When caring for your tattoo, you need to carefully listen to your artist's instructions. We can proudly state that we have done extensive research on how to care for your tattoo. We will treat your tattoo as it should be treated, a 3rd degree skin abrasion.
Once your appointment is done, your artist will wipe your tattoo down with a great antimicrobial skin cleanser and will inform you on proper aftercare practices. If you don't have allergies, your artist will then place Tegaderm (also known as "Second Skin") on your tattoo which will increase the healing time exceedingly by allowing the skin to breathe, while also keeping out dirt and debris. Your Tegaderm will be left on for 3-4 days or as long as you can keep it on.
You can live life fairly normally with Tegaderm as it is waterproof (stays on in the bath or shower) and seals out water, dirt, and germs to help prevent infection.
When you remove your Tegaderm, run under warm water, lather gently with a non-scented, mild soap to remove blood and pat dry with a clean towel or paper towel. Gently rub a light amount of antibiotic ointment into the tattoo. DO NOT re-wrap your tattoo.
For the following 2 week, you'll need to avoid baths, hot tubs, swimming pools, sun tanning, and fake & baking. If you must bathe, DO NOT submerge the tattoo for extended periods of time, as this will drown your tattoo and your body will reject the damaged skin.
Always put ointment on sparingly! It is possible to over care for your tattoo, too much ointment or over washing can smother/ drown your tattoo, causing the ink of the tattoo to fall out. Remember less is more, a light application of the ointment a few times a day will be all that is needed.
We have had the best results using Bacitracin products and related products, such as Ozonol Plus, or Life Brand Antibiotic Ointment, for aftercare.
Never use Vaseline, as this clogs the pores and prolongs the healing process. Your new tattoo needs to breathe in order to heal quickly. Triple Action or Fast Healing Polysporin promotes healing too fast, causing your body to reject the tattoo.
Tegaderm/Trans Tatu Derm/Second Skin
Tegaderm is a transparent medical dressing manufactured by 3M. Tegaderm transparent dressings can be used to cover and protect wounds and catheter sites. Advantages of Tegaderm include its breathability and conformation to the skin.
*Note* Occasionally the second skin may fill with moisture, poke a small hole at the bottom and tape a clean absorbent paper towel, dry- lock pad, ect. to allow fluid to drain. If you are able to, please come in for a rewrap the day after your tattoo appointment.
Dry- Lock Pads- Are to be left on for a minimum of 4 hours and proceed with normal after care.