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•    After 1-2 hours remove bandage.  Wash tattoo with warm water and mild soap, pat dry.  DO NOT RE-BANDAGE
•    Apply a very small amount of Aquaphor ointment and rub into the skin. Aquaphor can be found in the lotion section of most  drug stores (Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc.)
•    Wash tattoo and apply a very small amount of Aquaphor or A&D ointment 2 or 3 times for 2 weeks.
•    Keep tattoo out of pools, spas, hot tubs, lakes or oceans for at least 3 weeks.
•    Keep tattoo out of direct sunlight or tanning booths for at least 3 weeks.  After tattoo is healed, use a good sunscreen to ensure longevity.
•    Keep tattoo away from dirt, grease, or chemicals.
•    Avoid wearing clothing that rubs or irritates the tattoo while healing.
•    The first 3 weeks after getting a new tattoo are the most critical.
•    DO NOT PICK AT SCABS OR FLAKING SKIN!!! Picking at scabs can actually pull the pigment out of the skin and lead to permanent scarring.
•    A tattoo can only be removed with surgical or laser procedure.  Any effective removal may leave scarring.
•    While it is healing, the tattoo should feel like a sunburn; however, you are advised to consult a physician at the first signs of an adverse reaction, including swelling, infection, illness, fever and allergic reactions.
•    A tattoo is forever, it is worth 3 weeks of care.
•    If you have any questions regarding the care of your tattoo,
    please call us at (303)455-2855.
•     Outside of the normal limits of healing, any concerns that your body art has resulted in complications, infection or disease should be reported to:

Denver Department of Environmental Health
Public Health Inspections - Body Art
200 W. 14th Ave. Ste 200
Denver, CO 80204
phicomments@denvergov.org
720-865-5401

You may also report to your artist any concerns about complications, infections or disease.  The rules and regulations governing body art establishments and body artists require that the body artist report those conditions to the Department within 24 hours of discovery.