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Tattoo Aftercare


Taking care of a new Tattoo is a fairly easy process, but it does take a lot of dilgence. A poorly taken care of tattoo will scab, and scabs are the enemy of any fresh tattoo. Once they scab, you risk losing color and then all that time you spent in the chair is wasted.

Tattoos must be washed thoroughly with just your hand (no washcloths, loofahs, sponges etc.) and hot soapy water. Make sure to wash off any dried blood or ink as well as anything that may have come in contact with your new tattoo. Once your tattoo is completely washed pat it dry with a fresh towel or let it air dry in a clean environment. This needs to be repeated 3 times a day for 7-10 days, or as needed by your body. Everyone is different and requires their own specific form of healing.

This is a general guide that has been proven safe and effective to have a tattoo that not only heals correctly but lasts the test of time with the vibrancy and boldness you expect from a quality shop like the Inkeeper’s

Step-By-Step Tattoo Aftercare.

Leave the tattoo bandaged for a minimum of 2 hours.

Gently remove bandage under warm running water to reduce the risk of a damaging the tattoo.

Once bandage is removed, using an unscented soap, wash the tattoo of well with your hand and warm/hot soapy water.

When done washing the tattoo off, gently pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel and allow the tattoo to air dry for about 5-10 minutes.

Apply ointment (Vitalitree or Aquaphor ONLY)

The ointment can be applied to the tattoo daily for about 7 -10 days,

Wash, Dry and Apply Ointment 3 times a day (morning, noon and night) until the tattoo is finished peeling. 

No shaving or waxing area until tattoo is completely healed.

No direct sunlight on tattoo for first 2-3 weeks.

No swimming, baths, hot tubs or saunas for 2 weeks.

DO NOT pick or scratch tattoo while it is peeling.

DO NOT soak the tattoo for 2 weeks.

DO NOT re-bandage the tattoo once original bandage is removed.

DO NOT apply alcohol, Vasoline, petroleum jelly or sunblock to fresh tattoo.

DO NOT listen to friends or so-called tattoo experts. If you have questions or concerns, call or visit the artist that did your tattoo.

Once you leave the shop, proper care of your tattoo is your responsibility.

The Inkeeper’s Tattoo Parlor

2701 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, Ohio
(234) 214-8857