The long term quality of your tattoo or body piercing is more dependent on how you take care of it after you leave our shop. The quality of your tattoo greatly depends upon how well you take care of it. Failure to take care of your tattoo can result in: infections including STAPH, scarring, ink falling out and an unsatisfactory end result.
(How to take care of your tattoo once you leave the shop)
The day of your tattoo:
- Keep plastic wrap on for 1-3 hour(s). Carefully remove bandage and safely dispose of it.
- With clean hands: use fragrance free, anti-bacterial soap (Dial is best), create loose bubbles and gently wash your new tattoo. DO NOT USE A WASHCLOTH.
- Let your new tattoo air dry for 10 minutes. DO NOT RUB WITH A TOWEL.
During the healing process:
- The first 3 days: When you wake up and before you go to bed, with clean hands: use fragrance free, anti-bacterial soap, create loose bubbles and gently wash your new tattoo. DO NOT USE A WASHCLOTH.
- The first week: Use Bacitracin 2-3 times a day (or as needed).
- Your tattoo will go through stages as it heals. Peeling that resembles sunburn is normal.
- Your tattoo is NOT supposed to scab. If it does, DO BOT PICK IT. Picking scabs off could result in scarring, ink falling out/blotches and could ruin your tattoo.
- Wear clothing that is loose so it doesn't stick to or rub against your tattoo.
- Avoid extended exposure to water for the 2 weeks. DO NOT submerge your tattoo in water (i.e. hot tubs, swimming, baths, long showers etc..).
- Avoid any sun exposure to your new tattoo during the first 2 weeks.
- Your skin will most likely start to itch during the healing process. DO NOT SCRATCH IT. The best way to alleviate the itch is by lightly slapping it.
- DO NOT USE: Neosporin, Vaseline, anything with a fragrance such as soap, hair spray, body spray, perfume, cologne, body wash or lotion.
- We Recommend: Washing your tattoo with Dial anti-bacterial soap. Moisturizing your tattoo with fragrance free Lubriderm lotion.
After your tattoo is healed:
- Use a small amount of fragrance free moisturizer 3-4 times a day (or as needed.)
- Use SPF30 sun block for any sun exposure. During so will help increase longevity of your tattoo. Color will fade faster then black with sun exposure.
(How to take care of your body piercing once you leave the shop)
A piercing May seem healed before the actually healing process is complete. This is because piercings tend to heal from the outside-in and although it feels healed, the tissue remains fragile on the inside. It is important to check the tightness of the balls (with clean hands) because they can come loose and fall off, which can lead to your jewelry falling out; your body will heal up the piercing hole a lot faster if there isn't anything in there for it to heal around. Be patient and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
Cleaning: The best place to clean your piercing is in the shower. Use clean hands, No cotton balls or tissues.
- 2-3 times a day, clean your piercing and jewelry to prevent infection. (Avoid over cleaning)
- With warm water, rinse off all dry secretions/crusties.
- Apply Dial anti-bacterial soap with clean hands, or a Q-tip, to skin and jewelry.
- Rub the skin gently to clean.
- Turn and rotate jewelry for no longer then 3 mins (only when cleaning)
- Rinse off soap, making sure to rotate the jewelry to rinse and flush out the inside of the piercing opening.
- When drying, softly pat the area with a clean bath towel. Do not use cotton, tissue of anything the would leave behind dirt, dust or fibers on the pierced area.
After cleaning: Check the tightness of the jewelry balls, they will come loose from moving it while cleaning.
- DO NOT use rubbing alcohol or peroxide! These can dry out and irritate the piercing. They are meant for scrapes and small cuts not punchures or deep wounds such as piercings.