Tattoo Aftercare

Our approach to aftercare is safe, simple, gentle and aligned with your body's natural healing mechanisms. Please feel free to download our comprehensive aftercare brochure below.

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Day one

To reduce inflammation ice the tattoo for 10 minute intervals.

  • ice in a clean zip lock plastic bag wrapped in a paper towel 
  • this can be applied directly on the bandaged tattoo 
  • if unbandaged ice pack can be applied next to the tattoo 
  • avoid moisture.


If the tattoo has been bandaged the bandage must be removed no more than 2 hours after being applied.

Leaving the bandage on longer than recommended may cause inflammation resulting in plasma and excess fluid pooling on the surface of the skin - a breeding ground for bacteria.

Avoid direct contact with: unsantised body parts, clothing, make-up, bedding, animals, dirty environments for example.


Cleaning & drying method

Once the bandage has been removed the area must be cleaned and dried:

  • first ensure your hands are clean -
  • from wrist to under the finger nails (make this a habit before touching the tattoo during the healing process)
  • using your finger tips gently lather the tattooed area with soap -
  • fragrance free liquid baby soap.
  • rinse off with lukewarm water in the shower (avoid direct pressure)


Avoid soaking the tattoo throughout the healing process - this can cause potential ink loss

Dry the tattoo using a hair dryer on a cool setting or pat dry with a paper towel. Do not scrub or wipe the tattoo.

Repeat these cleaning/drying steps throughout the healing period.

Please note: if you have had extensive colour or black work you may be advised to cover the tattoo with plastic wrap during sleeping.

Your tattoo artist will advise.



Avoid applying moisteriser at least during the first 48 hours.

Your tattoo artist will advise when its best to start applying moisteriser as this can depend on the style of tattoo.

Apply a thin layer of moisteriser to the tattoo 2-3 times a day.

If the tattoo is too dry this can result in cracking, weeping, scabbing and ink loss.

If the tattoo is over moisterised this can result in irritation and inflammation.

If this occurs use the cleaning and drying method to remove moisteriser.


Things to expect:

  • swelling, redness and discharge
  • light scabbing
  • itching & flaking


Do's and Don'ts

  • Do not rub, scratch or pick the tattoo
  • Do not soak your tattoo (avoid swimming, spas, baths or saunas)
  • Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight (including tanning booths) until it is fully healed.
  • once fully healed be sun smart (slip, clop, slap and wrap) sun exposure will fade your tattoo


If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us.

Happy healing!

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Wellington, New Zealand