After Care

The aftercare provided on this page will be in accordance to using Saniderm, which you can buy here at the shop, online via our webstore, or their's. It is also available on third party retailers such as Amazon. There are definitely things you should NOT DO with any new tattoo (even with a Saniderm bandage) as a new tattoo is an open wound and they include:

  • Swimming in pools, lakes, hot tubs, or the ocean. 
  • Do not expose the tattoo to direct sunlight  if possible.
  • Do not let people or pets touch, lick, or scratch your new tattoo.
  • Do not scratch or pick at your new tattoo as it may cause any scabs to prematurely come off and take some of your tattoo with it.
  • If you decide to exercise please at least wait a few days and do not let your tattoo come in contact with gym equipment.

Step by Step

Once your tattoo is complete, a Saniderm bandage will be applied to it. Leave this bandage on overnight so you don't ruin your clothing or bedsheets. When you wake up in the morning the Saniderm bandage will be filled with lymph and excess ink that your body couldn't take in. DO NOT BE ALARMED. This is totally normal . Hop in the shower and get the bandage wet with warm/hot water. This will loosen the adhesion and make it much easier to take off. Grab a top corner of the bandage and pull slowly (do not bandaid rip it off) until the bandage is removed. Clean the tattoo with antibacterial soap (Dial, Softsoap, or generic brand will work as long as it doesn't have a heavy fragrance so for example no "Bahama apple splash" ) and hot water in the shower. Be mindful not to get any shampoo or other products on your now clean tattoo while in the shower. Once out of the shower dry the tattoo with a clean towel . Now you will apply a follow up piece of Saniderm and leave this bandage on for 4 or 5 days. Go about your life with this bandage on. You can shower as normal as this bandage will not come off unless physically peeled off. If for some reason you are perspiring a lot from either weather or physical activity please take off the bandage like before, clean the tattoo and apply another one. Sweat bacteria is not a good thing to trap in your bandage with your fresh tattoo. After 4 or 5 days remove your bandage as before in the shower and clean it. Your tattoo should be almost completely healed. However since this skin is new it may be a little dry and itchy. Just use an unscented lotion to keep the new tattoo hydrated and after another week or so your tattoo will be completely settled into your skin.  It is recommended if you want to keep your tattoos bright throughout your life that you apply sunscreen of at least 15 SPF when in direct sunlight for long periods of time. This will prevent "fading" and promotes good skin care. If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to reach out to your artist via phone or email, please consult us first and listen to the advise we give you.