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1. Wash your hands before you touch your tattoo
2. When you get home remove any bandaging and leave uncovered
3. Wash your tattoo with Anti-Bacterial soap. Be gentle and do not use a washcloth, only use your hands/fingers and gently wash away anything on the surface, but be careful that you do not exfoliate the tattoo.
4. Gently pat dry the tattoo with a clean cloth or paper towel, but do not rub or wipe. Also ensure that the cloth/towel is not rough.
5. For the first 24-48 hours use a very small amount of A&D or Tattoo ointment. Always wash your hands before you apply and remember to wash your tattoo before you apply. This will keep pores clean and free of excess ointment. If you have any excess please pat off of the tattoo, too much ointment will cause pores to clog, especially in the warmer months.
6. Within the first 24-48 hours switch from ointment/A&D to a lotion based solution. We recommend tattoo lotion or Aquaphor. Apply frequently as you do not want the tattoo to dry out. Also be sure not to over-lotion and rub in any excess.
7. Your tattoo is going to peel, do not freak out. It is going to look bad, it is OK, that is a part of the healing process. keep applying the lotion of a minimum of 2 weeks, this should get it out of the shiny/peeling stage and into the healingĀ stage.

Bad Ideas:

1. Pick, slap, scratch, rub your skin when your tattoo is healing.
2. Soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. Pools and hot tubs are off limits.
3. Tanning beds and direct sunlight are not a good idea for at least 2-3 weeks.
4. Wear anything that touches the healing tattoo, tight clothes, jewelry etc.
5. No one should touch your tattoo, except you, and only after you wash your hands.
6. Be careful at the gym as people are dirty and sweaty and will get your tattoo dirty for sure.