Caring For Your New Tattoo

We recommend your wrap stays on for 2 – 4 hours, unless otherwise specified by your artist.

For HYPAFIX Self Adherent bandage we recommend the bandage stays on for a period NO LONGER than 48 hours unless otherwise stated.

After removal of your wrapping a wash is required, an unscented low level ph bar soap such as, Dove or Jergen’s antibacterial would be best suited. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your tattoo. Wash your tattoo by creating a foamy lather in hands then apply lather gently to tattoo. After washing, rinse under lukewarm water.

Washing is required 2 – 3 times a day every day for 2 weeks, unless otherwise specified by your artist.

For Aftercare we recommend one of the following products: H2Ocean Tattoo aftercare, After Inked, or unscented Lubriderm. The product is to be applied 3 – 5 times daily for a period of two weeks.

During your tattoo’s healing process you will notice a sun-burn like peeling which has the colours of your tattoo in it. This is part of the healing process and should be expected. If any scabbing occurs do not pick it off as you WILL damage your tattoo.

  • DO treat your fresh tattoo as a fresh open wound, take care when applying any cosmetics or deodorants within 6 inches of your tattoo, as any foreign substance entering your tattoo can and will most likely cause complications during healing. This also includes other people, pets, etc.
  • DO NOT pick or scratch at your tattoo as you can accidentally remove ink that you’ve just paid for. Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight during the initial two week period, as UV light can be very damaging to you as you heal, THIS INCLUDES TANNING BEDS. After the 2 weeks period you should apply a sun screen SPF 40 or stronger to preserve the life of your tattoo.
  • DO NOT submerge your tattoo in ANY body of water, this means: lakes, pools, rivers, hot tubs and baths, as all of these can contain foreign chemicals and bacteria that can be damaging to your healing tattoo. Showering is fine while the tattoo is healing, just do not let the water hit directly against your tattoo as hard water pressure may cause irritation.


Once you have received your new tattoo you can expect redness, swelling and some pain. This can last up to a week or longer. A buildup of fluid within the HYPAFIX bandage is to be expected and needs to be washed thoroughly upon removal of the bandage. If improper care is implemented after the procedure an infection can occur. If you notice any signs of infection, please do not hesitate to contact your doctor.

Please return to The Altered Nation within a month’s time for a check up. We do offer a free touch up as long as the provided aftercare is followed. If you do not return after 3 months we cannot guarantee a free touch up.