Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo.
Remove the bandage within 1 - 2 hours after getting your tattoo. Do not re-bandage.
Wash your tattoo with an anti-bacterial liquid soap if needed. Be gentle, do not use a washcloth or anything that will exfoliate your tattoo. Only use your hands.
Gently pat your tattoo dry with a paper towel. Do not rub, or use any fabric with a rough surface.
During the first 3-4 days: Apply a small amount of ointment on your tattoo. You may use Bepanthen First Aid or other tattoo aftercare products as recommended by your artist, and unscented lotions containing no alcohol. Do not use Vaseline. Wash, dry and apply ointment 3-4 times daily, or as needed.
On the first night, you may want to wrap your tattoo to prevent sticking to your bedding. Do not use any cloth bandages or pads, as the fibers of this material can adhere to your open tattoo and hinder the healing process.
Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 1 -2 weeks; nothing abrasive or irritating. For a foot tattoo, go barefoot as much as possible. If you must wear shoes, first wrap your clean tattoo in plastic wrap, then cover with a clean cotton sock before putting on your shoe. Avoid sandals or flip-flops for this period to prevent chafing and damage to the tattoo.
On the 4th or 5th day your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin. Begin using a mild, unscented lotion, free of dyes or perfumes.
Use lotion for a minimum of 2 weeks, 1-2 times daily.
Take short, quick showers.
Things to Avoid
Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo.
You can shower, but you should not soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, soaking or hot tub.
You should not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 3 weeks, after that you must use sun block.
Do not wear abrasive materials, jewellery, or shoes that rub against your tattoo.
Do not let anyone touch your tattoo, unless they wash their hands.
Beware of gym equipment; wash it well before using it.