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Tattoo Aftercare




ALWAYS Wash your hands before caring for your new tattoo. 


  • Keep the bandage on for no longer than 30 minutes (DO NOT RE-WRAP). You may see blood or clear liquid under the bandage. This is normal. 

  • Take the bandage off slowly and wash the tattoo with non-scented antibacterial soap and water and apply a thin layer of ointment to the tattoo. 

  • Use the ointment for one week. Apply only a thin amount of ointment 3-5 times a day and always was your tattoo with non-scented antibacterial soap and water before applying a new layer. 

  • Also use clean bed linens and bath towels throughout the healing period. 

  • After one week of using the ointment, switch to non-scented lotion. Alcohol is used to add scents in lotion, and that will cause your ink to dry up and scab. 

  • Yes, you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo. It’s ok to get your new tattoo wet – just don’t soak it or scrub it. To clean it, apply a small amount of non-scented antibacterial soap on hand and rub it gently over tattoo. Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so avoid those for 2-3 weeks. Showering is perfectly fine as long as you don’t saturate your tattoo. Swimming in a pool, fresh water or salt water should be avoided for at least 2-3 weeks. 

  • In the process of your new tattoo healing, it will become very itchy. DON”T SCRATCH OR PICK AT YOUR TATTOO. It will peel, but let the dead skin fall off on its own. At this stage your tattoo is almost healed. And now is not the time to ruin it! 

  • Tanning will NOT be a good on the site of tattoo during the healing phase, and it is suggested to use sunscreen over bright tattoos after 2 weeks of being to preserve their color. 

  • Going to the gym is ok, but protect your tattoo from the gym equipment. 


If you think you’re having a problem, feel free to call the shop at (720) 335-6685, or come in and show us. 


If you experience abnormal symptoms after the procedures such as, infection, yellow or green pus discharge from the tattoo site, extreme pain, or swelling, CONTACT A PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY!


Taking care of a tattoo is important and can be intimidating, but remember, people do it every day! You can too. Thanks for choosing DreamHouse! See ya soon!

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