Tattoo after-care

Congratulations on your new tattoo!

Things to do: 

So you got a tattoo in Amsterdam. After getting a tattoo, leave the bandage/ foil on for 2-4 hours. Wash your hands with a mild, unscented soap (PH neutral) and remove the bandage carefully.  · Wash the tattoo with the same mild unscented soap. Make sure you rinse all the soap off completely. 

Pat dry with a clean towel or soft paper towel. DO NOT RUB IT. 

For the next 2 weeks you need to treat your tattoo with a cream advised by your tattoo artist (bepanthen or hustle butter) between 2 to 5 times a day. When you feel your tattoo is drying out, apply a thin layer of cream. Avoid applying a very thick layer as it will extend your healing time. 

You can shower with your tattoo but try to keep it as dry is possible.  


After a few days your tattoo may have some small scabs/flakes. Don’t rub them off. Usually the tattoo will itch while healing. DO NOT SCRATCH OR ITCH THE TATTOO.  It will take between 4-8 weeks for your tattoo to heal.    

Things NOT to do: 

Do not touch your tattoo with dirty hands Do not wear tight clothing on or around the tattoo.   We recommend wearing cotton instead of synthetic and wool fabrics. 

Do not go into the sun or even shade with your tattoo.  Avoid sunlight on your tattoo for at least 4 weeks. · Do not go swimming, bathing or in the sauna during the healing process

Do not put any band-aids on your tattoo.


Additional aftercare tips: 

If you want to keep your tattoo looking good over the years, always put a high protection sunscreen on your tattoo while sunbathing (to keep the colors bright). We advise you to come back for a checkup 4-8 weeks after you get your tattoo. It's possible that during the healing lines or color will fade.  We always offer a free touch-up when this happens.  Your artist will decide during your check-up if a touch-up is needed.  If you have any questions about your tattoo, please contact us and we will be happy to instruct you. 


Note: If you experience extreme redness, severe pain, swelling or pus we advise you to contact a doctor.  


Our tattoo designs are custom and pictures are owned by the artists.