Tried and  True Tattoo Company​

1. ​​​​Take bandage off after 1-4 hours and gently wash your tattoo with warm water and unscented LIQUID antibacterial soap, using ONLY your fingertips. (Do NOT use a sponge, face towel, or anything similar.)

2. Dry your tattoo with a clean towel by patting it down gently (Do NOT wipe your tattoo). Let it air dry for 5 minutes.

3. Apply a THIN coat of AQUAPHOR Healing Ointment (You do NOT want it thick and glossy, if you apply too much take a clean paper towel and gently blot the excess away.) The ointment should leave a light shine, not a thick and greasy coat. Do this process of washing the tattoo and applying ointment Every 3 hours or as often as needed to prevent the tattoo from forming a scab from drying body fluid, for 4 days. The idea behind this process is that you are washing away the fluids that dry into a scab. Tattoos that are allowed to scab usually look aged or damaged and require a touch up. You can cover your tattoo during sleep with a layer of cling wrap to prevent scabbing. Wash your tattoo first, apply ointment, wrap with cling wrap, tape it in place. Its best to wrap around the body part Vs taping a piece over the tattoo. If your tattoo forms a scab layer Do NOT scratch or pick your tattoo! Continue Aquaphor treatment until scab is gone. Severe scabbing may require switching to a Triple Antibiotic Ointment or Neosporin to minimize damage and prevent infection. 

4. After 4 days of washing and ointment, switch to applying an UNSCENTED lotion several times a day for the next two weeks or until your tattoo is completely healed. During this time your tattoo will become itchy and start to peel similar to sunburn, Do NOT use your fingernails to relieve itching. You may pat it, smack it, rub it, or apply lotion to relieve itching.​



NO swimming pools, lakes, hot tubs, bubble baths, or anything that submerges your tattoo under water for a long period of time until your tattoo is completely healed. (At least 2 weeks.) Showers are perfect. 

NO tanning and keep it away from direct sunlight until your tattoo is completely healed. Sunblock with a SPF rating of 50 or higher on days you're in the sun will help your tattoo stay looking new for longer. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call or send us a message! (336-274-1010,

Tattoo Aftercare

2404-C  Merritt Drive    -   Greensboro, NC 27407     -    336-274-1010     -