Care and Feeding of Your New Tattoo

  •  Leave your tattoo bandaged for at least an hour, but no more than three.
  •  Thoroughly wash your hands with an antibacterial hand soap before each time you touch your tattoo. Once your hands are clean, remove the bandage and discard it, then gently wash the tattoo with your fingertips and soapy water. Rinse clean and pat dry.
  •  Do not re-bandage your tattoo.
  •  Apply a fragrance-free water-based hand lotion (e.g. Curel, Lubriderm, etc..) as many times a day as necessary to keep your tattoo from drying out. The goal is to keep it moisturized but not saturated to the point the skin cannot breathe.
  •  We DO NOT recommend A&D Ointment or Aquafor. It's too easy to put too much on your tattoo, making it hard for the skin to breathe; their sticky nature also tends to attract bits of dust and lint that then get ground into your fresh tattoo.
  •  In a few days your tattoo may begin to peel, it will peel in whatever color of ink was used. Don't freak out; this is normal. Do not help your tattoo peel; do not scratch, pick at, rub, lick, or do anything to the site of your tattoo that may harm the healing process.
  •  DO NOT soak your tattoo. Showers are fine, but that means no baths, swimming, steam saunas, or hot tubs for at LEAST 4 weeks. 
  •  Keep your tattoo covered if you need to be out in the sun, ESPECIALLY for the first month. After that, make sure to keep it covered or at least have sunscreen over your tattoo to keep it looking good. UV rays from the sun or tanning beds are the number one cause of tattoos becoming damaged or prematurely fading.
  •  REMEMBER: It takes about 4 weeks to completely heal a fresh tattoo. Your tattoo is going to be with you for a very long time. The better you care for it while it is still healing, the better it will look over time.

Piercing

  •  The most important point of care for your new piercing: Do NOT touch it. This is how most infections start.
  •  Do not turn your jewelry. The metal used is made for insertion in the skin and your body will not grow to it; turning can prolong the healing process.
  •  Cleaning of your piercing: Let clean water run over the site. If soap runs over, that is fine. If you aren't moving your jewelry the soap should not enter the piercing. Turning the jewelry while cleaning can lead to a reddened, irritated piercing with much more discharge.
  •   Using a first aid spray (Bactine) after your shower once or twice a day is fine. This is to be used on the skin around the piercing, not inside it. Spray it on the navel. Do not use Q tips on a navel or a nipple piercing. The fibers can enter the piercing and cause problems. DO NOT USE alcohol, peroxide, or ointments. They can be harmful to your piercing.

    What To Expect
Minor bleeding, localized swelling, bruising, discoloration, and a secretion of clear or yellow
discharge is normal. This does not indicate infection, just a normal part of the healing process.
You can clean any discharge with water in the shower. Your piercing will look healed long
before it actually is. Changing jewelry could cause your body to begin rejecting it if done before
the pierce is healed, and it can possibly introduce bacteria which could lead to infection. Ideally your
body will never recognize jewelry as a foreign object and thus reject it. This is why leaving it
alone is so important.
Healing times vary depending on the piercing. Approximate times are as follows: Navel: 4-6 mos. Nipple: 3-6 mos.
Ear: 8-10 wks. Cartilage: 3-6 mos. Eyebrow: 2-3 mos. If your piercing is not listed, ask and we
will discuss it. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I am more than happy to help.

Oral Piercings
Lip. Labret. Monroe. Cheek.
These will often swell and may stay swollen for up to a week. Ice packs and ibuprofen will
help with the swelling. The inside of the mouth may develop blisters from jewelry rubbing on it.
These will go away as the piercing heals. You can use a sore throat spray to ease the discomfort.
Clean the outside of piercing with water and then dab a little first aid spray on it twice daily.
To clean any secretions, use water on a cotton swab until you shower and then let the warm
water run over the site of the piercing. A redness around the piercing is normal while it heals.
Jewelry for these piercings will often be longer so as to accommodate any swelling. You will be
given a shorter piece of jewelry for when the swelling goes down. You can bring that back and we will
change the jewelry for you. If you decide to change it yourself, it is very important that your
hands are extremely clean first. If you leave the jewelry out for long, the hole will begin to
shrink, making it difficult to get jewelry back in. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water after eating or smoking.
Mouthwash should be limited to once daily, as it can be harsh and affect the healing of the piercing.


Contact Brenda with any questions or concerns regarding your new piercing. She is happy to help.
These aftercare instructions are based on 22 years of experience. Please follow them. The success
of your piercing healing properly is largely dependent on how you care for it once you leave the shop.


If you have any questions or concerns, call (479) 890-6396 to speak with Brenda.