A tattoo is an open wound and should only be touched with clean hands to avoid infection.

Leave your bandage on for at least 2 hours.  Take the bandage off* and wash your tattoo with warm soapy water.  Work up a lather with the soap, wash with the lather and rinse with warm water until all the soap is removed.  Pat dry with a clean paper towel and allow to air dry for 10 minutes.

Apply AQUAPHOR ointment lightly to your tattoo 3 times/day for 3 days.  Use only a pea sized amount and rub the ointment into your tattoo using only clean fingertips.  Blot off any excess with a clean, dry paper towel.  It IS possible to suffocate your skin which can cause infection, rejection, rash and skin irritation.

After 3 days, switch to an unscented hand lotion.  Apply a small amount, rub it in.  Re-apply as needed (when your tattoo looks dry).

Around the 4th day after receiving your tattoo it will begin to itch and peel like a sunburn.  --  DO NOT pick, rub, scratch, shave or exfoliate your tattoo for at least 2 weeks.

​     -  DO NOT soak or submerge your tattoo outside of normal shower and washing for at least 2 weeks.

     -  DO NOT expose your tattoo to sun or UV light (tanning beds) for a least 2  

        weeks.  After 2 weeks use an SPF 50 or higher every time your tattoo sees the


​     -  DO NOT get any hair products, cosmetics, fragrance lotions/sprays, cleaning

        products or bodily fluids on your tattoo for at least 2 weeks.

     -  DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo for any reason.


*The bandage may be stuck to your tattoo, DO NOT tear it off!  Instead, get the bandage wet with cold water until the bandage removes easily.

Your tattoo should take a round a month to completely heal and return to normal skin.


Please contact your artist with any questions or concerns regarding healing, complications, infection, or disease.  Your body artist is required by law to report any conditions to the health department within 24 hours of discovery.


Please contact a physician at the first signs of any adverse reaction including but not limited to:

Persistent swelling, fever, redness, rash development, allergic reaction, infection, illness.



Outside the normal limits of healing, any concerns that your body art had resulted in complications infection or disease should be reported to:

Denver Health Inspections-Body Art

200 W. 14th Ave, Ste 200

Denver, CO 80204




Please call your artist at Illustrated Gypsy with any questions or concerns

Note: Failure to follow these aftercare instructions may greatly affect your tattoo and may cause complications.