Below are some basic tattoo aftercare instructions. Keep in mind that the less you do to your tattoo, the better it will heal. 

  • When you get home: Remove bandage within 1-3 hours after getting your tattoo. Do not re-bandage.
  •  Wash your tattoo with a gentle soap such as Dove or Cetaphil. Be gentle, do not use a washcloth or anything that will exfoliate your tattoo. Only use your hands.
  • Let your tattoo air out for about 24 hours
  • After the first day: Rub a small amount of light lotion (free of dyes such as Curel Original Formula) onto your tattoo. Do not use greasy products such as Vaseline, petroleum or Aquaphor.
  • On the 3rd or 4th day your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin. 

Other tips:

  •  Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo.
  • Tenderness, redness, and mild swelling is normal. However, if you see signs of infection such as red streaks extending from the affected area, pus drainage, or you experience a fever, please seek medical attention. 
  • You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for a week. No swimming, soaking or hot tubs.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and cover up your tattoos or apply sunblock if you will be in the sun
  •  Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that rub against your tattoo. Do not let anyone touch your tattoo, unless they wash their hands.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and reduce swelling
  • Get plenty of rest 

You can also

  •  Ice your tattoo to reduce swelling.
  • Elevate your tattoo, to reduce swelling.
  • Use ibuprofen to reduce swelling


If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, please call the shop or contact your artist directly.