More important then you think!
How to prepare for your tattoo.
1.Before you head in for you tattoo, be sure you eat a full meal. Tattooing is very taxing on you body and you sugar levels will drop. A good meal will insure your comfort and keep you from fainting. If you have a long sitting ahead of you bring a sweet drink or some hard candy to suck on. Stay away from caffeine drinks.They will just intensify your sensitivity to pain.
2. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting ruined. The inks will stain and it does not wash out.
3.If you are sick reschedule your appointment. Getting tattooed is a trauma to your body and you will feel more symptomatic when you’re done. Plus we don’t want to get whatever you might have. Be Healthy!
After Care Instructions for Your Tattoo
We will bandage your tattoo after completing it. The reason for this is to protect your tattoo from anything that could happen (people touching it, etc.) while you are out in public. You can remove the bandage when you get home, but re-wrap before bed to protect your tattoo and your bed sheets.
•First thing you do before you ever touch your tattoo is WASH YOUR HANDS!!! When you remove your bandage, do so slowly. If the bandage sticks to the tattoo, get in the shower and let the water soak the bandage. This will help the bandage separate from the tattoo for easy removal.
Gently wash the tattoo with a mild, unscented soap and warm water. Dial Antibacterial soap is recommended. NEVER use bath towels or washcloths to wash or dry your tattoo. They harbor bacteria even if they are clean. Paper towels are fine to use to pat dry your tattoo; never rub. Air-drying is best.
•After washing your tattoo, apply a thin layer of any of these listed lotions (coco butter, Lubriderm, Aquaphor, h2ocean, or Dermassage) 3 times a day until skin returns its pre-tattoo condition. Wash your tattoo before applying new moisturizer. If you break out in little white pimples, you are putting on too much moisturizer. Wash clean and let the irritated area dry out for a day. Then begin moisturizing again with much less product.
•Stay out of direct sunlight and tanning booths for 7-10 days. Once your tattoo has healed (usually one full month) use sunscreen of at least SPF30 to help protect it from the damaging ultraviolet rays.4. Do not go swimming, soak in a tub or Jacuzzi until your tattoo is completely healed. Showers are fine. Do not use hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin or rubbing alcohol on your tattoo.
•After 2-3 days, your tattoo may flake up and start to peel.
LEAVE IT ALONE! DON’T PEEL OR SCRATCH YOUR TATTOO.
Continue to clean and moisturize daily. You should be full healed in 4-6 weeks.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call us and leave a message. We will get back to you asap.
Contact a Physician if any signs or symptoms develop such as the following: fever, redness at the site, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, elevated body temperature, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart and / or green /yellow discharge that has a foul odor.