Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

Keep the dressing on your tattoo overnight.  You may want to place a towel under the tattooed area to avoid staining your sheets while you sleep.

Remove the bandaging in the morning, and wash the tattoo thoroughly.  This is a very important step in your tattoo aftercare.  You will be lathering the tattoo with unscented soap firmly with your hand for 20-30 seconds, rinsing, then re-lathering and rinsing repeatedly until the tattoo is completely clean.  This should take a couple of minutes, and is best done in the shower.  Do not use sponges or brushes.  Even though this part of the process will be uncomfortable, it must not be avoided.

Afterwards, gently dry the tattoo with a clean towel, and allow your body to begin healing the tattoo.

During the healing process, do NOT immerse the tattoo in liquids.  That means NO baths, swimming pools, saunas, etc. until the tattoo is completely healed.  Quick showers are ok, but keep the tattoo facing away from the shower head.

If the tattoo feels tight or dry while healing, use a SMALL quantity of an unscented hand lotion like Lubriderm.  Make sure all lotion is absorbed into the skin, and do NOT ever use Polysporin or Neosporin.

Keep your tattoo out of the sun while healing, and for a couple of weeks after.  

Your tattoo will itch while healing.  You must never scratch or pick at it.  You may slap it to alleviate any itching.  

Avoid wearing any clothing or any activities that will irritate or disturb the tattoo while healing, and keep it clean and dry until healed.

Also, do not listen to the multitude of tattoo experts at your local bar who will start telling you what to do with your fresh tattoo.  Follow these simple tattoo aftercare instructions, and you will heal just fine.