Traditional Tattoo Healing

  1. Leave the bandage on for at least 3 hours
  2. Remove bandage and wash thoroughly with warm water and mild soap.
  3. Gently pat dry with a clean towel. Let it air dry for a couple of minutes
  4. Clean the tattoo with water 2 or 3 times throughout the 1st day.
  5. With clean hands: Apply a very thin coat of A&D vitamin ointment 2-3 times for the first 3 days.
  6. Be sure to wear loose clothing and allow tattooed skin to breathe for those 3 days
  7. For the following 7-14 days lightly apply fragrance free lotion 2-3 times daily or as needed. Cetaphil and Aquafor are good but any non-scented lotion will do the trick.
    • Your tattoo will scab and peel lightly (flake). This is completely normal while your tattoo is healing.
  8. DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH AT YOUR TATTOO. This will interrupt the healing process and damage it. NO SWIMMING, or SOAKING for two weeks (showers are okay) DO NOT expose to sun for at least 4 weeks.
    • When tattoo is healed, apply sunscreen frequently when exposed to the sun.