Caring for your new Tattoo is just as important as its application.

While care instructions may vary from artist to artist, here are some basic guidelines for taking care of your Tattoo.

Once you get home, remove any bandaging. Always use clean hands when caring for your Tattoo. Gently wash your tattoo with mild hand soap and lots of water. Pad dry with a soft cloth and begin applying a THIN coat of Aftercare product. Aquaphore is the most commonly used. There are several other brands and styles.Wash your hands when finished. Repeat this as needed for the next 3-5 days. Switch over to using a fragrance free hand lotion for the following 3-5 days. No prolonged soaking, swimming, hot tubs or foreign waters for 2 to 4 weeks. No overexposure to sunlight for the next 30 days, fresh tattoos can sunburn easily. Use a high spf, reliable sunblock to prolong the vibrant colors of your tattoo when fully healed.

There are also breathable wraps and films made specifically for tattoo healing. These offer added pro's and cons.

Your artist will provide care instructions that they feel are best.