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Tattoo Aftercare Instructions:


A tattoo should be treated as a surface wound; this means it is subject to infections. The better care you take of your tattoo, the better your tattoo will heal and reduce your risk of infection. Please follow these simple steps to ensure the quality of your new tattoo:

  • Please keep the original bandage applied by your artist on for one to two hours. If the bandage sticks when trying to remove it, rinse under lukewarm water. There is no need to re-bandage.

  • Next, wash the tattooed area with antimicrobial soap and warm water. Rinse with cool water and gently pat dry with a clean towel.

  • Let the tattoo air dry for another few minutes

  • With clean hands, you should then apply a thin layer of salve. We highly recommend Redemption which is available at Zaza Ink. Just a thin layer, rubbed in, is enough.

  • Repeat this process 2-3 times a day for ten to fourteen days (average healing time) or until it is fully healed. Your tattoo is fully healed when it is no longer shiny and you can run your hand over it and not feel any bumps, etc.

  • During the healing process, your tattoo may start to peel, scab, and look dull as the new skin regenerates, or shiny as the new skin heals. DO NOT pick at your tattoo.  Let it heal naturally.

  • Do not use products containing petroleum, lanolin, or alcohol on your tattoo.

  • Keep your new tattoo out of the sun, tanning booth, hot tub, sauna, swimming pool, etc. until it is fully healed. These activities will fade your tattoo and put you at risk for infection.

  • Keep pets at a distance to reduce exposure to dirt and bacteria.

  • If you notice redness, puffiness, or something that just isn't right with your tattoo, please do not hesitate to come in. We need to see the tattoo to determine what any issues may be. If you think you are having a reaction to your aftercare, discontinue use and contact us.

  • Enjoy your new tattoo and thank you for your business!

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