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Adhesive bandages are designed to protect your tattoo from dirt, germs, friction, and moisture. They are breathable and waterproof, so you can shower with them on, but we do not recommend swimming or allowing the bandage to soak for an extended period of time.  Do not pick or peel at the bandage unless you are ready to remove it. Some excess blood and ink collected underneath the bandage are normal. If it begins leaking out the edges or if you experience ANY type of discomfort or visible reaction, remove the bandage, wash the tattoo and proceed with diligent aftercare as directed by your artist. You can view traditional aftercare instructions here.

Until then, leave the bandage on at least overnight.  It can stay in place for 12 hours, up to 4 days, depending on the tattoo and the recommendation of your artist. 48 hours is the ideal sweet spot. As long as the seal remains in tact and you are not experiencing discomfort. If any kind of reaction occurs, remove immediately and contact your artist.

When you are ready to remove the bandage, first wash your hands.  The bandage is best removed in the shower or under warm running water.  Begin to peel it back slowly from the corner, just a little bit at a time, peeling it parallel to your skin and not away from your body. Try to avoid pulling on your skin if you can.  You can use lathered soap or clean cosmetic oil between your skin and the bandage to soften the adhesive as you peel it off. Dispose of the bandage and immediately WASH your tattoo using clear liquid soap that works into a good lather.   Rinse off all the ink and blood and plasma, first with warm water then with cool. Then gently pat it dry with a clean towel and allow it to air dry for a few minutes before applying a very small amount of aftercare product.

If you have questions about what type of aftercare products to use, please ask your artist before using anything you aren’t sure about. Aquaphor has always been a tried and true, and coconut oil (as long as you are not allergic to coconut!) works well for folks that don’t want to use petroleum-based products.  Any type of product should always be used SPARINGLY and applied with CLEAN HANDS to A CLEAN DRY TATTOO. Use the smallest amount that will absorb into the tattoo. 

Continue to care for your tattoo, keeping it clean and lightly moisturized, until it is fully healed and no longer feels delicate to the touch.

As usual, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your artist or the shop.