Remove the bandage after two hours. All wounds need to breathe in order to properly heal. You do not need to re-bandage the tattoo.
Wash the tattoo using your fingertips or hand only.
Use a mild antibacterial soap and warm water.
Make sure to remove all traces of blood, as this will cause scabbing. Do not scrub the tattoo with a washcloth during the two-week healing period. Always gently pat the tattoo dry with a clean soft cloth or just let it air dry.
Apply a thin coat of ointment to the tattoo.
A&D Ointment Bacitracin and Neosporin are all very good. You will only need to use it for two days, two to three times daily. Apply the ointment just enough to make the tattoo shine, a little goes a long way. Work it in well. Dab off all the excess with a paper towel. Too much ointment will only suffocate the tattoo.
In two days you can switch to a moisturizer. Lubriderm, Eucerin, Curel, Keri, Jergens, Vaseline Intensive Care, Aveeno are all good. Do not use a moisturizer that contains fragrance or color. You can apply the lotion whenever your tattoo feels dry. Like with the ointment you don’t want to overdo it.
In a few days the tattoo will develop some scabs or will start peeling like a sunburn. DO NOT PICK AT IT, this will cause the tattoo to lose color or scar.
You must keep your tattoo clean. Showers are great, but you cannot soak the tattoo in water. No baths, saunas, pools or swimming until the tattoo is healed.
The Sun is bad for your tattoo. You must wait for the tattoo to heal before tanning. After the tattoo is healed it is a good idea to use a strong sun-block on the tattoo if you are tanning or are in the sun, to prevent fading of the tattoo.
Happy Healing :-)