T A T T O O C A R E
PREPARE FOR YOUR TATTOO
What you can & should you do in preparation for a tattoo session:
Get hydrated. Drink at least one (1) to two (2) liters of water a day. When you are hydrated, your skin is hydrated and will be able to maintain a better heal and withstand longer sessions. Focus on detoxing your body to prepare for this tattoo.
Lotion the area to be tattooed every day, or twice daily. Again, the healthier your skin, the better the results.
Shave & Exfoliate the area 1-3 times weekly. If you are super hairy, this will make a big difference. If you experience razor burn, stop shaving a week prior to your appointment. Exfoliation should be gentle with a loofah or basic body scrub.
Get a good night sleep the night before and
Please EAT A HEALTHY MEAL before your session. This is a massive workout for your body and IT NEEDS FUEL for a big session. When you are hungry, pain management is much more difficult. I would highly recommend for you to bring drinks, snacks and lunch. You probably won’t have enough time during our short breaks to leave, get food, come back and eat it, so bring it with you! I have a microwave and a fridge at the studio for your convenience. It is also a good idea to bring small snacks that you can eat one handed without making a mess in case you need a distraction during your session. And as a side note, I try to take breaks every 2-3 hours depending on the length of the session.
If any of these pre-care and aftercare duties is going to be a issue, please contact me to change the dates that will allow you to perform the preparation needed.
In order to ensure premium tattoo quality please adhere to the following instructions, using only the following products:
Dial Liquid Soap, Aquaphor
During the first three days of healing wash the tattooed area every hour for 10 minutes with a small amount of Dial Liquid Soap and water. After you have completely washed and dried the tattoo apply a plastic wrap barrier over the tattooed area. It is extremely important during these next 3 days you change the plastic wrap and clean the area as recommended.
Please be aware that the tattoo is an open wound and should be treated as that.
After the first 3 days continue to wash the tattooed area every hour for the next 2 weeks with a mixture of Liquid Dial soap and water. After the tattooed area is washed and dried apply a thin coat of Aquaphor to the entire area making sure to not over apply as the tattoo needs to “breathe”. Monitor the tattoo in between cleanings; if the tattoo becomes dry rewash and apply a thin layer of Aquaphor to the entire area as needed.