What to know:
A tattoo is not something to be taken lightly. If you don’t take the time to choose the right tattoo studio and to pick a good artist to do your tattoo, you could end up having a very bad experience. There are a lot of inexperienced and un-mentored “scratchers” in this little-regulated field, so be careful!
With a few simple questions and a bit of observation, you can avoid a lot of problems.
- Is the tattoo shop clean and well organized?
- Is there an autoclave (sterilizer)? Ask to see it.
- Does the shop conduct spore tests to test the efficiency of their sterilizer? Ask to see the spore test results. If there are none, go somewhere else.
• Wash hands thoroughly.
• Remove the bandage in 3-6 hours. You may leave your bandage on overnight in the case of tattoos done later in the evening. If the bandage does stick, soak the bandage in lukewarm water and gently remove it. During the first few hours it is normal for your tattoo to seep some blood or fluids.
• As soon as you remove the bandage you MUST wash the tattoo thoroughly with warm water, a mild unscented soap and a clean hand (a wash cloth is too rough). The area will be tender but it is important to remove all dried blood, Vaseline and fluid.
After the tattoo has been thoroughly cleaned, pat dry with a clean towel. Let it alone for 2 days. Rinse daily.
• Apply lotion. A mild non-scented lotion may be applied to the tattoo. A good rule of thumb is less is more. Only apply lotion if the skin feels tight (when the tattoo is itchy and flaky)
A STANDARD PIERCING:
- May be tender, sore, itchy and/or uncomfortable for a few days.
- May secrete a whitish-yellow fluid which crusts on jewelry.
- May be red or bruise slightly around the piercing area.
- May tighten around the jewelry as it heals making it dry and uncomfortable to turn.
CLEANING OF PIERCING:
- RUBBING ALCOHOL, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE and POLYSPORIN should NEVER be used.
- These products are harsh and prolong healing times.
- Always wash hands thoroughly before cleaning of piercing.
- Ensure piercing is last item cleaned when in the shower.
- Using a Q-Tip or pressure of shower head, allow encrusted matter to rinse away from piercing.
- Using SPECTRO JEL or an unscented mild skin cleanser (such as CETAPHIL) gently lather the area.
- Hold ring gently and slide back and forth through the opening to build a lather.
- Allow soap to soak in for a moment (this may sting which means it is getting clean).
- Rinse with plenty of water, while again rotating the ring.
- Pat dry with a clean towel.
- Clean piercing TWICE daily, cleaning more often only causes problems. Less cleaning may invite infection.