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 guidelines to help you. 


* A tattoo normally takes 7-14 days to heal. 

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

* Wash your hands & then your tattoo with liquid anti-bacterial soap & warm water. Gently wash off excess ointment & dried blood with your fingers - firmly.

Do NOT use a washcloth!

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

* Allow tattoo to air dry for 20-30 minutes 

* Then apply a THIN layer of Aquaphor over the entire tattoo.

* Pat off excess with a clean dry paper towel.

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

* Once the tattoo begins to peal like a sunburn, switch to a fragrance-free lotion. 

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

* It is normal for your tattoo to continue oozing 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 when you peel them off.

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

* Keep your tattoo clean & dry until healed.

* Keep pets away from your tattoo until healed.

* NEVER re-bandage your tattoo once the initial bandage is removed.

* NEVER pick or scratch at a new tattoo. 

* NEVER expose new tattoo to direct sun or tanning beds.

* NEVER put sunscreen on a healing tattoo.

* NEVER soak or submerge your new tattoo in ANY TYPE of liquid for 2-3 weeks

* NEVER apply ointments such as Bacitracin, Neosporin, Vaseline, or any other ointment containing antibiotics.


“Outside of the normal limits of healing, any concerns about that you body art has resulted in complications, infections or disease should be reported to: 

Denver Department of Environmental Health

Public Health Inspection- Body Art

200 W 14th Ave. Dept 200

Denver, CO 80204



You may also report to your artist any concerns about complications, infections or disease.  The rules and regulations governing body art establishments and 

body artists require that the body artist report those conditions to the Department within 24 hours of discovery.”