Frequently Asked Questions About Tattoos
First of all, I really appreciate your consideration for your first tattoo! I hear from my more experienced and newbies alike that I’m light-handed, so you’re in good hands.
Second of all, DEEP BREATHS.
To schedule an appointment with me, you can use the consultation form to send me the important details I need to get in touch with you to start the process. If there’s anything you’re unsure of that keeps you from reaching out, ask away! And if I don’t know or if I can’t help you, I can point you in the direction of someone who can.
I have two preferred methods of aftercare; the plastic wrap method and the Saniderm method. The method we choose for you will be determined at your appointment when we wrap your fresh tattoo to go home, and I’m happy to answer any questions you have before you leave.
The Plastic Wrap Method
For the first 3 days of your tattoo, you’re going to need to clean it about 8-9 hours, or three times a day. To start, take off the plastic wrap I sent you home in, & wash with water and a gentle antimicrobial soap. Let it air dry, and apply a VERY THIN layer of Aquaphor or A&D ointment. Then wrap it with a fresh piece of plastic wrap.
After those first 3 days, discontinue the ointment and plastic wrap and instead apply a thin coat of a non-scented, water-based lotion after washing (I personally prefer Aveeno lotion). In about a week, your tattoo will begin to peel; this is completely normal! Continue washing and apply lotion 3 times a day until it is done peeling. After this, I recommend applying lotion and/or sunscreen daily to keep your tattoo looking it’s best!
Before you leave, I will wrap your tattoo with a piece of Saniderm, a speciality bandage that is waterproof yet breathable. Leave this on for 3-4 days, or until all liquid has absorbed back into your skin (yes, this sounds gross, but trust me when I say it is a much cleaner process!) and the adhesive is starting to wear off. I recommend taking the Saniderm off in a warm shower, as the heat and moisture tends to make it easier to remove. Gently wash with water and an antimicrobial soap, let the area air dry, and then apply a thin layer of a non-scented, water-based lotion.
For the next 9-14 days, depending on how long it takes you to heal, repeat the wash and lotion routine about 3 times a day to prevent your tattoo from drying out. After it has completed peeling and is healed, I recommend a daily application of lotion and/or sunscreen to keep your tattoo looking great!
**For either method, avoid direct sun exposure or fully submerging your tattoo in water until it is fully healed. This means no tanning, swimming, bathing (just showers if you can), etc**
Saniderm is a specially designed bandage that keeps water, germs and debris out, while letting oxygen in to help heal your fresh tattoo. It’s based on 30-year old technology that hospitals have used to treat surface wounds/abrasions, and to keep dressings clean while allowing visibility to the area.
While it is latex-free and hypoallergenic, Saniderm is not recommend for anyone with adhesive allergies.
Tl;dr Yes, and I retain the right to turn down any piece at my discretion. 🙂
—Another tattoo artist’s work, and will only reproduce other forms of art if the original artist gives permission to do so. Imitation is the sincerest form of plagiarism, after all.
—I don’t tattoo on the fingers, palm, toes, bottom/edge of the foot, neck, face, or genitals. These areas don’t hold ink well, plus are much more painful than they are worth for you! Breasts however are a-ok, and am experienced working with mastectomy scars as I know this can be as much an emotional as well as technically-heavy piece. Reach out to me if you’d like to see examples or have any questions (sorry internet trolls, not today).
—I also do not do white-only tattoos, or small trinket type tattoos (little hearts, stars, etc). Nothing wrong with delicate tattoos; they’re just my equivalent of watching paint dry…
—Don’t be a dick – nothing hateful, distasteful, etc, etc.