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  • Wash your hands before making any contact with a new tattoo. This is to minimize the risk of irritation or infection. 

  • Do not let pets or other people touch your tattoo while it is healing.

  • Leave your bandage on for THREE TO FIVE DAYS, if possible, and rinse gently when you remove the bandage. If your bandage lifts, exposing the tattoo, or is compromised in any way, remove it entirely and gently wash the area. Do not re-bandage.

  • It is typical for plasma, blood, and ink to pool under the bandage. If the liquid leaks, dab it with a clean paper towel at the edge of the bandage. Only remove if the bandage is lifting significantly enough to expose the tattoo.

  • Gently wash your tattoo with an anti-bacterial liquid or foam soap (we recommend Dial) using only your hands. Do not use bar soap or any soaps with alcohol or fragrance.

  • Allow the tattoo to air dry, or gently pat your tattoo dry with a paper towel. Do not rub or clean with a used bath towel.

  • If your skin becomes dry/tight/itchy, feel free to apply a thin layer of lotion (we recommend Lubriderm), but you may use any lotion or tattoo aftercare cream that does not have alcohol, petroleum, or a fragrance. Continue to lotion as needed, no more than 2-3 times daily for the next two weeks.


  • Wear clean, non-abrasive clothing over your tattoo for the first two weeks, with nothing that will pinch or rub on your new tattoo.

  • Your skin must be exposed to air to heal, so after removing the original bandage, do not drown it in lotion, do not keep it wrapped up, and do not keep it submerged in water for extended periods. You may shower but not soak in a pool or tub. No swimming for two weeks.

  • Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight for prolonged periods for at least two weeks. No tanning.

  • Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that may rub against your tattoo.

  • Beware of gym equipment! Wipe it down well before using it. If you get sweaty, be sure to clean your tattoo afterward.

* If you do not take proper care of your tattoo, there is a risk of infection. If you believe that your tattoo is infected, seek professional medical attention immediately, as a tattoo artist is not capable of supplying you with the necessary antibiotics necessary to fight infections

Aftercare: Bio
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