Every artist has his/her own way they like for you to care for your new tattoo.

Please listen to your artist.

Here are some general tips to help you.

* Keep the bandage on for a minimum of 4-6 hours.

* Once you remove the bandage NEVER recover your tattoo!

* Wash your hands and then your tattoo with liquid anti-bacterial

soap and warm water. Gently remove any excess ointment and dried blood with your

fingers - firmly. Do NOT use a washcloth!

* Blot and pat your tattoo dry with a clean soft paper towel. DO NOT WIPE!

* Allow tattoo to air dry for 20-30 minutes before applying ointment.

* Apply a THIN layer of Aquaphor over the entire tattoo.

* Once ointment is applied, pat off excess ointment with a clean dry paper towel.

* Repeat this process twice daily for 3-5 days.

* Once the tattoo peals like a sunburn, you may switch to a fragrance-free lotion

(Lubriderm, Cerave, or Aveeno).

*ALWAYS use clean bedding and bath towels throughout the healing period.

* It is normal for your tattoo to continue bleeding out for a day or two.

* If you stick to your sheets or clothing, wet them with water before

moving so that they do not pull color when you peel off.

* If you suspect excessive bleeding, infection, or an allergic reaction, consult your doctor.

* Keep your tattoo clean and dry until healed.

* Keep pets away from your tattoo until healed.

*If you have any other concerns, contact CDPHE at 303-692-3645


* Re-bandage your tattoo once the initial bandage is removed.

* Pick or scratch at a new tattoo. If you must relieve itching, simply

“slap” the area that itches, repeatedly.

* Expose new tattoo to direct sun or tanning beds.

* Put sunscreen on a healing tattoo.

* Soak or submerge your new tattoo in ANY TYPE of water for 2-3 weeks

* Apply ointments such as Bacitracin, Neosporin, Vaseline, or

any other ointment containing antibiotics.

A tattoo normally takes 7-10 days to heal. 

There are no “idiot proof” instructions for the care and healing of a tattoo, 

but we think if you read - and FOLLOW - our suggestions below, you’ll have an excellent chance

of making sure that your new tattoo heals perfectly!