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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.


Your tattooist will clean and wrap your tattoo after it is finished and will normally apply a light layer of an aftercare ointment such as Hustle Butter or NutButter under the wrap.


After about two hours, carefully unwrap the bandage with clean hands and wash gently with warm water and unscented soap such as Dial Gold.


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


Pat your tattoo dry with a clean paper towel. Do not rub back and forth!


Your tattooist may instruct you to apply a very thin layer of an aftercare product such as NutButter or Aquifor and carefully wipe off any excess. You will need to wash your tattoo 2-3 times a day for 3-4 days while it is healing.


After 3-4 days you can switch to a fragrance and alcohol free lotion such as Lubriderm or Eucerin.


You will have redness and swelling around your new tattoo for at least a few days while it is healing.


Avoid a direct stream of water onto your new tattoo during showering.


Do not go swimming or use a hot tub while your tattoo is healing.


Do not submerge your tattoo in either chlorinated, dirty or natural bodies of water (including lakes, rivers, ocean etc) while it is healing.


While your tattoo heals, it will eventually begin to lightly scab and flake. DO NOT PICK SCABS!


Your tattoo will probably itch during the healing process. This is normal, but do not scratch, as this will likely cause scabbing, bleeding, damage to the tattoo and delay healing.


Wear loose clothing while your tattoo heals in order to avoid rubbing against your new tattoo.


While your tattoo is healing, you should avoid direct sun exposure on the area. You cannot use sunscreen on the tattoo during the healing process.


However, after your tattoo is healed, you should use sunscreen to protect your skin and to keep your tattoo looking bright and sharp!


Your tattooist may suggest that you use a slightly different method. than what is outlined here It's important to listen closely, as their advice is based on years of experience and catered to the specifics of caring for your individual tattoo.


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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