When should I take off the clingfilm?
Remove the clingfilm the morning after getting your tattoo
Do I need to re-wrap my tattoo after I’ve removed the initial clingfilm?
How should I take care of my tattoo?
Remove the clingfilm the morning after getting your tattoo and give it a wash with warm soapy water. Pat it dry gently and apply cocoa butter twice a day for the next two weeks. Do not leave the tattoo slathered in cocoa butter, it should just have a slight sheen.
Can I still go to the gym?
You shouldn’t go to the gym on the day you get your tattoo, but after that is fine. If possible, avoid working on the specific area of your tattoo too soon (e.g. if you’ve had part of your sleeve done, it might be better to focus on other parts of the body in the few days immediately after getting your tattoo). After working out, give your tattoo a wash to remove any sweat, gently pat it dry and apply cocoa butter to keep it moisturised.
My new tattoo is really itchy. Is it infected?
It’s unlikely. Tattoo itching is a very normal part of the healing process, especially if scabs have formed. Just remember to keep up with the aftercare routine to make sure your tattoo is sufficiently moisturised. Do not itch your tattoo or peel off any scabs prematurely. If the itching is unbearable, slap it don’t scratch it!
Can I bath/swim?
Avoid soaking your new tattoo for two weeks. You may shower, but avoid leaving your new tattoo under the water for long. Soaking your tattoo will soften the scabs, making them easier to come off prematurely and take some of the ink with them.
Can I use a tanning bed?
Avoid using a tanning bed and going out in the sun to tan while your tattoo is healing. After it’s healed, you can tan, but we advise that you wear sun cream.
My tattoo has finished healing but looks faded, what can I do?
Tattoos can have a slightly cloudy/shiny layer of skin over them during the last stage of the healing process, so do make sure that the tattoo you’re looking at is FULLY healed. If it is, know that tattoos can look up to 40% lighter when healed. Here at Xotica we offer free touch ups for our customers. Get in touch and we’ll sort out a booking.