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The guide includes information on tattoo etiquette as well as instructions on cleaning your tattoo.
Once you leave the tattoo studio, your artist is not responsible for any infection or problems you may have with your tattoo, if you don't take proper care of it!
It is very important that you FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF YOUR ARTIST and these instructions are just a guideline. A really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken. We want your tattoo to heal perfectly and look good just as much as you do..
Once tattoo is complete, your tattoo artist will clean and cover the area with some dressing (either a cling film or a tegaderm transparent film).
Once you have left the tattoo parlor, try not take the dressing off, the dressing is there to protect your tattoo from airborne bacteria and prevent unnecessary scabbing. The dressing should be left on for a minimum of two hours before you remove it.
Cling film is easily removed but if your tattoo is covered in tegaderm: Gently soak it with warm water to loosen the stickiness of the dressing and then gently peel off. Discard the used bandage.
We recommend lukewarm water (NOT HOT) and mild, unscented soap. Use your hands to gently rub the tattoo, removing all traces of blood,
plasma and ink. This will help to prevent the tattoo from scabbing too soon (along with leaving the dressing on for 2 - 12 hours).
DO NOT use a face cloth, loofah or any type of sponge to clean the tattoo, as these may harbor bacteria and would be too rough on your tattoo.
DO NOT hold the tattoo directly under the water, wash it indirectly with your hands - the stream of water from the tap may be too harsh on your new tattoo. If your new tattoo is covering a large area of skin, it may be easiest to wash the tattoo briefly in the shower.
DON'T SOAK YOUR TATTOO.
Submerging your tattoo in a bath can cause serious damage, but showering is perfectly fine as long as you don't oversaturate your tattoo.
Once you have washed the tattoo, you should gently pat it dry with a little paper towel. Do not rub the tattoo, as this may cause irritation.. Once excess moisture has been removed, you should leave the tattoo uncovered, this will allow the tattoo to breathe and any excess moisture to evaporate.
After washing your tattoo and letting tattoo air dry, apply a tiny amount of cream... Either the beeswax sold at our shop or an aqueous cream (water based
Make sure to apply only a very thin layer thats just enough to absorb into the skin. It's very important that you don't apply too much or else you'll suffocate the tattoo (tattoo needs to breathe to heal) and encourage the growth of bacteria.
You should continue applying the cream after each time you wash the tattoo for about 3 to 5 days, or until the tattoo starts to peel.. At that point, you can switch to a regular, fragrance-free lotion.
DO NOT use petroleum based products, such as Vaseline, as these are too heavy and may clog the pores. They also draw the ink from the tattoo to the surface of the skin, causing the tattoo to fade before its even fully healed.
The initial healing of the tattoo will take up to 2 weeks, During this time, you can expect the tattoo to start peeling or flaking, in a similar way to sunburn. Some colored skin may come away as the tattoo peels, but this is completely normal.
After the skin peels, your tattoo will look glassy and feel tight, it may also look milky. This will settle down by itself within a couple of weeks.
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