How to Heal Your Tattoo
Remove bandage in 3 - 4 hours (it is ok to leave it on until morning). Then wash your tattoo thoroughly with your hand or paper towel and warm soapy water until you remove all the dryed blood, plasma and any excess color. WHY: Leaving the bandage on for this amount of time allows the tattoo to finish bleeding and oozing plasma. By washing it away, you are decreasing your chances of scabbing heavily.
DO NOTHING to the tattoo for a period of about 48 hours. Showering is fine, just pat dry afterwards.
When the tattoo begins to feel tight and itchy, you may use lotion several times a day to relive the itch, but use sparingly. DO NOT use any ointments, oil or petroleum based products, as they delay the healing considerably. Also having a "greasy" layer over your tattoo may cause dirt and bacteria to stick to your tattoo possibly causing an infection. WHY: Not only does lotion prevent the tattoo from itching, but it also prevents the tattoo from getting so dry that it cracks. Cracking can cause color loss. Overusing lotion can create the same effect as using a petroleum-based product. When a tattoo is not allowed to air out it will sometimes seep out color.
Avoid the sun (direct or tanning beds) for approximately 6-8 weeks. Also avoid spray tans or tanning lotions until your scabbing is completely gone. After the 6 week period we recommend using SUNBLOCK to prevent any deterioration of color due to sun exposure. This will keep the tattoo as beautiful as the day you got it.
Stay out of chlorine, lakes, ponds, hot tubs etc. as long as there is a scab. If there is no scab, then avoid these for a period of 1 to 2 weeks. WHY: chlorine has a bleaching effect and all others are a hot bed of bacterial activity, increasing your risk of infection considerably.
Do not pick at or let your friends touch your new tattoo. WHY: picking will of course remove color, and who knows when your friend washed their hands last.
Avoid tight restrictive clothing over the tattooed area until it is fully healed. With tattoos on the feet, you'll need to go barefoot as much as possible. When you cannot go barefoot, wear cotton socks and tennis shoes for about a week. WHY: clothing can have the same effects as picking at a tattoo.
Tattoos on legs and ankles should be elevated for the first 48 hours whenever possible. This increases circulation and promotes a quicker healing.
Do not shave over your new tattoo. WHY: It can remove the skin cells that are healing (AKA scabbing).
Do not come into contact with community surfaces such as Gym equipment for at least 48 hours. WHY: You are still susceptible to other peoples germs and may spread your own.
If you have any questions, give us a call at Fine Line.
Cost depends on several factors:
- style or design (i.e. intricate and detailed work may be more expensive that a simpler piece of a larger size).
We are very reasonably priced.
Health and Safety
All of our studios exceed state rules concerning customer safety. All of our artists have been trained on blood Borne Pathogens and barrier control to insure proper handling of instruments and material. Our autoclaves are tested by an outside facility monthly to insure that they are doing their job. Every needle is sterilized, new and opened in front of the customer.
This procedure is done by consultation and with an appointment. We provide the following services...Eyebrows, Eyeliner and Repigmentation.
You must be 18 with a valid photo i.d. for all services
Kansas's law allows minors under 18 to be tattooed and pierced with a notarized signature of parent and child, with parent present during procedure. Our policy is that you must be at least 16 years old, with photo identifications of both parent and child with the last names being the same, or a similar method of proving the relationship such as a birth certificate.
We recommend that you have eaten within the last 3-4 hours to avoid any problems with lightheadedness or decreased energy levels.