Wash your hands first.
Cold water, not hot.
Wash the tattoo 3 times a day for a minimum of 2 weeks.After the majority of healing is done (1-2 weeks average) you may reduce washing to once a day until healing is completed (6-8 weeks)
Wet the tattoo with clean water, gently lather wutih mild soap, no perfumed, antibacterial, or antiseptic ingredients
Do not use a washcloth
Apply a thin layer of cream to the tattoo and rub it in, after it air dries.Always use clean bedding and clothing when protecting the tattoo.
Cover the tattoo only when necessary.
For sleeping use a clean piece of clothing or paper towel for the first 3 nights. If blood or the tattoo sticks to anything, do not pull it off, soak the stuck material until it comes off with ease.
Remove sleeping bandage as soon as you wake up.
The tattoo will dry out, peel, and flake, these are normal steps in the healing process.
Do Not soak the tattoo with liquids or water. No hot tubs, baths, swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, no salt/ fresh water, etc. for a minimum of 20 days, the only water contact should be washing.
Do Not apply anything else to the tattoo other than what your tattoo artist has given/instructed you to use. NO alcohol or peroxide. NO questionable creams/sprays. NO unsanitary/unlaundered materials/objects.
Do Not rub, pick or scratch the tattoo. Do Not touch the tattoo unless you are washing and/or applying cream with freshly washed hands.
Do Not starve the tattoo of fresh air. Using too much cream can starve the tattoo of air as well. Expose tattoo to clean air as often as possible.
Do Not let blood dry on the tattoo
Do Not let blood dry into any clothing/bandages covering the tattoo. Do Not use any clothing/bandages that will stick to the tattoo.
Do Not drink alcohol for 24 hours before or afer the tattoo is applied. Alcohol thins blood causing more bleeding, which will draw more of the tattoo's pigment out of your skin. Avoid tanning beds for at least 6 weeks and when tanning use a quality sunscreen (SPF 45) on the tattoo.
Do Not share cream with ANYONE.