Q. How do I take care of my Tattoo?

A. Below are some basic tattoo aftercare instructions. Keep in mind that the less you do to your tattoo, the better it will heal. 

  • When you get home: Remove bandage within 1-3 hours after getting your tattoo. Do not re-bandage.

  • Wash your tattoo with a gentle soap such as Dove or Cetaphil. Be gentle, do not use a washcloth or anything that will exfoliate your tattoo. Only use your hands.

  • Let your tattoo air out for about 24 hours

  • After the first day: Rub a small amount of light lotion (free of dyes such as Curel Original Formula) onto your tattoo. Do not use greasy products such as Vaseline, petroleum or Aquaphor.

  • On the 3rd or 4th day your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin.

  • Other tips:

  • Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo.

  • Tenderness, redness, and mild swelling is normal. However, if you see signs of infection such as red streaks extending from the affected area, pus drainage, or you experience a fever, please seek medical attention.

  • You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for a week. No swimming, soaking or hot tubs.

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and cover up your tattoos or apply sunblock if you will be in the sun

  • Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that rub against your tattoo. Do not let anyone touch your tattoo, unless they wash their hands.

  • Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and reduce swelling

  • Get plenty of rest

You can also

  • Ice your tattoo to reduce swelling.

  • Elevate your tattoo, to reduce swelling.

  • Use ibuprofen to reduce swelling


If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, please call the shop or contact your artist directly.

Q.  Is parking available?
A.  While we would love to offer parking on site, Downtown San Diego can be tricky for parking long term (2+hours). What we suggest is if you have a appointment lasting longer than 2 hours google search parking garages around downtown for current rates. Uber or Lyft would also be a great option depending on where you are coming from.

Q. Do you offer Gift Certificates?

A. Yes we offer Gift cards in person at Superfly. Feel free to stop by and pick up a card in any amount to go towards a new tattoo/body piercing or even jewlery or a T-shirt. If you cant make it in please feel free to click the link labeled Book now and you will see an option for E-gift certificates.

Q. Do you require deposits for appointments?

A. Yes a Non-Refundable deposit of $100 holds your date and time with you artist.  As long as you are straight with us and give us at least 24 hours notice of rescheduling appointment we will gladly move your date and time while maintaining your deposit. No call no shows will forfeit your deposit. Our artist strive to serve you with the highest quality custom tattooing, that being said custom tattoos take time to create please give our tattooers the respect of a notice if something comes up.

Q. How long has Superfly been around?
A.   Superfly tattoo has offering the highest quality tattooing and Body Piercingin San Diegos Gaslamp District since 1996.

Q. Do you only accept cash?

A. While everyone knows cash is always preferred we do accept all major credit cards.