Caring for your skin before being tattooed is just as important as the after care. If your skin is not in the ideal condition we will not move forward and you will loose the deposit.
Stay out of the sun and tanning beds two weeks preceding your tattoo and use sunblock. The sun will dehydrate your skin and activate the melanin which will highly impact the tattoo. We refuse to work over sunburned skin.
No alcohol at least a day before your appointment. Alcoholic beverages are a blood thinner and cause dehydration. There will be no tattoo if you’re intoxicated by alcohol. Also, a hangover does not contribute to your well-being during our session.
Do not take pain killers for tattooing unless you need it for other reasons. These medications usually thin your blood which may increase your bleeding. Our shop gladly offers numbing lotion and spray.
Moisturize your skin.
Stay well nourished.
No tattoo if you’re under influence of drugs.
Stay hydrated, have a light nutritious meal, and rest before your appointment
Please don’t wear your favorite white shirt. Tattoo ink doesn’t come out of fabric. Choose clean, comfortable and breathable clothes that allow easy access to the area about to be tattooed.
Inform your artist about any skin conditions.
Once you leave the shop it is in your best interest to properly care your tattoo. We currently use the surgical bandage or the lotion. Whichever method you chose, the general hygienic care of the tattoo is the same.
Change your bed sheets for clean ones and please don’t sleep with your pets. Dirty surfaces are breeding grounds for infections. It may help using an old bed set that you don’t mind getting stained because your fresh tattoo can excrete fluids for a few hours and the colors will not wash off. Wear clean clothes as well.
Keep it clean. No mud, dust or other substances that may negatively affect the healing process.
For the first two weeks do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight. This includes tanning beds. You can wear sun protecting clothes but do not apply sunblock before the healing is completed.
A regular shower is allowed, but be quick and do not use hot water. You don’t want to open your pores and washing off your ink. Do not submerge your tattoo until is completely healed. Beaches, saunas, baths or similar environments are forbidden.
Do not engage in physical activities and avoid sweating. Your tattoo is a delicate layer of pigment underneath living tissue which is your skin. The sweating may excrete some pigment out of your skin. Trauma and stretching will damage your tattoo.
Your body understands the ink as an invader and your immune system will respond to the injury creating a natural inflammatory process. It is crucial to minimize this inflammation with hydration and avoiding alcohol, greasy and/or spicy food.
Do not pick, peel or scratch your new tattoo.
Do not under any circumstances use rubbing alcohol, peroxide or cortisone on your new tattoo.
Do not use sponges, washcloths or anything abrasive while cleaning your tattoo. They harbor bacteria and may irritate or harm your tattoo.
Do not let anyone touch your new tattoo.
Wear breathable and loose fitting clotting over the area.
During the first couple days you may experience some swelling and discomfort. If wearing a bandage you can use an icepack for a short time to minimize this reactions. Be sure to place a clean towel between the bandage and the icepack. Legs up if you have a swelling tattoo in areas like feet and ankles.
Diabetics and smokers often have a reduced peripheral blood flow, which is the reason why they are likely to experience a slower healing process.
SANIDERM / SECOND SKIN / TEGADERM
If your tattoo is bandaged with this good stuff you should keep it on for at least four days; a week if the wrap holds. No need for lotions or anything else if you use these.
During this time it is normal to see some fluid build up beneath the bandage, but if it gets to the point where the bandage begins to leak you must gently remove it under running water at room temperature. Wash the tattoo with a mild, fragrance and alcohol free antibacterial soap and allow your skin to air dry for twenty four hours. Follow the standard aftercare listed below if the bandage doesn’t work for you.
After four days to a week remove the bandage under running water. To take the bandage off you must stretch from each side rather than peel it off like a Bandaid. When you stretch the bandage it allows the adhesive to come off the skin without disrupting the tattoo and taking any ink with it.
Wash the tattoo with a mild fragrance/alcohol free soap. At this point your tattoo should be well into the healing process, you may use lotion. We trust Hustle Butter or Inkeeze.
STANDARD CARE - LOTION
Leave the bandage on for three hours. Keep it on over night if you left the shop late night.
Wash your hands well with soap before touching your new tattoo, then remove the bandage. Wash the tattoo with a mild, fragrance/alcohol free soap to remove all residues and fluids with your fingertips gently.
Rinse and let it air dry for twenty four hours.
Wash tattoo twice a day, morning and night, using the soap previously mentioned. Allow your skin to air dry for a few minutes and gently apply a thin layer of Hustle Butter or Inkeeze until your tattoo is completely healed. Do not over moisturize.
As it heals your tattoo will get dry, itchy and will probably produce scabs in the color of the ink used. It does not mean the ink is going to fall out. Let the scabs fall off naturally.
If most part of your tattoo has healed but you still have a few stubborn spots do not pick it. Be patient and keep taking regular care of your new art. It doesn’t mean that the area will lose color.
The tattoo may appear dull until it has completely healed. This is normal and will go away after a few weeks. In the first two weeks your tattoo will be just superficially healed, the skin can take more than three months until it’s fully renewed.
After your skin is healed a good sunblock will protect from damage and give your tattoo longevity. You should moisturize and wear sunblock daily. Don’t expect your colors to stay bright if you don’t care for it.
There are tricky spots like joints and areas where your skin moves and cracks constantly. This areas may be difficult to heal. Be patient and careful.
If you got a hand or foot tattoo you must stay away from home cleaning products. Find shoes that don’t rub on top of your new work. It’s hard to manage keeping those spots clean and taking proper care of it.
The risks most commonly associated with tattoos include infection, allergic reactions, swelling, rashes or scarring.
We follow the best practices to minimize any danger, however, the risk of contamination is everywhere and if you manifest symptoms like fever, prolonged or severe pain, redness and swelling, sores that contain or release thick white or yellow fluid, muscle aches and pain affecting the whole body, extreme or unquenchable thirst, hard raised bumps or wounds, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting it indicates that you have developed an infection.
Look for a doctor immediately, not the shop, we cannot help with that.
Touch ups are needed when a tattoo is over or under-worked, or, most frequently due to improper after-care.
We don’t rush and will not overwork your skin. This practice results in unhappy clients and free work, which we abominate. However we cannot control how you after-cared your tattoo.
If you want a touch up it has to be understood as regular maintenance and will be charged just as a regular tattoo.
Be aware that areas such as feet, hands, fingers, elbows, knees, scalp, etc. are prone to fade and consequently will need some rework.
11233 Beach Blvd, # 19 Jacksonville, FL 32246
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