First, you are to be commended on your new tattoo, your sophisticated selection of artwork, and your impeccable taste. It looks wonderful! To keep your new tattoo looking great and to avoid any chance of infection from this point on, we put together a list of recommendations for new tattoo aftercare. If you have any questions please give us a call and once again, thank you for choosing Red House Irons Tattoo!





The bandage acts as a barrier to protect you from airborne bacteria. By understanding these simple steps and you’ll be show off your great new piece later. Your new tattoo artwork is, technically, an open wound. Keep your new tattoo covered for at least 1 – 2 hours post-application.


In addition to protective bandages, keeping your new artwork clean will be important in the first few days after your visit to Red House Irons. Follow these basic principles and you’ll do just fine…

  1. After your remove the bandage, use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap to gently wash away any ointment, blood, and/or plasma, and completely clean the area. DO NOT USE a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is the best tool.
  2. To dry your tattoo, PAT the area firmly with a clean paper towel to completely dry it. Follow this with a very light application of ointment (A&D vitamin enriched ointment, Bacitracin, H2Ocean) for 3 – 5 days.
  3. Continue to keep your tattoo clean and skin soft. Whatever lotion you use, it should be dye and fragrance free. (Recommended products: Eucerin or Lubriderm).
  4. Do not soak your new tattoo for 2 – 3 weeks. Avoid swimming (pool, ocean, lake, stream, river, bucket, whatever) for at least 2 weeks.


Scabbing and peeling is normal part of your skin’s healing process. Occasionally, this healing causes an itching sensation. While your skin heals there are just a few things to keep in mind…

You may feel and itching sensation, like you have a localized sunburn. Apply a moist, warm compress to the scabs for about 5 minutes 2-3 times a day to soften them and they will, sooner or later, come off on their own.


The best method of itch relief is to slap/pat the area that is itching. If it is peeling, apply lotion; if it is scabbing leave it alone.

Sun Exposure

Of course you want to show off your new tattoo.  In order to keep your artwork looking great follow this one step…

Use a minimum of 30 SPF sunblock. You probably should anyway.

If you have any questions please feel free to call Red House Irons at +1 (978) 400 - 7031