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Tattoo Aftercare

Your New Tattoo: By choosing Studio 316, you can be assured that your tattoo has been performed appropriately, and that the very highest standards of technique and sterilization have been used. All of our suggestions are made based on our own experience, research, and also on that of other professionals in the tattoo industry. Since you have already trusted us to perform your tattoo, please follow through and follow our judgment regarding care of your new adornment. What follows is a general outline of information regarding a new tattoo. For more detailed information, please do not hesitate to call or email us. 

Now, you have your fresh new tattoo, and you want to take good care of it! From this point on, your artist is not responsible for any infection or problems you may have with your tattoo if you don't take proper care of it. It is very important that you follow these guidelines. A really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken.

Leave That Bandage Alone! Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason - to keep air-born bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of 2 to 4 hours. Excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but your friends will just have to wait until tomorrow morning.

Remove bandage. If it sticks to the skin, wet the area down with cool water and remove the bandage carefully.
Wash and Treat After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and a mild, fragrance-free antibacterial soap to gently wash away all surface blood, all remaining soap, any ointments or petroleum based products from the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry, and let the skin air dry for 15-20 minutes. Then, with clean hands, smear a THIN layer of Studio 316 ointment and gently massage into the tattooed area. Do not re-bandage. Repeat treatment 3 -5 times daily for 5 days. On the 6th day switch to Studio 316L Lotion 3-5 times daily for 3 weeks 

General rules:
For the first 3 weeks do not expose the tattoo to sun, tanning salons, saunas, hot tubs, bathtubs, ocean and pools.
Do not apply Vaseline, Bacitracin, Neosporin, cocoa butter, baby oil, lanolin or petroleum based products.
Do not apply alcohol
Do not use ointments, soaps or lotions containing fragrance. A product labeled “unscented” may contain a masking fragrance. (check ingredients)
Do not rub, pick or scratch at the tattoo.
When showering, do not allow water to hit your new tattoo directly.
After the tattoo is fully healed, put 45+sunscreen . Long-term exposure to the sun can make the dyes and pigments fade, even after you’ve had the tattoo for a few years.