Healing and Aftercare

Aftercare is the one of the most important parts to the process of getting a tattoo or piercing. How your piercing or tattoo heals is largely your responsibility, so it is important to follow the guidelines that the artist/piercer provided to you. If at any point if you have any questions or concerns regarding your tattoo or piercing feel free to stop by or give us a call. If you experience abnormal complications please consult with your physician.

Day 1

Leave bandage on your fresh tattoo for no longer than two hours. Do not reapply any bandage to your tattoo.

  1. After removing the bandage, do a warm-water rinse by letting warm water flow over the tattoo. Do not apply soap or scrub your tattoo. Let your tattoo air-dry. Do not use a wash cloth when cleaning your tattoo and avoid drying it with a towel.

  2. When the tattoo has air-dried, mist a generous layer of Bactine over the tattoo. Allow the Bactine to dry completely before dressing in loose clothing. Make sure all bedding is clean and free of pet dander to ensure a safe heal.

Day 2 - Day 14

Repeat warm water rinse and Bactine 2-3 times a day. After the first 24-hours you can apply a minimal amount of fragrance and dye-free lotion to relieve any tightness or itching sensation. Your tattoo should appear dry, not oily or pasty.

  1. Re-apply lotion daily as needed, use sparingly and only when needed. Follow this process until tattoo is fully healed. (About 2 weeks)

  2. Do not pick or scratch a fresh tattoo. Flaking skin is normal and if scabs occur, be patient and allow them to heal naturally.

  3. Do not soak or submerge your tattoo in shared water (pools, lakes, bath tubs, etc.) for at least 3 weeks.

  4. Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight for at least 3 weeks. Sun exposure or the use of tanning beds at any point in your life will fade your tattoo.


When you leave your tattoo is not finished. The healing process is a crucial part of how your tattoo will appear. It is not uncommon that a tattoo may need minor touch-ups, we offer free touch-ups as long as they are done within the first 6 months following the completion of the tattoo. Difficult healing areas such as feet, hips, hands and necks and joint areas are not guaranteed and are the clients responsibility. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your tattoo stop by or give us a call.

Daily Cleaning

Clean your piercing 2 times a day with a sea salt-saline mixture. Use the packet of non-iodized sea salt you received and empty it into a gallon of distilled water.

  1. Pour your solution into a cup or bowl, heat it up in the microwave so it is warm, and soak your piercing for 5 minutes, twice a day. If the area is difficult to use a cup or bowl on, you may use gauze or paper towel and dip in warm solution and compress it on front and back for 5 minutes, 3 times a day. You can also use a premixed Simply Saline Wound Wash spray to cleanse your piercing, spray on 3 times a day and let soak in.

  2. After 7 days you can begin to gently remove any crusty deposits while you clean with a well dowsed gauze or paper towel. There is no need to move your jewelry! Any small deposit or dirt that enters your piercing could potentially slow the healing process.

  3. For Oral piercings such as tongue or lip follow the above instructions for the outer area and rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash after you eat or drink anything other than water.


Do not use hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, Bactine, tea tree oil, Neosporin, or anti-bacterial soap on your piercing. Stay out of shared water while it is healing (lakes, creeks, hot tubs, swimming pools, etc.) for the duration of your healing time.

Be sure to consult piercer for appropriate healing times before changing jewelry.