The first few days and weeks are
the most important for a new tattoo.
Keep the bandage on for 2-5 Hours after tattooing. Your skin will continue to weep, but this is normal. The bandage is there to keep your skin protected from dirt & bacteria. With clean hands or while showering, remove the bandage & clean the tattoo with soapy water. Gently pat the area dry with a clean towel. Let the tattoo air out & dry for roughly 10 minutes. Rewrap the tattoo for the first night’s sleep. In the morning, unwrap & clean the tattoo with soapy water again.
Once dry, apply a thin layer of aftercare cream (Bepanthen First Aid or similar) to the whole tattoo. Do not re-bandage. Continue to apply a thin layer of cream twice a day for 7 - 10 days. You may notice some peeling & possible scabbing. The tattoo will become itchy at this point in the healing process. Resit the urge to pick, scratch or rub the new tattoo.
FINAL DO’S AND DON’TS
DO NOT go swimming or soak in a bath for 10 - 14 days.
DO NOT expose skin to the sun while healing.
DO NOT rub alcohol on your tattoo.
DO NOT pick or scratch the tattoo.
DO keep clean & wash after any sweating our outdoor activity.
DO apply sunblock to the tattoo AFTER it’s fully healed.