The life of your tattoo is dependent upon the care it receives within the first few days. It takes, on average, 10 days to two weeks to heal.
Day 1 — when your tattoo is done, an artist usually applies an antibiotic ointment with a bandage and covers with nylon. Keep your tattoo bandaged from 2 to 4 hours. Remove bandage and wash tattoo gently with your fingertips using a mild, fragrance-free soap. Rinse thoroughly and lightly pat dry with a clean towel. Activities that cause you to sweat may over-moisten, irritate or even infect your tattoo so, keep such activities to a minimum, like working out, running etc.
Day 2 —Take a quick shower and let it dry out for the rest of the day.
Day 3 —you should notice a tightening of the skin. This is your scab beginning to form. (The scab is a thin, light, dry layer similar to peeling sunburn.) At this point you will begin to lubricate it. Shower in the morning, pat dry, then let air dry for 10-15 minutes before applying a fragrance free lubricant such as Lubriderm Fragrance Free, Aquaphor, Vitamin A & D Ointment, Tattoo Goo, etc. Apply a THIN layer and wait for it to dry before applying another layer. DO NOT over-lubricate your tattoo. But don’t let it dry out either – i.e., at the beginning your tattoo may be rather moist so two or three applications a day is about average. Each day as it dries out more, you may need to apply lotion more often. Continue use of lubricant until scab falls off naturally (no picking).
After your tattoo is healed, use sun block SPF30+ to protect it from harmful UV rays.
Remember! Healing takes up to one year, sometimes it looks like healed but deeper layer aren’t. Keep moisturizing your tattoo. Always use sun block and don’t expose your tattoo too much to the sun, especially those which are colored.
Too much lotion, sweat, or submersion in water for over three minutes could cause your tattoo to fade or, if there are scabs on it, the scabs to come off prematurely. If the scabs come off before the ink heals into the skin you'll have a spot of color missing.
Please do not tan before your tattoo appointment, as your color will fade and if you are very tan your color might not show up at all.
If you have to tan, put sun block on the area that you'll be tattooed in, or better yet, protect the area (cover the area) from the sun.
Foot tattoos are beautiful. If you’d like a tattoo on your foot, please be aware that for the first three or four days afterwards shoes, sweaty feet and water will fade your tattoo. So wear Crocs, flip flops, or better yet, go barefoot please!!
Remember, a lot of how your tattoo looks is in your hands!! Aftercare is just as important as the tattoo procedure itself.
I give free touch ups by appointment only, one month after the tattoo has been applied.