Now, you have your fresh new tattoo, and you want to take good care of it! Your artist’s aftercare may vary, so listen to their advice first. They know how to care for their particular tattooing techniques the best. Leave your bandage or dressing on for a minimum of one to four hours, to keep out airborne bacteria! 

WASH your hands, then remove the bandage or dressing.  Wash your tattoo with lukewarm water several times a day with a mild, non-scented, antibacterial soap to avoid potential infection. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive, your hand is your best tool. (If your tattoo feels slippery try to gently remove as much of this as possible - when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it creates scabs.) Allow your tattoo to AIR DRY, or gently pat the area with a clean paper towel. Remember; never touch your tattoo unless you have just washed your hands!

APPLY a very light application of a recommended tattoo aftercare, ointment, or lotion (fragrance and dye-free) to keep your tattoo hydrated. Use this sparingly! A thin layer is better and will help it heal faster. After the first few days of using an ointment, we suggest that you switch to a non-scented lotion.

AVOID wearing tight clothing against your tattoo. If possible, avoid sleeping on your tattoo so you don’t agitate the healing process. AVOID going into large bodies of water (pool, ocean, hot tubs, etc.), the gym, or activities that lead to excessive amounts of sweating, and exposure to the sun for the first two to four weeks. Showers are fine as long as they are quick and you do not saturate your tattoo. This could damage the tattoo in the healing process.

DO NOT pick, peel or scratch any scabbing or hard layers. These hard layers are normal and picking them off could damage or remove the color. Tattoos are permanent. If aftercare advice is not followed correctly, the infection may occur. Possible indications of infection are increased redness or swelling, and the tattoo is painful to the touch. There may be a painful throbbing sensation or feeling of heat. The discharge may become yellow or green in color and smells offensive if infection occurs. If the above symptoms occur please contact our studios immediately, or seek urgent medical attention. It is very important that you follow these guidelines.




Long-term aftercare is just as important as short-term. The more you care about how you treat your skin, the longer your tattoo will uphold its sheen. After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. PROTECT your tattoo with a minimum of 30 SPF sunblock. Always keep your tattoos moisturized, especially in areas prone to fading like hands, feet, elbows, etc. This will help keep the tattoo intact longer and less prone to fading over the years.

Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Company  (LLC) provides this tattoo aftercare as a prescribed suggestion in order to assist you in healing your new body art. Our intention is to offer you the best information. Our aftercare instructions are based on a combination of professional experience, research, and information provided by healthcare professionals, this includes the American Medical Association and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

These aftercare instructions are prepared in accordance with The Regulations of the El Paso County Board of Health Chapter 6 Body Art Regulations. Contact your body artist directly if infection symptoms occur. If your body artist is unavailable consult a physician or seek medical attention. Be aware that many doctors have not received specific training regarding tattoos. It is advised that these aftercare instructions are followed throughout the entire healing process to aid in the healing of your tattoo. If you have questions or concerns please contact our studio directly.