Congratulations on getting your fresh tattoo from Bamboo Tattoo Studio.  Please read the following information carefully.  The aftercare of your tattoo will greatly determine the way your tattoo looks once it is fully healed. It is very important that you follow the proper aftercare instructions that your tattoo artist has given you specifically. These are generic WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY WITH SOAP BEFORE TOUCHING THE TATTOO.  You do not want to contaminate your tattoo with bacteria as you can develop an follow to properly maintain your new ink while it heals.

Dermal Wrap– Take off after 2 days for black and grey tattoo’s and after 3 days for colour tattoo’s
Plastic Wrap-Take off at the end of the day
Absorbent Pads– Take off the next morning

  • Please keep dermal bandage on for no more than 24-48 hours after getting your new tattoo.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY WITH SOAP BEFORE TOUCHING THE TATTOO.  You do not want to contaminate your tattoo with bacteria as you can develop an infection.
  • To remove the dermal bandage, lift corners of Dermal bandage from the top of the tattoo and peel slowly and gently under warm water. Continue slowly to the bottom of the tattoo until it is removed.
  • After your wrap has been removed, wash your tattoo with a Bamboo Tattoo cleansing foam or new / unused unscented soap
  • Lather the soap in your hands and rub the tattoo firmly. making sure to clean off any dried blood or plasma and excess ink. Make sure to clean your tattoo daily to prevent any infection.
  • After you have washed it with soap, pat dry with a paper towel. Do not use a cloth towel as they can carry bacteria, and this can be transferred into your fresh tattoo.
  • Apply Bamboo Tattoo aftercare cream in thin coats after washing and use only as needed. If it becomes dry or itchy in thin coats. Do this for the first 2 weeks of the healing process.
  • As your tattoo heals, it will begin to lightly scab for 5-7 days. This layer of skin will eventually fall off (like a light sunburn).
  • If any scabs form, do not pick them off as they will go back into the skin as you moisturize and your skin begins to repair.
  • After 7 days, your skin will flake and reveal a shiny skin surface revealing your new tattoo. During this process, the tattoo may feel itchy and irritated, tap the tattoo as an alternative to scratching to alleviate the itching. It is important that you keep the tattoo moisturized to prevent excessive scabbing.


  • Do not pick, peel, scratch or rub your tattoo.
  • Do not touch your tattoo without washing your hands first.
  • Do not let others touch your tattoo as they can transfer bacteria into your tattoo.
  • Do not expose the tattoo to sunlight for 3 weeks. Always wear sunscreen (SPF 60+) to protect and preserve your tattoo from sun damage after healing.
  • Do not swim in pools, lakes, rivers, ocean, or ponds with a fresh tattoo for at least 3 weeks.
  • Do not allow any pets or animals to come in contact with the tattoo while it is healing.
  • Be cautious of environmental surroundings (animal hair, dust, etc.)


  • Do not visit a gym or play sports for one week minimum after getting a new tattoo or until a scab forms
  • Do not go on vacation directly after getting a fresh tattoo, as it will be damaged during travel.

We offer touch-ups for free (if needed) up to 2 months after tattoo completion.  A fee will be charged after this period of time.  If getting tattooed by a guest artist who is at the studio for a limited time, it may not be possible to get a touchup. Please consult with Bamboo Tattoo Staff regarding your guest artist’s availability. If an infection occurs and does not improve within 24 hours, please contact a registered physician. If you have any questions, please contact the studio.