Original Art By Gary Mayo
7 Easy Simple Steps To A Good Tattoo
You do not need to be Einstein
to get a tattoo to heal
8 steps if you really want a great tattoo!
1: Keep your new tattoo bandaged for 1 to 4 hours. No more, no less.
The exact amount of time in the
1 to 4 hour window of time is not important, but it is
important you take care of your
tattoo in that time period, do not put it off till tomorrow!
2: Wash tattoo and surrounding areas when you remove the bandage with
water and liquid tattoo soap (very special
soap for healing wounds, not hand soap)
for 5 minutes. Remove all surface blood, plasma,
ointment and stray ink.
3: Rinse well with cold water for 10 minutes. Showers
only - No soaking!
Spend longer rinsing your
tattoo inn cold water than you did washing it in warm water, very important.
4: Dry 15 minutes with clean paper towels. No bath towel!
You need to spend more time
drying your tattoo than you did rinsing it.
5: Apply thin layer of Tattoo Goo on your tattoo.
Massage it in gently with clean
Less is much better than more!
Do not put on very much Tattoo Goo. If you can see it, it is too much!
6: Keep your tattoo clean and dry for 5 days.
If you get it wet, you must
follow all the steps above again each time you get it wet.
Much better to let it stay free
from water as long as it is clean.
7: Reapply Tattoo Goo about three times a day for a week or so.
Remember, very clean every time
you touch your new tattoo
8: Guns 2 Roses sells Tattoo Goo
in larger tins that fit in your
pocket or purse.
Some people continue to use
Tattoo Goo forever, and it will make your tattoo look twice as good as it
will if you only use it while
it is healing. Think of it as wax for your car.
DONíTS for 30 days
Donít let your tattoo dry out
unless you let it scab,
then let it dry out till the scab falls
off naturally. Do not pick at it!
Donít over saturate the tattoo with ointment.
It should be lightly glossy, not
Donít use anything we didnít recommend.
Don't put lotion on a tattoo, EVER
Only a compensated moron would tell
you to put lotion on an open wound
Donít use Neosporin or any other type of antibiotic ointment,
as they will suck
the ink out of the tattoo.
Don't use NEOSPORIN!
Unless you have a very dirty
job like welding or follow Mike Rowe around all day
Donít use a washcloth to clean your tattoo, clean bare hands only. Be gentle.
Don't rub, scratch, slap or pick your tattoo.
Donít suntan, or even expose it to sunlight.
Donít listen to other people (even other tattoo artists) about aftercare.
someone other than a doctor tells you anything about aftercare,
run like the
demons from hell are after you!
Donít soak in anything. No Baths, No Hot Tubs No Swimming.
Tubs are best for tattoos, but
keep your tattoo out of the water.
Don't go out and get fall down drunk after getting a tattoo
A tattoo is one of the most...
Ö.dynamic symbols of self expression ever created and it is
important to rely on the expert guidance of your artist for the proper aftercare
of your life-long treasure.
You were tattooed in a modern studio with sterilized instruments and pigments
and, after the process, the artist dressed the tattoo with a small amount of
ointment. The long life of your tattoo depends upon the care you give it during
the critical first few days and weeks.
Quality tattooists worldwide have helped compile these simple directions for
quick healing. However, we urge you to consult your own tattoo artist for any
special instructions related to the aftercare of your tattoo.
Do not re-bandage if you can keep the tattoo clean.
Do not use Vaseline, lotions, or straight petroleum products.
Do not use Neosporin, alcohol, iodine, or anything else.
Do not rub, scratch, slap itch or pick at your tattoo.
Do not expose to sun, wind, swim, soak in sauna or steam bath or soak in bathtub
for 4 weeks.
Be sure clothing, bedding touching your tattoo is clean and soft.
A tattoo should be considered minor surgery. It may bleed a bit at first but it
will stop within a couple of hours. Kept bandaged for 1 to 4 hours. If the
bandage sticks to the skin, soak the area with water until the bandage loosens,
then remove carefully.
Once the tattoo is exposed, wash it carefully in warm temperature water,
gently applying antimicrobial soap with fingers (never use a cloth) to remove
all surface blood and stray ink. Rinse with cold water, pat dry with a clean
paper towel, and air-dry for 10 minutes.
3 times a day for 10 days, sparingly apply a thin layer of
ointment given to you by Gary or Tattoo Goo salve.
After 5 to 14 days, the tattoo may start to peel (this is normal, like a
sunburn) and might scab. DO NOT pick or peel the skin away. Let it fall off
naturally during washing or application of Tattoo Goo. Fresh skin will soon
replace the dead skin. Colors may fade during the healing process, but will
return when healing is completed.
The proper ointment keeps your tattoos from drying and the skin areas soft and
moist. Always apply sparingly. Too much prevents the skin/tattoo from breathing,
and can cause leaching of the
colors. If this happens, discontinue use, wash the tattoo, pat dry, and consult
your tattoo artist at your earliest convenience.
After a few weeks, all flakey skin or scabbing will be gone, but the area may
still be sensitive. Continue regular cleaning and application of ointment, for
proper aftercare of your tattoo.
Exposure to the sun is the major cause of tattoo fading, but after a few months
you may sunbathe in moderation. Always use a sun block (at least SPF-30
sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection).
These guidelines are based on a combination of
professional experience, common sense, research, and extensive clinical
practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a