Leave your bandage or tattoo covering on for one to three hours after your tattoo is finished. Your artist will instruct you on exactly how long to keep the bandage there. Expect your wrap to collect blood, plasma and even ink - this is normal.
After removing your wrap, make sure to wash your new tattoo with a soft, non-scented, antibacterial soap to keep it clean and avoid potential infection. Make sure to do this a few times a day until the tattoo is more or less healed.
We suggest using Coconut Oil (yep, the kind you cook with) a few times a day on your new tattoo to keep it nice and hydrated. A nice, even thin layer will help your tattoo heal faster. There's no set number of times you should apply, just use your head - if it's drying out, pop more on.
As your tattoo is healing, you might notice that it begins to flake. At this stage it's worth replacing the coconut oil with a non-scented moisurising lotion - E45 is great for this, and will help with the itching.
While your tattoo is healing, avoid soaking your tattoo (in the pool, ocean, bath, etc) - showers are fine as long as they are quick and not overly hot, as your skin will be sensitive.
If your tattoo scabs, do not peal, or scratch, or flick, or generally get all up in any scabbing or hard layers. They're normal, and picking them off could scar your tattoo or remove color.
Once healed, your tattoo will lighten up. That’s normal as the layers of skin are growing back over the ink and accepting it within your skin. Skins heal differently, and if you feel like you need a touch up, get in touch with your artist. Otherwise, to keep a solid colouring, always make sure to put on sunscreen when going out in the summer.