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					                             The Basement Ink
                       Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

There are many ways that you can take care of your new tattoo or body piercing. Each individual
tattoo artist and piercer has his or her way of doing things and care instructions will vary
although every tattoo artist and piercer agrees on the following simple tips.


   1. Do not pick scabs. This will cause scars, bleeding, and color loss.
   2. Do not wear tight clothing over your new tattoo. Air flow is essential in the healing
      process.
   3. Do not submerge yourself in hot tubs, saunas, or chlorinated water until the tattoo heals.
      Showers are fine, but avoid excessive scrubbing or too much pressure on the tattoo site.
   4. Never use Vaseline as aftercare.
   5. Leave the bandage on for 1-6 hours after tattoo is applied.
          a. The artist will tell you exactly how long the bandage should remain on the tattoo.
          b. When the bandage is ready to be taken off as indicated by the artist’s
             specifications, you will need to rinse the excess ink and Vaseline off of the tattoo
             site using warm water in a clean sink.
          c. Then, using a soft cloth and antibacterial soap, wash your tattoo.
          d. Pat your tattoo dry; do not rub. Apply lotion at your discretion. See number 6
             below for more information about lotion application.
   6. Only apply lotion or ointment to your tattoo when it feels dry and/or itchy. Lotion and
      ointment inhibit air flow to the tattoo, and as mentioned above, air flow is essential in the
      healing process. If you choose to use lotion or ointment, consider the following options.
          a. Lotion  Lubriderm, Eucerine, Curell, or Tattoo Goo. No matter which lotion
             you choose, avoid lotions that contain fragrance and/or lanolin.
          b. Ointment  A & D is typically used for rashes, but it has the same effect as
             lotion when used lightly. Spread a very thin layer on the tattoo twice daily but no
             more. Too thick of a layer will prevent air flow from reaching the skin and will
             prolong the healing process.
   7. Other tattoo tips:
          a. If your tattoo is on your ankle or foot, do not wear nylons. Also, if you have to
             wear socks, wear them inside out because the fuzzies stick to the tattoo
          b. Do not wear white clothing over your tattoo for at least one week; ink, blood, and
             Vaseline may get on your clothes.
          c. Use old, clean bed linens until your tattoo is healed so that ink, blood, and
             Vaseline do not soil your good linens.
          d. When your tattoo starts to itch, lightly slapping usually relieves the itch.
           e. If you will be in the sun, apply sunscreen to your tattoo to prevent the pigment
              from fading. Do not forget to reapply throughout your exposure.




                             The Basement Ink
                     Piercing Aftercare Instructions

There are many ways that you can take care of your new tattoo or body piercing. Each individual
tattoo artist and piercer has his or her way of doing things and care instructions will vary
although every tattoo artist and piercer agrees on the following simple tips.


   1. Clean your piercing 3-5 times each day.
          a. Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching your piercing.
          b. Using a damp cotton ball, gently rub the area around the piercing to remove any
              crusty buildup.
          c. In the shower, apply liquid antibacterial soap to your fingertip and spread around
              the piercing site and jewelry. Rinse the piercing site thoroughly to ensure that all
              soap has been removed.
          d. Out of the shower, use a sea salt solution or a sea salt, H2Ocean, product.
          e. Pat your piercing dry with a clean paper towel.
   2. Do not wear tight or dirty clothing over your new piercing. Air flow and cleanliness are
      essential in the healing process.
   3. Do not remove or rotate your jewelry unless your piercer says otherwise; if infection is
      possible, contact your piercer for further instructions.
   4. Avoid contact with other bodily fluids until piercing is fully healed. This includes
      unprotected sex if you have a fresh, unhealed genital piercing.
   5. If you use regular towels in the cleansing process, make sure that they are clean.
   6. Do not use hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, glyoxide, ear care solutions, or ointments on your
      piercing. Air flow, balanced blood flow, and the skin’s natural moisture are essential in
      the healing process. The products mentioned here can seriously alter your body’s ability
      to heal properly. Ask your piercer for other alternatives.

				
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