Do's and Don'ts
Aftercare Do's and
You Come In:
- Eat at least 1 to 4 hours
before your appointment.
- Drink a lot of water or
non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages. Keep
- Bathe or take a shower before
you come in because you want the area of your
body being tattooed or pierced to be clean. Besides, don't you
want to smell nice for us? However, don't use
any heavy lotions, oils or perfumes on the area
being tattooed or pierced.
- Wear comfortable clothes.
Think reasonably when getting dressed for your
appointment, if you are having a forearm
tattooed, wear short sleeves. Calf or leg, wear
Identification - What to Bring:
- For tattooing, bring your
proving that you are 18 or older. Remember: You
MUST be 18 years or older with a
in order to get a tattoo from Think Ink Tattoos.
No exceptions! We do not do "Parental Consent"
tattoos. We do not tattoo anyone, for any
reason, under the age of 18.
- For piercing adults 18 and
over bring your Valid ID1.
For piercing minors under the age of 18 you
MUST have Parental Consent, with the
following qualifications: A Parent must be
present. Both Minor and Parent must each have
with the same last name. If last names are
different, a Birth Certificate is required.
"Valid ID" is any legal, current
document that has both your photo and birth
date; such as Drivers License, Military ID,
Passport or Residency Card.
NOT to do:
- No aspirin,
ibuprofen or alcoholic beverages for a minimum
of 24 hours before your appointment/coming in.
All of these are blood thinners and may cause
excessive bleeding if taken before your tattoo
- No alcohol or
drugs on the day of your service. Not only will
the alcohol thin your blood, the drugs and
alcohol will actually intensify pain and make
you unsuitable for tattooing or piercing. If we
suspect that you are under the influence of
drugs or alcohol we will refuse
Do's and Don'ts...
Artwork, Designs and Lettering:
- Please don't bring in or show
us your design on your phone, iPad, tablet or
other mobile device - print it out before you
come in on full letter-size paper and bring that
in for your artist - this will save valuable
tattoo and ink time!
- If your tattoo will have
lettering, such as a quote or phrase, please
www.dafont.com and print out the font sample
you want and bring that in - this too will save
valuable tattoo and ink time!
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it's tempting, don't
touch the body piercing or microdermal implant!
Also, don't let anyone else touch, kiss or lick
the body piercing.
- Don't take it off!
Body piercings and microdermal implants may
take many months to years to completely heal.
Changing or removing jewelry should be avoided
during this healing time.
- Don't let the body
piercing or microdermal implant come in contact
with another person's bodily fluids.
- Never use Alcohol,
Hydrogen Peroxide or hand soap to clean the
piercing because they may damage healthy cells
and can cause scar tissue. Petroleum jelly is
also not recommended for body
piercing/microdermal implant aftercare as it can
trap and promote the growth of harmful bacteria.
We recommend and use
H2Ocean for cleansing your
- Avoid hot tubs and public pools during the
healing process. If you must swim, cover with a
- Reduce intake of alcohol, drugs, caffeine,
and aspirin during the initial healing period.
- Avoid smoking, chewing tobacco and eating
spicy foods for oral piercings.
- Avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds for a
few weeks. Definitely avoid tanning oils,
lotions and sand.
- Avoid tight fitting clothes which might
irritate a new body piercing.
- Change your bed sheets at least once a week.
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- Now, you have your fresh new
tattoo, and you want to take good care of it!
From this point on, your artist is not
responsible for any infection or problems you
may have with your tattoo if you don't take
proper care of it. It is very important that you
follow these guidelines. A really beautiful
tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper
aftercare is not taken.
- Leave That Bandage Alone!
Your artist took the care to cover up your new
tattoo for a very good reason - to keep air-born
bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as
pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a
wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for
bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for
a minimum of two hours. Excitement of having a
new tattoo will make you want to remove the
bandage so you can show your friends, but your
friends will just have to wait until later.
- Once home, after removing the
bandage, wash the tattoo two to three times a
day with warm water and a mild, unscented soap
(do not use an antibacterial soap) until the
tattoo stops oozing. This is the "plasma cycle".
Don't use a wash cloth, just use your fingers
with medium pressure during your washes, this
will help get rid of any dried secretion you may
not see. The dried secretion forms a barrier
layer which is the start of a scab. The dead
dermal layers will form more rapidly on the
first two days of healing because of the
inflamed dermal cells. Washing with warm water
opens the derma pores and gives your skin a deep
clean. Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly
with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it
completely dry. Follow with a very light
application of Lubriderm or Aquaphor.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not use Neosporin.
It's a great product for cuts and scrapes, but
not for tattoos. Some people may have an
allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes
little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so
does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted
- After that, continue to keep
it clean, but you can use lotion when needed
instead of ointment, to keep the skin soft.
Whatever lotion you use, it MUST be dye
and fragrance free.
- Bathing, Showering, Hot
Tubs, and Swimming: Yes, you can shower with
a new tattoo. It's OK to get your tattoo wet -
just don't soak it. Submerging your tattoo in a
bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so
you'll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks, but
showering is perfectly fine as long as you don't
saturate your tattoo. If you get soap or shampoo
on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with
water. Swimming - whether it be a pool, fresh
water or salt water - should be avoided for at
least 2 weeks.
- Scabbing and Peeling:
After a few days, you will notice some peeling
and possibly a little scabbing. Do not pick at
it or scratch it even though it will start to itch when it begins to heal.
advice here is, don't pick, and don't scratch!
If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling,
put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, just
leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed,
and now is not the time to ruin it!
- Protection from the sun:
After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you
will always want to protect it from the sun's
ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a
brilliant tattoo very fast. Before spending a
lot of time in excessive heat, protect your
tattoo with a minimum 30SPF sun block. This will
keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it
will continue to be a source of great pride.
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