Getting a tattoo is 50% of the job done. Remaining 50% is maintaining the tattoo that will help the tattoo look sharp and prominent. The first 2 weeks is the most crucial time to carefully follow the aftercare tips. Once the tattoo is completed, the tattooist will place a plastic wrap over the tattoo to protect it from dirt and other foreign objects.

  • Remove the wrap after 2 to 3 hours and gently wash the tattoo with water (ensure that the water is at room temperature).
  • Do not use soap to wash the tattoo unless it is a mild soap.
  • Pat dry the tattoo with a soft cloth immediately.
  • Apply very thin layer of Vitamin A&D or Soframycin, or Tat wax, just enough to keep the tattoo moist.


Apply Vitamin A&D or Soframycin or Tat wax for minimum of 3 to 4 times a day to keep the tattoo area moist (drying out will make it hard for the skin to heal).
Itching sensation on or around the tattoo is quite common, it happens while the tattoo is healing (best way to avoid a very itchy tattoo is to moisturize it with Vitamin A&D or Soframycin, or Tat wax throughout the healing process).
Apply the ointment till the scabs form and peel off; at this stage you can use baby oil or any non-reactive moisturizer to keep the tattoo moist.


Do not bandage the tattoo and avoid tight clothing over the tattoo for a week (this helps to keep the tattoo from sticking to the cloth).
Do not expose the tattoo to direct sun light for the next 3 to 4 days (sun burn on a fresh tattoo can cause severe irritation and allergy).
Do not swim for next 3 weeks (chlorine in the swimming pool causes irritation and decolorizes the tattoo).
Do not use any cosmetic or scented lotions.
Do not peel the scabs off, they fall off on their own once the tattoo heals (peeling the scabs off can cause scarring and can ruin the tattoo).
Do not work out /exercise, avoid stressing the tattooed area for next 1 week (avoid gym for a week).
Do not shave, wax, or bleach on or around the tattoo preferably for a month.