Congratulations on your tattoo from Red Rooster Tattoo! Now, let’s take care of it! From this point on, your artist is not responsible for any problems you have may have with your tattoo if you don’t take proper care of it. A beautiful piece of art can turn into a disaster if proper care isn’t taken.

1 Bandage – You may have noticed that your artist covered your beautiful new tattoo with a strange looking bandage. Please leave this on for 1 to 2 hours after you recieve your tattoo. Sure, you want to show off your new tattoo but it’s a fresh open wound which makes it a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Show your friends the picture that was taken or tell them to wait a couple of hours.

2 Washing – Once your remove your strange looking bandage, you will want to wish your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and unscented antibacterial soap such as Dial and lightly wash away any ink, ointment, blood and/or plasma with your hand. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. If your tattoo feels slimy,  it’s probably been oozing plasma which is normal. Keep your tattoo free from plasma because once plasma dries to the skin, it creates scabs.

3 Drying – Pat dry with a clean paper towel. You may use any normal towel as long as it’s clean. However, fresh tattoos sometimes seep ink that can stain towels, plus towels have more lent on them than a disposable paper towel.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times a day for 2 days. Let tattoo air out and keep free from plasma, sweat, and dirt!

5 Lotion – At the end of day 2 or start of day 3, put a thin layer of unscented lotion such as Lubriederm on the tattoo after each washing. You don’t want to use too much, or too little. You want to keep the skin on the new tattoo as close to the same texture as your normal skin as possible. Never EVER use Neosporin.

6Peeling – After several days your tattoo will begin to peel like a sunburn. Don’t scratch, pick, or peel your tattoo! I know it’s hard, but KEEP YOUR DIRTY HANDS OFF! Sometimes thicker scabs will appear, let those scabs dry out and fall off on their own. Don’t lotion or pick them. Your tattoo will also begin to itch like crazy. Don’t itch! Pat! It’s pretty simple, if your tattoo itches, pat it, If it’s peeling, put lotion on it, and if its scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed, don’t screw it up.

7 Bathing, Swimming, Water – Wait roughly a month before submerging your new tattoo in water. Please shower, but avoids bath tubs, hot tubs, swimming pools, lakes, and the beach during that time. It’s ok to get your tattoo wet, just don’t soak it. Submerging a fresh tattoo can cause serious damage including infection.

8Sun – Always apply a high SPF sunscreen on the tattoo before exposure to the sun. Even after it heals, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can fade and damage a beautiful tattoo very quickly. Applying a little sunscreen before going outside can keep your tattoo vibrant for many years and keep your skin young and healthy.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your tattoo, feel free to contact your artist anytime.