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TATTOO AFTERCARE FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING EVERYTHING TATTOO AFTERCARE AND HEALING! 

INCLUDES COMMON FAQ & WHAT IS TO BE EXPECTED WHEN HEALING A FRESH TATTOO!

IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED HERE, PLEASE GIVE THE SHOP A CALL.

TATTOO HEALING & AFTERCARE

My bandage is peeling up at the edges. What do I do?

You can cut off peeling edges with clean scissors. If the bandage is peeling up over the tattoo itself, take the bandage off early and follow regular aftercare.

What do I do if I need a touch up?

You can schedule a touch up any time by calling the shop. They cost $25 + tax for supplies with no hourly charge (excluding hands and feet, which do incur an hourly charge). We recommend waiting at least 4 weeks for the tattoo to heal before getting a touch up.

There is liquid under my bandage, it looks like ink is coming out. Is this normal?

Yes, this is normal. The ink is not falling out of the tattoo. The liquid is fluid that your body is producing to heal the tattoo. Once you remove the bandage, the tattoo will still be in the skin.

I think my tattoo is infected / I'm having an allergic reaction. What do I do?

If you are concerned about the state of your tattoo, come in to the shop and speak with your artist. They can advise you on how to proceed.​

WHAT IS NORMAL WHEN HEALING A TATTOO?

Healing tattoos can continue to be sore for a few days following the appointment. Afterwards, they will typically be sensitive but not outwardly painful. Healing tattoos can peel or flake like a sunburn, scab up, or look dry. If this is the case, do not pick at the flakes or scab​s; let them fall off on their own. Healing tattoos can also weep yellowish clear fluid for the first few days, especially if you were given a Second Skin style bandage, as described above. Some minor swelling and redness is common for the first few days. Swelling and redness can persist if the tattoo is being irritated continuously (such as being slept on, being in a spot that moves or bends a lot, or being touched often). If the tattoo is unusually painful, red, swollen, weeping pus, or otherwise unusually bothersome, contact the shop to speak to your artist. They can advise you on the best course of action.

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