Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo. With light water and light soap, gently wash your tattoo every few hours, or as often as possible for the first 5-7 days. Air dry for 1 minute and apply a thin coating of A&D Ointment.
FIRST WASH ONLY: Apply Hot Water Compress! After washing the tattoo, but before applying A&D, run hot water and use a handful of clean paper towels to hold the hot water directly on the tattoo for 10-15 seconds. Repeat several times until it feels soothing. Resume air drying the tattoo and apply ointment.
While you can wash your tattoo in the shower, it is important that you take the quickest shower possible, and exit the steamy environment as quickly as possible.
Wrapping your tattoo with a non-stick dressing, such as plastic wrap, for bed keeps the tattoo from drying out overnight and sticking to the sheets, but it must be done quickly, cleanly, and as close to bedtime as possible. Take all supplies (wrap, soap, ointment, and tape) to the sink. Wash, dry, apply ointment, wrap and tape it. Use plenty of tape so that it doesn't come off in the middle of the night. You may get some irritation on your skin from ointments and tape, but it will clear up after your tattoo heals.
DO NOT: Pick at, soak, or expose your tattoo to direct sunlight. After your tattoo flakes off, stop using A&D Ointment and begin using a fragrance/color free lotion several times per day. Remember to use plenty of sunblock if you plan on being outdoors. One sunburn per year will take fade your tattoo over the course of its life in your skin!