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Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

What To Do

~) Leave the tattoo bandaged for a minimum of 1 hour and no longer than 12 hours.

~) Remove the bandage. If the bandage is stuck to the tattoo, gently remove it under warm running water.

~) Once the bandage is removed, using an unscented, antibacterial soap, wash the tattoo well with your hand. Using warm, soapy water, gently wash your tattoo. DO NOT SCRUB the tattoo.

~) When finished washing, gently pat dry, with a clean towel and allow to air dry.

~) Wait 3 days. then apply a thing layer of unscented lotion(Lubriderm or Curel are an industry standard), 4 – 6 times a day for about 10-14 days or until the tattoo is completely done peeling.

~) Somewhere between 3 and 6 days, the tattoo will start to flake off like tissue paper. This is normal. DO NOT PICK at it or scratch it. Let the skin peel naturally. You will notice small pieces of dry skin containing color coming off while using lotion or washing the tattoo. This is also normal, it is the top layer of dead skin and is a sign of a healthy healing process for your skin. Don’t worry, your tattoo is not disappearing.

What To Avoid

~) Once the bandage is completely removed, DO NOT REAPPLY bandage to the tattoo.

~) NO DIRECT SUNLIGHT OR TANNING for the first 2-3 weeks. Shoot for 3 weeks just to be safe.

~) DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH the tattoo while it is peeling.

~) DO NOT SOAK THE TATTOO for 2 weeks. No swimming, baths, hot tubs, or saunas for 2 weeks. Wait until after the tattoo has completely peeled.


~) Last but not least, do not listen to friends or so-called tattoo experts. If you have any questions, CALL OR VISIT YOUR ARTIST.

Some Extra Information

~) Once you leave the shop, proper care of your tattoo is YOUR responsibility.

~) Small amounts of color may appear on clothing or sheets for the first few days.

~) When the tattoo is peeling, color will appear in pieces of dry skin.

~) If the tattoo is in an area where it can be exposed to the air, do so. This allows your tattoo to “breathe” and helps it heal. Your body and oxygen work together to heal the tattoo.

~) If possible, wear loose fitting clothing over your tattoo and be careful not to suffocate your tattoo with clothing.

Piercing Aftercare Instructions

Always wash your hands prior to cleaning your piercing. Do not play with your new piercing. This may cause it to heal hard. Starter jewlery may be changed after half of the healing time. Never use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean your piercing.

Standard Skin Piercings
1. Start washing your piercing twice daily with antibacterial soap, such as Dial or Softsoap.
2. Clean daily twice a day and DO NOT PLAY with new piercing until healed.

Oral Piercings
1. Rinse your mouth 2 times daily with a half water/half Listerine mix. Anytime you smoke, drink, eat or come into oral contact with anything rinse your mouth out with a bottle of water.
2. For tongue piercings – no beer, brown liquor, or yogurt, these all have live yeast and can cause thrush and possibly lead to lockjaw.
3. NO ORAL SEX until healed.

What To Know Before Getting a Piercing

Any piercing can be a very dangerous procedure if not done properly in a safe, clean environment by a trained professional. The responsibility lies upon you to research and ask questions about your body piercer and your specific body piercing. Some of the risks can include but are not limited to:

Bloodborne Diseases – If the equipment used to do your piercing is contaminated with the blood of an infected person, you can contract a number of serious bloodborne illnesses. This could include hepatitis C, hepatitis B, tetanus, and HIV – the virus that causes AIDS.

Allergic Reactions – Some piercing jewelry is made out of nickel or brass, which can cause allergic reactions.

Oral Complications – Jewelry worn in tongue piercings can chip and crack your teeth and damage your gums. Also, tongue swelling after a new piercing can block the throat and airway.

Skin Infections – Piercings may cause redness, swelling, pain, and a pus-like discharge.

Scars and Keloids – Body piercing can cause scars and keloids (ridged, raised areas by the overgrowth of scar tissue.)

Tearing or Trauma – Jewelry can get caught and torn out accidentally. Trauma to a piercing may require surgery or stitches to repair. If not repaired, the damaged area may develop permanent scars or deformities.

Ask your body art professional about their Bloodborne Pathogen Training, the estblishment's proficiency requirements, and the establishment's autoclave monthly spore test results.