Tattoo aftercare

CONGRATS, YOU HAVE JUST RECEIVED A TATTOO FROM CLASSIC MARKINGS.

FOR YOUR NEW TATTOO TO HEAL IN THE BEST POSSIBLE MANNER, WE RECOMMEND YOU FOLLOW ONLY THESE INSTRUCTIONS:

LEAVE THE BANDAGE ALONE

WE TOOK GREAT CARE TO COVER YOUR NEW TATTOO FOR GOOD REASONS! AS PRETTY AS YOUR NEW TATTOO IS, IT IS STILL AN OPEN WOUND AND OPEN WOUNDS ARE BREEDING GROUNDS FOR BACTERIA AND INFECTION SO WE SUGGEST YOU LEAVE THE BANDAGE ON FOR A MINIMUM OF 2 HOURS.

WASHING AND TREATMENT

AFTER YOU HAVE REMOVED THE BANDAGE YOU WILL NEED TO WASH YOUR TATTOO USING LUKE-WARM WATER AND A MILD SOAP CLEANING OFF ANY DRIED BLOOD, TATTOO INK AND GOO, DO NOT USE A FLANNEL, SPONGE OR ANYTHING ABRASIVE ON YOUR NEW TATTOO. A CLEAN HAND IS THE BEST TOOL TO USE IN THIS CASE! LET THE TATTOOED AREA TOTALLY AIR DRY BEFORE APPLYING A THIN LAYER OF FOREVER FORGOTTEN TATTOO CARE (available at our studio) AND RE-WRAP THE AREA IN CLINGFILM, NOT TO TIGHT AND SECURE WITH MEDICAL TAPE. THE BEST TIME TO WASH AND RE-DRESS THE TATTOO IS IN THE MORNING, AFTERNOON AND EVENING.THE CLINGFILM WILL ACT AS A PROTECTIVE BARRIER FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING (saving your bed sheets from ink) AND STOP CLOTHING RUBBING AGAINST IT. AS YOU REACH DAY 5 YOU SHOULD ONLY NEED TO CLEAN AND RE-WRAP TWICE A DAY BETWEEN DAYS 7-14 YOU WILL NO LONGER NEED TO APPLY THE CLINGFILM BUT ENSURE TO KEEP IT WELL MOISTURISED. PLEASE DON’T BE ALARMED FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS IF THERE IS AN INKY MESS UNDER THE CLINGFILM THIS IS NORMAL AND NOT YOUR TATTOO FALLING OUT!

SCABBING AND PEELING

AFTER AROUND 5 DAYS YOU WILL NOTICE THE SKIN AROUND THE TATTOO WILL START TO PEEL OR FLAKE. DO NOT PANIC AND DO NOT STOP WRAPPING THE TATTOO. YOUR SKIN MAYBE AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF HEALING AND YOU DON’T WANT TO GO THROUGH ALL THIS EFFORT TO END UP WITH A SCABBY TATTOO. FOR LARGER WORK BE PREPARED TO BE WRAPPING THE TATTOO FOR AT LEAST 7 DAYS. DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH AT YOUR NEW TATTOO AS THIS WILL PULL OUT THE INK LEAVING YOU WITH A PATCHY TATTOO!

BATHS, SHOWERS AND POOLS

YES, YOU CAN AND SHOULD SHOWER WITH A NEW TATTOO. IT’S OK TO GET YOUR NEW TATTOO WET, HOWEVER DO NOT SUBMERGE YOUR NEW TATTOO UNDERWATER FOR THE FIRST 10-14 DAYS. WE RECOMMEND SHORT SHOWERS FOR THE FIRST WEEK OR SO. BATHS, HOT TUBS AND POOLS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE TO YOUR FRESH TATTOO SO SHOULD BE AVOIDED.

PROTECTION FROM THE SUN

ONCE YOUR TATTOO IS FULLY HEALED YOU WILL NEED TO PROTECT IT FROM THE SUNS ULTRAVIOLET RAYS. THE SUN WILL QUICKLY FADE AND DAMAGE A BRILLIANT TATTOO VERY QUICKLY. BEFORE SPENDING LONG PERIODS OF TIME IN THE SUN, IT’S IMPORTANT TO PROTECT YOUR TATTOO WITH A MINIMUM 30SPF SUN CREAM.

BLACK AND GREY TATTOOS

BLACK AND GREY TATTOOS APPEAR RED AND DARKER JUST AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. THEY USUALLY TAKE AROUND 14-21 DAYS TO SETTLE DOWN TO THE SHADE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE.

CLINGFILM SCIENCE

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE CLINGFILM IS THAT IT PREVENTS YOUR HEALING SKIN FROM LOOSING MOISTURE, KEEPS THE INK IN AND TRAPS ESSENTIAL OILS THAT ALLOW FOR RAPID HEALING OF YOUR DAMAGED SKIN CELLS THAT CANNOT BE MATCHED BY DRY HEALING. THE WASHING IN BETWEEN WRAPPING WILL KEEP THE TATTOO AS CLEAN AS IT NEEDS TO BE AND WITHOUT RISK OF INFECTION. FOLLOWING THESE SIMPLE STEPS WILL KEEP YOUR TATTOO AND INVESTMENT LOOKING BOLD AND VIBRANT FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN TO FRIENDS FAMILY OR CO WORKERS ON HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR TATTOO THEY ARE NOT TATTOOISTS AND DO NOT KNOW BEST!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS. WE WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP.