LEAVE REGULAR BANDAGE ON FOR APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS. Do NOT re-bandage unless your artist has instructed you to use a 24-hour bandage such as Tegaderm or TatuDerm.
With clean hands wash with an anti bacterial soap (such as Dial).
Over the next few days if your tattoo is dry you can apply a very small amount of ointment. If you can wipe anything off, there is too much. We carry popular aftercare ointments at the studio for purchase or you may shop your local drugstore and pick up Aquaphor healing ointment. Remember, less is more when applying ointment.
When your tattoo has formed a new, protective layer of skin and begins to peel like a sunburn you can switch to a non-scented lotion.
MOST TATTOOS WILL HEAL ON THE SURFACE IN AROUND 2 TO 3 WEEKS.
DO NOT: pick, scratch, or soak your tattoo in water until it is completely healed. This includes baths, pools, lakes, hot tubs, etc.
Avoid sleeping directly on a new tattoo. This can cause clothes to stick to it. If this should happen run warm water over it to ease it off.
Avoid sun exposure. After your tattoo is healed apply sunblock when you are going to be out for an extended period of time will keep your tattoo looking fresh and new.