Tattoo Aftercare


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


Please do:

  • Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo!

  • When you get home:

  • If your tattoo is wrapped, gently remove the wrapping at your earliest convenience. 

  • Wash your tattoo with an anti-bacterial liquid soap. Be gentle, do not use a washcloth or anything that will exfoliate your tattoo. Only use your hands.

  • Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean paper towel. Do not rub, or use a fabric with a rough surface.

  • Rub a small amount of ointment on your tattoo. You may use Bacitracin or A&D, whatever you know you’re not allergic to. Always use clean hands and do not place your fingers back into the ointment after touching your tattoo. Make sure to rub the ointment in so that it is not shiny or greasy– you want the thinnest amount possible.

  • Pat off any excess ointment with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not use Vaseline, petroleum or Bag Balm.

  • Wash, dry and apply ointment 3-5 times daily, as needed.

  • Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks– nothing abrasive or irritating.

  • For a foot tattoo: go barefoot as much as possible. If you must wear shoes, first wrap your clean tattoo with a gauze pad and a small amount of extra ointment to prevent sticking, then cover with a clean cotton sock before putting on your shoe.  (if the gauze pad is stuck on your tattoo, soak the gauze and carefully remove.)

  • After day 4, your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin. Begin using a mild, unscented lotion, free of dyes or perfumes.

  • Use lotion for minimum 2 weeks, 1-2 times daily.


Things to avoid:

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

  • You can shower, but do not soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, soaking or hot tub.

  • Do not expose your tattoo to the sun, tanning beds or spray tans for at least 3 weeks, after that you should use sun block.

  • Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that rub against your tattoo.

  • Do not let anyone touch your tattoo.


Piercing Aftercare


If you have any questions about your piercing or the healing process, please call.



General Piercings

  • Be sure to wash your hands with liquid antibacterial soap.

  • To clean piercing, dip a Q-tip into saline solution and/or piercing aftercare.

  • Hold the jewelry still and (with the Q-tip) clean off any "crusty matter” that may have formed. 

  • Make sure the jewelry stays still until you have cleaned the entire jewelry that is showing.

  • Once all clean, move the jewelry to get what the skin was covering. 

  • DO NOT touch your piercing unless you are cleaning it for the duration of the healing process. If you do, you will need to clean it as stated above.

  • You will be able to tell when your piercings is healed when the "crusty matter” no longer forms. However, even though the "crusty matter" doesn't form anymore, continue to clean it for one week to ensure it is healed. If the "crusty matter" returns, continue to clean it as before until it is gone again. 

  • Even though the piercing is healed, keep it clean to prevent infections.

  • Do not change your jewelry until you no longer experience soreness, tenderness, redness or pain in or around the area of the piercing. 



Oral Piercings Aftercare

  • Rinse mouth for at least 30 seconds after every time you eat or smoke with alcohol free mouthwash for the duration of the healing process. 

  • For the duration of the healing process DO NOT:

    • Drink alcohol

    • Eat or drink dairy products

    • Hard solid foods, spicy foods (hot sauce, nacho cheese, etc.)

    • Drink citric acids (Mt. Dew, Tomatoes, Oranges, etc.)

    • If you can, cut down on smoking

    • For the swelling, you can use Ibuprofen or Advil. You may also eat ice to keep the swelling down. If you do have swelling, it may last 1-7 days.

    • NO ORAL CONTACT WITH ANYONE FOR THE DURATION OF THE HEALING PROCESS.  This includes kissing, oral sex, sharing drinks, or cigarettes.  



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