattoo. We will direct you with how to deal with them at that point.

– The healthier you keep your body, the healthier your tattoo will be and better it will look. Malnutrition, dehydration, substance abuse, tanning, and stress all put strain on your skin, therefore, affecting your tattoo.

****If you have any questions or concerns, call, text, email, or stop by ASAP.****

  DO NOT ask a friend or do your own research.  False information is everywhere!