CARE OF TATTOOS

Tattoos by Vern Rowe, the Mad Tatter

 

 

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR NEW TATTOO

Your health, safety and satisfaction is my #1 concern

 

The first day of a New Tattoo

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Leave the bandage on for 2 - 4 hours.  (It is okay to leave bandage on longer  - 8 hours is fine) DO NOT RE-BANDAGE!

 

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Remove bandage and wash area with soap and water (either blot tattoo dry with a clean towel or let it air dry).

 

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Apply a small amount of ointment (A & D, Bacitracin, Triple Antibiotic or Neosporin), with clean hands.  DO NOT USE VASELINE!  Any ointment that contains petroleum such as Vaseline (petroleum jelly) can cause rashes,  failure to heal and doesn't let your skin breath.  For the following days, apply ointment 2x per day.

 

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Let the air get to the tattoo as much as possible.  If it is necessary to cover with clothing, do not wear any synthetic clothing (nylon, polyester,  etc.), wear and or cover the tattoo with only natural fibers such as cotton.

 

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Important:  To avoid infection, you should only wear and or use freshly laundered clothes, sheets, pajamas, and towels until the initial healing is complete.  Change your towel daily for at least the first two weeks. 

 

The Day(s) after receiving your tattoos

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Wash your hands before touching your tattoo or applying ointments. 

 

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Use ointment for 2-3 days, twice a day.   When applying it, use a very small amount (if it is glossy, wipe excess off with a tissue to allow the new skin to breath).

 

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On the third day, start to use a moisturizer or lotion (Lubriderm or  Curel is what I use).  Use moisturizer without alcohol which may cause your skin to itch. 

 

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When the tattoo begins to itch, DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK AT TATTOO!. This could cause infection & or cause permanent damage to your tattoo.

 

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It takes usually 3-4 weeks for your tattoo to completely heal.  Follow the below guidelines to insure proper healing. 

 

Things to avoid with your new tattoo

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Avoid direct sunlight, tanning, swimming, spas & soaking for approximately 2 weeks or until tattoo is healed.  Please do the rest of us a favor and shower!  Your tattoo is a like newborn baby - treat it with respect and it will look great for a lifetime!  If you expose it to SUN, CHLORINE and LONG SOAKS, it will fade almost immediately!

 

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Keep your tattoo as clean as possible to avoid infection. Remember to always wash your hands before applying ointments.

 

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REMEMBER do not scratch or pick at your tattoo - you can cause scarring and loss of pigment!


 

Congratulations on your new tattoo! Enjoy and if you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me.