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Traditional Aftercare Instructions

  • If a bandage was applied, leave bandage on for the first two hours. Gently remove bandage, if bandage does not release easily allow lukewarm water to run over the tattoo to help release the bandage. Do Not Pull! If Saniderm was applied please see Saniderm instructions. Gently wash tattoo with clean hands and antibacterial liquid soap, Dial liquid antibacterial or Opti-Scrub is recommended. Clean hands only! Do not use a wash cloth, sponge, loofah, etc. Do not re-bandage tattoo.

  • Gently wash tattoo 3 to 4 times daily with Dial antibacterial LIQUID soap and allow to air dry or pat dry with a clean paper towel.

  • After tattoo is washed and completely dry, apply a VERY SMALL AMOUNT of aftercare lotion and rub in well. The tattoo should not look shiny or greasy. Too much ointment will not allow oxygen to reach the tattoo which can slow the healing process as well as cause color loss. After Inked is recommended. You can also use lubriderm, aveeno, or gold bond healing if you choose, just make sure it is dye & perfume free.

  • After every wash allow the tattoo to air dry for about 20 minutes, then apply a small amount of aftercare to the tattoo and work gently in to the skin. (recommended After Inked) DO NOT use an excessive amount, if the tattoo is shiny or greasy looking, you've used too much! Over applying lotion may draw ink out of the skin causing lightening and distortion.

  • We do not recommend A & D ointment or petroleum jelly. These products do not allow oxygen to reach the tattoo which can delay healing and draw ink out of the skin, causing lightening of colors and distortion in the tattoo.

  • DO NOT scratch or pick at the tattoo.

  • DO NOT go swimming or submerge tattoo in water, i.e. hot tubs, swimming pools, spas, lakes, oceans, etc.

  • DO NOT wear restrictive or tight clothing that will rub harshly against your fresh tattoo. For example tight jeans against a leg tattoo. This can and will rub the area raw and can introduce bacteria into your new tattoo. Remember this is a healing area of skin, care should be taken to not damage the healing layer.

  • DO NOT use tanning beds or lay in the sun for 3 to 4 weeks. UV rays are extremely bad for tattoos. Routine use of sunscreen, Raw Love Sunscreen is recommended, will help your tattoo remain healthy and legible for years to come.

  • Your tattoo will go through various stages of healing. All skin types are different and will heal differently. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns during the healing process.

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