Tattoo and Piercing Care

Piercing Aftercare

All needles are used once only and discarded of through a bio-hazard waste removal company. Your new piercing should be cleaned twice daily unless activities require more regular cleaning.

Surface piercings

ALWAYS make sure you wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching your piercing.

You will notice lymph action on your piercing (a dry, crusty build up); don’t be alarmed, this is normal. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to soften the crust. DO NOT PICK it off as this can tear new tissue and delay healing.

After rinsing off the buildup, wash the piercing with an antibacterial soap like Protex Gentle. Slide the jewellery back and forth while washing to get the soap through the whole piercing and then again when rinsing to remove all the soap residue. Rinse the piercing with saline solution afterwards and leave to air dry. DO NOT USE contact lens solution as it is not plain saline.

DO NOT turn the jewellery unless washing and DO NOT play with the piercing. This will irritate the piercing and/or cause unnecessary swelling and possible infection.

DO NOT USE alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the piercing. These will dehydrate the piercing. DO NOT USE ointments or creams as these can clog the piercing and trap dirt.

Avoid tight clothing (belts, stockings, tight jeans, etc.) over the piercing as this can irritate the piercing.

Oral Piercings

Rinse mouth with a good antibacterial mouthwash. We recommend Oraldine or Betadine mouthwash. DO NOT USE Listerine as this will burn the piercing. Also, rinse your mouth with clean water after meals.

The healing time for any piercing is 6 to 8 weeks unless otherwise informed by your piercer. DO NOT change your jewellery during this critical healing phase as you will risk infection.

THE PIERCING IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY ONCE YOU LEAVE THE STUDIO

If you have any problems or questions, please give us a call or drop us an email.

Tattoo Aftercare

We are a modern studio using only single-use and/or sterilized instruments. Following these instructions will assist in a quick healing process and an attractive tattoo. Remember, the life of your tattoo depends on the care it receives within the first few weeks.

ALWAYS wash your hands thoroughly with an antibacterial soap, like Protex Gentle, before touching your new tattoo. Contact with dirty hands can lead to an infection.

Wash your tattoo twice daily with antibacterial soap and warm water. Be sure to rinse away any & all secretions and all soap residue.

After washing your tattoo, lightly pat it dry with a clean towel, apply a small amount of a plain E45 cream OR PREP Aftershave Cream and massage it into your tattoo. DO NOT coat it in cream as your skin must still be able to breathe.

Wear clothing to protect your tattoo from grease oil, dirt etc. and direct sunlight for the first 3 weeks (after that use sunblock to help keep your tattoo from fading). Be sure that any clothing that touches your tattoo is soft and clean.

Your new tattoo will scab for the first week to 10 days, DO NOT PICK this off. Apply the cream five times daily until the scabs fall off. After the scabs have fallen off, there will be a period of adjustment for the new skin. It is advisable to use a skin lotion during this time.

DO NOT let the tattoo dry out.

DO NOT use Vaseline, Zambuc, petroleum jelly, alcohol, or peroxide.

DO NOT rub, scratch, or pick at your tattoo.

DO NOT submerge your tattoo in water whilst it is scabbing. This includes bathing, swimming, and saunas.

The healing process usually takes between 2-3 weeks, but can vary from person to person.

THE TATTOO IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY ONCE YOU LEAVE THE STUDIO

If you have any problems or questions, please give us a call or drop us an email.

General Advice

  • Before you get tattooed know what you want. Your artist can help you with most aspects of the design and advise you accordingly but, in most cases, only if you have an idea of what you want and where you want it.
  • Save up for the tattoo you want. Tattoos are for life and are not a decision to be taken lightly. Always get what you want! Don’t settle for something less just for the sake of getting a tattoo because in 6 months’ time we guarantee, you’re not going to feel the same about it.
  • Please take care of your personal hygiene. Make sure you wash the area you want to be tattooed before your session. Use body deodorant or perfume before you come in. Remember, your artist will be working up close and personal to you and I’m sure neither of you wants to be uncomfortable during the experience.
  • Trust your artist! He knows what he’s doing, you wouldn’t have come to him otherwise would you? Let your artist make the magic happen.
  • Dress correctly for the day. Dress comfortably and, if possible, wear clothing that allows relatively easy access to the area you want tattooed. Obviously, not all tattoos allow for that kind of easy access so be advised that our booths do make accommodation for privacy.
  • Do not be late for your appointment!! Apart from it being disrespectful to a working artist, it throws their schedule out and inconveniences all their other bookings for the day.
  • Do not bring your children with you. Kids running around the shop not only distract both the artist and you but it also potentially exposes them to the shop bio-hazardous waste, possibly including needles. Do we really need to explain that further?? We really just want to keep your kids safe and keep your experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible.
  • Do not bring an audience with you! Not only are they likely to get bored but they’ll also distract the artist and most likely get in his way. Of course, you can bring a friend with you for support if you’re nervous but please remember to respect your artist and his working environment.
  • Please sit still!! Yes, we know that there is a certain amount of pain and discomfort that comes with tattoos but we promise, it’s never unbearable. Remember if you can keep still the tattoo will be done sooner and you’ll be able to show that amazing artwork off that much sooner too.
  • Tip your artist. Please remember this is a very personal and intimate service that we offer. Your artist pours a lot of himself into your tattoo, no matter what size it is, and will always humbly welcome any gratitude you offer. Of course, this also helps establish a good rapport with each other which can only help with your next tattoo project right?

Dos and don’ts

  • No blood thinning medication allowed for 48 hours before your session

–  Please consult with your artist if you are on prescribed medication before making an appointment.

  • No alcohol or blood thinning painkillers for 48 hours before your session.
  • Have a good meal at least 4 hours before your session.
  • Remember to keep yourself hydrated and your sugar levels up during your tattoo. We recommend packing a snack bag to bring with you if you’re booked for a long session…
  • We do not recommend getting tattooed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Please advise your artist of any health concerns, issues or conditions before you get tattooed (ie: Haemophilia, Epilepsy, heart conditions, high or low blood pressure, Porphyria, Anemia, Diabetes, any allergies or any immune compromising conditions…).
  • Do not get tattooed if you are feeling ill or are on antibiotics due to illness. Rather re-schedule your appointment timeously beforehand.
  • You will not be allowed to donate blood for at least 6 months after you’ve been tattooed.