Caring for your new tattoo

Remove bandage after 4-5 hours. With clean hands, wash tattooed area with a mild liquid soap like Cetaphil, Ivory or diluted Dr. Bronner’s liquid. Do not scrub. Air dry or pat dry with clean towel.

Apply a small amount of ointment such as Pegasus, A&D, Tattoo Goo or herbal green salve. Do not rebandage. Do this twice a day for 2-3 days after cleaning area. Keep tattooed area covered with clean lightweight cotton clothing.

On day 3-4 switch to using a mild lotion, such as Lubriderm, during the entire two week healing period. Do not scratch or pick your tattoo when it flakes.

During healing do not soak, swim, hot tub or expose to sun. Showers are ok. Do not use products containing vaseline, aloe vera, neosporin or other products not recommended by your tattoo artist.

Always protect your tattoo with a good screen (45 SPF).

In the first three months we will do free touch-ups if necessary on thoroughly healed tattoo (except hands, feet or white ink).

If you have any questions or concerns about the care of your new tattoo please call us.

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Mermaids Tattoo Studio

3032 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 550-1400

Wed - Mon 11 am to 6 pm.
Closed on Tuesdays

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