Tattoocare for after the tattoo

tattoo care at good old times tattoo berlin

Congratulations on your new tattoo! Ready to learn more about tattoocare for after the tattoo? After getting your tattoo, it’s crucial to follow specific guidelines to ensure proper healing and longevity. Keep reading to discover all the information you need 🙂


Based on the tattoo you’ve received and your post session plans, we recommend two healing methods:

  • Transparent Film: If your tattoo is very big or if you have a flexible schedule for the next few days/weeks, we will apply a transparent film. This film acts as a barrier against dirt and germs and can be removed after a few hours. It allows your tattoo to breathe while providing protection during the initial healing phase.
  • Second Skin: If you you have a busy schedule in the days following your session or if you plan on travelling, we advise purchasing a pack of Second Skin. This breathable tattoo sticker bandage provides effective protection against water, dirt and friction. It can be kept on the tattoo for a few days, allowing you to go about your daily activities without worry.

Both methods have their advantages, and we will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your tattoo using either option. Your comfort and the optimal healing of your tattoo are our top priorities.


After your tattoo session, a thin film is applied to protect the fresh ink. Keep this on for about 2-3 hours to prevent dehydration and crusting from lymph fluid. When it’s time to remove the film, wash your hands thoroughly and gently clean the tattoo under warm running water. Avoid using soap initially to prevent unnecessary irritation. Use only your hand to remove any excess plasma, blood, vaseline, or ink, as abrasive materials can cause irritation. If your tattoo feels slimy or slippery, it may be due to oozing plasma, which is normal. Gently remove as much as possible to prevent thick scabs from forming. Afterwards, let the tattoo air dry before applying a very thin layer of cream morning and evening for at least two weeks.


We always prefer apply a layer of transparent film first and wait a few hours before applying a piece of second skin to a fresh tattoo. This will prevent the possible formation of a bubble full of blood and body fluid under the sticker. After a few hours, you can simply remove the transparent film and cleanse the tattoo under warm running water. Allow the area to air dry before applying the sticker. It’s crucial to note that when using second skin, no cream should be applied simultaneously, as it will prevent the sticker from adhering properly. Once the second skin is applied, you can leave it on for up to three days, with the option to remove it at any time during this period. When showering, ensure no water has seeped under the sticker; if it has, remove it immediately. After three days, remove the sticker and thoroughly wash the entire area with hot running water, ensuring to eliminate any residual glue. Let the tattoo air dry for at least half a day before applying cream. After this time you can start applying a very thin layer of cream morning and evening for a minimum of two weeks. 

For aftercare, we recommend using “Panthenol-ratiopharm® Wundbalsam”, available at any pharmacy in Berlin.. However, please be aware that we cannot take responsibility for any issues arising from the use of products other than those recommended by us.

In general, if your tattoo shows signs of redness during the healing process, it indicates skin irritation. In such instances, it’s advisable to avoid applying cream for 3-4 days and let the wound heal naturally. While itching is a common occurrence during wound healing, refrain from scratching or picking at the tattoo. If the itching becomes unbearable, you can alleviate discomfort by applying a cool eutectic plate wrapped in a towel.

If you follow all the instructions provided, your tattoo should heal smoothly and without any complications. Should you have any queries about caring for your new tattoo, don’t hesitate to contact the Good Old Times Tattoo Studio team for additional assistance.

After approximately six weeks, we recommend returning to the studio for a follow-up appointment. Despite appearances, the complete healing process typically takes about 4-6 weeks. While not all tattoos require touch-ups, if necessary, we offer a complimentary free of charge touch-up within three months of your initial session. After this period, any touch-ups will be subject to additional charges.



It takes circa 6 weeks while for the pigments, which are stung into the skin when tattooing, to be encapsulated in the tissue. During the healing process, they are therefore sensitive to pressure and tension. Please try to do as little sport as possible, which would put pressure on the affected area. The same regards to wearing tight clothing that could cause friction. In this case, extreme caution is required. Having a bath and swimming should be avoided as much as possible – showering, on the other hand, is harmless.


It’s best to avoid exposing your new tattoo to direct sunlight for at least six weeks. Sunlight can cause tattoos to fade, especially on freshly inked skin. Tattooing compromises the skin’s natural protection, making it more susceptible to sun damage. Even covering up with a towel won’t provide sufficient protection against harmful UV radiation. Therefore, it’s essential to apply a high SPF sunscreen to your tattooed skin to protect it from sun damage.


It’s important to exercise caution when it comes to pets and your fresh tattoo. Avoid allowing animal hair or saliva to come into contact with the tattooed area, as this can lead to inflammation and potential complications. Remember to always wash your hands before touching your tattoo to minimize the risk of contamination. It’s better to be overly cautious than to risk infections.

If you have any doubts or questions after your tattoo appointment, don’t hesitate to call the shop ☎️ 030 49080100 or send an email to 📧☺.


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