Tattoo aftercare

Every tattoo practitioner has their own advice so predominantly listen to your artist.
These are basic guidelines….

Your artist will have wrapped your tattoo in cling film with some Vaseline to stop the bleeding.

After 2-3 hours, take the cling film off and give it a rinse with warm, soapy water. Only use soaps that are for sensitive skin and with the least amount of fragrance possible. Always let the tattoo air dry.

You may see some plasma or excess ink coming from your tattoo on the first night, that’s absolutely normal but if it’s a lot, wrap it in cling film again just for the first night.

Try to wear clothes that won’t be tight or cling to the tattoo for the first 5-7 days. When your tattoo has stopped bleeding and giving off plasma and seems to be dry (usually 24-36 hours after your tattoo is finished), start to apply cream at intervals to give the tattoo some moisture. Cream doesn’t heal your tattoo nor fight infection, it only gives it elasticity when it’s getting too dry. We recommend Hustle Butter or Palmer’s Cocoa Butter.

All tattoos have different healing times. Between 4-8 weeks is usually an estimate.

It is important to remember:

  • Keep your tattoo away from pets or places pets have been such as pillows and bedsheets
  • Keep your tattoo clean and wash it twice a day with soapy water, if possible, until the tattoo has healed
  • Avoid direct sunlight and using sunbeds
  • Don’t submerge your tattoo until it’s completely healed, this include swimming pools, baths and sauna’s
  • Don’t use any other creams – definitely no Savlon or Sudocrem, creams that are antiseptic will fight the ink and ruin your tattoo. To provent infection, keep the tattoo clean by using soapy water twice a day, keep away from dirty areas and wear loose clean clothing over your tattoo when outside or around pets

If you have any other questions, please give us a call on 0161 222 8433 and we can advise you on your aftercare.

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