Please ask your tattoo artist about the best aftercare options for your body art. The placement of your tattoo may require unique care for that body part, therefore, your artist will have the best advice.

If your artist has given you a REGULAR bandage dressing...

Leave it on for at least a couple of hours. Some bandages can remain on longer, but eventually you should remove it and wash any residual fluid off by the following day. There is no need to re-bandage.

If your artist has given you a SKIN bandage (ie: Saniderm, Dermshield, Tegaderm, etc.)...

Leave it on for at least 24 hours. If you have excessive weeping/fluid within the first 24 hours or your artist instructed you to use an an additional skin bandage follow these steps:

  • Carefully remove the first bandage. Peel the corner and slowly pull downward in the direction of hair growth.  (Holding the bandage under the shower/sink is the easiest way to remove the adhesive.)
  • Wash the tattoo gently with anti-bacterial soap & water.
  • Dry skin thoroughly with a soft cloth or towel.
  • Apply the second skin bandage. (Peel off white backing first, press onto tattoo, remove clear film). Do not wear more than 5 days.

Once all tattoo bandages are removed:

  • With clean hands wash your tattoo with an anti-bacterial soap. Continue to wash it a few times a day to limit any contact with bacteria. 
  • Over the next few days if your tattoo is dry, apply a very small amount of ointment, non-scented lotion, or tattoo balm to moisturize your skin up to 3 times a day. If you can wipe any of it off, there is too much product applied to your tattoo. Remember, less is more when applying aftercare products. Skin needs to breathe.
  • When your tattoo has formed a new, protective layer of skin and/or begins to peel like a sunburn you can apply lotion as needed.  Allow any peeling skin to fall off naturally.
  • After your tattoo is fully healed apply sunblock (30spf or higher) when you are going to be out for an extended period of time. This is the best defense against fading.

We have a unique selection of products that can assist in healing your new tattoo. You may shop inside the studio or visit our Merch Page for options.

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