taking care of your new tattoo

Please aim to remove your dressing after a two hour period and give your new tattoo a good wash with warm fragrance free mild soapy water (using your hands only, no sponges, clothes etc).

Carefully pat dry with a clean towel and leave to dry out for the first night. 

    From the next morning clean your tattoo as you normally would in the shower using fragrance free soap or shower gel again only using your hands, before carefully patting dry with a clean towel.

With clean hands only carefully apply your after care cream* onto the tattooed area 2-3 times daily for 7-10 days.

*We recommend Tattoo Goo that is available at the shop.


For best results while healing:

  • Avoid unnecessary touching, scratching or picking of the tattooed area 

  • Use any other creams than suggested by your artist 

  • Avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until tattoo is fully healed 

  • Shower rather than bathe each day 


You may see a small amount of swelling after your tattoo and will notice some peeling and possibly scabbing as it starts to heal, this is all very normal. Its important to remember to not pick or scratch no matter how itchy it may become. You might after the initial healing is complete notice a silver sheen over the tattoo, again this is completely normal as the skin is still healing 


Black Hope Tattoo is not held liable for any aftercare or healing of your tattoo.  It is your responsibility as a client to ensure that your tattoo is kept clean and treated according to the guidelines above.