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After Care Information

It is important to follow these steps to take care of your tattoo so that it heals properly and continues to look great and age well.


For Wrap:

  • Remove bandage carefully with clean hands.  

  • Wash gently with unscented, antibacterial, pump soap such as Dial Gold.

  • To wash your tattoo, create a small amount of lather in your hands, carefully rub in a circular motion, and rinse gently with warm water.

  • Pat dry with clean paper towel. Do not rub!

  • Apply a thin, even layer of aftercare such as Nut Butter or Aquafor.

  • Wash the tattoo 3-4 times a day while it is healing.

  • Reapply aftercare as needed, when skin feels dry or tight.

For Derm:

  • Each brand of Derm (Second Skin, Tatu Derm, Saniderm, etc) has different instructions for the length of time that the derm needs to stay on the tattoo.  Please listen CAREFULLY to your artist if they are using a derm product.  

  • When removing the derm, find an edge of the bandage and pull it back over itself in the direction of your natural hair growth. 

  • Remove the derm in the shower or under running water.  Removing it dry is NOT recommended.

  • Wash gently with unscented, antibacterial, pump soap such as Dial Gold. 

  • Air dry or pat gently with a clean paper towel.

  • Apply a thin, even layer of Aftercare such as Nut Butter, if desired.

When Healing:

  • Avoid direct streams of water or submerging your tattoo in fresh or chlorinated water or natural bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, oceans, etc.  

  • No hot tubs or swimming! 

  • Do wear loose-fitting clothing that does not rub against your new tattoo.

  • Avoid direct sun exposure on your new tattoo.  Do not use sunscreen on the tattoo while it is healing.  (but always use sunscreen after healing to protect your skin!)


These things are a NORMAL part of the tattoo healing process:

  • Redness

  • Swelling

  • Itching

  • Flaking

  • Light scabbing

  • Mild pain or soreness for the first day or two


If you have any questions, feel free to call or drop by the shop and we will be happy to answer your questions!

Click HERE for a printable version of these aftercare instructions


Stanwood Tattoo Company uses Nutbutter SkinCare, a locally made, all natural product that contains beeswax and nut oils.

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