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Tattoo aftercare


We will always provide detailed instructions on how to care for your new tattoo, which you should follow carefully. Every tattoo artist will have a slightly different opinion on the best way to care for a new tattoo, but don’t worry, Robin has had years of experience in caring for new tattoos, so his methods have been tried and tested.

Awesome you have a tattoo! Be Proud! Follow these instructions:

Leave the plastic wrap on for up to 2-4 days. Once the tattoo is complete, we will clean the area, apply an anti-bacterial ointment and cover the tattoo with a plastic wrap. Once you have left the tattoo parlor, try to resist the temptation to open the plastic wrap to take a peak or show off your new tattoo to your friends. The plastic wrap is there to protect your tattoo from airborne bacteria, which can penetrate through your broken skin. The bandage should be left on for a minimum of two hours before you remove it.

Remember: We want your tattoo to heal perfectly and look good just as much as you do, so we don’t give you any poor advice. Find good anti-bacterial ointment in our Store. The ointment is very effective as it allows the tattoo to breathe, while also being thick enough to protect the skin from bacteria and bumps. They are also extremely absorbent, which allows them to be left on the tattoo for up to 24 hours, before needing to be removed. A plastic wrap is the best way to cover a new tattoo as it forms an effective shield which blocks any bacteria from getting near the tattoo. Just remember that plastic wrap will need to be changed and the tattoo cleaned frequently to prevent the build-up of bacteria. Carefully remove the plastic wrap and gently wash the tattoo.

We recommend lukewarm water and mild, unscented liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap. Use your hands to gently rub the tattoo, removing all traces of blood, plasma, or leaked ink. This will help to prevent the tattoo from scabbing too soon. Do not use a wash cloth, loofah or any type of sponge to clean the tattoo, as these may harbor bacteria.

DO NOT! hold the tattoo directly under the water. Wash it indirectly by splashing the water over the tattoo with your hands. The stream of water from the faucet may be too harsh on your new tattoo. If your new tattoo is covering a large area of skin, it may be easiest to wash the tattoo in the shower.

Let the tattoo air dry. Once you have thoroughly washed the tattoo, you should gently pat it dry with a little paper towel. Do not rub the tattoo, as this may cause irritation. Once the excess moisture has been removed, you should leave the tattoo uncovered for 20 minutes to an hour. This will allow the tattoo to breath and any excess moisture to evaporate. You should allow your tattoo to breathe like this after each time you wash it or get it wet. Apply ointment. Once your tattoo is fully dry and the skin begins to feel tight you can apply a little ointment, such as Bacitracin or A&D, to the tattoo. Make sure to apply only a very thin layer that’s just enough to make the tattoo shine and rub it in gently until it’s absorbed by the skin. It’s very important that you don’t apply too much ointment or else you’ll suffocate the tattoo and encourage the growth of bacteria. You should continue applying the ointment after each time you wash the tattoo for about 3 to 5 days, or until the tattoo starts to peel. At that point, you can switch to a regular, fragrance-free lotion.

Don’t use petroleum based products, such as Vaseline, as these are too heavy and may clog the pores, causing breakouts on the tattoo. They also draw the ink from the tattoo to the surface of the skin, causing the tattoo to fade before it’s even fully healed. There are some great specialist products we sell in our store, so be sure to call or visit us if you need help. The ointment we sell are a little pricey, but work wonders for healing tattoos.

Continue to wash and moisturise your tattoo 3 to 5 times a day. You should continue to wash your tattoo with anti-bacterial soap and warm water until it is fully healed. This can take anywhere from 3 to 6 six weeks, depending on the size and location of the tattoo. You should wash the tattoo approximately three times a day, though you should wash more often if the tattoo is on your hand, wrist, foot, or any other area which is more exposed to germs.

After applying special anti-bacterial ointment for the first 3 to 5 days, you can switch to regular lotion after each wash. Aavoid using lotions that are scented, colored or contain glitter. Remember to only apply a light layer of lotion, as over-moisturising can negatively affect the tattoo. The initial healing of the tattoo will take up to two weeks. During this time, you can expect the tattoo to start peeling or flaking, in a similar way to sunburn.

Some coloured skin may come away as the tattoo peels, but this is completely normal. After the skin peels, your tattoo will look glassy and feel tight. It may also have cloudy or white patches of skin that you will be tempted to peel off, but try to resist. This is referred to as “onion skin” and will fall off by itself within a couple of weeks. If you have taken proper care of your new tattoo, you can expect your tattoo to be healed and your skin to have fully regenerated in about 4 to 6 weeks.


Anti-bacterial ointment and Tatu-Derm(TM) 1 roll, 6″ x 180″, also sold separately.