Don’t leave the bandage on for more than one hour, or take it off as quickly as you get home. If the gauze is stuck to the tattoo, saturate the gauze with cool water and gently peel it off. Wash your tattoo with cool water and mild, fragrance free soap, using your hand. Do not use anything that will exfoliate the skin such as a rough wash cloth. Be sure to work the soap into a lather before putting it on your tattoo as this will make it easier to wash any blood, salve, or plasma off the skin. Continue using your hand and cool water to rinse your tattoo until it no longer feels slimy or slippery. After washing your tattoo, you should pat it dry with a freshly cleaned towel or paper towel. Be sure not to wipe at your tattoo as that could pull scabs or peeling skin off and damage the tattoo. You should be washing and applying salve to your tattoo 6-8 times per day, or any time it feels especially dry or gets dirty, for the first 4-7 days or until your tattoo starts peeling. Once your tattoo is washed and dry, apply a very small amount of your after care product to the tattoo so it does not dry out or scab. You should be using a water/oil based product such as Small Batch Tattoo Salve, H2Ocean products, or whichever product we are selling in the studio. Do not use petroleum based products such as A&D, Aquaphor, Vaseline or any triple antibiotic ointment as this can clog the pores and cause “leeching” of the pigment in your tattoo. If your tattoo does scab, do not pick at it. This will eventually fall off naturally. Picking may cause loss of pigment or scarring. After the peeling occurs, you will notice a shiny, waxy layer of skin that may cause your tattoo to look faded. This is a normal part of the healing process. Also, once your tattoo is finished peeling, you may switch to any fragrance free lotion such as Eucerin, Dove, Lubriderm, etc. Apply any time your tattoo is especially dry. However, please stop using lotion after 2 weeks from the date you were tattooed to allow the "waxy" skin to slough. The longer you use lotion, the longer it will take for the skin to return to normal healthy tissue. While showering is encouraged, be sure not to submerge your tattoo in standing water such as your bath tub, hot tub, lake, pond, swimming pool through the duration of your healing process. Pools, hot tubs, and lakes can harbor viruses and bacteria that can lead to what the Center for Disease Control calls “Recreational Water Illness”. Do not allow tight clothing to sit or rub on the tattoo as this can also cause permanent damage. While your tattoo may look and feel healed as soon as a few weeks, full healing time can vary from 4-8 weeks depending on the extent of the work you had done. Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight until it is completely healed. Please do not use sun-screen on the tattoo for at least 2 weeks. To keep your tattoo looking new, always apply sunscreen when in direct sunlight, after it is fully healed. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at the number listed above or contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please contact a physician at the first sign of infection.I acknowledge by signing below that my body artist has gone over these after care directions with me, and upon my signature below, will provide me with these written instructions. I have been given the opportunity to ask any questions I may have.