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After Care

New tattoos and piercings are an open wound. Tattoo aftercare plays a critical role in how efficiently the wound heals and how much color and detail the tattoo ultimately retains or how quickly a piercing heals. The ideal conditions for a fresh tattoo are simple: clean and moisturized.

 When a new tattoo dries up, scabs form. This can result in fading, distortion of colors and design, and a longer tattoo healing time. in some cases when a scab falls off it can pull out ink or create scarring.

Saniderm

Saniderm tattoo aftercare, when used properly, will seal in your body’s natural fluids and plasma to keep your tattoo healing. Those fluids keep your cells hydrated so that they can break down dead tissue and remove it more efficiently. This, in turn, stimulates the growth of new cells; and in the end, it reduces the healing time and keeps the finer details of the tattoo crisp and clean.

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Easy to Use

Every artist has experienced it: a client is dissatisfied with his or her tattoo, when the truth is, the technical application of the tattoo was fine — the client just didn’t take care of it while it was healing. Traditional tattoo aftercare methods can be time consuming and inconvenient, such as applying Hustle Butter multiple times a day, keeping it out of water, and protecting it from environmental irritants.

Saniderm bandages bring much-needed simplicity to the tattoo aftercare process. The process is simple: you apply the Saniderm tattoo bandage after the tattoo is done, and go about your business. You can leave the first bandage on for 8-24 hours, depending on how much it bleeds and weeps.

You can shower like normal, go to work, go to the gym, and continue to do everyday activities with minimal discomfort. After the first bandage, gently clean the tattoo and apply a second bandage. Typically, you can keep the second bandage on anywhere from 3-5 days. Saniderm bandages protect your healing tattoo from scabbing, infection, and other irritants that damage tattoos. Your work stays bright and vibrant, just like you want it to.

 

HUSTLE BUTTER 

The original Hustle Butter Deluxe is luxurious and rich. Used as a tattooing glide, Tattoo Aftercare or just as a daily moisturizer its loved by tattoo artists worldwide, and especially by their clients.

Hustle Butter Deluxe® is a 100% vegan replacement for all petroleum-based products used as tattoo lubricants BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the tattoo process.

To tattoo and moisturize.

Made from Shea, mango and  Aloe butters, it has many benefits:

  • It will NOT remove stencils.

  • NO more petroleum build up or clogged tubes.

  • Skin remains workable:  no more over worked highlights, yellows & whites go in the first time, color never went in so easy.

  • Used in place of petroleum based products, Hustle Butter Deluxe® gives results that last a LIFETIME.

Cruelty-free & certified vegan
Petroleum free, Paraben free. All natural.

How To Use

Use during tattooing, and during the healing process. Apply to skin to heal and moisturize. Many of our clients continue to use Hustle Butter Deluxe® long after their tattoo has healed, to keep their skin moisturized and healthy, and to keep their tattoo’s colors bright.

Ingredients

Made from the finest ingredients: Shea, Mango and Aloe Butters, Coconut, Sunflower and Rice Bran Oils, Rosemary Oleoresin, Green Tea, Vitamin E Complex & Mint Arvenis Essential Oil. With Essence of Papaya and Coconut.

All natural. Pure Hustle.

 

What Customers Say

“…just wanted to tell you guys that I tried Hustle Butter and that it’s really awesome. And it works also very well on streched piercings eheh. So I’m definitely going to re-use it. And I’m considering selling some at the shop as well.” ~Mel from Meatshop Tattoo, Copenhagen

“I love the suff and use it as body lotion! It friggin RULES!!! I would love more of your product. My girlfriends/family all steal mine because it smells so good and leaves my skin so soft. I also work on TV/print and have my make up artists use it on me for filming and pics!!! ” ~Jessica Pimentel, actress

“I had a wound on my scalp that just wouldn’t heal. I tried the usual stuff and after almost three months the wound did not diminish in size. On a friend’s urging I tried some Hustle Butter on it and amazingly the wound disappeared in less than a week and the hair grew back on the spot too. Pretty cool. Chemical formulas out, Hustle Butter in. ” ~Todd Velten Sr., New York, via Facebook comment

“One of THE best aftercare products I have used. My shop tried out many different product and Hustle Butter Deluxe is by far the best. We can’t keep it on our shelves. Our clients love it! Thank you for creating an amazing product” ~Justin Nordine Tattoos, CO, via Facebook comment.

