Getting a tattoo isn’t just a case of showing up to the studio and walking out later with your new tattoo – it takes about a month for it to heal and during this time it’s important you look after it to ensure the best possible results.
At Folklore Tattoo Studio, every client is provided with aftercare packs. These contain:
- Surgical Grade Antibacterial Soap
- Coconut Oil (we also recommend all-natural products e.g. El Gato Negro Healing Balm, Shea Butter, Raw Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Cream)
- Aftercare Card
- Point of Contact Card
Wet Healing Procedure:
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Use a Hibiscrub or Surgical soap provided.
- Create a lather with your hands gently wash your tattoo, ensure tattoo is thoroughly clean, rinse and repeat if necessary.
- DO NOT use a sponge/cloth to wash the tattoo only use your hands.
- Rinse off soap using warm water then rinse with some cold water.
- Allow excess water to drip off and let your tattoo to air dry.
- DO NOT use a towel, kitchen roll etc or rub your tattoo in any way, no dabbing dry this all contains bacteria which can cause infection when wrapping.
- Leave your tattoo to surface dry, thatʼs when all the water droplets have disappeared but itʼs still a little moist/tacky (this will help the clingfilm to stick).
- Re-wrap with a clean piece of cling film, making sure your tattoo is fully covered, smooth out all air bubbles and secure with tape.
- TOP TIP: ICE PACK YOUR TATTOO TO REDUCE HEAT AND TAKE A COURSE OF IBRUPROFEN IF YOU ARE ABLE FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS.
- Repeat above steps a minimum of morning and night for at least 2-4 days, Your tattoo artist will advise you on how long based on your tattoo. Due to sweating/goo we advise you to change cling film 2-4 times daily following steps above, more often if you train/exercise etc due to sweating and change immediately.
- YOU DO NOT NEED ANY CREAM / PRODUCT AT THIS STAGE! VERY IMPORTANT DO NOT APPLY ANY TYPE OF CREAM / PRODUCT UNDER THE CLING FILM!
We recommend you allergy test the soap prior to use:
- Dab a small amount of the soap neat onto the crease of your elbow/arm and leave for 15 minutes.
- If there is no signs of redness/irritation or any other reaction continue to use the soap.
- After 2-4 days of wrapping your tattoo take the cling film off and wash with soap as before but this time leave your tattoo to dry completely.
- If moisture spots reappear on the surface wrap it for an extra day or so as before.
- Your tattoo can be wrapped for as many days as it takes for the plasma to subside as long as the procedure is correctly followed it will not be a problem.
- With clean hands massage a SMALL amount of product when the tattoo feels tight and is dry.
- NOTE: If you have had a large area tattooed it will feel tight like a layer of film is still on it, do not feel tempted to alleviate this by applying excessive amounts of product as this the most common mistake with aftercare and often leads to complications. Your tattoo needs to dry in order to flake but not dry out too much so that it will crack and weep, you will only need enough to lightly moisturise the surface of the skin.
- Wash your tattoo between applications for the first two days whilst sore. If you apply to much product the lines will raise and your tattoo will look like it is going gooey, if this happens wash the tattoo again with the soap provided, leave to dry and apply less product this time. You DO NOT need to apply cling film from this point.
- Natural products we recommend to use: Coconut Oil, Cocoa/Shea butter, El Gato Negro healing balm, Aloe Vera Cream. We do not recommend Bepanthen as it is not designed for tattoo healing as many of our clients have had adverse reactions in the past, natural is always best.
- Itchiness is a sign of your tattoo healing it should flake like sunburn with no heavy scabbing.
- DO NOT PICK /SCRATCH – YOU WILL LIFT OUT YOUR INK!
- DO NOT soak in water (e.g. bath/swim), expose to direct sunlight or sun beds until completely healed (typically 2-4 weeks).
- TOP TIP: If itching is driving you mad, use an antihistamine like Piriton
- If your tattoo is hot, pulsing and producing a lot of plasma (goo) after 1-2 days this can be a sign of infection. If this occurs see your tattoo artist asap for advice do not leave it as the sooner you tell us the sooner we can help! Or seek medical attention in an extreme case.
REMEMBER: Follow our instructions as we know the best way to heal our work so you get the best possible results. Aftercare of your tattoo is YOUR responsibility and Folklore Tattoo Studio is not liable for any problems upon exit.
If you have any queries about your aftercare ASK US! GOOD LUCK!