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Tattoo Aftercare

Proper Care 

  • Follow your tattoo artist’s instructions. Leave your tattoo covered for several hours to let it absorb any fluid, blood, or excess ink that might leak out. (This is totally normal.)

  • Do remember that a tattoo is a wound. When you’re ready to remove the bandage, treat your tattoo like you would any other skin injury. Wash your hands before touching your tattoo and carefully wash the affected area with soap and warm water. Always use lukewarm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap.

  • Do keep it moist but let it breathe. Then, cover your whole tattoo with a thin layer of ointment (Black & Gray does offer hustle butter for $10.00 USD) . If your tattoo is in an area that isn’t covered by clothing, leave it uncovered to let your skin breathe and facilitate healing.

  • Don’t pick, scratch, or rub your tattoo until it’s healed. You could cause scarring.

  • Do cover up when you’re in the sun. Opt for loose-fitting, sun-protective clothing until your tattoo heals. Then, pile on the SPF — tattooed skin isn’t immune to UV rays or premature aging.

  • Do reach out to your tattoo artist or doctor if you have any unusual swelling, irritation, or other signs of infection or allergic reactions.

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