ReINKarnate Tattoo Aftercare

Caring for your new tattoo is a pretty straight forward process and every artist will have a slightly different advice on the best way for you to care of your new body art. The goal is simple, focusing on proper healthy healing of your tattoo in regards to speeding up healing and preventing infections. Follow the tips and guidelines below for the best and safest outcome to healing your tattoo.
Important to Remember! If you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts that the healing process is not going as expected, please come see us! We will help identify any signs or symptoms that indicate the need for any additional attention.
The following instruction are highly recommended should be followed to have a successful healing process and reduce the potential for infections.
1. When you get home:
a.When you get home wash your tattoo with antibacterial soap or The Soap sold by Reinkarnate tattoo and pat dry with a clean paper towel to remove excess moisture and allow to air dry for at least 1 hour before applying aftercare product.
2. Apply a thin layer of aftercare product:
a. Apply a thin layer of S.T.E.P.’s The Brew (or other tattoo aftercare products. We will suggest others at bottom of this sheet) evenly over the procedure area concentrating on applying it in one direction with the follicles of hair to reduce the chance of blackheads, rashes, as well as allows skin to breathe better. (Aftercare product is available for purchase upon request).
b. Do not “goop” or “pile-on” aftercare product, (This will not speed up the healing process, in fact it will block/clog skin follicles and not allow the skin to breathe and repair itself naturally) think chapstick not lipgloss!
c. We really do not recommend petroleum based products as aftercare. These products block your skin from breathing properly which is the most important thing for not only health but especially healing skin!
d. We also do not use Sandiderm, Tegaderm, SecondSkin or Newskin products on our tattoos we believe in old fashioned skinned knee type healing. The body will heal itself without the (ink sack) ointments and lotions help to relieve the “dry feeling” on you’re healing tattoo.
3. Keep tattoo clean with antibacterial soap and water:
a. The most important part of healing your tattoo is KEEPING IT CLEAN! Wash the procedure area with anti-bacterial soap or The Soap, and water at least 3 times a day. We highly recommend using proper hand-washing procedures when cleaning your tattoo area. Repeat this process for a week or two.
b. If you are out and about, working, getting dirty (i.e.gardening,workingonyourcar etc. ) you may need to wash the area more frequently.

a. The tattoo will peel naturally like a sunburn a few days after the procedure. (This is totally normal so see colored flakes of skin shedding). Scabbing may happen in a few areas, but this is nothing to worry about. Allow them to fall off naturally. DO NOT over-saturate the scabbed area while bathing. This could soften the scabs too much and cause them to come off prematurely which will lead to blank spots that need re- touching/touchup.
5. NO SUN/SOAKING in water of any kind:
a. During the healing process, no sunbathing, swimming pools, jacuzzis, ocean or bathtubs of any kind. This can potentially ruin the tattoo and open yourself up to bacterial exposure from the submerged water.
b. Keep your fresh tattoo out of direct sunlight (wear long sleeves or long pants when out in the sun.) Or prolonged heat because it will cause heat rash.
6. After your tattoo is healed:
a. After healing is complete, use sunscreen, this will keep it looking new longer!
7. The better you take care of the glass/skin the better the picture/tattoo looks underneath:
a. Think of it this way, you are looking through the skin at the ink underneath much like a picture in a frame with a glass front. The better/cleaner you take care of the glass/ skin, the better the picture/tattoo will look underneath!
8. After you are healed:
a. After you are healed(approximately2-3weeks) stop in and say hello and let the artist give a good look over to ensure it is done healing and does not require a touchup as well as get a great portfolio picture to boot.
b. All touchups are included in your original price for up to 3 month unless you decide to add to or change the tattoo in some way. If this is the case, there will be additional charges depending on the changes. The Exception is for tattoos on the hands and feet if these areas require a touch up you can choose to do it at your expense but we always suggest to do it if you’re getting another tattoo so that the touch ups are included in the cost of the new tattoo (usually very minimal or inexpensive)
c. Neglect of of the tattoo or improper aftercare is not covered by our touch up policy.
Remember, a tattoo is the same as an open wound so please keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of infection, including but not limited to, excessive redness, swelling that continues longer than a day or two, tenderness at the procedure site, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or purulent drainage for the procedure area. Seek medical attention if necessary.

Suggested aftercare products
S.T.E.P.’s The Brew
Meme’s Magic (all scents except stone and mosquito)
EOS chapstick(no peppermint)
Aquaphor (if you prefer petroleum products this the the better of them) Hempz lotion