Tattoo Aftercare: Do’s and Don’t

2Tattoos are really flaming hot nowadays and a lot of boys and girls are getting one or two (statistics show that girls are getting more tattoos than men). These lovely works of art are simple ways to express oneself and they can even be used to improve one part of your body.

But it seems that, a high percentage of clients who just got a tattoo call their tattoo studios for a touch up because of a messed up tattoo. This could be due to improper tattoo healing or an infection.

Many focus most of their time choosing a tattoo design and neglect the most important part of getting a tattoo which is tattoo aftercare. You can have the most beautiful tattoo design by the most experienced tattoo artist, but if you fail to properly take care of your new ink, then everything goes down the drain. Below are some does and don’t of tattoo aftercare.


  1. Purchase all necessary aftercare supplies before going to tattoo studio (antibacterial soap, cotton towels or lint free paper towels and tattoo aftercare lotion(Afterinked)).
  2. After tattoo session, ask for a cotton bandage (plastic wrap suffocates the new tattoo and could delay wound healing). Leave bandage for at least 2 hours.
  3. Gently remove bandage, soak with warm water if doesn’t peel of easily.
  4.  Wash Thoroughly with antibacterial soap, pat dry with clean cotton or paper towels, then air dry.
  5. Apply a thin layer of tattoo aftercare lotion.
  6. Do not rebandage.

In the first couple of hours, you will notice a clear amber colored fluid oozing from your new tattoo. This fluid is called plasma, when this fluid dries it turns into a thick scab. We don’t want this in tattoo healing, repeat steps 3 and 4 as needed until the oozing stops.


  1. Never show off your fresh tattoo.
  2. Do not scratch or pick your healing tattoo.
  3. Do not soak your new tattoo (swimming, bath tub, etc).
  4. Do not use lotions or creams that are not specifically made for tattoo care.
  5. Do not hesitate to call your tattoo studio if you have any questions or encounter any problems.