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ArtCare for Living
Art Collections

  1. Listen to your artist. They poured their heart & soul into their art that is now on your body. They want the best possible outcome—a well healed tattoo that reflects well on them. If your artist gives you different instructions than what we are giving you here, talk to them about it. An experienced artist knows what they’re talking about and what works best for their tattoos.
  2. Listen to your body. Read the Tips section below and call your doctor if you experience any of these or other unusual symptoms following your tattoo appointment.
  3. This ArtCare is recommendation only, not medical advice. Long Live Tattoos takes no responsibility for the adverse healing of your tattoo. You are responsible to seek out and follow the advice of your own artist and/or your doctor with any issues related to your tattoo care.


for New Tattoos

Keep Your Tattoo Covered

Your artist covered it to protect it. Keep the bandage on for 4-6 hours or overnight. If your artist covered it with a transparent, breathable, adhesive dressing (known as Tegaderm, Saniderm, SecondSkin, to name a few), you can leave that dressing on for up to 7 days. If the dressing begins to leak, has holes in it, is no longer is sticking to your skin, or your skin is red & itchy, remove it and gently wash your tattoo.


Removing the Bandage & Washing

First wash your hands with our fragrance-free, antibacterial soap, DEFEND. Slowly peel the dressing back over itself. Low and slow is key. Always stabilize the skin next to the dressing with your other hand while you are peeling it back. Running lukewarm water over the tattoo and dressing while peeling can help it peel more easily.

Use lukewarm water and suds to wash the tattooed area, gently removing any traces of fluid or blood. Use just your fingertips, not a towel or loofah. Rinse with lukewarm water and air dry completely. Do not replace the bandage. Your tattoo needs air to breathe in order to heal. Washing your tattoo with antibacterial soap will lessen the risk of infection, which in turn will improve and speed up the healing process.


Hydrate and Nourish

After your tattoo is completely clean and completely dry (30 – 45 minutes of air-drying), apply a THIN layer of 25toLIFE all-natural tattoo lotion and gently rub it into the area. 25toLIFE is specifically formulated to promote healing and regenerate tattooed skin cells and does not contain any ingredients that can clog pores or suffocate your tattoo of the air it needs to heal. Air is crucial for scabs to form and scabs are crucial for the skin beneath to begin to heal. The breathable hydration 25toLIFE provides is critical to protect your tattoo from drying out and cracking until the scabs have fully healed. Use it every 6 hours, or more if needed, to keep your tattoo hydrated and nourished for the first 25 days of healing.

This is what normal healing looks like:

  • Redness that decreases each day
  • Clear or clear-yellow fluid draining from the tattooed area
  • Light bleeding for a few days
  • Itchiness while scab forms
  • Swelling that decreases each day
  • Discomfort that decreases each day
  • Light fatigue that decreases each day

These are signs and symptoms of infection :

  • Rash, increased redness or heat around or on the tattoo.
  • Strong odor
  • Discharge or pus (particularly if greenish or yellowish) coming from the tattoo
  • Red streaks extending from the tattooed area
  • Flu-like symptoms, fever or chills
  • Excessive itching or hives
  • Increasing pain or swelling
  • Bleeding that persists longer than a few days
  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes

Consult your doctor if these signs and symptoms don’t improve.


for Healed Tattoos

When is a tattoo healed?

It may look healed within a few days. However, the healing process can actually take around 6 months for the ink to really settle into your skin. Even then, tattoos will continue to settle and be metabolized by the body, very slowly over time. The length of healing time depends on:

Location of tattoo: Anywhere your skin flexes (eg hand, ankle, near a joint) will take longer than an area that doesn’t flex.

Size and colour of tattoo: Large tattoos and those with heaving shading or colour can take longer to heal.

Your physiology: Everyone heals at a different rate. Most tattoos experience 1-2 weeks of the scabbing phase and can take up to 6 months to fully heal.

Your care of the tattoo: Be patient with your body and diligent in daily care to get the best result. Tattoos are for life, the time and effort now is worth it!