Post-Tattoo: The Wind-Down To A Good Tattoo
- What Now?
Remember it takes two people to have a successful tattoo experience – a skilled tattoo artist, and a customer who is educated and diligent about properly taking care of their tattoo during its entire healing time.
Plan to rest after getting tattooed. Taking time afterward to relax and clean up your new artwork can help with the healing. Preparing dinner earlier in the day is sometimes helpful because getting a tattoo can make you surprisingly hungry and tired.
Don’t be afraid to call your artist or the studio with questions about the tattoo. Our artists and staff are more than willing to explain aftercare, do follow-up check-ins, or just give you any information you may need.
Leave it alone. Do not poke, pick, soak, or otherwise molest a healing tattoo. It is a wound and needs to be dealt with gingerly. No matter how much it itches, do not scratch. No matter how much you want to fondle it, do not touch. It is yours for life. Do not mess with it while it is healing and remember you do have until the end of your days to admire it. Following the correct aftercare procedures will ensure that your tattoo looks as good as it can, for as long as possible.
The aftercare for your tattoo will be given to you both orally and in writing to take home with you. Even if you’re feeling kind of out of it or are tired, it’s still very important to listen to and pay close attention to your aftercare instructions. Do not listen to advise from anyone else except you artist. In general:
- Keep the area clean
- Moisturise regularly using the product we advise at the time of your appointment
- Under no circumstances should you pick or scratch your new tattoo
- Allow the tattoo to heal naturally with air
- Do not pick the scabs as they form. Let them heal and fall off on their own
- Keep your new tattoo out of the sun, the rays can damage the pigment. Sunblocks (at least SPF 50) can be use after a month
If you lose your instructions, they are available here.
Ask about our aftercare products to aid in the healing of your tattoo. Our studio conveniently offers aftercare products for sale from the artist.
As with any healing, the better you take care of yourself the better your body will heal. In the days preceding your new tattoo please take good care of yourself. Drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, and try and keep your body fed and nourished. Excessive drinking will inhibit your healing processes, particularly the first night after getting a new tattoo although a beer or two is fine. A beer does taste so good after a tattoo, yum! Take it easy and your tattoo should thank you with a quick, trouble free heal.
We usually offer a free touch-up if you get in touch within 2 months and have taken care of your tattoo. Be aware that if you do not follow the aftercare instructions and choose to do something detrimental to your tattoo, your artist might not only be disappointed with you, they also reserve the right not do touch-ups for free. Your artist will be able to tell if you have picked or neglected it!
If you get in touch after 2 months or have neglected/abused your tattoo, touch ups will be charged at the minimum charge.
- Love our Work? Spread the word!
If you had a good experience, tell others about it. We would love it if you tagged us (Art Studio Jericho / Uniz Chuey art and tattoo) in pictures and posts where you write about how happy you are with your new tattoo, and how awesome we all are! Word-of-mouth is an artist’s best form of advertising.
- Not Satisfied? Complain to us!
If you had a bad experience, feel free to let the artist know by directly contacting them. If you are still unhappy you can always email, call or come into the studio for a chat. We always strive for the best in customer service but do understand that artists are human too. They can make mistakes or sometimes have a bad day, but they are usually willing to help if you were displeased with your experience. We are glad to hear your feedback to help us do better in the future. You need to tell us for us to improve, so please do.