A tattoo is one of the most dynamic symbols of self expression ever created and it’s important to rely on the expert guidance of your artist for the proper aftercare of your life-long treasure.

 You were tattooed in a modern studio with sterilized instruments and modern pigments. The long life of your tattoo depends upon the care you give it during the critical first few days and weeks.

Quality parlor operators worldwide have helped compile these simple directions for quick healing, However, we urge you to consult your own tattoo artist for any special instructions related to the aftercare of your specific tattoo.Do NOT re-bandage the tattoo

  • Do NOT apply Vaseline, lanolin or petroleum based products.
  • Do NOT apply alcohol.
  • Do NOT rub, scratch, or pick the tattoo.
  • Do NOT expose the tattoo to direct sunlight, swim or soak in a sauna, steam bath or bathtub for two weeks.
  • Be sure clothing touching your tattoo is clean and soft.

Your tattoo may bleed a bit first but it will stop within a couple of hours. Most artist recommend the tattoo be kept bandaged overnight or for at least two to five hours. If the gauze sticks to the skin, soak the area with cold until the gauze loosens, then remove carefully.

Once the tattoo is exposed, wash carefully in cold water, gently applying antibacterial soap with fingers (NEVER use a cloth) to remove all surface blood. Rinse with cold water, pat dry with clean towel, and air-dry for 15 minutes. Then, gently sparingly apply a thin layer of Cetaphil Unscented Hand Lotion. Repeat 3 times daily for 10 to 14 days.

After 5 to 14 days, the tattoo may start to peel (this is normal – like a sunburn) and scab. DO NOT pick or peel skin away. Let it fall off naturally during washing or application of  Cetaphil Unscented Hand Lotion. Fresh skin will soon replace the dead skin. Colors may fade during the process, but will return when healing is completed.

Cetaphil Unscented Hand Lotion helps keep your tattoos from drying out and the skin soft and moist. Always apply sparingly. Too much prevents the skin/tattoo from breathing, and can cause leaching of the colors.

Exposure to the sun is the major cause of tattoo fading, but after a few months you may sunbathe in moderation. Always use sun block (at lease SPF-30 sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection.


Please follow the below links for Body Piercing aftercare instructions:

-Standard Body Piercing Aftercare

-Oral Body Piercing Aftercare