Tattoo Aftercare

Immediately after getting your tattoo done, the aftercare process begins. Your tattoo artist will provide essential tips to ensure a perfect healing process. At Havasu Tattoo, our artists take special care to protect your newly inked skin by covering it with a bandage or plastic wrap. This protective layer serves two purposes: preventing bacteria from entering the skin and safeguarding the tattoo from rubbing against clothes, which could lead to irritation.

During the initial healing phase, the tattoo may release fluids or excess ink, and that’s completely normal. Wash your hands with lukewarm water and fragrance-free soap to clean the tattoo. Gently cleanse the tattooed area with soap and water, being careful not to be too harsh.

After washing, pat the skin dry using a soft cloth. At this point, you can remove the bandage to allow your skin to breathe. Use mild, fragrance-free soap or a tattoo-specific cleaner for subsequent washes. Havasu Tattoo Company offers a range of aftercare products specifically designed for this purpose.

In the first few days, it’s typical for the tattooed area to appear red, itchy, and sensitive. Some ink and blood and fluid may also leak from the skin during this time. These are all typical aspects of the healing process.

However, if you notice signs of infection, experience an allergic reaction, or observe any unusual scarring, we advise you to promptly consult your Havasu Tattoo artist or seek advice from your doctor. Your health and well-being are paramount to us, and we want to ensure that your tattoo healing journey is as smooth and worry-free as possible.

The “Do Nots”

  • Do not pick, peel, or scratch your new tattoo.
  • Do not under any circumstances use rubbing alcohol, peroxide, or cortisone on your new tattoo.
  • Do not use sponges, washcloths, or anything abrasive while cleaning your tattoo.  They harbor bacteria and may irritate or harm your tattoo.
  • Do not let anyone touch your new tattoo.
  • Do not go in the lake, tub, pool, etc.  These all contain bacteria.
  • Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight. This includes tanning beds.  A high SPF sunscreen will protect the crispness/longevity of your tattoo in the future.