• Don’t try to draw attention to your tattoo by leaving it on for more than two hours. Take it off because it’s a breeding ground for germs.

  • After washing your hands use un-scented antibacterial soap, lather the tattoo, and gently wash with warm water until the tattoo is completely clean. Repeat process for several days.

  • Do not apply washcloths – NO SCRUBBING. Simply let the tattoo air dry or gently pat dry.

  • For the first few days, use a product like A&D Ointment.  The proper amount that should be applied is relative to the size of your tattoo but should not leave more than a thin layer on top of the tattoo, overusing the ointment can delay healing.

  • Treat your tattoo as if it were a gash sewn up with stitches that takes six days or longer to heal. Proper hygiene should be practiced – DUH. Also, wearing clean, loose-fitting clothing will protect your new tattoo for the first few weeks or so.

  • For the first 30-days, try and avoid direct sunlight as it can cause the tattoo to become discolored. Seriously, like become a bit of a hermit.

  • No soaking the tattoo anywhere. No baths. No pools. No hot tubs. No skinny dipping. For at least 30-days. Showers are ok, since people tend to stink when they don’t shower.

  • During the healing process, your skin may form patches of hard textured dry skin or flaking. Sometimes, these flakes will have color. DO NOT PICK THEM. Simply let them fall of on their own. It will be hard, resist the urge.

  • For the first 6-months, after the tattoo is healed, you will need to apply the yellow bottle of Vaseline Intensive Care lotion. You should apply it twice daily to the tattoo. Don’t get ashy.

  • Going out in the sun means your tattoo turns that part of your body into a ginger. Treat it like one. SPF 50+, lathered in a thick layer on top of the tattoo. Otherwise, fade, burn and irritation shall follow.