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Tattoo Aftercare

How well your tattoo holds up depends on the care and treatment your tattoo receives within the first few days.

1) After 3 – 4 hours...

... remove the bandage and wash the tattoo immediately with warm water and soap using just your hands (no washcloth). Pat dry and apply a small amount of A+D ointment. Do not re-bandage your tattoo.

2) Use A+D ointment for the first 3 days.

Apply a small thin layer over the tattoo every 2 – 3 hours or about 5-6 times per day. It is important to keep the tattoo protected and properly moisturized at all times for proper healing.

3) Switch to a moisturizer after the 3 day period.

Use a fragrance free lotion such as Curel® or Lubriderm®. Again apply a thin layer to the tattoo keeping it moisturized at all times. Use the moisturizer for 2 weeks.

4) Wash your tattoo 3 times a day

Generally, morning, noon, and night, for the first 7-10 days.

5) After 2½ to 3 weeks

Stop using any ointment or moisturizer for 2-3 days. This allows sufficient time for the tattoo to “dry out” some.

6) After the tattoo “dries out”

You may use a moisturizer as needed. Tattoos take about 4 – 6 weeks to be completely healed.


Do not re-bandage your tattoo.
Do not apply Vaseline®, petroleum jelly, Neosporin®, alcohol or peroxide.
Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight for 3-4 weeks.
Do not let your tattoo dry out for the first two to three weeks.
Do not rub, scratch, or pick at your tattoo while it is healing.
Do not soak in a bathtub, swim, use a sauna, steam room or hot tub for 3-4 weeks.
Please call Tribal Rites and ask for your tattoo artist if you have any questions or concerns, and enjoy your new tattoo.


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Boulder, CO 80302


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Longmont, CO, 80501


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Westminster, CO, 80021


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