Aftercare

When your tattoo is fresh, it's important to take good care of it for a good result . The healing time differs from person to person, but it takes around 2-3 weeks for a tattoo to completely heal. It's not completely healed until all the scabs have fallen off.
 

Keep your tattoo looking good and healthy: 

When the process of tattooing itself is finished, your tattoo will be washed off, lightly moisturized and covered in cling film. Leave that cling film on for at least 3h, but no longer than 8h.
If you have been given Dermalize, leave it on for about 24h unless there's excessive fluid or if the bandage is peeling off. In that case, it's fine to take it off and move on to the next step.


TAking off the plastic:

  • Wash your hands before taking the plastic off.

  • Wash your tattoo in lukewarm water and a perfume free soap. Gently rub away any plasma and ink residue.

  • Pat-dry your tattoo with the clean towel, do not rub.

  • Moisturize with a thin layer of cream/ointment.
     

Whilst your tattoo is healing:

  • Handle it with clean hands only.

  • Wash two times daily with a perfume free soap.

  • Moisturize after washing with recommended ointment and whenever it feels dry or itchy.
     

Do nots:

  • Do not dry out the tattoo to the point of getting a thick scab. This will result in ink falling out.

  • Do not do strenuous exercise. It heightens the risk of infection and slows the healing process.

  • Do not scratch your fresh tattoo, even if itchy.

  • Do not pick the scabs. They have to fall off naturally.

  • Do not go sunbathing, go swimming or into a sauna. Heightens the risk of damage to your tattoo and infection.  

  • Do not let other people touch your fresh tattoo.  

Happy healing!
 

Recommended soaps:
Anything mild and perfume free for sensitive skin.

 

REcommended creams/ointments

Bepanthen, Helosan, Lucas PawPaw, Aquaphor, Inky Salve. 
 


PS : Please use SPF30 or higher on healed tattoos to avoid sundamage.

Healed tattoos can become raised and slightly itchy as your skin reacts to heat or cold. This is normal and usually stops quickly.

FAQ

Do you use vegan ink?
Yes!

Will you tattoo people under the age of 18?

No. No exceptions. Please bring a valid ID with you.

What will the tattoo cost?
Do you charge hourly?

It depends on the size and level of detail. I charge hourly for bigger pieces and commissions, my pre-drawn designs usually has a set price.

Will you tattoo my hands/face/neck?

Probably not. I make exceptions though, feel free to inquire!
 

Do you make custom designs on request?

Absolutely! Commissions are fun. Email me for a consultation.
 

Will you send me the custom design before the appointment?

No. I do not send pictures of designs, not even commissions. All designs are available to view on the day of the appointment, but I'm happy to make alterations. If you like what's on my Instagram, you'll like what I've drawn for you.
 

Can I take painkillers/use numbing cream?

Please consult with me first if you are considering various pain killers. They can affect the tattoo process and your well being. There's usually numbing spray made for tattoos in the studio if needed. 

Can I book a time for a weekend?

I work Saturdays for bigger projects, feel free to inquire if you need a weekend booking! 

Do you sell gift cards?

No, not yet unfortunately!

Can I bring my friend?

I'm usually okay with one person coming along as moral support. However, please ask ahead. I work in a very busy studio and sometimes there's not enough space to accommodate for your friends.

where are you located?

Swahili Bobs Tattoo
Bondegatan 16

116 33 Stockholm

Sweden

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