Your artist has wrapped your new tattoo, this is to stop infection, your artist will instruct you on
exactly how long to keep this covering on, but the rule of thumb is 2 – 4 hours. The bandage will
collect a lot of ink and blood, so be careful of your clothing when you remove the covering.

Once you have removed the bandage have a shower and gently wash the tattoo, removing the
Vaseline and excess ink with warm water and a mild anti-bacterial soap (we recommend Carex).

Apply a moisturising cream, we recommend Hustle Butter. Good alternatives are Dream Cream
from Lush and Bepanthem which is a nappy rash cream that works well on tattoos and is
available in most supermarkets and pharmacies.

Eat some comfort food and get an early night!

What Next?

Take care of your tattoo, be sensible! For the next three weeks make sure you;

Wash the area and apply moisturising cream twice a day, don’t over wash, it’s not necessary.

Have showers, not baths, and avoid swimming or soaking your ink.
Avoid tight clothing.

Expect skin to be itchy and a little flaky whilst the work heals, do not pick the scabs! You can slap
the area to relieve itching, or just resist it altogether.

Do not shave the tattooed area, treat it carefully, as you would a burn or scrape that is healing.

Itchiness should only last for the first few weeks or so – if your tattoo stays raised, itches
uncontrollably, is red around the design, is continuously hot to the touch, or you’re just
concerned don’t hesitate to contact us for advice. Infected tattoos are extremely rare but can
happen, and it’s always worth getting it checked out if you’re worried about it.

Keep the artwork away from direct sunlight whilst it heals. When it’s completely healed, if you
do go in the sun make sure your tattoo is covered in a high SPF, or better yet, keep it covered to
avoid fading.


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