It is very important that you take good care of your new tattoo!  Your artist is not responsible for any infection or problems resulting from poor aftercare.  Your beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if you do not follow these guidelines.

Keep it covered
Keep your new tattoo covered to protect it from air-born bacteria. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection.  Leave the bandage on for a minimum of one hour.

Washing Your Tattoo
Use lukewarm water, and gentle soap (such as Cetaphil) to gently wash the area. Do NOT use a washcloth, just your hand. If your tattoo feels slimy, this is plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible, as when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it will create scabs.
Gently pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a clean paper towel.  DO NOT use cloth towels as they hold bacteria.  Follow with a light application of Aquaphor or Cetaphil lotion. Use these products for a minimum of two weeks. **Do NOT use Neosporin**

Bathing and Swimming 
You can shower with a new tattoo.  It’s ok to get your tattoo wet, just don’t soak it. Submerging your tattoo in a bath, hot tub, or pool can cause serious damage, so avoid those for 2-3 weeks.  Showering is fine, as long as you don’t saturate your tattoo.  Swimming should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.

Scabbing and Peeling 
After a few days, you may notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing – this is normal, no need to panic.  Do not apply ointment or lotion to scabs.  You will also start to itch when it begins to heal. DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH YOUR TATTOO!  If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. If it is scabbing, leave it alone.

Sun Protection
After your tattoo is healed, always protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage your tattoo.  Use a minimum of 30-SPF sunblock.

TLDR:

  • Remove the bandage after 2 to 3 hours.
  • Wash the tattoo area with lukewarm water and Glycerin soap.
  • Pat dry with a clean paper towel.
  • Apply a thin layer of Cetaphil lotion.
  • Don’t scratch, peel or pick at your tattoo.
  • Avoid hot tubs, swimming pools and the beach during the healing process (approximately 2 weeks)
  • Always apply a high SPF sunscreen on the tattoo before exposure to the sun

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@maydaytattooco.com