- Remove the bandage after one hour.
(Two at the most) All wounds need to breathe in order to heal properly.
- Washing the tattoo:
Use your fingertips or hand only.
Use a mild antibacterial soap and warm water.
Take care to remove all traces of blood to prevent scabbing.
Do not scrub the tattoo with a washcloth during the two week healing time.
Pat the tattoo dry with a clean, soft cloth; or just let it air dry.
- Apply a thin coat of ointment at least 3 times a day
Just enough to make it shine. A little goes a long way. A & D Ointment, Aquaphor and Tattoo Wax are all good ointments. There is no need to re-bandage your tattoo, just keep a very thin layer of ointment on top keep it moist and prevent scabs.
- Keep your tattoo clean!
However, avoid long showers or baths for 2 weeks. Also, avoid prolonged soaking so no swimming, hot tubs, or saunas. Keep showers to under 10 minutes.
- Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo!
As it heals, your tattoo will scab and itch but scratching it can cause damage to the tattoo. Moisturizing with A&D ointment can help minimize itching.
- The sun can be bad for your tattoo!
Even if you’ve had a tattoo for a very long time! Sunburn on tattoos can cause many problems, including drying out your tattoo and forming a horrendous scab and causing the tattoo to fade before it is completely healed. The sun can also delay healing time of a tattoo and promotes scarring. Please wait for your tattoo to heal completely before going into the sun or a tanning bed. Make sure to use a high qualitysun block (not sunscreen) but do not apply sunblock while a tattoo is in the healing process. Over time, the sun will cause any tattoo to fade.
If a tattoo is done by Underground Ink, we will touch up any tattoos within 3 months of the original date at no additional cost under these circumstances:
- You must not have abused your tattoo.
- You must have taken proper care of your tattoo.
- You must bring this sheet (tattoo-care) with you.