ORAL TATTOOS: Buy an alcohol free mouthwash such as Biotene or Alcohol Free Crest. Swish 2-3 times a day. It is best not to smoke, or try to at least cut back on your smoking. Avoid oral contact with anything irritating such as: alcohol, spicy, salty, sugary or highly acidic food and drink. Swish with distilled water every time you eat, drink, or smoke. Continue this process until healed, about two weeks.
GENERAL TATTOO AFTERCARE: Remove the bandage after about an hour and begin a regiment of washing 3-4 times a day with a good anti-bacterial soap, preferably one that is non-scented such as dial or lever-2000. Be sure to only use your hands when washing, no washrags, and when drying only pat, don’t scrub. After each washing apply a small amount of A&D ointment, just enough to make it shiny. The ointment is petroleum based and will clog your pours should you apply too heavily. Continue this process for the two weeks it will take your tattoo to heal.
While your tattoo is healing, avoid direct sunlight, sand or soil, perfumes or any kinds of alcohol or peroxide based products, and soaking in water. Showers are obviously fine, but no swimming, baths, hot tubs, etc. Your tattoo will likely scab and itch; do not pick at it, scratch at it, or otherwise mess with it.
Additionally, for pet owners:
A&D ointment is petroleum based, and will attract pet hair. Unfortunately pet hair has a lot of bacteria and should be avoided, so if they get into your bed you should change the sheets and keep them off for the duration of your healing process.