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

If you’re not allergic to adhesives, the artist will apply a thin layer of bandage/adhesive second skin over the tattoo. This covering prevents bacteria from getting into your skin. It also protects the tattoo from rubbing onto your clothes and getting irritated.

First 3-5 days

Keep the dressing on for 3-5 days (no longer since the adhesive can be a little tough on the skin). It’s waterproof so you can shower (no baths). In case skin gets very red or swollen, you should take off the bandage. It’s normal to have “water” building up under dressing, and this might seem muddy, but it’s just leftover ink and body fluids.

THE NEXT 7-10 days

Peel off the adhesive skin in shower under running water and wash the tattoo with fragrance-free soap. You can buy products at our studio. Then gently, pat your skin dry with a soft cloth. Apply a small amount of fragrance-free and alcohol-free moisturizer/lotion to the tattoo (possible to buy at studio as well). Depending on how thick the lotion is and how your body is scabing up, apply lotion 1-3 times a day the first 7-10 days after taking off the cover. You can keep the covering off at this point to let your skin breathe.


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!

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