Wash your new tattoo with hot water
While this may be a bit uncomfortable, it will not harm your new tattoo. Gently remove all blood to help prevent scabbing. Do not scrub your new tattoo - gentle pressure will be sufficient.
Dry your tattoo
Using a slightly moist and clean paper towel, gently dab your new tattoo dry and gently remove any solid pieces of blood, etc
Wash tattoo with a mild anti-bacterial soap and water
Again, do not scrub your new tattoo. Gently clean the area and rinse well
Dry the area around your new tattoo
Allow the area of your new tattoo to air-dry. This should take about 15 - 20 minutes
Apply Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Using very light pressure, gently apply a light coat of Aquaphor ointment. A small amount will do - too heavy of a coating of Aquaphor will only trap germs into your newly tattoed area.
Apply a clean bandage to your new tattoo
Lightly re-bandage your tattoo and leave on over-night. In the morning, repeat the cleaning process.
Massage Aquaphor into your new tattoo
Gently massage Aquaphor onto your new tattoo for a minute or two. It's ok to use a firmer touch than the day before. Massaging the tissue of your new tattoo will help increase circulation and speed the recovery period. *Note* only massage your new tattoo during the cleaning process when your new tattoo - and your hands - arecompletely clean.
Do not re-bandage your tattoo
Wear loose fitting clothes if needed, but allow your newly tattooed area to have air to speed healing.
Repeat cleaning process 3 times a day
Clean your tattoo and gently massage in Aquaphor 3 times a day.