AfterCare + Community Care
What everyone needs - a refresher on aftercare, and some info on how i aim to serve my community. Here you'll get info on color swatches, free tattoos for BIPOC, and trauma Coverups.
Although I offer every tattoo client one of my aftercare zines, I know how easy those lil things are to lose! Check out the below info in case you lost your aftercare, or just need a refresher!
Please keep in mind that this is my suggested aftercare - Every tattooer or shop may have their standard instructions, but this does not mean one is wrong over the other. old school tattooers may suggest something a little different from newer tattooers.
I have included some suggestions, and explanations for why I do not personally recommend certain products over others, but I highly recommend doing your own research.
The hard part ( getting the tattoo) is done! You made it! Now, after you've sat for any amount of time getting inked, you want to make sure you keep your tattoo looking fresh and ensure that it heals as best it can.
Taking care of your new skin-baby is up to you! only you can prevent fallout.
for the first 3 weeks:
No Submerging your tattoo in water! No swimming, bathing, etc
no prolonged exposure to direct sunlight!
no spf, no exfoliants, no scented lotions
No acne medications
no makeup on the tattoo
Bandage: Care + Removal
1. most often, I use Recovery Derm Shield**, a flexible, breathable stick-on bandage that takes out the guesswork for the first few days.
2. For most smaller tattoos, I will recommend keeping the bandage on for 3-5 days ( but no more than 5). If you get a larger tattoo, I will provide a second bandage to replace the first after 24 hours.
3. please remove the bandage if any of the following occurs:
- Redness persisting beyond the first 48 hours
- pocket of fluid (blood + plasma) forms underneath the bandage
- Edges start peeling more than 1/4 inch
4. When removing your bandage, make sure you have clean hands, and remove the bandage by peeling it back in a *Downwards* direction ( or in the direction your hair normally grows).
**click here for more information on the bandage I use!
Once the bandage comes off
1. Wash your hands! Never ever touch your healing tattoo without washing your hands first. A healing tattoo is an open wound and needs to be treated with care.
3. After washing your tattoo, immediately apply a small amount of either a light lotion or a healing ointment. The amount you apply should be a very very thin layer. Too thick of a layer of ointment can "suffocate" the tattoo and prevent it from healing correctly.
2. Wash your tattoo with lukewarm water + antibacterial soap. Use your hands to lather the soap before application ( this will help to avoid having to use any friction on the actual tattoo - use gentle circular motions and then rinse with lukewarm water. Wash 1-2 times daily until scab forms.
4. Keep it hydrated! Apply the ointment after cleansing each time and as needed when the tattoo looks or feels dry! Once the scab falls off, I recommend switching to an unscented lotion to help ease the rest of the healing process.
If you have acne-prone skin, you can just use a lightweight lotion throughout the whole process, or see below for further recommendations.
My recommendations for ointments/lotions for your new tattoo:
I've organized these by skin type, but if you don't know yours, just go with the recommendation under "normal"! **
oily / combination
oily / combination
** to provide some context for this information, before becoming a tattooer, I worked in the beauty and skincare industry for about 5 years. I do not claim to be an expert, but I do know skincare! If you have any questions about the above, let me know!
Community care can take many forms - the way I have found to best help my community is to provide free or discounted services, education for my clients, and donate a percentage of my profits each month.
as with all things, i ask for patience as i roll out these new programs for 2021 - I am constantly learning and am always open to feedback.
Right now, I ask everyone to consider your privilege, both racially and economically, when applying for any of my discounted or free services. These services are meant for disenfranchised communities and those who have experienced trauma and cannot afford the usual cost of a coverup or rework.
as someone who has experienced trauma, I will never ask you to divulge the origins of the scar/tattoo or reasons behind why you are asking for the service.
I am always open to talking if you want to, but please also know that I reserve the right to protect my energy and may not always be able to handle certain conversations.
Discounted or free services
as a white business owner, I view it as my responsibility to pay reparations in both financial and service form. This comes in the following forms from me:
in 2021, I aim to contribute 10% of my monthly profit to mutual aid for black and indigenous members of the seattle community and beyond
paying real rent to the duwamish tribe
Taking part in the Community Tattoo Collective, a group of tattoo artists who give back to a rotating selection of organizations.
- Some of the organizations we have donated to are:
Wa state coalition against domestic violence
peoples harm reduction alliance
donations to black organizations and community programs
bipoc reparative tattoos
welcome! I'm glad you're here. As a white queer tattooer, I believe that it is my responsibility to help cultivate a more inclusive, informed tattoo practice. This includes reparations to my black and non-black poc community members.
what is offered:
every-other-month I will be offering:
-One free tattoo (of the recipient’s choice)
- a custom tattoo ( up to the value of $450 / three hours)
Up to two pieces of flash of comparable value
Coverups are possible, but please be aware not all tattoos can be covered, same with scars.
NO sleeves( arm or leg) , full chest pieces, hands, fingers, back pieces, necks, throats, or faces.
It must be my original artwork, in my style - I will not be accepting proposals for tattoos that would copy another’s work ( with or without permission)
The tattoo must be completed in one sitting.
how this works:
On the first of the month I will post a submission form link here.
The form will be active from the 1st of the month to the 7th, to allow a full week for submissions -
the recipient will be selected at random the day after the form is closed.
once the recipient is selected, I will reach out to them via email to set up a consultation ( for custom work) or confirm their flash choice(s).
The recipient selected will be tattooed the following month.
if you are wanting a custom tattoo, try to be as descriptive as possible - I will not count vague submissions. There will be space for image references and descriptors.
if you aren't selected for one month, try again the next round - I will not be selecting from "all time" submissions, since that requires that I keep track of waaaay too many emails.
I have structured it this way based on feedback provided to me from the bipoc community when I asked for it back in January
+ so I can:
a) design the custom work with the attention it deserves
B) make room for adjustments to this program and my trauma/scar coverup offering
b) protect myself from overwhelm
bipoc reparation tattoo submission form
the form for july's bipoc reparations tattoo is now closed!
the next one will go live
Please email if you have any questions or have any feedback! thank you!
Client Education - Coming soon
More Information Coming soon on the Following:
Client Rights (work by Tamara SantiBanez)
Trauma-Informed Tattooing ( work by Tamara Santibanez)
Tattoo Etiquette (Tipping and more)