Thanks! It's interesting how some artists suggest keeping showers minimal or not using direct spray at all and other suggest blasting the new tattoo with hot water for 5-10 mins. I've even heard of taking a hot bath immediately after. I believe it's a traditional Japanese method?
Here's what we tell our clients:
Tattoo Care Instructions:
1) Remove the bandage after one hour
All wounds need to breathe in order to heal properly.
2) Washing the tattoo
Use your fingertips or hand only.
Use a mild antibacterial soap and warm water.
Take care to remove all traces of blood to prevent scabbing.
Do not scrub the tattoo with a washcloth during the two week healing time.
Pat the tattoo dry with a clean paper towel, or just let it air dry.
Apply a thin coat of ointment at least 3 times a day
Just enough to make it shine. A little goes a long way.
Aquaphor is our recommended ointment.
There is no need to re-bandage your tattoo, just keep a very thin layer of ointment on top keep it moist and prevent scabs.
4) Keeping your Tattoo clean
Avoid long showers or baths for 2 weeks. Also, avoid prolonged soaking so no swimming, hot tubs, or saunas.
Keep showers to under 10 minutes.
5) Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo
To relieve itching, tap lightly with your hand.
6) The sun can be bad for your tattoo
Sunburn on tattoos can cause many problems.
Please wait for your tattoo to heal completely before going into the sun or a tanning bed. Make sure to use a high quality sun block (not sunscreen) do not apply sunblock while a tattoo is in the healing process.
Over time, the sun will cause any tattoo to fade.
Any questions don't hesitate to reach out to us at Sacred Raven Tattoo.