**Always ensure to wash your hands before touching your new tattoo**
After 2-4 hours, remove your bandage and wash your tattoo with hot water and a mild unscented soap to remove any leftover vaseline, ink, lymph fluid, etc that has built up. Then run cold water over the tattoo to close up the pores. Pat dry with a clean paper towel and leave alone until the following day.
Shower next day as per usual, but try to avoid having the water beat directly on your new tattoo as this can be quite painful. Wash tattoo again with mild unscented soap and rinse well.
Once out of the shower, pat tattoo dry with a clean paper towel, then allow tattoo to completely air dry. Continue this step until day 3.
Starting on day 3, after tattoo is completely dry, you can begin applying your aftercare. We suggest using After Inked which is available here at the studio. If you do not wish to use this product, we suggest applying an unscented moisturiser such as Lubriderm or Aveeno.
When applying your aftercare, you only need approximately a tear drop sized amount on your finger. Apply to your tattoo, making sure to cover the entire area, and continue to apply until lotion isn't visible (similar to applying sunscreen or hand lotion).
Apply aftercare 2-3 times per day for 7 to 10 days. Your tattoo may scab slightly and should peel and flake like a sunburn.
It will be itchy during the healing process. If the itch gets unbearable, you may slightly slap the area to help alleviate the itching sensation. DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH AT YOUR NEW TATTOO!
Avoid swimming, hot tubs, baths or submerging in water until the healing process is complete. (Approximately 2-4 weeks)
Avoid direct sunlight of tanning until the healing process is complete (approximately 2-4 weeks)
Once your tattoo is healed, if the tattoo will be exposed to direct sunlight, it is recommended that you apply a high SPF sunblock to the area to maintain the colour and brightness of your tattoo and ensure it continues looking new and fresh.
IF THERE IS PERSISTENT SWELLING, REDNESS OR SIGNS OF INFECTION SEEK CONSULTATION WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN