Tattoos in New York City, New York

For the best Tattoos in the safest conditions, choose West 4 Tattoo. Our shop in West Village, New York, NY employs professional, talented artists whose skills cover a vast landscape of tattoo styles. Come visit our shop or book an appointment today.

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  • 01
    IF YOU GOT TEGADERM BANDAGING, LEAVE IT ON FOR 5 DAYS
    Leave the tegaderm on for 5 days – if the ink bleeds a little bit underneath the bandaging, don’t worry! That’s pretty normal. When it’s time to take the bandage off, just gently wipe off the excess ink with a wet paper towel, and then pat it dry and apply a thin layer of A&D ointment. If the skin around the tegaderm gets red or bumpy, remove it immediately and continue with the aftercare process as normal.
  • 02
    IF YOU GOT NORMAL PLASTIC WRAPPING WITH TAPE, LEAVE IT ON FOR 2-3 HOURS
    Leave your bandage on for a minimum of 2-3 hours or overnight
    (we would rather you leave it on longer
    as opposed to washing it in a dirty bathroom).
    DO NOT RE-BANDAGE unless you speak with us.
  • 03
    WASH YOUR TATTOO WITH ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP
    Lightly wash your tattoo with lukewarm water and antibacterial soap (unscented). DO NOT SUBMERGE.
  • 04
    PAT DRY WITH A CLEAN PAPER TOWEL
    Pat dry with a clean paper towel and let air dry for 10-15 minutes before applying aftercare.
  • 05
    APPLY A THIN LAYER OF A&D OINTMENT
    Apply a thin layer of A&D ointment (which was given to you in the shop) on the skin to the point where it just barely looks moist. Use ointment for the first 3 days, then switch to an unscented body lotion for 1-2 weeks. Be sure to use a fragrance-free lotion, otherwise there may be a small amount of chemical additive to make it smell just a little better and this will irritate your tattoo.
  • 06
    As you heal
    Your tattoo will peel like a sunburn after a few days; it is totally normal to see colored flakes of skin shedding. If it does scab in a few areas, this is nothing to worry about, just let them fall off on their own. DO NOT SCRATCH OR PICK AT THEM and do NOT over saturate them in the shower. This could soften them up too much and cause them to come off prematurely, which will leave blank spots that will need touching up. DURING THE HEALING PROCESS stay out of the sun, pools, jacuzzis, ocean, etc. – NO SOAKING IN WATER OF ANY KIND!
  • 07
    Final Reminders
    During the healing process avoid sun exposure and long exposure to water
    Do not re-bandage your tattoo
    Do not pick or scratch at your tattoo
  • 08
    Contact Us
    Please call us at (212) 924-8080 if you have any further questions about caring for your tattoo.
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