Formerly known as AfterDarkTattoos
Labrys Tattoos Aftercare Instructions
- After leaving the shop, we advise you to keep your bandage on for 24 hours to provide your tattoo with ample healing time while protected by the generous layer of polysporin. Thus keeping out germs, bacteria, and any other air borne pathogens. Keep your bandage on for at least 6 hours.
- After 24 hours has passed you may take your bandage off but be sure you’re in a clean environment such as a bathroom. Clean your tattoo using cool-luke warm water using only your hand/fingertips and unscented bar soap. Do not use anything abrasive on your tattoo. Ever. Antibacterial soap is also a good idea but scented soaps may cause irritation. After removing the bandage you might have a layer of “goopiness” on your tattoo, from it excreting plasma/blood, be sure to wash all of that off using the above cleaning method. Pat to dry with a CLEAN towel – do NOT rub.
- After the initial wash, we recommend polysporin in the green package, or vitamin A&D ointment be applied to your tattoo 2-3 times a day or any time it feels dry or like the skin “pulls” when you move about. Do this for the first week. After then, you may use unscented, dye-free lotions to keep your skin hydrated and enriched with vitamins. We recommend Aveeno, Lubriderm, Keri or Jergens.
- During the healing process please do not soak or submerge your tattoo in water of any kind. A little bit of water on the tattoo in the shower is okay, as long as its not hitting it directly and you keep your showers as brief as possible. Washing the tattoo is okay, as long as you follow the above cleaning method. Nothing abrasive and scented.
- Your tattoo will peel, and scab and get itchy. All this is normal. If it’s peeling, use the polysporin or lotion 2-3 times a day. If it’s scabby, just make sure you keep it clean, don’t touch it with unclean hands, try not to let anything else touch it unless it’s clean (cleaned clothing,bedding etc). When it gets itchy (and it will!) do NOT scratch or pick your tattoo! It’s almost healed, just bare with it. If it’s really driving you nuts you can give your tattoo a slap, or moisterize.
- Contrary to popular belief, winter is the best time to get tattooed because the suns’ UV may fade your tattoo over time. Use 30SPF sunblock regularly.
- Last but not least, not every tattoo will react the same to certain things, some people are sensitive to things that others may not be, and general wear and tear may happen during the healing process. Because of this, we provide free touchups for life, as long as the tattoo does not look like it was mistreated or tampered with.