[ Gypsy Rose Tattoo ]

For The Love Of Tattooing

Getting and taking care of your tattoo can be a breeze! Here’s what we do:

Before
  • Drink water! If you're not hydrated, your body cannot perform its best. You may feel tired, have muscle cramps or have dizziness. So, if you’re dehydrated you may heal slower.
  • Moisturize! Your skin will heal better if it's moisturized
  • Come Well-Rested! Being well-rested is important for most physically draining activities. If you’re tired, getting tattooed will not be fun.
  • No Alcohol! Drinking alcohol is dehydrating to your organs and skin.
  • NO SUN! No sun exposure or tanning beds. I will NOT tattoo sunburned or sun damaged skin. Self-tanner also affects your skin, so hold off on that as well.
Day Of
  • Eat Well! Please don’t get tattooed on an empty stomach. Your nerves and blood sugar can do funny things to your body when those endorphins kick in.
  • Bring a drink! Water is preferable. Stay hydrated!
  • No exercise! Work outs can cause swelling and muscle discomfort.
  • Hands Off the Tattoo! Please do NOT touch your new tattoo with unclean hands.
  • Dress for the Tattoo Where will your tattoo be going? Make sure you wear comfortable clothing that can also allow easy access for your tattoo to be applied. There are many ways to not be overexposed for certain tattoos as well. Yes, you can even bring a blanket. We’ll be spending some time together, make yourself at home.
  • Breathe! I get it, you’re in pain and you want to hold your breath, but it will make you a lot more uncomfortable. Finding a natural breath will allow your body more control and keep you relaxed and muscles less tense.
Aftercare
  • Leave bandage on for at least 1-2 hours.
  • Take bandage off. Wash thoroughly with clean hands and warm soapy water using antibacterial soap such as dial. Apply a small amount of aquaphor to your tattoo, 2-3 times a day for the first 3 days.
  • After 3 days, apply lotion to moisturize your tattoo. Please use a white unscented lotion such as Lubriderm or Cera Ve. Rub it in all the way to moisturize your tattoo.
  • Repeat washing and moisturizing your tattoo morning, mid day, and evening as long as necessary.
  • It is normal for your tattoo to peel, itch, flake, form small red bumps, swell, and become sore.

We have all been getting tattooed for over 40 years collectively. All of the above mentioned steps are ones we personally take to ensure our tattoo experience will be a great one. There are many ways to heal a tattoo and we can only give an opinion on what we know works for us.

We have aftercare at the shop for $10.

(This Includes Soap and Lotion.)