Body Art Info
GENERAL TATTOO CARE INSTRUCTIONS
- An hour and a half from now remove the gauze bandage! If it sticks to the tattoo use a little warm water, moisten the gauze and pull it off slowly.
- Purchase a tube of ‘A&D Ointment.’ Apply a thin coat to the tattoo 3 to 5 times a day for the next 7 to 10 days. Do not use Neosporin, hand lotion, baby oil, creams or Vaseline! NOTE; Neosporin has been known to cause allergic reactions in a healing tattoo and petroleum jelly pulls the color from a tattoo.
- Do not take a shower or bath today! Tomorrow when you shower or bathe, do not rub soap directly into your tattoo. When the tattoo gets wet pat it dry, do not rub it dry.
- Do not use/soak in hot tubs, sit in steam rooms or swim in fresh, salt and chlorine water for 7 to 10 days.
- Protect the tattoo from direct sunlight, sun lamps and tanning booths for 7 to 10 days. NOTE; The body perceives the new tattoo as a 2nd degree sunburn, if it is exposed to UV rays during the healing process you could receive a 3rd degree sun burn which may lead to skin cancer.
- The new tattoo may form a light protective crust over the top of it, do not pick this layer, let it flake off on its own.
- A healing tattoo may itch. Do not scratch it!
- Do not wear tight clothing over your new tattoo while it is healing. NOTE; If you wear a bra and the tattoo is in a location where the bra may rub or press into it, either go without a bra during the healing process or keep it loose. Also, please do not wear panty hose for 7 to 10 days as the tattoo will bond with the nylon.
- Of special note to those of you who spend a lot of time in the sun. Please wear a sun block over your tattoo to help preserve the color!
- Infections are rare but in case you do not follow our care instructions and an infection occurs, please consult your physician immediately.
- If you experience an allergic reaction to the ointment (which will appear as small pimples around the outside of the tattoo), we recommend discontinued use of the ointment and call us immediately. Some natural alternatives for the healing of your tattoo are ‘Bag Balm’, pure aloe vera gel and ‘Golden Salve’.
General Piercing Care Instructions
CLEAN YOUR PIERCING TWICE DAILY, UNTIL HEALED.
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Remove any matter which may have dried on the jewelry and around the openings of the piercing with warm water. Next, pour a little antibacterial soap onto the jewelry and piercing, lather it up and then work the jewelry back and forth at least 6 times. Leave the soap in contact with the skin for about three minutes. Finally, rinse the soap off very thoroughly under running water, again working the jewelry back and forth at least 6 times. Antibacterial soap is strong, and unless it is all rinsed off, it can cause an irritation.
- Apply a small portion of Bactine to the opening and on the jewelry.
- To help your body fight infection and heal itself more quickly, eat a nutritious diet and if possible, take some form of multi-vitamin mineral supplement.
- Leave the jewelry in for the first 2 months.
- Infections are rare but possible. One way to keep an infection from occurring is do not touch the jewelry unless you are cleaning it. If an infection occurs, make up a hot Epsom salt water solution (as hot as your skin can take it.) Using a clean, white wash cloth, dip the wash cloth in the solution and press against the piercing until it cools. Do twice a day. If the infection is not gone after three days, contact your physician. NOTE: Do not allow the Physician to remove the jewelry doing so will trap the infection. ALSO DO NOT use Topical Antibiotics as they will have an adverse effect on the Piercing. You may use Oral and Injectable Antibiotics only.
AVOID THE FOLLOWING WHILE HEALING:
Highly perfumed soaps, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, dirty hands, your saliva or anyone else’s. Do not use any antibiotic ointments or take oral antibiotics unless authorized by your physician.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR TONGUE, LABRET OR LIP PIERCING
- Brush tongue and teeth with toothpaste & toothbrush and rinse with Listerine for no less than 60 seconds, within 15 minutes after eating, drinking or smoking.
- For the next 3 days, eat nothing but soft foods, i.e., jello, pudding, soup, ice cream.
- Then for the next week, you can eat a little bit harder foods, i.e., soft meats, soft fruits, soft vegetables.
- Avoid the following foods for the next 30 days: fried foods, crunchy foods, i.e., fried chicken, pizza, french fries, potato chips, hamburgers, etc.,
- No french kissing, no oral sex for the next 30 days.
- No malt beverages during the next 30 days. i.e.; Beer, wine coolers, malt liqueur, etc.
IMPORTANT: You must tighten your jewelry twice a day. When you get up in the morning and at night before you go to bed. Snug it but do not overtighten as stripping may occur. This is an ongoing procedure as long as you have jewelry in your tongue. Failure to do this procedure could result in injury or death.
To keep swelling down, carry a cup of ice with you at all times during the next 7 days. Suck on the ice, DO NOT CHEW IT. Tongue piercings take approximately 1 year to heal. Because the tongue is a muscle, removing the jewelry for any length of time, even after the healing period has passed, will result in the piercing closing. Please do not click jewelry on teeth as damage may occur to the enamel on your teeth.
It takes up to a year for the tongue to totally heal however the jewelry can be changed after 2 months. The minimum size of jewelry that should be used after healing is 5/8″ in length and 14 gauge in size.
For Labret and Lip piercings replace the word “Tongue”(in the instructions above), with the words “Lip” and “Gum.” EXAMPLE: Brush lips, gums, and teeth with toothpaste & toothbrush and rinse with Listerine for no less than 60 seconds, within 15 minutes after eating, drinking or smoking.