Caring For Your New Tattoo

We recommend your wrap stays on for 2 – 4 hours, unless otherwise specified by your artist.

After removal of your wrapping a wash is required, an unscented low level ph bar soap such as, Dove or Jergen’s antibacterial would be best suited. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your tattoo. Wash your tattoo by creating a foamy lather in hands then apply lather gently to tattoo. After washing, rinse under lukewarm water.

Washing is required 2 – 3 times a day every day for 2 weeks, unless otherwise specified by your artist.

For Aftercare we recommend H2Ocean tattoo aftercare. This product is to be applied 3 – 5 times daily for a period of two weeks.

During your tattoo’s healing process you will notice a sun-burn like peeling which has the colours of you tattoo in it. This is part of the healing process and should be expected. If any scabbing occurs do not pick it off as you WILL damage your tattoo.

  • DO treat your fresh tattoo as a fresh open wound, take care when applying any cosmetics or deodorants within 6 inches of your tattoo, as any foreign substance entering your tattoo can and will most likely cause complications during healing. This also includes other people, pets, etc.
  • DO NOT pick or scratch at your tattoo as you can accidentally remove ink that you’ve just paid for. Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight during the initial two week period, as UV light can be very damaging to you as you heal, THIS INCLUDES TANNING BEDS. After the 2 weeks period you should apply a sun screen SPF 40 or stronger to preserve the life of your tattoo.
  • DO NOT submerge your tattoo in ANY body of water, this means: lakes, pools, rivers, hot tubs and baths, as all of these can contain foreign chemicals and bacteria that can be damaging to your healing tattoo. Showering is fine while the tattoo is healing, just do not let the water hit directly against your tattoo as hard water pressure may cause irritation.

Please return to The Altered Native within a month’s time for a check up. We do offer a free touch up as long as the provided aftercare is followed. If you do not return after 3 months we cannot guarantee a free touch up.


Recommended Aftercare Products and Directions:

H2Ocean Ocean Care Moisturizing Cream

Ocean Care Moisturizing Cream is made from all natural ingredients and includes Vitamins A, B, C, and E. The formula does not clog pores. It is a non greasy formulation that is hypoallergenic. Always wash your tattoo thoroughly.  With clean hands, squeeze a small amount of product onto your fingertips.  Gently apply a thin layer until it is completely absorbed.

Reapply as needed throughout the day – usually 3-5 applications each day.



H2Ocean Ocean Foam

This skin barrier foam is designed to moisturize a new tattoo and also lock in the ink. The foam infuses your skin with 82 trace elements and minerals. It also created a protective barrier for your tattoo, acting like an invisible bandage. Always wash your tattoo thoroughly.  Pat dry, do not wipe.  Shake your can of Ocean Foam and dispense a gold ball sized mount.  Apply the foam directly to your tattoo with clean hands.  Reapply as needed throughout the day – usually 3-5 applications each day.



H2Ocean Nothing

This is a unique product that your tattoo artist can use during your tattoo as a replacement for the regular cleansing soap used.

Nothing is a saline based soap that contains 5% lidocaine to help take the sting out of your tattoo.  Nothing also helps to prevent swelling and distortion and makes your sit more comfortable.



After Inked Tattoo Moisturizer and Aftercare Lotion

After Inked is a petroleum free, dermatologist tested, non-allergenic and non-irritating formula. Apply a thin layer of After Inked® Tattoo Moisturizer to clean hands and gently massage over entire tattoo until lotion is no longer visible. A little bit goes a long way. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day or as needed to keep your tattoo moist.  Gently wash your tattoo with mild soap and warm water before bedtime; lightly pat or air dry and apply a thin layer of After Inked® Tattoo Moisturizer.