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Remove bandage after 3 hours and THOROUGHLY clean off all traces of blood,
plasma and excess ink. Then gently wash with a non perfumed soap and warm water.
However if you get a reaction with the soap you are using, discontinue its use
immediately. After washing, rinse thoroughly to ensure that you remove all traces of
soap or detergent. Then gently use a dry tissue and blot dry. DO NOT RE-BANDAGE
& REMEMBER TO KEEP IT CLEAN AT ALL TIMES. DO NOT TOUCH THE
tattoo WITH YOUR HANDS (unless you have washed your hands with an
anti-bacterial soap).

Wait about 30 minutes to allow excess water in the tattoo to evaporate, then gently
and evenly apply moisturizing cream (will be provided) over the tattoo. Gently rub in
for best effect. Do not leave a thick layer of cream on the skin, just use enough to
ensure that the whole tattoo is slightly moisturized (it will look slightly shiny, but not
wet). Take note that you have to gently wash and clean the tattoo daily (once or twice
a day) to ensure its cleanliness, wait about 30 minutes to dry, after which apply the
cream provided over the tattoo. You must apply the cream about 3 - 4 times a day for
the next 7 days, after which you have to switch to an unscented body lotion for the
following 3 weeks. After 1 month it is still advisable to rub in some body lotion (once
daily) to give your tattoo that extra shine.

After about 5 - 7 days, the tattoo will start to peel. You will also feel very itchy. DO
NOT PICK AND DO NOT SCRATCH THE TATTOO OR ITS SURROUNDING
AREA as this will cause a loss of color. If itch is unbearable, you can use your hand to
slap the tattoo, or simply wet a piece of clean tissue and gently wipe the tattoo, taking
care not to cause any peeling skin to fall off.

Please ensure the following:
1) Do not re-bandage the tattoo.
2) Do not swim (pool or sea) or go to the sauna for 2 weeks.
3) Do not expose your tattoo to the sun keep covered with your clothing. After full
healing, always use a sun-block lotion (the highest SPF you can get) if you have to
expose your tattoo to the sun.
4) Do not touch the tattoo with your hands, unless you have thoroughly washed your
hands with an anti-bacterial soap
5) Wear clean clothes, but avoid close fitting or off-the-rack clothes.
6) Avoid chlorine, soaking in a bath tub, scratching, salt water and oral contact.
7) Do not apply any other stuff that are not recommended by your artist, or you may
risk ruining your tattoo.

Be aware the appeal of your healed tattoo depends on how you take care of it during
its healing cycle. You must ensure proper hygiene in order to avoid any bacteria
infection. Remember that a single bacterium in ideal conditions will multiply and
become millions in just a matter of hours.

				
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