Remove covering bandages approximately 2-3 hours from your appointment. After removing the bandage, wash the tattoo with warm soapy water. Apply a layer of unscented lotion or moisturizer. Avoid covering the tattoo as it is best to let the tattoo heal in the natural air (unless you are going to be outdoors). Continue to wash and moisturize your tattoo 2-3 times daily for approximately two weeks. If your tattoo becomes itchy, do not itch! This is a normal part of the healing process. Avoid the sun, chlorine, salt water and soaking the tattoo for at least two weeks. If a scab forms, do not pick or scratch as you can damage the tattoo. We recommend that you have a bite to eat beforehand and stay hydrated. It’s ideal not to consume alcohol prior to or the night before your appointment as alcohol can increase bleeding and increase dehydration. Having the tattoo area ‘hair-free’ before the appointment as well is always appreciated. It takes up to two weeks for the tattoo to ‘heal’. However, it takes months for the skin to completely recover.