TATTOOING aftercare

Have a Question About TATTOOING?  
Please call the studio!  Better to ask then to guess.

Our aftercare instructions have been doctor approved and approved by the Macomb County Health Department.

Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

As a valued client of our studio we would like you to be fully informed of the importance of proper aftercare for your new tattoo. You will play a major role in how well your tattoo will look today, tomorrow, and for years to come. 

Proper care and attention needs to be followed to insure proper and timely healing. When your tattoo procedure was done, it was done in a hospital like environment; using autoclave sterilized equipment, and sterilized one-time use needles. Even the chair you sit in is disinfected with hospital grade disinfectant before and after each client.

Generally infection and prolonged irritation occurs due to a lack of care and cleanliness on the customer's behalf.


During the next 7 days it is important to follow proper care instructions, and use common sense about the environment you expose your new body art too. 

If you donate blood you may resume doing so one month after the procedure is complete (for more information contact the American Red Cross). 

How to spot trouble with your tattoo (and what to do about it):

Severe skin infections are relatively uncommon after getting a tattoo. More commonly tattoo infections or skin irritations are caused by not diligently following aftercare instructions to keep the fresh wound clean and moisturized during the healing process. 

If you notice…

Discharge that becomes noticeably thicker and is yellow or green in color.
This is a possible sign of infection and should be checked by a doctor if it lasts longer than 24 hours.

Inflammation that lasts longer than 5 days, with redness and irritation.
See our studio or doctor.

Red streaks from the piercing site and a fever, along with body aches.
See your doctor within 24 hours

Hives, redness, itching and irritation around the piercing, which may signal an allergic reaction to the piercing jewelry.
See studio: We will try replacing it with an alternative metal, such as titanium.
Note: Gold and silver jewelry may cause an additional reaction. Surgical Stainless jewelry has a very low rejection rate (Less than 1%)

 If you experience: Difficulty breathing, wheezing, or a feeling that your mouth or throat is swelling closed
(this is extremely rare) Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately!

Aftercare Instructions: Ointment Based

Supplies You Will Need:

Ointment or Lotion: Tat2Stick, Aquaphor Lotion, or Eucerin Lotion, and Antibacterial Soap. 

We sell Tat2Stick all natural aftercare for $5.00 (Tat2Stick is beeswax and coconut oil based, to help promote healing without harsh chemicals or petroleum.) Aquaphor & Eucerin can be purchased at any drug store or supermarket in many different sizes; the generic brands work just as well too. 


The following care instructions below apply to tattoos on all areas of the body:

  • Leave your bandage on for 30 minutes to one hour at the longest. 
  • Carefully remove the bandage, wash the tattoo using warm water and antibacterial hand soap.   Always wash your hands first prior to cleaning.)
  • Rinse with cool water, dab dry with paper towel. (Do not use rags or towels)
  • Apply a thin coating of your chosen aftercare product. Do NOT use antibiotic or steroid cream of any kind! 

If you are using tat2 stick, a light tracing over your tattoo after cleaning is fine, if you are using a lotion apply a thin and even coating

  • Do not cover or bandage your new tattoo unless you are going to be exposed to UV light (working outside or tanning) or working in a dirty environment. 
  • Repeat the cleaning process between 4 and 6 times each day. Some people will need to do this more often. 

Between cleanings always check frequently to see if your tattoo is dry, if so it is time to repeat the cleaning process. 

You may experience what seems to be a secretion or ink “coming out” of the skin. This is normal and means it is time to repeat the cleaning process. 

  • From day 5 through the rest of the first and second week after your tattoo, you should keep your tattoo moist by applying a light coating of an unscented hand lotion. No need to wash each time, just wash normally in the shower. Do not pick, scratch, itch, or peal your new tattoo. Skin pealing (like from a sunburn) is a completely normal part of the healing process.
  • The key to success with tattoo aftercare is simply keeping it clean and moist. A dried out tattoo may scab and scar and create a loss of color.


 When Can I Swim?  What Should I Avoid?

  • DO NOT immerse in water until fully healed (Pool, Lake, Ocean, Jacuzzi, or Bath) [Yes, A shower is OK]
  • Typical Base Heal Time for Most Tattoos is 3-6 weeks. Although healing times are estimated, and vary from person to person. Do NOT use anti-biotic ointments, pain relieving creams, rubbing alcohol, cortisone/steroid cream or hydrogen peroxide. Using these products will ruin the healing process and that quality of the tattoo!
  • It is important to avoid tanning or direct sunlight on your fresh tattoo for at least 45 days. When tanning in the future it is important to apply high SPF sunscreen or cover the tattoo. 
  • Exposure to UV light will gradually fade your tattoo, this effect is most apparent during the first few months.