Everything you need to know to care for your Mickey Holmes original tattoo.

Mickey's tattoo aftercare instructions. Please follow these "Dos" and "Do nots" to care for your healing tattoo.


  • Remove bandage after 4-8 hours.
  • Wash the area gently with your hands, with very warm water upon removal of the bandage.
  • Wash the area again immediately with cold water and rinse thoroughly.
  • Pat the area dry with a clean paper towel.
  • After 24 hours, apply a small amount of plain, unscented moisturizing lotion. You can pat off any extra visible lotion with a clean paper towel. Cetaphil, Aquafor, and Lubriderm are great unscented lotion options.
  • Wash your tattoo and apply lotions 3-4 times daily until your tattoo is completely healed.


  • Do not use a wash cloth or sponge on your tattoo.
  • Do not rub the area dry, pat it.
  • Do not apply ointment or lotion for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not use too much lotion. Too much lotion can be harmful to your healing tattoo.
  • Do not go swimming in salt water, fresh water, lakes, rivers, pools, or chlorniated water for two weeks. Any prolonged immersion in water can lead to infection or damage your tattoo.
  • Do not go tanning, spend prolonged time in direct sunlight, or excessively sweat for two weeks. This can damage or extend the healing period of your tattoo.

    Your tattoo could take 1-2 weeks to heal. Damage to your skin or imporper care can lengthen the duration of your healing.
    If you experience any problems or have any questions, please contact Mickey Holmes immediately.