THE TATTOO PROCESS DOESN'T END WHEN YOU LEAVE THE CHAIR!
The bandage protects the tattoo while allowing body fluids to drain. The area needs air for the skin to heal properly, so remove the bandage after 2-3 hours.
KEEP IT CLEAN! Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching your tattoo. Gently wash the tattooed area with warm water and a mild antibacterial soap. Pat it dry with a paper towel, air it dry and then apply a THIN layer of ointment (Aquaphor, A&D, Tattoo Goo) With a dry paper towel, blot off excess ointment from your skin. You do NOT want to suffocate your tattoo with the ointment, it is essential to let the tattoo breathe.
Wash and MOISTURIZE with ointment 3-4 times a day for a minimum of 7-10 days. Washing too often or forgetting to apply an aftercare product can damage the tattoo. The ointment helps to enhance the color, promote healing and wont clog pores. After your tattoo has peeled, you may use a hypoallergenic, non-scented lotion to keep your skin hydrated.
Dress appropriately! Wear loose fitting, breathable clothing that will not rub against the tattoo, especially during the first 2-3 days. Keeping the tattoo exposed to open air is crucial to the healing process.
During healing, it is natural for the skin in the area of your tattoo to scab and peel. To prevent risk of infection and color loss, DO NOT scratch or pick at the area. Allow it to fall off naturally. If itching occurs, gently tap on the area to relieve the symptoms without damaging the tattoo.
Your tattoo should heal in 2-3 weeks. Consult a physician if any signs or symptoms develop such as the following: redness at site, green/yellow discharge and/or fever.