When you leave The Rebellion, your tattoo will be bandaged. Please leave the bandage on for a period of 2-4 hours. Upon removing the bandage, you will never re-bandage the tattoo, unless specifically directed to by your artist. Immediately upon bandage removal, you will wash the tattoo with water and anti-bacterial soap (such as Dial Liquid Antibacterial). You may do so in the shower or with a wet paper towel. You will then wash the tattoo about 3 times a day for a two week period. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Once dry you will moisturize the tattoo with a lubricant. For the first two days of healing, you will use Aquaphor, after that you will use a dye-free, fragrance free lotion (Aveeno is really great, but Lubriderm or Curel will work just as well) for the remainder of the two week healing period. To moisturize your new tattoo you will apply a small amount of the lubricant. You apply this as you would with any lotion or sunscreen, massage it evenly and thoroughly, there should not be any excess lotion build-up on skin. You will follow this routine, wash and moisturize, 4-6 times per day for 2 weeks, maintaining special diligence to the schedule during the first 4 days after you get the tattoo.
As indicated above, it is very important to keep the tattoo clean. This means that you will want to remain conscious of the tattoo and what it comes into contact with it. If you accidentally touch the tattoo to an outdoor wall, let an animal lick or touch it or otherwise expose it to anything that may have germs, you will want to wash it right away.
DO NOT soak the tattoo in any water. Avoid all water contact except for in the shower this means NO Baths, NO Swimming Pools, NO Hot Tubs, NO Lakes, Rivers, Oceans etc. for the entire duration of healing.
DO NOT expose the tattoo to direct sunlight for the duration of healing.
DO NOT pick or scratch the tattoo for the duration of healing.
DO NOT use any other ointments other than the recommended lubricants for the duration of the tattoo.
You will notice that the fresh tattoo will feel similar to a sunburn for several days, it will be sore and may itch. It may also scab, if so, do not pick the scabs, it is important that they heal naturally at their own pace. The tattoo may also peel (very similarly to a sunburn) or shed the first layer of skin. All of this is completely normal and is no cause for concern.