A Comprehensive Guide to Tattoo Aftercare

Congratulations on your new tattoo! As your tattoo artist, it’s my responsibility to provide you with a comprehensive guide to taking care of your masterpiece in the coming weeks. Proper aftercare is essential for maintaining the quality and longevity of your tattoo, so be sure to follow these instructions closely.

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Why is Aftercare Important?

Tattoo aftercare ensures that your tattoo remains vibrant and beautiful and prevents any infection or complications from arising. Proper care will ensure a faster healing process and maintain the integrity of the design.

When to Begin Caring
for Your Tattoo

You should start caring for your tattoo as soon as the process is complete. Your journey to full recovery and maintaining your beautiful new ink begins immediately!

Step-by-Step Guide
to Tattoo Aftercare

First 24 Hours:

  • Gently remove the protective bandage after 2 to 3 hours post-tattoo. Leaving the bandage on for longer may cause bacteria build-up.

Cleaning the Tattoo:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap before touching your tattoo to prevent the risk of infection.
  • Rinse the tattoo gently with lukewarm water and a mild, fragrance-free, anti-bacterial soap. Use a gentle circular motion with your fingertips.
  • Pat the area dry with a fresh, clean towel. Do not rub or use a towel that may leave lint on the tattoo.
  • Starting the second day, repeat this cleaning process 2-3 times daily until fully healed.

Applying Aftercare:

  • After cleaning, allow the tattoo to dry for 3 to 4 hours before applying any aftercare salve or lotion
  • When applying the aftercare, use a minimal amount. The tattoo shouldn’t look greasy or slimy after applying the product.
  • The tattoo will for a scab, and that is normal. Don’t pick or scratch at the tattoo, adn don’t soak it.

Recommended Products:

  • Griffin Salve, AfterInked, or any plain white hand lotion like Libriderm or Jergens

Avoid Damaging Activities:

  • Swimming and soaking: Do not submerge your tattoo in water for extended periods in the first two weeks. Showers are fine, but avoid swimming and baths until the tattoo is completely healed.
  • Sun exposure: Avoid direct sun exposure on your tattoo for at least 3 to 4 weeks. Once healed, always use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your tattoo from fading.
  • Picking and scratching: Picking or scratching at scabs and itches can damage the tattoo and lead to scarring. Gently pat the area if it itches.
  • Exercise: Avoid heavy exercises or activities that may cause excessive stretching or rubbing of the tattooed area for at least 2 weeks.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Keep your tattoo clean and dry as much as possible during the healing process.
  • Wear loose, breathable clothing to avoid friction on the tattooed area.
  • Ensure your bedding is clean to minimize the risk of bacteria and infection.
  • Staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet can aid the healing process.


Healing times vary between individuals and can typically take 2 to 4 weeks. Please follow these instructions closely to ensure that your tattoo remains vibrant and beautiful for years to come! If you encounter intense pain, excessive swelling, or signs of infection, don’t hesitate to contact your tattoo artist or a healthcare professional.


This information is not a substitute for medical care. If you have concerns about your tattoo, or notice signs of infection or allergic reaction, seek medical advice immediately.