CARING FOR YOUR TATTOO
Guns N Needles Tattoo uses industry leading aftercare solutions for all of our customers. Gone are the days of bulky covering techniques that will not allow you to show off your new artwork without exposing it to bacteria. TATU-DERM® is a transparent waterproof bacterial barrier that is transparent and covers the entire tattoo area. We provide step by step instructions for aftercare following your tattoo appointment. For the aftercare steps see below.
Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before removing Tatu-Derm.
Remove Tatu-Derm 12-24 hours after tattoo application. If after a minimum of 12 hours the Tatu-Derm is filled with fluid, it is time to remove it and clean the tattoo. If it is not filled with fluid you may leave it on for the full 24 hours. We recommend you remove the Tatu-Derm in the shower. Once removed, wash the tattoo area thoroughly, using soap. We recommend H2Ocean Blue Green foam soap or H2Ocean Nothing soap which contains Lidocaine and may help relieve any discomfort.
After washing, pat tattoo area dry with a disposable paper towel or let it air dry for 15-20 minutes. DO NOT USE YOUR BATH TOWEL! Even when “clean”, your bath towel harbors bacteria! If your artist instructed you to re-apply Tatu-Derm, please place the second bandage on the tattoo area within 15-20 minutes after removal of the first bandage. You may leave the second bandage on for up to 48 hours.
Once you have removed the Tatu-Derm for the last time, you will begin to use lotion. After your tattoo is washed and dried, apply a small amount of H2Ocean lotion 3-5 times daily until tattoo is completely healed. Everybody has a unique healing process and it can take between 2-6 weeks to heal a tattoo.
Avoid sun exposure for a minimum of 3 weeks after tattoo application. This also means tanning beds. Sun exposure to healing tattoo pigments can cause color fading and prolong or complicate the healing process. We recommend to always apply SPF 30 to healed tattoos when planning on any sun exposure.
Do not soak your tattoo! No swimming for a minimum of 3 weeks. This includes hot tubs, swimming pools, lakes, rivers, etc. Swimming or soaking your tattoo can cause bacterial infections, or cause scabbing and flaking to worsen, which may cause permanent damage to your tattoo.
Itching is a normal part of the tattoo healing process; please do not to scratch your tattoo. If itching occurs, apply H2Ocean or pat tattoo for relief.
Please consult a doctor at the first sign of any infection.
Please call with any questions or concerns