Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What should I expect?
Tattoos begin with a consultation.
How do I prepare for the tattoo session?
- Be well rested.
- Eat a good meal.
- Make sure you're very well hydrated
- Shave any hairy area that will be tattooed. The area shaved should be a few inches larger then the tattoo. Make sure not to nick yourself.
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Make sure area to be tattooed is easily accessible.
- No alcoholic drinks before a session.
- You can bring ear pods to listen to music on your phone.
- Come in a relaxed state of mind.
How do I take care of my tattoo?
Step 1: 24 hours after the tattoo work is done, carefully remove the film dressing. The easiest way I have found is to peel back an upper corner, then get under a very gentle warm shower to peel off the film.
Step 2: Wash tattoo with tepid-to-warm water and a very, very, mild soap, (Ivory, Dove Sensitive Skin, Dr. Bonner's).
Step 3: Blot dry with a clean white paper towel.
Step 4: Let air dry for 5 minutes, maintaining cleanliness.
Step 5: Apply second film dressing, which stays on for up to a week.
Step 6: Remove film.
Step 7: Wash tattoo with tepid-to-warm water and a very, very, mild soap. Blot dry with a clean paper towel. Then let it air dry for a minute or two.
Step 8: Apply a thin coat of good quality, fragrance-free lotion (Curel, Lubriderm, Eucerin, Cetaphil), four or five times a day. If it feels dry, you can apply more often, just not thick layers. The tattoo needs to breathe.
Repeat Step 7 & 8 for a couple of weeks.
DOS and DON'TS for the first 3 and 1/2 weeks....
DO keep showers relatively short, using tepid-to-warm water and mild soap.
DO wear soft, breathable clothing, while tattoo is healing.
DO keep out of direct sunlight.
DON'T use clothes that rub or chaff tattoo.
DON'T pick, scratch, or peel healing tattoo.
DON'T let pressurized water hit tattoo.
DON'T let shampoo or scented soaps run over tattoo.
DON'T place tattoo under water (hot tub, sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool, etc.).
Long Term Tattoo Maintenance...
Use a good sunblock to keep tattoo looking it's best.