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Tattoo Aftercare

Tattoos are a dynamic symbol of self-expression. Now that you have a new tattoo you want to take good care of it. Your tattoo was done with top quality ink and sterile equipment by a qualified artist. It is very important that you follow these guidelines. The life of your tattoo is dependent on the care it receives within the first few days.

You are responsible for the aftercare of your tattoo.

General Rules 

Tattoo Aftercare

What is normal? 

Important Healing Tips

Acceptable Aftercare Lotion 

Important Information

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General Rules



  • Your tattoo is a fresh wound and should be treated as such until it heals.

  • The area will itch slightly, this is also a sign of healing, and it is completely normal.

  • It is very important that you do not scratch the tattoo

  • if the irritation is uncomfortable, apply lotion or gently pat the area.

  • If this is not followed there is a chance it may lead to secondary infections.

Tattoo Aftercare:

  • Wash your hands (with anti bacterial soap) before you touch the tattoo.

  • Never touch the new tattoo with unwashed hands this can introduce new bacteria to the area.

  • Leave your bandage on for a minimum of 4-6 hours and ideally left on over night. No longer than over  night.

  • When you take the bandage off for the first time, gently hand-wash the tattoo with lukewarm water and antibacterial unscented soap then rinse thoroughly.

  • Blot dry with a clean towel or paper towel, and spread a thin layer of unscented lotion over the area.

  • You NEVER need to re-bandage.

  • When bandaged with clear Saniderm, try to keep on for up to 5 days so long as the edges don’t catch. If so, to remove: gently roll edges under LUKEWARM WATER. Otherwise you will potentially damage your
    new tattoo and irritate your skin.

  • For the duration of your healing period you will wash the tattoo 2-3 times daily.

  • Cleaning the tattoo whenever it has become dirty is important in order to avoid an infection.

  • After washing your tattoo you will need to spread a thin layer of Unscented Lotion.


              **REMEMBER: The better you take care of your tattoo, the better it will heal**

Acceptable Aftercare Lotions:


  • Shea or cocoa butter

  • Naturally scented creams

  • Never use polysporin, coconut oil, Vaseline or anything with mineral oil.

  • Do not over-use healing creams 

  • Only apply when the skin feels itchy or as if it is drying.

Important Healing Tips:

  • Your tattoo will itch, what helps to ease the irritation is to apply a thin layer of Unscented Lotion.

  • Do not expose your new tattoo to tanning beds or direct sunlight.

  • After the tattoo is healed, apply sun block (SPF 30 or higher) any time your tattoo will be exposed to the

  • Avoid swimming until healed. Do not go in hot tubs, saunas, swimming pools, lakes, or hot baths for at least three weeks after getting your tattoo. These areas are bacteria cesspools, and likely will cause infections.

  • For general bathing, showers are best; try to keep the tattooed area out of water as much as possible. As well as avoiding direct contact with running water.

  • Do not use Neosporin, Hydrogen Peroxide, Scented Lotion, any products with chemical fragrance because they may contain Alcohol and Pthalates. These products are too harsh for a healing tattoo and will do more harm than good. 

  • Wear loose clothing over the tattoo, or clothing that has been washed in soft detergents. Any rubbing on the tattoo while healing will cause fading, and runs the possibility of rubbing off healing skin.

What Is Normal:

  • It will take approximately two-three weeks to heal at surface level.

  • After 5-14 days your tattoo may begin to peel and scab or develop onion skin (a milky coloring on the tattoo).

  • Tattoos can be red, swollen, bruised, weepy/bleeding, light scabbing or just plain sore when they are healing.

  • After any scabbing occurs, the area will itch, this is a sign of skin healing.

  • The more complexity of the design and the longer the sitting, the greater your chances will be for these symptoms.

  • Exposure to the sun is the major cause of fading within your tattoo. Always use sun-block when out in the sun.

  • A really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if proper aftercare is not taken.

*Important - If your tattoo increases in redness, becomes more painful, and either the skin or the fluids leaking out become yellow or green in color, these are all classic signs of an infection. In these cases, either come back to your artist or to your Doctor to have the infection confirmed and evaluated.
        If left untreated, infections can not only damage the tattoo itself, they can potentially lead to something more serious like blood poisoning. Some people have allergic reactions to tattoo inks and can experience diverse skin reactions. To determine this, you need to see a Doctor or a Dermatologist.


Yes Electric staff are always available for support. If you have any questions that we have not answered here, you can call us at 647-350-2676 or message us on Instagram.

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