Please remember to always SPF your tattoos when in the sun, a 50 plus would be ideal. People with olive or yellow tones to their skin should be advised that any ink that is white or pastels (yellows etc) the ink if exposed to sun can turn a yellowish brown color and can not be altered so you must SPF or avoid the sun completely in those areas, as well tattoos will fade and age quicker then normal. Avoid pools, lakes etc until the peel stage is complete.
Leave Bandage on for at least 2 - 4 hours but no more then a full day, remove bandage and soak tattoo in hot water (DO NOT SOAK IT IN A KITCHEN OR BATHROOM SINK EVER! they are full of bacteria like staph) soak tattoo until it does not hurt then remove from water and wipe the gooey slime off with a clean towel gently, repeat this step three times or until tattoo is no longer gooey. Let air dry then rewrap in a plastic wrap for another four hours or until the next day and repeat the cleaning process in shower or bath.
let it air dry but DO NOT apply cream.
Apply the cream when it starts to become tight and flakey, if you notice that your tattoo is extremely tight and is pulling at the edges so it looks like its caving in please call us immediately as your skin is to dry and can wreck your tattoo.
Cleaning your tattoo after the initial cleaning process should occur daily and if you use soap please use the most mildest soap possible as it can be to drying to the area. Each time you clean it, make sure you use your fingers in a gentle motion to lightly massage the tattoo to rid it of dead skin build up, which will occur for the 6 week cycle of tattoo healing.
Only use the cream we provide when the tattoo is dry and tight, do not overuse
With this method you should not have any scabbing on the tattoo only light little flakes when healing, if you do have any scabbing please ensure you come in and let us look as they can lead to infection if not watched closely
Do not pick, scratch, itch etc your tattoo - we will be able to tell
If you have a leg or foot tattoo make sure you stay off your leg or foot for three days, only mild walking and standing, if you foot starts to swell or have any type of swelling elevate the leg until it subsides. Do not ice the area as it can make it worse, take medication for swelling and try to avoid this all together as it can wreck your tattoo.
Ensure you come in for a check up and no appt is needed, just stop by and we honour free touchups provided you come in or contact us within 3 months of your initial tattoo.
Touchups must be preformed by the artist that did the initial tattoo unless it is a guest artist, then we will book you in with one of our Regular Artists. Changes to the tattoo itself (add ons etc) will be subjected to our regular charge.