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Tattoo Aftercare

1. Keep the bandage on for the time recommended by your Tattooist.

2. After removing the bandage, wash the Tattoo with warm water and mild soap. Antibacterial, non-  scented soap is the best.

3. Dry the Tattoo by patting it gently, don’t rub it!

4. Apply a thin layer of approved Tattoo cream 3-4 times per day for 7-14 days. Don’t touch your Tattoo without washing your hands! And don’t let anyone else touch it. Avoid letting animals brush up against or lick your fresh Tattoo.

5. Your Tattoo may stain your clothing and sheets so wear dark colors and sleep with loose-fitting clothes covering your Tattoo for the first few days.

5. Avoid soaking your Tattoo in any type of water. No baths, swimming, Jacuzzis etc…

6. Avoid UV lights (sun and tanning beds) directly on your Tattoo for 7-14 days. UV light is always bad for a Tattoo and will fade the colors prematurely, always put sun block on your Tattoo when exposing it to UV light after it’s healed.

7. Don’t pick or scratch your Tattoo! It will form a thin scab and it will be itchy, this is normal. Also don’t apply any medicated ointments such as Polysporin.

Tattoo Preparation

1. Don’t party the night before! Get a good night of sleep and be well rested.

2. Eat a good, healthy meal within 4 hours before your appointment. If it’s a long Tattoo bring some snacks and juice.

3. Please wash! We sterilize the area to be Tattooed but having a clean area around the Tattoo is always good. Plus Tattooists don’t like to Tattoo smelly body parts!

4. Don’t put any lotions, creams or make-up on the area to be Tattooed.

5. Don’t use any form of pain-reducing or numbing cream, they can cause complications during the Tattooing process resulting in a bad Tattoo or extra pain after they wear off.

6. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and plan ahead in case you need to remove clothes for the area to be Tattooed.

7. Don’t bring your whole family or a large group of friends. Most Tattooists don’t like to be crowded while they work and usually only allow one extra person in the Tattoo booth.

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Piercing Aftercare


Example: tongue, lip, & Monroe

Always wash your hands with DIAL anti-bacterial soap as your first step. Rinse with alcohol free antiseptic mouthwash 3-5 times daily, after you eat drink or smoke. Use a new soft bristle toothbrush to clean the jewelry if there is any plaque buildup or crustiness. Don’t brush the piercing.

DO NOT: Don’t use full strength mouth wash. If you have to, Dilute with water, 30% water and the rest mouthwash. Don’t drink Beer or dark beverages for at least 4 weeks. Don’t engage in oral intimacy for at least 4-6 weeks. Don’t change your jewelry for at least 6 weeks. Do not eat spicy salty foods until swelling goes away. Don’t drink hot drinks or have soups for 4-6 weeks. For tongue piercings don’t drink from a straw for 4-6 weeks.

Good to know: Your piercing may bleed for the first few days. It may be tender, swollen, itchy, and red for a few weeks. You may secrete a whitish yellow fluid which will crust up on the jewelry, this is not puss. Your piercing may tighten, making it hard to turn.


Example: navel, nose, brow, ears, OUTSIDE of a lip, and so on.

Always wash hands with DIAL anti-bacterial first. Then use DIAL anti bacterial soap to clean the piercing 3-5 times daily for 6 weeks. For the life of the piercing continue to wash at least once a day. Always be sure to clean up all the crustiness around piercing NEVER remove jewelry for at least 6 weeks. If purchased, use Piercing Potion 2 times daily for 12 days in between washing sessions. If you chose a sea salt solution 2-3 times daily for 6 weeks. Mix ¼ teaspoon SEA salt with 8 oz of warm water, soak for 2 minutes and then rinse area.

DO NOT: Please don’t use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, ointments, gels, or creams on your piercing. Don’t submerge piercing in any body of water, no swimming 4-6 weeks. Don’t change your jewelry for at least 6 weeks. Consult your Piercer when you are ready. Only buy jewelry from a licensed tattoo studio.


We suggest wearing a round circle band aid on the dermal anchor at night time for the first two weeks. This will allow time for the dermal anchor to get locked in tighter to your skin. The band-aid will help protect your dermal anchor.

Take one sterile cotton ball, rinse dermal anchor with warm water and lather it with one pump of the Dial anti bacterial soap. Hold the cotton ball lightly over the dermal anchor for about 2 minutes. This will loosen up any dried blood or crustiness. After 2 minutes remove the cotton ball, rinse dermal anchor with water and use a sterile paper towel to dry your dermal. anchor. As a routine you must use a sea salt solution 3 times daily for 2 weeks.

DO NOT: please don’t use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, ointments, gels, or creams on your piercing. Don’t submerge piercing in any body of water, no swimming 4-6 weeks. Keep as dry as possible even in the shower.

Good to know: your anchor may appear to be healed in days when in fact it will be 2-3 months to heal. The first couple of weeks your anchor will not be on tight, be very careful.

Each time body piercing is performed the client (and if applicable, the parent, managing conservator, or guardian) shall receive oral and written instructions of the care of the area pierced. The client shall consult a health care practitioner at the first sign of infection or an allergic reaction, or adverse reaction resulting from the body piercing to the artist and to the Indiana Department of Health.