How to care for your tattoo
- For best results, moisturise the area to be tattooed daily for at least two weeks leading up to your appointment. I can’t stress enough how much of an improvement this could potentially make for the quality of your healed tattoo.
- Make sure you are well rested, hydrated and have had a decent meal on the day of your tattoo. Remember, you are about to undergo a pain ordeal and the nicer you have been to your body, the easier it will be.
- Don’t have a big night on the drink the night before! Not only will having a hangover make your tattoo session harder to deal with, but alcohol is a blood thinner and could make you bleed more during the session. Too much bleeding can push the ink out and will result in a faded or patchy looking tattoo.
- Please remember, this tattoo is YOUR tattoo, if at any time during the tattooing process you feel unhappy or concerned about the design or how the session is progressing please let me know. Don’t be shy! It is as important to me as it is to you that you have a positive experience.
- Remember to wear appropriate clothing on the day. Wear something that allows easy access to the area, is comfortable and doesn’t matter if it gets ink on it.
- Bring anything with you that you feel will help you with your session; snacks, playlists, a book, heck even a teddy bear if needed. Just please remember, tattooing is not the most exciting spectator sport and too many people in the room can be distracting, so you will only be allowed one support person in the room and even then only if you feel it is completely necessary. I only have a small workspace.
- Remember to enjoy! Tattooing is one of mankind’s oldest art forms and has been utilised in a range of ways since the neolithic era in many ways from marking of status, to healing and ancestor veneration. Deep breathing and relaxation can help put you into a nice meditative space, alternatively chatting or looking at your phone can help distract you from the pain. Feel free to do whatever serves you best during your session. If you would like to bring a specific playlist for the session, I am happy for you to hook up to the bluetooth speaker.
- If at any point during the tattoo you start feeling lightheaded or unwell, please let me know straight away. Chances are it is just a drop in blood sugar, and if you tell me we can easily fix the situation, have a break and get back to it with no ill effects.
- Leave the wrapping on for 2-5 hours after your tattoo, then give it a thorough but gentle wash with warm soapy water. Pat the area dry with a clean paper towel then allow it to air dry. When completely dry, apply a small amount of aftercare to the area. I recommend Hustle Butter. Avoid using chemical ingredients as these can irritate the skin.
- Do not re-wrap.
You will need to repeat the above washing regime at least twice a day or when your tattoo gets dirty or starts to feel tight and dry. Keep them scabs malleable!
- Remember it is an open wound. Avoid clothing that is too tight or rubs on the tattooed area. Having fresh sheets on your bed is a great idea. Don't rub a cat on it.
- If your tattoo continues to weep or bleed after this time, make sure to clean it again as leaving excess blood or sebum on the tattoo will cause a larger scab than is necessary, making the healing process more difficult.
- The condition of your immune system will contribute greatly to the healing of your tattoo, so being well rested and in an overall state of good health is best practice.
- Your tattoo will take about two weeks to do the majority of its healing, during this time it important to keep it out of the sun, avoid soaking it in water (washing is fine, but no soaking in the tub or swimming)
- About 5-7 days in it will start to flake off thin scabs. It is very important that you do not pick or scratch at these scabs and take care to be gentle when washing or applying aftercare. If these scabs are pulled off before they are ready, they will take the lower layer of skin with it, leaving a hole in your tattoo.
- Remember that any action that pulls or breaks the scab during the healing process can also lead to drop out, so avoid any activities that risk putting undue pressure on the tattoo.
- If the tattoo gets any redder and sorer than it was on the day it was tattooed, you may have an infection. Seek medical advice.