Tattoo Aftercare

Congratulations on receiving your new tattoo!  Proper aftercare of your tattoo is essential to the process. To ensure that your new tattoo heals properly follow these simple instructions:

Immediate Aftercare

Your artist may wrap your tattoo, follow their instructions for when to remove the wrap.
For the first 3-4 days while your tattoo is healing, it is important wash carefully and frequently and apply ointment to keep the tattoo moist.
Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your tattoo.
Thoroughly wash your tattoo with lukewarm water and antibacterial soap. Use only your fingertips, do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive on your tattoo.
With a paper towel or clean cloth, pat your tattoo dry - do not wipe.
Apply a thin layer of aftercare ointment to the tattoo.

Continued Care

After the first 3-4 days you will begin to feel some dryness and stiffness. This is normal.
Continue to wash as described above, but switch from ointment to applying an unscented lotion.
Continue this for at least two weeks and as needed after.


Continued Care
Do not soak your tattoo in water. Avoid baths, pools, hot tubs and the ocean while healing.
Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for 2-3 weeks. Do not use tanning oils or lotions.
If going to the beach, avoid contact with sand.
Keep your tattoo away from pet dander, tight-fitting clothing and/or jewelry while healing.
After healing is completed, continue to apply SPF 35 or higher sun screen to protect your tattoo.

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If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call or stop by the shop. Our artists would be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Congratulations! You have just received a body piercing by a skilled and knowledgeable professional who cleaned and disinfected the area pierced, used a sterile instrument such as jewelry and a single use needle. Now it is up to you to take proper care of your piercing during the crucial healing period.  How your piercing heals is up to you and your body!
Depending on the piercing, healing may take anywhere from 90 days to a year to be completely healed.

What is normal?

  • Initially, some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising. 

  • During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.

  • Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing: do NOT force it.  If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene route, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate. 

  • A piercing may seem healed before the healing is actually complete. This is because piercings heal from the outside in and although it feels healed the tissue remains fragile on the inside.  

  • Be patient and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing process.


What to do?

  • Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing. Always leave it alone except when cleaning . It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry while healing.

  • Make sure that your jewelry and skin is free from any discharge. Irritation can occur when crust matter is accidentally forced into the piercing.

  • Make sure that your bedding is clean and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing when sleeping or working out. 

  • Showering is safer than taking a bath. Bathtubs tend to harbor bacteria. If you would like to take a bath, please make sure that it is freshly cleaned before use.

Cleaning Instructions for Body Piercings

  • Clean the piercing and surrounding area with an unscented antibacterial soap 2-3 times per day.

  • When cleaning, it is important to concentrate on the crusty build up. It is important to keep this build up at bay during healing.

  • A sea salt spray (H2Ocean, which is sold at Evolution Ink) is highly recommended to use. The point of this is to flush out the piercing from the inside out. 

  • Simply just spraying the area does not work nor promote healing.

Cleaning Instructions for Oral Piercings

  • Rinse with an antiseptic mouth wash anytime you eat, drink, or smoke anything!

  • If any foreign substance or body fluid gets near your piercing, immediately rinse with mouth wash thoroughly!

  • Continue this for the first 7 days after piercing.

  • For the second week, rinse with mouth wash in the morning 2-3 times per day and one final time before sleep.

  • Clean piercing as needed after the first two weeks.

What to avoid

  • Undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning.  These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, and prolonged healing. 

  • Avoid the use of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, betadine, hibiclens, or ointments.

  • Avoid over-cleaning! This can actually delay your healing and irritate your piercing.

  • Avoid oral contact, rough play, and contact with other body fluids on or near your new piercing.

  • Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, sprays, etc.

  • Do not hang charm-jewelry or any other objects from your piercing until it is fully healed.

  • Refrain From swimming in lakes, rivers, and streams.  If you must swim, always clean thoroughly after swimming in pools and the ocean.

As always, if you need any assistance or help in any way with your new piercing, our piercing team here at Evolution Ink will always be more than happy to help you. Please contact us or visit the shop at anytime!

Thank you for choosing Evolution Ink for all of your piercing needs!