WANT SOMETHING STRIKING?
Whether it's a beautiful floral arrangement or a powerful tall ship on the ocean waves, large-scale tattoos have away of grabbing your attention from across the room. If you're interested in going big, read on!
Saniderm is a clear, breathable, water-resistant bandage that protects your tattoo during the initial healing period. Saniderm is the standard healing method used by Gitchee Gumee Tattoo.
After Saniderm is applied, leave it on for 3 - 5 days. You can work, exercise, and shower as you would normally, but do not submerge the Saniderm underwater.
After you take off the bandage, wash with hypoallergenic soap and apply small amounts of unscented moisturizer.
Saniderm is non-latex. If you are allergic to adhesive, we will use the dry heal method.
NOTES ON SANIDERM
It's normal to experience a buildup of fluid beneath the Saniderm. This fluid is primarily comprised of plasma and ink, and may be thick and dark in color; this is normal, and not a cause for concern.
If you experience redness and itchiness around the edges of the Saniderm, peel it back and trim off the excess.
If at any point your Saniderm peels up to expose part of the tattoo, or fills up with liquid from an outside source (such as water from the sink or shower), remove the Saniderm completely and swap over to the dry heal method for the remainder of the healing period.
DRY HEAL METHOD
Once the tattoo is complete, the artist will apply a thin layer of tattoo ointment and cover the area completely with plastic wrap or a bandage.
Leave this covering on until you get home or wherever you are staying for the night.
Wash your hands thoroughly, then cleanse the tattooed area 5 - 8 times per day.
Plasma buildup will often form within the first few days; gently wash it away regularly to minimize scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs or scratch, as this can pull ink out of your skin.
WASHING YOUR TATTOO
Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your tattoo.
After your hands are clean, gently wash the tattoo with hypoallergenic soap and warm water using only your fingers.
After washing, gently pat dry with a clean paper towel and allow it to air dry for an hour.
When the area is completely dry, apply a thin layer of unscented moisturizer to the area and rub it in gently, but thoroughly.
Wash your tattoo 5 - 8 times a day for the first two weeks, as necessary.