We are proud to provide helpful tips and resources for all our past, present, and future customers. At Three Tentacles, we believe in going the extra mile in order to keep everyone happy and safe. Although getting a tattoo should be a fun experience, it is important to be well-informed before and after. Take a look at what we’ve posted and let us know if you have any additional questions. 

Aftercare

•    Leave your Tegaderm wrap on for at least 3 days, no more than 7 days. During this time your tattoo is going to weep and the bandage is going to fill up with body fluid called plasma. This plasma will also mix with excess pigment and create a murky colored fluid and will most likely cover your tattoo. This is completely normal so don’t freak out. Your bandage is waterproof (so there is no need to worry about getting it wet during showers).

•    Rule number one! When touching your healing tattoo ALWAYS make sure your hands are clean. Germs and bacteria are just nasty!

•    On the day when you’re ready to take off the Tegaderm, try to do so while in the shower. Place your tattoo under luke-warm water and slowly remove the bandage. (Some dead skin may or may not come off on the back of the bandage so don’t be alarmed if you see this).  Try to avoid taking your bandage off dry. Immediately wash your tattoo with liquid anti-bacterial soap. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER WASHES OR SOAPS. Gently massage the tattoo using only your fingertips to get it nice and sudsy! NEVER use a rag or a loofa to exfoliate your tattoo while it’s healing. 

•    Rinse off your tattoo, pat dry with a clean paper towel.

•    Apply a small amount of skin salve to your tattoo  NEVER use any anti-itch creams, healing creams or ointments such as neosporin,  bacitracin, etc. 

•    Repeat the washing and salve steps twice a day until your tattoo is healed. In between washes if your tattoo appears to be dry or peeling you can apply salve as needed in between washes.

•    The only time you will take the Tegaderm off before the 3-7 days is up is if you either have a negative reaction to the bandage or if it partially comes off and exposes the tattoo. (If you think you’re having a reaction please reach out to us). If either of these happen continue onto the next step. 

•    Your tattoo may still peel/flake (much like a sunburn) and also itch. Be sure to not pick at your tattoo, or scratch at it. Oh and please don’t apply any anti-itch creams or sunscreen at this stage of healing.

•    For the next two weeks you’re going to want to avoid submerging it in water as well as no sun or tanning! Showers only.

Remember, This is your investment. It is up to you once you leave the studio to make sure you care for your tattoo properly and as instructed. As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.We like knowing that our clients have well healed work. We guarantee this by offering a free touch up if it is needed after the healing process is complete.