The aftercare of your tattoo is just as important, if not more important, than getting the actual tattoo. Please keep in mind that tattoos are not permanent until they have fully healed. This means that if a tattoo doesn't heal properly, it may not turn out as you wanted it to.  This is why we also give our customers the proper aftercare steps in order for the tattoo to come out perfect. 


Please do:

  • Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo!

  • When you get home: Remove bandage within 2-3 hours after getting your tattoo. Do not re-bandage.

  • Wash your tattoo with an anti-bacterial liquid soap. Be gentle, do not use a washcloth or anything that will exfoliate your tattoo. Only use your hands.

  • Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, or use a fabric with a rough surface.

  • The first 3-4 days: Rub a small amount of ointment on your tattoo. You may use Bacitracin, A&D, Aquaphor, or Tattoo Goo, a non-fragrant lotion, or coca butter – whatever you know you’re not allergic to. We also carry some of these products at the shop, as well as H2Ocean and Hustle Butter. Always use clean hands and do not place your fingers back into the ointment after touching your tattoo. Make sure to rub the ointment in so that it is not shiny, or greasy– you want the thinnest amount possible. Pat off any excess ointment with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not use Vaseline, petroleum, Neosporin, or Bag Balm. Wash, dry and apply ointment 3-5 times daily, as needed.

  • On the first night, you may want to wrap your tattoo in saran wrap to prevent sticking to your bedding. Do not use any cloth bandages or pads, as the fibers of this material can adhere to your open tattoo and hinder the healing process.

  • Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks– nothing abrasive or irritating. For a foot tattoo: go barefoot as much as possible. If you must wear shoes, first wrap your clean tattoo in saran wrap, then cover with a clean cotton sock before putting on your shoe. Avoid sandals or flip flops for this period to prevent chafing and damage to the tattoo.

  • After day 4: On the 3rd or 4th day your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin. If you are using A&D oitment or Bacitracin switch to one of the following care methods after 3 days. Begin using a mild, white, unscented lotion (free of dyes or Perfumes), cocoa butter, Hustle Butter, or H2Ocean. You can also continue to use Aquaphor if you prefer that, just remeber to use very thin coats when applying.

  • Use care products for a minimum 2 weeks, 1-2 times daily.



Things to avoid:

  • Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo.

  • You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, soaking or hot tub.

  • Do not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 3 weeks, after that you must use sun block.

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

  • Do not let anyone touch your tattoo.

  • Beware of gym equipment, wash it well before using it.


You can also

  • Ice your tattoo to reduce swelling.

  • Elevate your tattoo, to reduce swelling.

  • Take short showers.


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