Tattoo Aftercare


Always choose the very best tattoo artist for the job so that you can be assured of the best possible outcome. After you have chosen your tattoo artist, they will provide you with detailed instructions of how to care for your new tattoo. You will achieve the very best outcome if you pay attention and follow the instructions provided.

Most of the instructions provided are industry standard and have been tried and tested for many years. Pay careful attention to the details provided to allow your new tattoo to properly heal and last.


After 2-3 hours, carefully remove the covering. This does not apply to any second skin style covering, which should be left as advised by Artist and from then on can the following process begin – If the wrap starts to come-away or air gets into the tattoo covering at any point during this time then remove immediately.

Clean your tattoo and surrounding area with warm water and pH-skin neutral antibacterial soap containing no added perfumes. Clean away any residue and repeat process again with cold water to help subdue swelling.

Pat the tattoo dry with a paper towel (never wipe) and leave the tattoo to air dry completely for 30-45 minutes. This allows the tattoo to close and for your body to begin forming a natural barrier.

Then apply a thin layer of your OFS Artist recommend aftercare cream.
It is important that you only use a very small amount so as only to soften the tattoo and not make it wet, as this can cause the tattoo to remain open and vulnerable to infections.

Repeat this process 3-4 times per day for the first 3 days.

Over the next 14 days continue to cream your tattoo with the products advised. There may be a thin layer on scabbing over your tattoo – this is normal and will come off by itself.


Buy the correct tattoo aftercare product. We stock and sell the leading recommended products in the studio or on our website, click here to view our aftercare range.

DO NOT apply too much aftercare product to the tattoo. This action, along with poor hygiene and general care, is one of the most common ways that tattoos become infected.

NEVER rub, scratch or pick your tattoo. If the tattoo becomes dry and flakey simply apply a little aftercare cream and leave it alone.

AVOID direct sunlight, swimming and contact sports or any exercise that causes rubbing or stretching of the skin.

AVOID saunas and bathing, showering is fine.

AVOID pets and animals. If you are in regular contact with an animal then keep your tattoo covered at all times.

BE SENSIBLE – use the right products, in the right amounts and keep your general hygiene and cleanliness to a high standard.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the studio.

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