Nova Tattoo Studio

4938 N Lombard St. 

Portland, Oregon 97203

T: (503) 256-0864

Hours: 11 AM - 10 PM Daily

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Les Windley

How do I care for my new tattoo?

Tattoo after care instructions courtesy of Nova Tattoo Studio:

Bandage must stay on a minimum of 4 hours

With CLEAN HANDS, carefully:

  • Remove bandage.
  • Wash thoroughly with warm water and liquid anti-bacterial fragrance free hand soap (soft soap/dial). Use fingertips only, no Washcloths. It should feel squeaky clean, with no slime.
  • Dry tattoo by pressing gently with a CLEAN PAPER TOWEL.
  • Wash tattoo 3 to 4 times a day for 5 days.
  • From the third day on use white unscented lotion, such as Lubriderm. Allow tattoo to air dry fully, before applying "small" amount lotion to the tattoo.
  • Wash tattoo between applications of lotion.
  • Allow 6 to 8 weeks for tattoo to heal.


  • Your tattoo must be cared for properly, it is your obligation.
  • Wear clean loose clothing over tattoo.
  • Keep all hands off tattoo unless washing, until healed.
  • Do not scratch or pick tattoo.
  • No tanning for 4 weeks.
  • No swimming for 2 weeks or until tattoo is healed.

When you get a tattoo at Nova Tattoo Studio, it is performed by highly trained professionals who adhere to strict standards of proper sterile procedures and application in a modern studio. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call: (503) 256-0864.

Disclaimer: Please note this is to be used as a guide and is not intended as medical diagnosis, advice or prescribing. Seek the care of a medical care professional if you suspect an infection, have a temperature or experience any discomfort over what is customary for a tattoo.

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