The most important principle to remember after getting a new tattoo is to treat your new body art with care and respect.
Here are a few tips to help you in the healing process.
AFTERCARE



 
CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR BODY PIERCINGS

WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing, for any reason.  Complete a SALINE soak for five to ten minutes once or more per day. HOW:  Invert a flexible cup of warm saline solutions over the area, squeeze slightly to form a vacuum.  Certain piercings will require an easier method of application by apply solution using a saturated cleaning gauze or paper towels.  A brief rinse afterwords application will remove any residue.  SOAP no more than twice a day. While showing lather up a pearl size drop of the soap,  clean the jewelry, piercing, and area around piercing.   Do not leave cleanser on the piercing for more than thirty seconds.  RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing and surrounding area.   IT is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.  DRY gently patting with clean, disposable paper products.  Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury. 

A piercing may seem healed before the entire healing process is complete.  Piercings heal from the outside in, and although it feels healed, the tissues remains fragile on the inside.  BE PATIENT and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing process period.  Even healed piercings can shrink/close in minutes, despite  being  there for years.  This varies from person to person.  If you like your piercing, leave the jewelry in place.    YOU ARE BEING PIERCED AT  YOUR OWN RISK. 

Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, seek professional assistance in the removal of the jewelry.  After removal of the jewelry continue to clean piercing until the hole has closed.   In most cases, after a piercing has closed,  only a small indention will remain.  In the event that an infections is suspected, ensure jewelry is quality, leave in place an invert alternative to allow for drainage in a abscess.  Until the infestation has dissipated, quality jewelry should remain.  

Contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.  In the event of an emergency contact a physician.  Disclaimer: These guidelines reflect extensive professional experience, common sense, research, and standard medical practices for piercing care.  This information is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician.  

TATTOO INSTRUCTIONS

DRY HEALING:  
Your artist will bandage you when finished.  Leave your bandage on for 1-2 hours.  When removing the bandage, you may notice a shinny coat has formed, which is normal.  Ensure you clean your tattoo using warm water and a mild antibacterial soap.  (Dial Gold is recommended) Pat dry or leave to air drive.   The tattoo can remained unwrapped throughout the day, avoid excessive contact with fabric.  For the first three days  wrapping is recommend prior to going to bed.  Your body will lose fluid or Lymph during the initial days.  Wrap the  tattoo with plastic wrap making sure your new tattoo is completely dry before wrapping.  Wrapping will avoid Lymph from sticking to sheets or closes, which can cause irritation. Wrapping will promote quicker healing as well as reduce irritation. 

During the day, apply a mild moisturizer (unscented hand lotion- no perfume) or healing ointment to your tattoo.  (A&D).  Keep lightly applying the ointment until your tattoo peels which will occur in three to seven days.  Once your tattoo enters into the peeling phase, stop applying moisturizer or ointment. *If bubbles form on your tattoo, is is due to excessive moisture- STOP APPLYING THE MOISTURIZER/OINTMENT, let ti peel on it's own.

Protect your investment.  Do not  submerge in  a bath, pool, hot tub, ocean, lake, or stream.  Avoid direct exposure to sun, tanning beds, gym, dirt or anything that would be considered unsanitary.  The tattoo should be considered an open wound, that must be kept clean.  Do not scratch. 

WRAP HEALING
Less conventional than dry healing, wrapping can often be recommended for larger tattoos.  Leave your bandages on for at least 3-4 hours, not to exceed 12 hours.  Clean your tattoo with a mild antibacterial soap (Dial Gold recommended) with warm water.  Air dry with new tattoo for 15 minutes MINIMUM, making sure it is completely dry. Wrap up the tattoo with plastic wrap.  DO NOT use any moisturizers, ointments or lotions. 

Wash your tattoos every 4-6 hours.  Sweat is your enemy, and it is hard not to sweat when you are wrapped in plastic.  After washing, pat dry with a clean cloth, prior to wrapping with new plastic.  This regiment will need to be repeated for at least 3-5 days.  Your new tattoo will start to peel within those 3-5 days, flaking similar to  a sunburn.  Once the flaking begins, wrapping will need to stop. Treat the dry and itchy skin with  no-additive moisturizer, and no scratching.  Your skin texture will return to normal as your tattoo heals. 

Moisture rashes happens when there is too much moisture left on the skin that  is wrapped. Ingrown hairs can also be uncomfortable during healing.  The most import thing with either healing methods can be , remain consistent, don't be shy about contacting your tattoo artist with any questions.  No questions to small or too weird.