Congratulations on your new tattoo or piercing! To help you properly care for your tattoo or piercing we have put together aftercare information for you. If followed carefully, you can rest easy knowing your tattoo or piercing will heal easily!

Tattoos:

Your tattoo has been done under clean, professional conditions using the utmost modern sterilization techniques and the finest tattooing pigment available. Now it is up to you to take proper care of it. The chance of infection or damage to your new tattoo will be minimal if aftercare instructions are followed correctly.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap.
  • Leave the tattoo covered for ONLY 1 hour. You do not want any blood to dry onto the bandage.
  • Carefully remove the bandage. If any blood is dried, remove by wetting the paper towel in warm water, then slowly remove. Wash the tattoo gently and thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap, warm water and your fingertips. Work up a good lather several times to be sure to remove all ointment and body fluids.
  • ******DO NOT use hot water or a washcloth******
  • Lightly pat or air dry. With clean hands, apply Redemption Afterlife. Redemption is an organic lubricant that helps reduce swelling, redness and helps you heal quicker. This is the ointment we use while tattooing. We stand behind it 100%. If you choose not to use Redemption, you may use Aquaphor or A&D ointment. DO NOT use Vaseline, petroleum jelly, alcohol, peroxide or aloevera.
  • Continue to apply ointment 2-4 times per day. DO NOT let the tattoo dry out. Healing time is generally 10 days to 2 weeks.
  • If your tattoo is on your foot, ankle or any other sensitive spot, it may become swollen and take longer to heal. Keep your feet elevated as much as possible. Ibuprofen may help with swelling.
  • The first night or two you may wrap your tattoo with Saran wrap to avoid anything coming in direct contact with your tattoo while you sleep. Apply ointment to the tattoo, and then wrap it. When you take the wrap off, make sure to wash it completely before reapplying ointment. If you have a job that may contaminate your tattoo, you may also wrap it. The goal is to let it breathe as much as possible without wrapping it, but also to avoid any contaminates you may come into contact with.
  • After about 2-7 days, the tattoo will shed a layer of skin. THIS IS NORMAL! Do not pick or scratch this, let it fall off naturally. (Be extra careful not to FORCE skin off when it becomes soft in the shower.) Forcing it off can ruin your tattoo!
  • DO NOT pick, rub or scratch the tattoo.
  • DO NOT expose to direct sunlight for 2 weeks. Use SPF sunscreen on your tattoo after it is healed to avoid fading.
  • DO NOT soak in water (i.e., swimming, hot tubs, bath or sauna) for two weeks or until healed. This includes chlorine and salt water.

Just use common sense or contact your tattoo artist with any concerns or questions.

Piercings:

ALWAYS wash your hands thoroughly anytime before handling your piercing.
Soak your piercing 2-3 times a day with a sea salt solution for 3-5 minutes. Use 1/8 teaspoon per 1 cup of distilled water (Bottled water is also acceptable). *If the solution becomes irritating to your skin, decrease the sea salt content to 1/16 tsp per 1 cup of water.

  • DO NOT have contact with any foreign fluids.
  • DO NOT take out the jewelry if it looks or feels infected. Please contact your piercer for advice. Removing the jewelry can trap an infection inside and complicate the situation immensely.
  • DO NOT let anyone else touch your piercing.

Oral Piercings:

Rinse your mouth with “Biotene” brand mouthwash, or any antiseptic alcohol-free mouthwash you prefer, 3 times a day and after you eat, drink, or smoke anything. The only exception is bottled water.

  • Take Ibuprofen to help decrease initial swelling, or suck on ice chips.
  • Wash your hands and regularly check the ball(s) on the jewelry for tightness.
  • DO NOT have contact with foreign body fluids for the duration of the healing process. (I.e. making out, oral sex, etc.)
  • It is recommended that you downsize to shorter/smaller diameter jewelry after 2-3 weeks.
  • AVOID spicy and acidic foods, as they will irritate your new piercing considerably.
  • Smoking lengthens healing time considerably, so if possible do so sparingly or not at all.
  • AVOID consuming large amounts of hard alcohol, as you will run the risk of prolonging healing, increasing swelling, and other serious health risks.

Rest is key to quick healing–the less you play with it, stick it out, chew on it, etc., the faster it will heal.