Fine Art For Bodies: Precare and Aftercare

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Preparing for Your Session

Please be aware: Getting a tattoo is, at best, a stressful procedure for your body!

The better  condition your mind, body, and skin are in when your session is scheduled, the better you will be able to cope with it.

  • Be Fed:  – Don’t be hungry, you will pass out. It is imperative that you eat a good meal 2-4 hours before your


  • Be Hydrated,  Be Moisturized: Drink water, use lotion! Healthy  skin is supple, and easy to tattoo. And it  

        actually hurts less! Dry skin is tough, itchy, flaky, and oversensitive. It resists needle penetration and ink

fixation. And HURTS MORE. A glass of water can make a noticeable difference in your skin texture in

minutes. So Drink several!

  • Be Rested:  Well-rested bodies and minds are patient, creative, determined, excited, happy.

Don’t be cranky, irritable, or hung over. If your mind feels that way, your body (and skin) are worse.

  • Be SOBER- See Above. (Not to mention terms and release forms: You WILL NOT be seen while intoxicated)
  • Be Comfortable:  Please dress comfortably and bring your music player, playlist, or favorite CD. Feel free to bring something to squeeze, watch, read, or listen to to make your experience that much more pleasant.
  • What to Wear / Drapes:Wear clothes in which you are able to reveal the area to be tattooed, but not expose more than you’re comfortable.  If you will be partially revealed, your artist will provide sanitary drapes, but you may also feel free to bring your own canga, sarong, robe, or something comfortable to drape yourself with.

Also consider the clothes you will be leaving in: You do NOT want rough denim or footwear brushing your freshly tattooed skin!


Tattoo Aftercare

Your tattoo will take about 2-4 weeks to heal completely. It is imperative to keep the tattooed skin absolutely clean and well moisturized during this period

After about 3-5 days it is normal for the tattoo to start to itch, and begin to peel. DO NOT  scratch, peel, or pick at it, continue to wash and moisturize normally.

During the first 2-3 weeks:

Washing Your Tattoo: 2-3 Times Daily

-Wash using warm water and an mild, un-scented, anti bacterial soap such as amber-colored Dial or Dr. =Bronners  -When showering, try to take short showers and wash your tattoo last to avoid soaking. Wash face, hair, and body first, taking care not to get shampoo, conditioner, or body wash on tattoo.

-Just before exiting, lather soap in Hand and pass gently over the tattoo, do not scrub or use washcloths or sponges.

-Pat Dry, using a clean paper towel, do not rub.

-Let Air Dry Completely before applying ointment


Treating You Tattoo: 2-3  times Daily

After washing, with clean hands, apply a small amount of your aftercare product of choice.

After 3-5 days you may switch to a fragrance-free, water-based emollient lotion such as Lubriderm, or Aveeno. Skin should not appear wet or greasy after application:

Do NOT over-apply lotion or ointment

  •         Do NOT Re-Bandage Tattoo
  •         DO NOT Scratch, Pick, Scrub, or Rub tattoo
  •         Do NOT expose to direct sunlight (ever)
  •         Do NOT Swim or Soak in water


Continue to Limit and protect yourself from sun exposure during the life of your tattoo
To maximize the longevity of your tattoo

UV rays degrade your tattoo’s color and line quality.

Utilize Heavy Duty Sunblock and preferably garment coverage at all times possible when you will be out in the sun.

::NOTE:: If you begin to experience excessive bruising, bleeding, or any signs of bumps, rash, or signs of infection, see a healthcare professional immediately!