• Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo

  • Do not re-bandage. Your tattoo needs to breathe.

  • Be gentle; do not use a washcloth to wash your tattoo. Only use your hands.

  • Gently pat your tattoo dry. Do not rub.

  • The first 3-4 days: Rub a small amount of ointment on your tattoo. Use Aquaphor or A&D. Always use clean hands and do not place your fingers back into the ointment after touching your tattoo. Make sure to rub the ointment in so that it is not shiny or greasy– you want the thinnest amount possible—Pat off any excess ointment with a clean paper towel. Re-apply ointment 3-5 times daily, as needed.

  • Do not use Vaseline or Neosporin.

  • Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first two weeks– nothing abrasive or irritating. For a foot tattoo: go barefoot as much as possible. If you must wear shoes, first wrap your clean tattoo in saran wrap, then cover with a clean cotton sock before putting on your shoe. Avoid sandals or flip-flops for this period to prevent chafing and damage to the tattoo.

  • On the 3rd or 4th day, your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin. You can start using a mild lotion if the greasiness of the ointment bothers you. 

  • Use lotion for a minimum of two weeks, 1-2 times daily.


  • Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub, or irritate your tattoo.

  • You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for two weeks—no swimming, soaking in a hot tub, or bath.

  • Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that rub against your tattoo.

  • Do not let anyone touch your tattoo unless they wash their hands.

  • Beware of gym equipment; wash it thoroughly before using it.


  • Ice your tattoo to reduce swelling.

  • Elevate your tattoo, to reduce swelling.

  • Take short showers.


If you have any other questions, email me.