Tattoo Aftercare

Aftercare advice will vary from studio to studio, and sometimes even artists in the same studio will have different ideas of what heals best. Listen to the instructions your artist gives you – we will give you a leaflet to take away with you after your appointment.


Leave your tattoo covered for the first hour after leaving the studio. This will prevent the introduction of bacteria from hands, clothing, etc.  This will also stop the transfer of blood onto surfaces that may endanger others. You may re-wrap your tattoo before bed to prevent sticking to your bedding/clothes.

When showering, wash your tattoo gently with warm water and a mild soap to gently wash away all the blood matter and ink residue.

Leaving plastic wrap on for too long isn’t recommended as the tattoo won’t be able to breathe which will disrupt the healing process. This can also encourage sweating in the area which will introduce increased bacteria potentially causing infection.

After showering and lightly washing your tattoo, pat it dry with a clean towel and make sure any clothing close to your tattoo is fresh and clean – cotton is generally best for the initial healing period.

Avoid vigorous activities/exercise as extra friction can cause irritation and/or excessive swelling and bruising. Take it easy and wear loose clothing for a couple of days if possible.

AS your tattoo begins to heal (from the following day) continue to wash and gently pat dry. Follow with a very light layer of tattoo tonic, being careful not to over moisturise (2 – 3 times a day). Avoid any soaking /baths or swimming for the first two weeks of healing. This is to avoid any potential colour loss/ink falling out.

Do not pick, scratch or rub your tattoo. Peeling is a natural part of the healing process. Picking at ink falling off could jeopardise the overall outcome of your tattoo. Disrupting the scab will prolong the healing process and can cause colour loss and/or scarring.


Keep your tattoo covered with clothing and avoid using sunscreen for the first two weeks. The fresh skin under the scab can cause your tattoo to appear slightly lighter at first.

If you encounter any severe swelling, oozing and/or pain seek professional advice. If you have any questions, touch up requests or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.