BELOW you will FIND OUR GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW TATTOO OR PIERCING. ALL OF OUR PROCEDURES ARE DONE WITH THE UPMOST ATTENTION TO CURRENT STANDARDS OF CLEANLINESS AND STERILIZATION, including the use of brand-new sterile single-use needles for everything. The GUIDELINES below are here to help inform and remind all current and potential clients, but for specific questions or inquiries feel free to contact us during any of our normal business hours.

TATTOO AFTERCARE:

-Remove bandage after one hour and wash gently with mild unscented soap

-Pat dry with soft towel and air dry about 10 mins

-Apply a thin layer of the A&D ointment or Aquaphor

-Continue applying the ointment in thin layers as the tattoo dries out for 24-48 hours

DO NOT REBANDAGE

-The healing process is a very important part of keeping your tattoo looking great

-After the 24 hours switch to a NON FRAGRANCE lotion. A&D does not allow the tattoo to breath during the healing process and can delay or hinder healing.

-Keep the tattoo moist by applying lotion when the tattoo is dry for approximately 2 to 3 weeks

DO NOT soak your tattoo in water (pools, hot tubs, bath tubs, ocean, etc...)

DO NOT use petroleum jelly, bacitracin, neosporine or any antibiotic ointment on your tattoo

DO NOT expose your tattoo to direct sun light during the healing process (including tanning beds)

DO NOT pick or scratch any scabbed or peeling skin

Remember- the sun destroys tattoos over time. Always use a high quality sunscreen during outdoor activities to keep your tattoo looking its best.

PIERCING AFTERCARE:

Mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt with 16oz of water.  Keep in a covered container. Clean your piercing 3 times a day for the next 2 weeks using a fresh cotton ball or cotton swab during each cleaning. Gently move the piercing up and down/ in and out.

Nose piercing: Along with cleaning your piercing we suggest wearing a spot band-aid or small band-aid over the piercing at night for the next 2-3 weeks. This will prevent the piercing from getting caught and falling out while you are sleeping.

Lip/Tongue piercing: Make two separate bottles of the sea salt solution. Keep one bottle plain salt water for surface cleaning, follow the instructions above. Add mouthwash to the second bottle and rinse your piercing every time something passes through your mouth that IS NOT water for the next 2 weeks. This includes eating, drinking, smoking and kissing.

Belly Piercing: You must wait 6 months before changing your piercing. It will take this piercing up to 1 year to heal completely. Since this piercing sits under the surface of the skin it is important that this piercing is well healed before changing the jewelry. Changing the jewelry prematurely can increase your chances of piercing rejection, swelling and possible infection. 

Changing Your Jewelry: Wait 4 to 6 weeks before changing your jewelry. If your piercing still feels swollen or irritated after the 4 to 6 weeks, wait before changing your jewelry. It is common to have extended swelling or irritation in cartilage piercings.

Keloids: A keloid is caused by any type of trauma to a fresh piercing. Keloilds appear as a red bubble and usually sit directly on either piercing hole. Keloids are not cause for concern and will go away over time. To help them heal faster you can melt one plain aspirin drop by drop with warm water until the tablet turns into a paste like consistency. Put this paste on the affected area for 10mins 3 times a day for 3-5 days. This treatment may not make the keloid go away immediately but it will help reduce the swelling and size of the keloid.