Invidia Tattoo

Piercing Aftercare

We recommend 2 different methods for taking care of your new piercing.

Option #1 NeilMed wound wash Piercing Aftercare

Spray wash on q-tip and clean piercing at entry and exit 2-3 daily. Remove any crusty discharge with the q-tip.

Option #2 Clean your piercing with anti-bacterial soap (Like Dial or Softsoap)

Wash your hands thoroughly. Lather clean hands with anti-bacterial soap and water and carefully wash the new piercing. Rinse off all residue of soap. Rinse again with sea salt mixture (1 tablespoon of sea salt in a gallon of distilled water).

Repeat 3 times daily for 6 weeks.

Do Not!!! use alcohol, peroxide, bactine, or Neosporin.

Do Not spin/turn the piercing, or touch it with dirty hands.

Caring for new oral piercing.

Aftercare for oral piercings is the same as above for exterior of the mouth(outside of lip)- option 1 or 2.

For a clean and healthy interior, you must use mouthwash each time you eat , drink, smoke, kiss, or do anything that may introduce bacteria into the piercing. You can dilute the mouthwash 50/50 with water.

Repeat 3 times daily for 4-6 weeks.

  • Remove bandage in 3-5 hours and wash with antibacterial soap and warm water
  • PAT dry (do not rub with cloth). The less irritation to the tattoo, the better)
  • Apply a VERY thin layer of ointment listed above 2 to 3 times a day, always washing before new application.
  • DO NOT re-bandage unless otherwise advised
  • Continue cleaning and using ointment for 2 to 3 days
  •  Switch to an unscented lotion 2 to 3 times a day as needed

 Please consult your tattooer for aftercare, as we each have our own ways of advising.  As the tattoo goes through the healing process, do not scratch or pick any scabs. Tattoos can take between two weeks and a month to fully heal.  Always wash hands prior to treating your tattoo.  Do not soak in water (i.e. baths, swimming, etc) . Peeling and irritation is a normal process of healing and the time frame for this varies from person  to person. If you have any questions or concerns please consult your artist at (828)252-5775.

Basic Aftercare for your Tattoo

  • We recommend either A and D ointment, Aquaphor ointment or Faerie made Calendula Balm (we have product at the studio) aftercare for the tattoo during the healing process, so if it's easier to get product ahead of time, go ahead and have it at home (both are located in drug store or grocery usually in baby section). All of the artists have their own aftercare so please consult with individual artist for exact instructions.
  • Do your research! Each artist is just as unique as the tattoo, so make sure you have researched your tattooer  and the style that they prefer.  Browsing portfolios can help, as well as a free consultation.
  • Understand your body. If you are sick, have a weak immune system, are on chemotherapy or any other medical conditions, it may not be the right time to get a tattoo. Ask your doctor if you are not sure.
  • Please do not ask your artist for any major last minute changes in design. We would prefer to book a new appointment if you change your mind.
  • If you plan on visiting the beach or lake within two weeks of your tattoo, please reschedule. We recommend any soaking or sunning be done when tattoo is completely healed.

Preparing for your tattoo is almost as important as proper aftercare. The following are some recommendations we believe will make your experience more pleasant:

  • Do not drink alcohol or take a blood thinner within 12 hours of your tattoo if it can be avoided.
  • Do not take any medications (illegal or legal) that may impair your judgment
  • Make sure to eat a light meal prior to getting your tattoo or piercing(this can help with low blood sugar).
  • Bring a snack and drink for during the tattoo in case you feel light-headed.
  • Do not shave the area, we prefer to do that right before the tattoo.
  • Some clients enjoy a friend for support, but try not to bring too many people. It distracts the other clients and artists. We have a policy that we only allow up to two people in the tattoo station.
  • Make arrangements for child care, although we are okay with children here at the shop as long as they are supervised, most people have a better experience when children stay at home. We can guarantee your artist will appreciate the consideration. Although we are all parents, children are not only a huge distraction to the artist, they can also make us feel rushed and NO ONE wants that!

Preparation for your tattoo