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Aftercare for transparent bandages are in dropdown menu, under aftercare. 


Aftercare from the Board:


At a minimum, aftercare instructions for tattoos must advise clients to


1. leave the moisture barrier covering on overnight; remove in the morning and wash tattoo with mild soap and warm water;


2. gently massage lotion or ointment into the tattoo 6 times a day for at least 10 days and to not wear tight clothes, elastic, nylons, or panty hose for 2 weeks; 3. not get the tattoo wet for one week except for a daily gentle wash (short showers only); no bathing, hot tubs, or swimming;


4. keep tattoo out of the sun for 3 weeks;


5. be aware that tattoo will peel like a sunburn in 2-5 days.

 It's up to you to take care of healing your tattoo! Please feel free to call the shop with any questions, or concerns.

Leave your bandage on for 4 to 12 hours. Discard after initial use. (If you are not using a transparent bandage)

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap before removing your bandage, and every time you touch your tattoo.

Remove your bandage, and gently wash your tattoo with liquid antibacterial fragrance free soap (such as Dial), and clean, warm water.

Gently blot your tattoo dry with a clean paper towel, and allow to air dry for about 10 minutes.

Gently apply a thin layer of Aquaphor ointment 4 - 6 times per day. Continue until tattoo is finished flaking, about 2 weeks.

Once your tattoo has stopped flaking, you can begin to start using an unscented lotion, such as Aveno.

Wash and lotion your tattoo 4 - 6 times per day, until it has finished healing (about 2-4 weeks).

Healing Tips

Wear loose fitting clothing over your healing tattoo.

DO NOT EXPOSE your new tattoo to direct sunlight, until it is COMPLETELY FINISHED healing.

DO NOT glob excessive amount of lotion, or ointment on your healing tattoo.

DO NOT pick, or scratch you healing tattoo.

DO NOT touch your healing tattoo with dirty hands, or allow others to do so.

DO NOT allow your healing tattoo to rub against any unclean objects, or surfaces.

DO NOT allow your healing tattoo to dry out.

DO NOT allow your tattoo to come in contact with ANY bodily fluids.

DO NOT soak your tattoo in liquids for an extended amount of time.

DO NOT go swimming. No pools, hot tubs, baths, etc.

DO NOT allow fabric such as clothing, bed sheets, or blankets to stick to your healing tattoo.

DO NOT apply Neosporin, or any other "healing" ointments to your healing tattoo. These will pull the ink out of your healing tattoo.

When exposed to sun, apply sunscreen to your COMPLETELY HEALED tattoo.
REMEMBER: Your healing tattoo is an open wound. Please treat it as such. *Infections in tattoos are rare, but can occur. If you are concerned that you may have an infection, please contact a physician immediately. Please contact Northern Lights Tattoo immediately once your tattoo has healed for touch-ups. As long as you have followed the aftercare instructions provided, one free touch up must be done within 3 months of the original tattoo. 


Recommended UNSCENTED antibacterial soaps


Recommended healing aftercare

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