Tattoo Aftercare

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This is it, you’ve got your new ink. The next part of the job is yours. The aftercare and healing process is an important part of the entire tattoo process. If your tattoo artist did not discuss aftercare with you before your get inked, it will be covered before you leave the studio. It is important at this point that you feel comfortable to ask all the questions you may have.

Take all the time you need and do not forget that you can always contact the studio once you get back home. Follow our aftercare recommendations to keep your tattoo as vibrant as possible.


  • After getting tattooed, leave the bandage on for 4 hours before removing…
  • You must have aftercare products before removing your bandage. The basics include hypo-allergenic soap without perfume, paper towels, paper cellar tape or medical tape, and cream. You need all these products before removing the bandage for the first time. We advise you to use the most basics products as possible without added perfumes or oils.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS every time before touching your tattoo. Clean the tattooed area with cool or warm water, and rinse the area with yours hands and antibacterial liquid soap. This process pulls out all the elements that create thick scabs and will further slow down the proper healing of your new tattoo.
  • Let the tattoo air dry for 10 minutes. Blot the wet areas around the tattoo with fresh clean paper towels. Do not wipe dry the tattoo - let it air dry.
  • Now apply a small amount of your chosen aftercare; just enough to cover the tattoo. The key is to prevent the skin from cracking by letting the tattoo become dry.
  • Wrap the tattoo with new cellar tape and tape it on.
  • Repeat these steps 2/3 times daily (every six hours) for 2 or 3 days.
  • After three days, keep your tattoo moist by using your chosen aftercare. Always wash the tattoo before applying any cream with clean hands and antibacterial soap.
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  • Do not pick, scratch, or touch your new tattoo unless you clean it. If the tattoo itches, it could be too dry. Apply aftercare more often.
  • Keep the tattoo out of sunlight, sun beds, pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, oceans, or soaking in water until completely healed.
  • DO NOT touch the tattoo, and try and keep as little clothing friction, such as a sock, bras traps, belts, etc., away from the tattoo.
  • DO NOT work out excessively. Sweating excessively could damage your tattoo and slow down the healing process.
  • DO NOT let your tattoo get dirty (do not allow anyone to touch it without complete healing).
  • Alcohol and drug use (including smoking cigarettes), insufficient sleep, and a poor diet weaken your body's immune system and will slow your healing process. Get sleep, eat well, and give yourself time to recover.
  • Any negligence will be done at your own expense.


These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research and extensive clinical practice.

This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect an infection, seek immediate medical attention.

Be aware that many doctors have not received specific training regarding tattoos. Your local tattoo artist at The Black Hat Tattoo may be able to refer you to a tattoo-friendly medical professional.

The Black Hat Tattoo team