After you have received your new tattoo there are a few steps that are important to follow in order to ensure a quick and easy healing period. If you are aware of any skin allergies or sensitivities you may have, please discuss them with your tattoo artist BEFORE your tattoo is started.


Leave the bandage on for a minimum of 2 to 4 hours or overnight if specified by the artist. Clean the tattoo as soon the bandage is removed. Make sure to remove all ointment and blood by gently washing the area with cold water, mild soap, and clean hands. (Do not use a washcloth).  NEVER REBANDAGE the tattoo!  If more fluids come to the surface, clean it again until the area is dry, tight and smooth. We recommend holding a cold compress over the tattoo for 5-10 minutes for the first 2 days to keep the swelling to a minimum. It is important that the tattoo is dry before you apply ointment or allow clothing to come into contact with the tattoo.


Once the tattoo is completely dry, apply a very small amount of A&D ointment twice a day for the first 2 days only. With clean hands work the ointment into the skin. Remember less is better! The tattoo must breathe in order to heal. On the third day switch to a water-based, fragrance free lotion such as: Aveeno, Lubriderm, Jergens, or Curel. Apply the lotion 3-5 times daily for the next 2-3 weeks minimum. Do not use oils, Vaseline, aloe vera, or vitamin products.

We also offer another aftercare product called H2OCEAN Skin Moisturizing Foam that we sell for $10 .H2Ocean Tattoo Foam may help speed and ease the tattoo healing process. This product should be applied as directed according to the aftercare instructions displayed on the container. If you have any questions about these aftercare products please ask one of the Cactus Tattoo employees.


Take your showers as quickly as possible without submerging the tattoo directly underwater. After showering pat the area dry. Excessive exposure to steam should also be limited. In addition, it is important to avoid all chlorinated bodies of water, lakes and rivers until the tattoo is healed. Your tattoo will take at least one month to fully heal. Leave all scabs on as long as naturally possible. The tattoo will itch and YOU WILL NOT SCRATCH IT. A quick slap or a bit of lotion will ease the itch, but scratching may take out the color. Your skin may look flaky or white. This is normal and it will go away. It is important to wear clean clothing and is also beneficial to take a multi-vitamin while your tattoo is healing. You must not expose your tattoo to natural or artificial sun for a minimum of one month. After the first month, always wear sunscreen with a SPF of 45 or higher but remember it is always best to cover the tattoo when exposed to the sun for long periods of time. The sun is the #1 killer of tattoos but with proper care tattoos can look great for a longtime.


Each artist guarantees their work, and will touch up your tattoo free of charge, once, within the first 6 months if necessary. When making a touch up appointment you must wait 1-2 months to ensure that the tattoo is fully healed. Also, we prefer you come in to the shop so the artist who did the tattoo can take a look at it to make sure a touch up is needed and also to figure out how much time is needed for the appointment. We DO NOT do any free touch ups on hands or feet. . There are no free touch ups on hands or feet. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to give us a call (507-387-6601) or stop into the shop.