Filed Under: A little meow to help heal the ow.
Overview: An entire product line--a salve, a cleanser soap, a lotion, and an infusion serum--for helping your newly inked art settle in beneath healthy skin. Products contain 100% natural ingredients, and were developed by chemists and tattoo artists (and some of their clients; never animal tested) in a company that is owned and operated by artists, namely, the very naturally well decorated (meow!) Kristin Gunn
Appreciate: All the love your new tattoo will need. Black Cat's products begin with the Super Healing Salve (shown above), which is applied at the shop by your artist, and then you'll apply 3-4 times per day afterwards for a week or so. An alternate option to the Super Healing Salve is Black Cat's new Vitamin Infustion Serum, which is a vegan-formula (no beeswax, because bees and their workproduct are non-vegetables, too) and features exotic ingredients like Wakame and Japanese green tea, and is preferable if you're picky about not feeling any residue on your skin. Both the Salve and the Serum need to be applied to a clean site, and to achieve that you'll use Black Cat's patented Tattoo Cleanser. This is a soap-like formula that is conveniently sprayed, contains no citric acid (so it won't burn the burn), and is very mild, so it won't draw out the ink like some deep cleaning traditional soaps. Last, after 5 days or so you'll apply the petroleum-free Unscented Tattoo Lotion, which will make your skin soft and your tattoo happier than a cat on a mouse farm (meow!)
Know: Black Cat Tattoo Aftercare just celebrated their 10th anniversary, and they've apparently been busy during that time. Black Cat Aftercare products are now used in 600+ tattoo shops in 7 countries worldwide, often under the Black Cat label, but often as well under the independent shop's private label. So don't be alarmed if your artist applies salve from a label called White Dog; it may be Black Cat, afterall
Special Comments: The photo above is of the product packaging from Black Cat Tattoo Aftercare's franchise outpost in London, England, and the packaging varies a little from the American version; the outfit in Austin has been so busy boxing up thousands of aftercare kits for shipment that they've apparently made no time for taking large format, high-res photos of their products. We understand. The British version is legit; but if you're interesed in seeing the home office in Texas, follow the links below for their website and Facebook page
Cost: Black Cat's Aftercare "Kits" have one of everything you'll need, or you can buy the products individually. Kits are sized and priced based on the size of your tattoo: for a little anchor, you'll need $10; for a transcript of the Constitution, you'll need $19