Always wash your hands with liquid unscented antibacterial soap (Dial Gold) and water before touching your tattoo.Leave your bandage on for at least 1, but no longer than 24 hours. (If you do not have a bandage, wash your tattoo after 2 hours.)After removing your bandage, gently wash the tattoo with antibacterial liquid soap and hot water. Use only fingertips, no washcloths or abrasive materials. Let your tattoo air dry or pat dry with a paper towel and apply a very thin layer of aquaphor(or what best works for you)after washing. We recommend Aquaphor for the first 3-5 days. Wash your tattoo 1-2 times daily and apply 2-3 times daily. If the tattoo looks wet or dirty, wash it, let air dry and apply a thin layer of recommended aftercare. If the tattoo looks dry or flaky apply a thin layer of aquaphor. Never use bacitracin or vasaline. After 3-5 days your tattoo will start to peel and flake like a sunburn with ink colored skin. At this point, you can replace the ointment with an unscented lotion, such as Cetaphil, for the remainder of the healing period.Typically a tattoo takes anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks to heal. This varies from person to person. Be mindful of your new tattoo, it is an open wound during the healing process. Do not over apply ointment/lotion, this will close off your skin and prevent it from healing properly.Do not pick or scratch your tattoo during the healing process, it can pull ink out of your skin and your tattoo will require repair. AVOID direct SUN exposure 10-18 days After the healing process apply sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher when in the sun to help your tattoo age well. Sun exposure will fade your tattoo over time.Do not soak or submerge your tattoo until it is completely healed. No lakes, pools, hot tubs, baths, etc. Showering is okay. Please use common sense if you are advised to follow different aftercare methods other than those listed above. Be aware there are many products on the market that can slow healing and/or promote an allergic reaction. Feel free to call us and discuss your options before switching aftercare methods or if you have any questions. Contact a healthcare professional at the first sign of infection.