Keep bandage on for 2-3 hours. After 2-3 hours, remove bandage carefully (if it sticks, wet bandage and remove slowly.) Once uncovered, wash with warm mild soap and water (using fingertips), then wash three times per day for the next 7-14 days.

Use A&D ointment; apply a very thin layer as often as possible to prevent your tattoo from drying out. If it feels dry and tight, apply the ointment. (If you put it on too heavy you will lose color and definition. If it looks like it is beading or dripping, it is too thick).

If rash occurs, discontinue the use of the ointment and call us.

After a few days, it is perfectly normal for the skin on the tattoo to take on a cloudy appearance, followed by peeling for a short while (like sunburn.) Never peel or pick any part of your tattoo. If you do, you will lose color and it could result in additional expense in re-coloring. (Any loose skin will work itself off without any help from you.)

DO NOT use alcohol to clean tattoo.


DO NOT rub or scratch (if it itches, give sharp slap.)


DO NOT expose to direct sunlight or tanning beds for two weeks.

DO NOT let tattoo dry out.


DO NOT soak tattoo in sauna, steam bath, or bathtub for two weeks (yes, you may shower.)


No swimming in pools, lakes, rivers, or oceans for at least two weeks.

Remember that your tattoo is an open wound until it is completely healed. If you use the guidelines listed above (and a little common sense), in a short while, you will not even know it’s there….except when you are showing it off. A lot of thought, planning, and a certain amount of discomfort has gone into your new tattoo.

With just a little care, it will continue to look great for years to come! Please use the ointment suggested by us (unless you have had problems in the past with it). Check out our aftercare products for sale in our online shop.

Black Cobra Ointment Stick
Black Cobra Tattoo Balm 2oz Stick
Black Cobra Tattoo Balm 1oz Tin
Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap

Please contact us with any concerns.