Do not try to peel off the bandage over your new tattoo. Run warm water over the bandaging and allow it to slowly slide off. Your tattoo should be cleaned at least twice a day with a warm water lather of antimicrobial soap. We suggest using Provon, though liquid Dial, or any other mild, dye-free, perfume-free antibacterial will suffice. Do not use a washcloth or other abrasive tool, as your hands work best and will be much less uncomfortable for you during the healing process.

For the first 48 hours, it is especially important that your tattoo is clean and free of blood, plasma, and ink. If left on the skin, this may cause scabbing which is not only uncomfortable, but can adversely affect the healing process.

After the first 48 hours, you must ensure that your tattoo does not dry out. We suggest using Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Do not use other ointments, as many of them can cause complications such as allergic reactions. Gently rub ointment onto the entire tattoo. You need only a very minimal application to do the trick, and should avoid clogged pores and other complications by not over-applying. After the application, gently blot the entire area with a paper towel to remove any excess ointment.

After the first week, you may discontinue use of Aquaphor, and begin using Curel lotion to moisturize your tattoo.