When getting a new tattoo these are the directions to follow to secure a proper healing and to prevent complications.


Choose your aftercare product

The first step in your aftercare process is to find an aftercare product that suits you.

We recommend you use the Sorry Mom Tattoo Aftercare products during and after the healing process. We recommend that you use either their tattoo balm or their vegan butter.


First 3-5 days

The artist will often apply a film to your new tattoo to keep out dirt and bacteria while the tattoo is fresh. There are two types of film used for this – Cling film and specially developed adhesive films for tattoo/wound healing. 

Adhesive film: We recommend that you keep the film on for 3-4 days. If you bleed much or if there’s a lot of liquid under the film, you should take it off immediately to avoid infection. We recommend you only do this by applying lukewarm water on top of the film, to loosen the adhesive. Don’t just pull it off, as it could hurt your skin. After removing the film continue the process by using a tattoo moisturizer like Sorry Mom Tattoo Balm or Sorry Mom Vegan Butter

Cling film: We recommend that you keep clinging film on your fresh tattoo for the first three hours unless instructed otherwise by your artist. You can reapply the film for the first night, to keep out bacteria. However, it is important not to wrap it too tightly as the tattoo needs to breathe and you don’t want to be sweating on the tattooed area. After removing the film continue the process by using a tattoo moisturizer like Sorry Mom Tattoo Balm or Sorry Mom Vegan Butter

Tattoo moisturizer: Gently wash the tattooed area by dapping it with a wet paper towel or clean towel. Wash your hands and apply a very thin layer of moisturizer to the tattooed area. It is important not to use too much moisturizer as the tattoo needs to breathe. When using the correct amount, the moisturizer should almost not be visible after being smeared out on the area. Repeat this process 2-4 times daily

It is important to keep your tattoo out of the sun, away from pets, and not to submerge it in water as it could critically impact the healing process. 


The next 7-10 days

For the next 7-10 days you should continue the same process of applying moisturizer, but only 1-3 times daily. You should also still keep the tattoo out of the sun and water


A tattoo is fully healed after around 1 month, but especially the first two weeks are important for a good healing.

While your tattoo heals, you should:

– wear sun-protective clothing whenever you go outside
– call your tattoo artist or doctor if you experience any symptoms of

infection or other problems You shouldn’t:

– cover your tattoo with sunblock until it’s fully healed

– scratch or pick at the tattoo

– wear tight clothing over the tattoo

– go into ocean or pools (showers are fine)

In case you have any further questions feel free to text or call us at (323)896-4584, and we’ll be happy to help you.
And besides that, congratulations on your new tattoo, hope to see you soon again!