Tattoo Aftercare Information


After your tattoo is completed, it will be bandaged. In two to six hours, the bandage needs to be removed. Do not remove the bandage until you are able to wash the area safely.


Wash your hands first. Use warm water, a mild, fragrance free soap, and just your fingertips to gently wash your tattoo. Do not scrub your tattoo. Do not re-bandage your tattoo. Wear loose CLEAN clothing on and around the area.


Wash your tattoo two times daily or after coming into contact with dirt, sweat, or anything unsanitary for at least two weeks. After washing, pat area dry lightly with paper towels. Apply lotion after tattoo is dry. Thoroughly rub in one of these moisturizers:


Unscented Curel Skin Lotion

Unscented Lubiderm Skin Lotion

Do not expose your tattoo to prolonged direct sunlight, tanning beds, swimming pools, hot tubs, lakes, rivers, or sea water for at least three weeks. Showers are fine; avoid baths and soaking your tattoo.


Your tattoo will form a light scab. Do not pick or scratch at your tattoo as doing so might cause loss of color. It will itch and peel while healing. Do not scratch. Apply a little lotion for relief. It is normal for your skin to be a little red, sore, or to weep for up to three days. However, signs and symptoms of infections include, but are not limited to, redness, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or excessive draining from the procedure site. In case of these signs and symptoms, seek medical care. If you have questions about whether your healing is proceeding normally, please contact Mission Street Tattoo.


Never take advice about how to heal a tattoo from others. If you have questions, please contact Mission Street Tattoo.


We recommend that you use a sunscreen with a high SPF rating on your tattoo after it is fully healed. Tattoos can and will fade when exposed to excessive sunlight. If you notice any light spots or discoloration once your tattoo is healed completely, contact us promptly for a touch up. We only offer this service when tattoos have been cared for per our instructions, and when we are notified promptly of any concerns. Please take good care of your artwork!