There are two ways that we advise caring for your new tattoo. The first is if you leave the studio with your tattoo covered in a Saniderm bandage. The second is if you leave with a traditional bandage. Both aftercare instructions are listed below.

A box of Saniderm bandages used for Tattoo Aftercare

Saniderm Bandage

Saniderm is an advanced healing bandage that eliminates the need for traditional aftercare for the first 48 hours after you are tattooed. It’s breathable, hypoallergenic, and waterproof. It is also latex free but does have a mild adhesive.

The bandage should stay in place for the first 48 hours after service. DO NOT be alarmed if after a few hours, the tattoo appears blurry, gooey, or like there is colored water inside. This is part of the healing process. Plasma is a key part of healing and will not hurt your tattoo.

You may shower while Saniderm is applied, but DO NOT soak in water. DO NOT pull upwards when you remove the bandage.

In 48 hours, remove the bandage and begin aftercare. Pull gently from the corners of the bandage towards the center until it’s completely loosened. Doing this in the shower may help. After the bandage is removed, with clean hands, clean the entire area of the tattoo. When it’s no longer slimy, pat dry with a paper towel or allow it to air dry. Apply some unscented lotion or heal salve purchased in the studio.

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If before 48 hours water gets into your bandage, plasma escapes, or the tattoo is exposed to air, remove and immediately start aftercare.

Traditional Bandage

Your bandage may be removed in 2 hours. Wash your hands and tattoo with antibacterial soap and water. Pat dry with a paper towel or let it air dry. The next day, when you wake up, repeat the initial washing process. At this time, after it’s dry, you may use a small amount of unscented lotion. The tattoo should only be as moist as the surrounding area. DO NOT suffocate or smother your tattoo in ointment. Repeat the washing/moisturizing process 2-5 times daily. No tanning or soaking in water for 10 days. After 6 weeks, if you have cared for your tattoo following these instructions, and it needs a touch up, please contact your artist and we will be happy to do so. An uncared for tattoo touch up will NOT be gratis.

traditional tattoo aftercare wrap




– Use alcohol-free mouth rinse twice daily after eating. Don’t overdo it!
– Cold drinks are great during healing.
– Swelling is normal for 2 weeks.
– Eat soft /blended food while healing.
– Do NOT play with jewelry at all.
– Downsize jewelry in 4-6 weeks.
– Rinse with cold water after every meal.
– Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water.


– Spray 4x daily with STERILE saline. There is no need to rinse off spray.
– You can also rinse 2x a day with saline solution (preferably sterile).
– Do not turn/twist jewelry
– Avoid chlorinated pools or spas.
– Be sure NOT to sleep on piercing!


– Follow FACIAL aftercare.
– Female nipples should be protected with fresh nursing pads for the first 2 months.
– No bodily fluids on healing wounds.
– Piercing can take up to 6 months to settle.


– Sleeping on, or bumping the piercing will slow healing and cause irritation bumps to form.
– Low karat/quality gold or sterling silver.
– Oral piercings that are constantly played with will rip and cause white, bumpy scar tissue. Saline rinses can help to get rid of the bumps.
– Using alcohol wipes, Dettol, Betadine, Listerine or any harsh products will harm your piercing.