YOUR TATTOO NOT ONLY REPRESENTS YOU, BUT ALSO THE QUALITY AND REPUTATION OF THE TATTOOIST AND PARLOUR.
Please remember whilst tattooing your skin is being traumatised and during the healing process you should treat it as you would an open wound, keeping it clean and well dressed. It is natural for your skin to sometimes swell, feel sore, bruise and look painful. If you do not follow our after-care advice your tattoo is likely to not heal very well, in some rare cases your tattoo may heavily scab with puss coming out. This only occurs with poorly looked after tattoos. A good tattoo not only requires a good tattoo artist but also good aftercare.
PLEASE FOLLOW OUR ADVICE
The tattooist will protect your tattoo with a sterile dressing or wrap. Keep the dressing or wrap on for approximately 3-4 hours after tattooing. You then may be advised by the tattooist to rewrap your tattoo with clingfilm. Instructions to this are at the end of this page.
On removal of the dressing or wrap, wash your hands first then gently wash the tattoo with luke-warm water using a mild soap. Pat dry with a clean towel and apply a tattoo aftercare balm we recommend El Gato Negro Tattoo Aftercare available from our studio. Repeat a minimum of 4 times daily until healing is complete - usually, healing will take between 2-3 weeks depending on the tattoo.
The tattooist may apply a sticky second skin film, called either Dermalize, Saniderm or Yayo Guard. You are advised to leave this on for up to 5 days. During this period, you will not need to apply any aftercare. Under the second skin, your tattoo will go gooey, this is normal and will be absorbed back into your skin helping keep the tattoo moist. You may need to trim some edges down to help stop it peeling off and accidentally catching it.
After the 5 days or if the film comes off sooner than advised, follow the second step from above.
We do now not recommend Bepanthen as it is not designed to be applied to fresh tattoos. If you use other kinds of moisturisers or aftercare that is not specifically designed for tattoo healing you can compromise the quality of the tattoo. They may contain properties that could prolong the healing and bleach the colour of the tattoo.
DO NOT – participate in heavy exercise, sunbathe, go swimming, use sunbeds or saunas, rub the new tattoo, pick or scratch the scab, re-cover (except when instructed by the tattoo artist or except light bandaging to protect from exposure to possible hazards).
AVOID - Dirt, oil, grease, paint, industrial cleaners, caustic substances, raw meat, creams or ointments (except tattoo aftercare).
APPLICATION OF AFTERCARE CREAM - Lightly smear the balm over the whole of the tattoo from the first day until it is fully healed.
HEALED TATTOOS - When the tattoo is exposed to the sun for a long period of time use a high factor sun cream. You may also find that using a cream that is made specifically for tattoos ever so often will help keep your tattoo looking fresh and vibrant.
Sometimes a tattoo can need revisiting for touch-ups. We offer free touch ups to tattoos that have been done at our studio within 3 months. If you think your tattoo requires a touch up please pop into the studio and talk to a member staff, if the tattoo artist agrees that a touch up is needed then an appointment can be made. Touch up are usually done at the end of the days.
HOW TO RE-CLINGFILM YOUR TATTOO
ONLY FOLLOW THESE STEPS IF YOU HAVE SPECIFICALLY BEEN INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY A MEMBER OF STAFF
Re-clingfilming a tattoo is only suggested to clients who can wash & re-dress the tattoo approximately 3 to 4 times a day for a maximum of 3 days. If you are in a job where you are unable to change the dressing the recommended amount of times, DO NOT redress the tattoo after the original dressing has been removed. Just continue to apply aftercare as advised above.
After 3 - 4 hours have passed from the tattoo being done remove the clingfilm wrap, wash your hands first then gently wash the tattoo with luke-warm water using a mild soap. Pat dry with a clean towel and apply a tattoo aftercare balm. You must wash and apply tattoo aftercare cream every time you change the dressing.
If at any point, any part of the tattoo is left to breathe for too long and then dry out you must not continue to re-wrap the tattoo, just continue with the aftercare as advised above.
If you feel like you are having a reaction to wearing the clingfilm like a rash or itchiness, do not continue to re-wrap the tattoo, just continue with the aftercare as advised above.
IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS REGARDING YOUR NEW TATTOO, ESPECIALLY IF YOU THINK IT HAS SWELLED TOO MUCH OR IS TOO PAINFUL OR ITCHY PLEASE CONTACT US FIRST BEFORE VISITING A DOCTOR. IN MOST CASES WE HAVE SEEN OR EXPERIENCED THESE SYMPTOMS, AND THEY ARE NORMAL OR DUE TO BAD AFTERCARE.