SD Tattoo knows 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 artists for proper aftercare. If you follow the simple directions below your tattoo should heal quickly. Our tattoo artists and/or body piercer is happy to assist with any any questions you have, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Remove the bandage after an hour.
  • Keep your new tattoo clean, allow it to breathe, and keep the skin moist while it is healing.
  • Wash the tattoo, twice a day (morning and night), using an anti bacterial soap or just plain warm water; Dab or blot dry.
  • Apply thin layer of anti-bacterial ointment, with clean hands, several times throughout the day for 3 days only. Any of the following will work: Bacitraycin, A&D Ointment, Tattoo Goo, and Tattoo Lube
  • After the initial 3 days use an unscented and fragrance free lotion a few times a day until completely healed: Lubriderm and Eucerin are recommended.
  • Do not swim, soak in a hot tub, or take a bath for two weeks after getting your tattoo. Also avoid tanning.
  • Do not scratch your tattoo; It will itch during the healing process. This process can last up to two weeks.

What to Expect After Your Tattoo

A tattoo causes trauma to your body. Depending on the placement, the size, and each individuals personal hygiene and daily activities, healing is different for everyone. Because a tattoo is an open wound they are susceptible to infections, it is important to follow the aftercare instructions listed above to lower your risk of problems during the healing process.

You should expect your new tattoo to be red, irritated, swollen, and possibly bruised. These are normal reactions to the tattoo area. Normally you can expect 1 to 3 days for red or irritated skin to subside. If swelling and/or bruising occur you can expect this to last for up to a week, especially if you were tattooed in a sensitive area such as the feet.

Scabbing is a result from the body’s healing process. For some, your tattoo may have some scabbing. If you experience any scabbing, it is imperative that you do not pick at it. Let the scab fall off naturally. You will also want to make sure that you keep the area clean as well as moisturized, but do not over moisturize, follow the instructions listed above.

During the final stages of the healing process, typically 3 to 10 days you can expect your tattoo to start to flake and peel. It is very important that you do not pick or scratch at the area, this could remove ink from the tattoo and damage it. A light slap, preferable while the skin is covered, will give you relief when itching occurs.

If during the healing process you experience bubbles forming on the surface, not as common but can occur, stop applying any ointments, the moisture can get trapped and lead to possible scabbing, you want your tattoo to dry out. Make sure should wash the tattoo, pat dry it, and let it dry and peel on its own. Any scabs should fall off on their own, and if no trauma occurred such as scratching, ink should remain.

At SD Tattoo, we stand by our work. If any necessary touch up is needed on the work completed, our artists will complete at no additional charge, as long as you return with in the first 60 days. If you are not in the area during this time frame, please contact us to explain your circumstance and we would be happy to extend that time period.