OUR AFTERCARE

Take care of your new art, read our recommended aftercare instructions below

TATTOO & PIERCING AFTERCARE

So you’ve got a new tattoo or piercing and you don’t want to completely ruin it? Good for you! You’re the type of person we’re happy to work with! Check out the aftercare instructions below to make sure you don’t do any damage.

Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

Your tattoo is most prone to infection within the first 48 hours. Please read/follow these steps to ensure proper healing.
*These are only recommendations. We are not responsible for any allergic reactions*

1. Leave bandage on for 12-24 hours (or at artist’s preference). This keeps out air borne bacteria / contaminants and helps avoid infection. Ensure hands are clean before removing any bandaging. Tattoo will ooze, this is normal.

2. Gently cleanse tattooed area with unscented anti-bacterial soap, rinse with cool water, and pat dry with paper towels. Repeat this process for 3-4 weeks/until tattoo is healed.

3. Once dry, gently apply a small amount of unscented lotion to tattooed area. Continue to apply lotion 1-2 times a day for 2-3 weeks/until tattoo is healed. Lotion will help with itching, scabbing, healing, and overall look of your tattoo. (Recommendations: Aveeno, Eucerin Aquaphore, Curel)

DO NOT:
Rebandage. Tattoo needs to breathe
Touch tattoo with uncleaned hands
Let someone else touch it
Rub against pets, dirt, body fluids, etc.
Go swimming, soak in a hot tub, or bath
Use hydrogen peroxide/rubbing alcohol on tattoo
Use hot water or scrub tattoo with anything abrasive
Work excessively, lift weights, go running, etc. (for first few days)
Expose tattoo to sun/UV rays
…until tattoo is healed.

Once healed:
Use proper sunblock/SPF protection after tattoo has healed to avoid sun/UV damage.

Sore? Feel free to take Ibuprofen to help with swelling and/or discomfort. Some peeling, scabbing, and itching may occur within a few days, this is normal but avoid picking/scratching your tattoo.

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Piercing Aftercare Instructions

Your piercing is most prone to infection within the first 48 hours. Please read/follow these steps to ensure proper healing.

Cleanse around pierced area, lather, and then gently squeeze piercing. This can be done in the shower, but ensure it’s done last to avoid contamination via shampoo/conditioner.

Twice a day, cleanse pierced area with a fresh Q-tip soaked in saline solution OR saline wound wash directly to pierced area. Soak for 5 minutes and repeat once, then gently pat dry with clean paper towel.

TO AVOID INFECTION. DON’T TOUCH PIERCING WITH UNWASHED HANDS BEFORE IT’S HEALED.

DO NOT:
Touch piercing(s) without thoroughly cleaned hands
Have any contact with saliva/bodily fluids
Soak in water (ex: swimming, baths, hot tubs)
Take out jewelry, even if it looks infected (Removing can trap infection, making it worse)
Play/fidget with piercing
…UNTIL PIERCING IS HEALED.

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Oral Piercing Aftercare Instructions

Your piercing is most prone to infection within the first 48 hours. Please read/follow these steps to ensure proper healing.

Twice a day, rinse mouth with alcohol free Listerine/mouth wash, as well as after everything you eat or drink. The only exception to this being bottled water.

Take Ibuprofen to help decrease initial swelling.

Use common sense when eating. Eat what is comfortable and take time to get used to the jewelry in your mouth.

TO AVOID INFECTION. DON’T TOUCH PIERCING WITH UNWASHED HANDS BEFORE IT’S HEALED.
(Rest is key. It will heal faster if you avoid playing with it, touching it, sticking it out, chew on it, etc.)

DO NOT:
Have any contact with foreign bodily fluids for at least one month
Touch piercing with unwashed hands
Smoke (until healed). Smoking lengths healing process considerably
Drink alcohol for 3-4 days to avoid prolonged healing and swelling
…UNTIL PIERCING IS HEALED.

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