tattoo pre-service information
I practice high standards of safety to ensure your continued health. Due to the level of cleanliness and safety I practice, any difficulties you have with your tattoo healing will most likely result from poor aftercare. Once you leave the tattoo studio, it is your responsibility to care for your tattoo! The first 72 hours are the most crucial to your tattoo’s healing. Remember: a tattoo is functionally an open wound; improper aftercare can result in a poor-looking tattoo, scarring, or potentially life-threatening infection.
To protect you while you are in my care, I:
--Have surpassed 360 hours of state-required education pertaining to tattooing, safety, and sanitation.
--Am Bloodborne Pathogen certified by the Red Cross
--Am First Aid CRP/AED certified by the Red Cross
--Practice Universal Precautions
--Use single-use, pre-packaged sterilized needles, tubes, and/or cartridges
--Use breathable tattoo coverings
--Utilize high-level disinfectants to clean all surfaces
Tips for you to remember:
1. Change your sheets! While you sleep, your body sheds skin cells, hair, and sweat. This also goes for any partners, kids, or pets who use your bed. Anything in your bed can come into contact with your new tattoo and increase the chances of infection.
2. Think about your soap! You don’t want to over-do it with antibacterial soaps, but bar soaps can pose their own problems as they are in constant contact with bacteria. In my experience, the best thing to do is to rinse the bar soap in running water to remove the surface germs, then lather up the soap, and gently use the lather to wash the tattoo. Make sure you store your bar soap in a place where it can dry out between uses. If your immune system is compromised, go for the anti-bacterial.
3. Properly apply ointment! Fact: hands are dirty. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before applying any ointment to your tattoo (or touching the tattoo, in general). If you touch anything in between washing and ointment application, wash again! Touched your face? Wash your hands. Petted your cat? Wash. Doorknobs, oven mitts, laundry? Washhhh.
4. Don’t wear tight clothing! A wet scab is a sticky scab, and tight clothing is basically Velcro for that scab: when you wiggle out of your skinny jeans, the scab will pull off right along with them. When a scab pulls off prematurely, it takes all that fresh, hot ink right along with it.
5. Don’t let your dog lick your tattoo! (And other pet notes) Pets—like humans—are constantly mucking around in germs. Unlike humans, they don’t regularly wash their hands (or bodies, in general), so if you come into contact with animals, make sure to wash the tattooed area as instructed previously and reapply ointment. This also applies to you coming into contact with things the animal has come into contact with: sheets, furniture, clothing, etc.
6. Take a break from sweaty stuff! When you sweat, your body releases toxins (which is why sweating is generally an A+ thing to do) which then sit on the surface of your tattoo. This increases the chances of infection. After heavy sweating, wash your hands (thoroughly) and your tattoo (gently) with warm water and soap. And then—you guessed it—reapply ointment.