What to Do Take the bandage off your new tattoo about 2 - 3 hours after the procedure is finished. If u need to go to sleep straight away leave the bandage on over night. What you want to look for is the tattoo to look blurry and slimy. This is just your immune system working for you. If it doesn't look like that within 6 hours just take it off anyway. The slime doesn't always form on everyone. By leaving the bandage on for this long instead of taking it off right away it allows your pores to close up better, causes less seepage, keps infection out, keeps moisture in and promotes better healing. Wash the tattoo with luke warm water and a mild anti-bacterial liquid soap with your fingers ONLY. DO NOT USE a wash cloth, sponge or paper towels. Nothing but your fingers! Wash it very gently, remember that it is an open wound so treat it as such. The initial wash is by far the most important. You should wash it for at least a half an hour. Every wash after this will only take about 5 minutes. Make sure that when your done it feels like normal skin. No slime, soap or blood should remain on the tattoo. This is really crucial because that left over slime will more than likely turn into scab. Sometimes you are not able to get all the slime, which is not ideal, but it's better to leave a little behind than to scrub it until it is raw. After you're done washing it, pat it dry using a clean towel or kitchen paper. Avoid using toilet paper or cheap paper towels. They sometimes stick to your tattoo and you end up spending 10 minutes picking little pieces out of your tattoo. After patting it dry, let it air dry for at least 10 - 15 minutes or until the tattoo is completely dry. After it's totally dry feel it with a clean hand and see if it feels "dry,dry" or about normal skin "dry". If it feels a little dry put some cream on. Just enough to make it feel like normal skin, do not over lube it. We recommend the use of BEPANTHEN cream only. Repeat this 3-5 times a day for around 14 days.Avoid swimming, saunas and sun exposure until your new tattoo has completely healed. Enjoy!