Tattoo Aftercare

All artists will have a slightly different recommendation for aftercare. Generally speaking, if you have been tattooed before, you should do what works best for your healing. You know your body best. There is no one right way; there are some ways better than others, which entirely depends on the kind of tattoo you got and your skin type. If you don’t know what works, or want to try something different, it may be best to simply follow what your artist recommends.


  • Use an unscented soap to clean your tattoo. Please only wash your tattoo with clean hands, wash your hands with soap before you wash your tattoo.

  • Avoid heavy sweating in or around the area of your tattoo for at least two weeks after your appointment.

  • Do not soak your tattoo in any waters (lakes, ocean, pool, bathtub, etc) for at least 3 weeks after your appointment.

  • Use SPF sunscreen every and any time your tattoo is in the sun.

  • Wear clean, comfortable clothes that won’t rub on your tattoo! Change your sheets, and don’t let pets near your tattoo.

  • Never drown your tattoo in too much ointment, salve or lotion. It needs to breath! Aquaphor is our go to!


  • Your tattoo and the surrounding area may be swollen and red for up to a week.

  • Ink may come to the surface, this is normal, wash this away and reapply ointment.

  • Do not let your tattoo stick to sheets or clothing.

  • Your tattoo may form a thin scab, this is normal, never pick at your tattoo!

  • Shading may fade, and colors may dull a bit as they heal, the tattoo will heal fully after about a month.


  • If Saniderm falls off during healing, gently remove the bandage and wash with clean hands and liquid (non scented) soap.

  • To remove Saniderm run lukewarm water over it as you peel it back.

  • DO not soak your tattoo in any waters (lakes, ocean, pool, bathtub, etc) for at lease one month after your appointment.

  • Once removed, lather soap and gently wash your tattoo clean, thoroughly removing any blood, ink and plasma that is left behind, and fully rinsing the soap away.

  • Once clean, air dry for a couple of minutes or gently tap your tattoo clean with a paper towel.

Tattoo FAQ

What is a tattoo?

A tattoo is a permanent marking made on the skin using ink and a needle.

How is a tattoo created?

A tattoo is created by a tattoo artist using a machine with a needle to inject ink into the skin. The needle punctures the skin and deposits ink into the dermis, which is the second layer of skin. The artist may use different needles, inks, and techniques to create different effects and styles. It's important to choose a reputable and experienced artist who follows proper hygiene and safety procedures to minimize the risk of infection and other complications.

Does getting a tattoo hurt?

Yes, getting a tattoo can be painful. The level of pain varies depending on the person's pain tolerance, the location of the tattoo, and the size and complexity of the design.

How long does a tattoo take to heal?

A tattoo can take up to several weeks to fully heal. During this time, you should keep the area clean and dry, avoid exposing it to sunlight or water, and follow any aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist. Your artist may recommend using a specific ointment or moisturizer to help with healing and to prevent infection.

How old do I need to be to get a tattoo?

The age requirement for getting a tattoo varies by state and country, but in most places, you must be at least 18 years old. Some places may allow minors to get a tattoo with parental consent.

Can I go swimming with a new tattoo?

It is not recommended to go swimming with a new tattoo until it is fully healed. Submerging the tattoo in water can increase the risk of infection and damage to the tattoo.

What should I do if I'm not happy with my tattoo?

If you are not happy with your tattoo, talk to your artist to see if they can make any modifications or adjustments. In some cases, a tattoo may be able to be covered up or removed. It's important to consider all options before getting a tattoo to avoid potential regrets.

How do I care for my new tattoo?

Follow the aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist, which may include keeping the tattoo clean and dry, avoiding sun exposure and swimming, and applying ointment or moisturizer as directed.

Tattoo Pricing

We have a shop minimum of $200

Costs will vary depending on artist, size, detail, body part, and time.

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