Congrats! You got a new tattoo! Now, it is your job to take care of it.
1. Do not listen to your friends. Everyone will tell you something different. I have seen tattoos ruined due to bad advice. So please, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. My email is
2. Wash it 3-5 times a day for at least the next 2 weeks. You will be bandaged before leaving the shop. Take it off when you get home. It only needs to stay on for 30 minutes to an hour. Then, start washing it 3-5 times a day with UNSCENTED hand soap. Gold Dial is usually what I recommend. Liquid soap only. Make sure you always wash your hands prior, and always use clean paper towels to pat it dry.
3. NO PETROLEUM BASED OINTMENTS. I find that ointments usually suffocate a fresh tattoo. Much of the redness and swelling associated with the healing process is from people using too much ointment, so let's just skip it all together.
4. Lotion that bad boy. After the first few days, you may start applying an unscented lotion such as Lubriderm or cocoa butter to your tattoo. Your tattoo will begin to peel like a sunburn, and the lotion will help keep it moisturized and comfortable. You will use this for the remainder of the healing.
5. No sun, no beach, no pool for the entire healing process. All of these things will absolutely ruin your tattoo. Typically 2-4 weeks should do, but it all depends on how fast you heal. If you have any questions, you can always email me or stop by the shop and show me.
6. No picking or scratching, please. If your tattoo develops scabs, which sometimes happens, leave them be. They will fall off on their own. If you pick it, you will damage the tattoo. Use the lotions I recommend and it will help with the discomfort.
7. Touchups. I guarantee all my work. If a touchup is needed, I will gladly do them for free. However, if I decide it is not needed, or if you obviously did not care for your tattoo, then I must charge you. I apologize, but I take every step to ensure that I do the best job for you. I can only ask you do the same and take care of it. Touchups must be performed within the first 6 months of receiving the tattoo.
8. Not all tattoos are created equal. The above aftercare is what I usually recommend. However, everyone is different, and different areas of the body may require special instruction. You may be allergic to certain products, or I may provide additional information when you get your tattoo. Please refer to the above as reference, but please please please, follow the exact instructions I provide to you immediately after I tattoo you.
9. Take a picture and tag me on your social media! @bobbybosak