Leave your tattoo covered with the bandage for a minimum of 3 hours.
Remove bandage in approx. 3 hours, it can be longer dependant on what you are doing. Gently wash/rinse your tattoo with a clean hands and warm water (no soap) and remove any blood or discharge. Pat dry with a clean cloth, don't rub.
Do not re-bandage, but let the tattoo breathe. Check your tattoo every few hours for the next 24 hours, washing your tattoo ONLY if it has crusted with discharge or blood again. Do nothing else but wash your tattoo (if needed) for the first 24 hours or so, do NOT apply any aftercare product yet!
AFTER 24 to 48 hours your tattoo should of started to dry out, and ONLY if needed you can start to apply a small amount of an aftercare product. The ONLY reason for applying product is to keep your tattoo from cracking and feeling tight. Remember your skin needs to breathe so use just a very very small amount.
I recommend any type of unscented moisturizing lotion/oil or salve (without comfrey). Best (if applicable) to use a brand you already use, as you already know that it works for you. Do not use POLYSPORIN or any medicated ointment, also do not use just coconut oil as it tends to build up and not be completely absorbed, causing the skin to have a hard time breathing.
You want to apply a very, very, small amount of the product by first dispersing it into clean hands, then applying it by lightly dabbing it onto your tattoo and letting the product soak in. Do not rub it in, and when you apply the product wipe downward as to not push the product up into the pours. Do this Only 1 to 2 times per day, no more.
Remember you want to let your tattoo breathe. Keep your tattoo clean from dirt and dry now.
Avoid touching your tattoo without washing your hands first.
No soaking in water or swimming, avoid the sun.
Apply the product once a day everyday for 2 weeks.
**If after applying product to your new tattoo your tattoo starts to weep, a thicker scab starts to form and looks really dry you are probably applying too much product. There should only be a thin layer of skin that peels.
If you apply too much product you will lose colour. Do not listen to friends, family, co-workers or any other know it all on how to take care of your new ink, they are not tattoo artists so contact the studio if you have ANY concerns.
In 3 to 5 days your new tattoo will start to peel and the colour will start flake off. This is a normal process, do not panic.
Do not pick off the skin or you will lose colour.
Usually it will heal for most in about 7 to 10 days, 2 weeks maximum.