It takes 3 weeks to a month for a tattoo to heal correctly. All tattoos will itch while healing. If you must touch it, lightly pat it please - NO scratching!

During the healing process your tattoo will stay moist and your body will allow for it to heal on its own rather than relying on an ointment. The reason for washing every 4 hours is so that the tattoo heals correctly. The tattoo will go into a light leaking, scabbing, and peeling process during healing. Do not worry, this is normal. For any further questions please contact Black 13 Tattoo.

Download a printable aftercare sheet for your fridge.

Healing for large sessions:

Bandage your tattoo with saran/plastic wrap allowing no air to get to the tattoo for the first 72 hours. Within those 72 hours remove the wrap every 4 hours and wash thoroughly with non-scented anti-bacterial soap. Re-apply wrap with new saran/plastic wrap. Repeat process for remainder of 72 hours. After 72 hours remove the wrap leaving the tattoo exposed and use an intensive care FRAGRANCE-FREE dry skin lotion such as Lubriderm. Apply lightly as needed and for as long as needed.

Healing for small sessions:

Take the bandage off when you are in a sterile environment and able to clean the area. Wash thoroughly with clean hands and non-scented anti-bacterial soap. Pat dry and apply a thin coat of Vitamin A&D Ointment (found at most stores in the baby section) 2 to 3 times a day as needed for 3 days. After 3 days switch to a FRAGRANCE-FREE lotion such as Lubriderm. Wash the tattoo throughout the day making sure it stays clean.

Remember:
NO swimming. NO sun tanning. NO picking. Period! Sunlight fades tattoos, so after your tattoo heals keep it covered or use sunblock when you’re in the sun.