After care instructions will be discussed during the tattoo appointment. The instructions may be altered slightly for individual pieces but here’s the general guide. Please email me if you have any questions.

The day of your appointment:

  • The fresh tattoo will be wrapped in plastic before you leave the shop. Keep plastic wrap on skin until you are home. Take the wrap off and wash your tattoo immediately over the sink or in the shower with warm water, your hands, and non-scented soap. Gently pat tattoo dry with clean paper towel, and let air dry out for a few minutes. Do not re-wrap or bandage tattoo. Apply a very thin layer of Vitalitree Tattoo salve (can be purchased at the shop during your appointment) -or- your choice of light, non-scented lotion. If the tattoo looks greasy or shiny after applying salve or lotion, you’ve put too much on. Dab excess lotion/salve off with damp paper towel. Make sure your bed sheets are fresh, and wear loose fitting cotton clothing that will keep your new tattoo covered when you go to bed.

Day 2 and on:

  • Wash your tattoo 2-4 times per day with non-scented soap and your hands. Pat tattoo dry with clean paper towel and let air dry out for a few minutes. If you are using Vitalitree Tattoo Salve, only use on tattoo for the first 2-3 days, then switch to a light, non-scented lotion. Repeat daily until the tattoo starts to peel like a sunburn. Once the skin is peeling, washing your tattoo once a day should be enough. Do not scratch the tattoo or pick at the lose skin. Stay out of the sun as much as possible, and keep the tattoo covered with loose fitting cotton clothing. Do not wear anything with abrasive or constricting fabric. No submerging the tattoo in any standing water (swimming pools, bathtubs, lake, ocean, river, etc) for at least 2 weeks. Stay away from dirty places and activities such as gyms, yoga studios, gardening, hiking/outdoor activities, etc.

After 2 weeks:

  • The top layer of the skin over the tattoo should be healed and you can go back to your regular routine. There are certain areas that might require extra healing time, and if that’s the case, continue after care routine until the tattoo is fully healed. Once the tattoo is healed, there might still be some itching. Do not scratch at your tattoo, you can still damage the skin. If you need to be outside for extended amount of time once the tattoo is healed, please cover up tattoo with clothing if possible, or wear sunscreen that is at least SPF 50. Water activities are also now permitted again.

If you follow above instructions, your tattoo should heal up great. If you find a scab on your tattoo, do not pick at the scab and continue to gently wash the area but do not apply lotion over it. Once the scab naturally fall off, the ink under should still be there. If you think you need a touch up, please email me with a photo of the area in question and I will take care of the first touch up for free within 6 months of your initial tattoo appointment. Again, please do not hesitate to email me with any questions.