Tattoo Aftercare

Tattoo Aftercare


When the tattoo is finished, it will be bandaged. Leave the bandage on until you get home. Once you’re home, thoroughly wash the fresh tattoo in hot water with a gentle soap such as Dr. Bronners, Provon, Johnson & Johnson baby soap, or unscented liquid Softsoap. DO NOT use a harsh anti-microbial scrub!

Let the tattoo air dry for 20 minutes or so. DO NOT towel dry the tattoo (Towels may harbor bacteria!) When the tattoo is dry, apply a small amount of unscented hand lotion such as Aveeno or Lubriderm.

Sleep in a clean garment for the first few nights. Unless the sheets were washed the day of the tattoo, they are not clean enough!

For 3 weeks, 3 times a day:

1. Wash your hands

2. Wash your tattoo with soap and water

3. Let the tattoo air dry

4. Apply unscented lotion

While your tattoo is healing (3 weeks):

NO TANNING—the skin holding your fresh tattoo is extra sensitive; exposure to UV light burns the skin, increasing the risk of anomalies such as scarring or patchy recoveries.

NO SWIMMING—oceans, ponds, lakes, pools, hot tubs; if you wouldn’t drink it, you shouldn’t let it touch your tattoo.

AVOID DIRECT SUNLIGHT—once again, direct exposure to sun / UV light inflicts needless damage to your new tattoo.

NO SOAKING IN A TUB—Showers are fine, as its clean moving water.

Working out or exercising is fine. Sweat is a natural cleanser—if it is your own sweat!

Your tattoo will most likely scab slightly. This is normal, as your body is growing new skin tissue. DO NOT pick or scratch your tattoo as it heals! Unless you’re washing your tattoo—keep all hands off.


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The client shall consult a health care practitioner at the first sign of infection, allergic reaction, or adverse reaction resulting from the tattoo to the artist and to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Drugs and Medical Devices Group at 1-888-839-6676.