Healing your tattoo:
- You can wait up to but no longer than 5 hours to give your tattoo its first wash. When you get home or somewhere with the proper materials, wash it.
- With clean hands and a mild antibacterial soap, like liquid pump Dial or Dove, get a good lather going in your hands with warm water.
- Gently massage the surface area of the tattoo to remove all blood and plasma until it feels completely clean.
- Pat dry with a paper towel. DO NOT use any cloth towels as they harbor bacteria.
- Let your tattoo air out for about 15 minutes before applying a thin layer of Aquaphor (a medicated skin lotion found at any store). You only want enough to lightly coat your tattoo, not smother it. Dab off any excess. If you have an averse reaction to things like Aquaphor, you can use Coconut Oil or the organic salve we sell in the shop: Griffin Salve
- Repeat this process 3-5 times a day, using Aquaphor each time.
- Once your tattoo begins to flake, usually on the 5th day, refrain from washing as much. Maybe once or twice daily. You may then use an unscented lotion like Lubriderm or Curel or continue to use the Aquaphor as needed.
- Once all the flakes have fallen off naturally (usually within 7-10 days), you may resume your everyday lifestyle.
Tegadem/Saniderm Aftercare (used for larger tattoos or tattoos in difficult to heal areas):
-If the artist has not put Tegaderm/Saniderm on your tattoo for you, this is the process to bandage yourself with a Tegaderm/Saniderm bandage.
- Make sure the area around your new tattoo is very clean, dry, and free of hair or debris. Shave an extra perimeter around your tattoo if need be to help create a good seal around the tattoo.
- It is best to wait up to 5 hours before applying the Tegaderm/Saniderm as to limit the amount of bleeding and excess plasma secretion that will occur inside the bandage. When the bandage fills with these fluids, it is more apt to leak.
- Attempt to just the best placement for the bandage(s) to insure a ½” diameter of excess bandage around the tattoo to create a seal.
- Peel off the indicated side and gently lay the bandage over the tattoo, stretching it taught.
- Rub the edges and try to get all the air pockets out as well as sealing the edges of the bandage to your normal skin.
- Peel off the second backing indicated, making sure you have sealed your tattoo well.
-After the bandage is applied,
1. Leave the Tegaderm/Saniderm bandage on your tattoo for up to but no longer than 5 days. Usually by the second or third day, there is a significant amount of fluid leaking out of the bandage due to your body’s own healing juices collecting there. Dab at the edges with a paper towel as needed. If the bandage starts to peel off on its own due to wear and tear, enough to begin exposing your tattoo, it is then time to take remove the bandage. (Hopefully this is on the 2nd or 3rd day)
2. Run warm water over the bandage as you attempt to remove it and begin peeling back from the most exposed edge. The water will help loosen the seal.
3. After the bandage is removed, wash with a mild antibacterial soap like liquid pump Dial or Dove and warm water. Rinse and pat dry with a paper towel.
4. Air out the tattoo for a good 15 minutes before applying Aquaphor or a mild unscented lotion like Lubriderm or Curel to the tattoo to assist with any dryness.
5. There may be some mild flaking in the near future after this, although most clients experience very little to none. Essentially the tattoo is usually healed at this point.
- Call your artist at any time if you have any concerns or questions.
- Although Tegaderm/Saniderm is essentially waterproof, it is not recommended that you should swim or submerge your tattoo in water, of any kind, for long periods of time.
- Do not tan while your tattoo is healing. After it is healed, use sunblock or spf to protect your tattoo from the sun and keep your colors bright and vibrant.
- Do not use any products not preapproved by your artist. We guarantee your tattoo with a free touch up, therefor, you should follow our instructions.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing over your tattoo while it is healing or any abrasive materials.
- Never pick or scratch your tattoo. Let flakes fall off naturally.
- If you notice pain, pussing, or fever, please consult a physician!