THE WAY OF ALL FLESH BODY ADORNMENTS PIERCING CARE

 

** NEVER USE ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL ON ANY PIERCING!!!! **

 

A New Piercing

 

  • May be tender, swollen, itchy, and / or slightly red for a few weeks.

  • May bleed a little for the first few days.

  • May secrete a whitish-yellow fluid which crusts on the jewelry. This is not pus it is lymph.

  • May tighten around the jewelry as it heals, making turning somewhat difficult when dry.

 

Cleanse piercing no more than THREE times a day. Cleaning more frequently may damage the delicate skin cells, and cleaning less frequently may invite an infection. When you’re not cleaning the piercing, leave it alone. I suggest cleansing with a gentle antiseptic containing benzethonium chloride or benzethonium chloride. If you cannot find these, then Bactine diluted 50% with water can be used. Bring cleanser in the shower with you that way you can pour some right on the piercing and work the jewelry back and forth. A hot water soak, hot compress, and / or sea salt soaks in hot water promote healing and may excrete any possible or existing infection. (The salt water solution should not be saltier than your own tears. Epsom and table salts are inappropriate and may cause problems). Soaking can be done by inverting a small cup of the water or solution over the piercing, forming a seal or vacuum around the piercing. Allow the piercing to soak for fifteen minutes, once to twice daily. DO NOT USE ANY OINTMENTS WITHOUT CONSULTING US OR YOUR DOCTOR FIRST!!!! After about three to five days, your body could build up immunity against the ointment while blocking up the piercing, and can actually cause an infection and / or other complications. Make sure not to get any make-up, hair products, colognes, powders, or any other foreign matter into the piercing. Keep hair clean at all times.

 

TOUCHING YOUR PIERCING = INFECTION  

 

We know it is hard, but keep your hands (and others) away from your piercing!!! There are germs everywhere and you are no exception to infection. Everything you touch has bacteria on it and these will easily be carried to your piercing. Also, avoid rough contact and bodily fluids (yours and others) as this will irritate and cause possible infection. Over cleaning, vigorous cleaning or using a cleanser that is too strong can create symptoms very similar to an infection. Always wash your hands with LIQUID antibacterial soap very well (avoid touching any objects) before cleaning or handling your piercing. Friction caused by rough contact or excessive movement can cause dark redness, keloids, discharge, and rejection / migration.

 

THE HEALING PROCESS

 

The overall healing process is enhanced by a well-balanced diet; vitamin-mineral supplements, vitamin C 3,000mg mineral ascorbic form, and zinc supplement (60mg-women and 120mg-men for about 2 weeks). While your piercing is in the healing process, matter secreted from the piercing will dry on the jewelry and on the openings of the piecing. DO NOT PICK AT THIS HARDENED MATTER!!! Wash the secretions off in the shower, so you can move the jewelry freely to work the cleanser into the piercing. The healing process is different for everybody, although the average rate of healing is as follows:

 

  • EARLOBE, EYEBROW, SEPTUM: 6-8 weeks

  • EAR CARTILAGE, NOSTRIL, & BRIDGE: 2 months - 1 year

 

Almost all piercings usually take a year to completely heal and toughen up. The jewelry may usually be changed or downsized between 10-14 weeks, but no sooner than that as the jewelry might tear at the delicate tissue inside and create problems. We also suggest waiting for the healing process to be complete before stretching any piecing, and to go slowly between gauges. If you must remove jewelry temporarily, call us. It is no problem to remove your jewelry permanently as long as there is no infection present at the time of removal. Stress, poor diet, or illness can cause longer healing times, or migration of the piercing. Occasionally, the selected jewelry may not be appropriate. This may or may not be due to circumstances that occurred after the piercing. If the jewelry is too thin or too heavy, too large or too small in diameter, or not the appropriate style, you may experience healing problems. Contact us if you suspect that you may need different jewelry.

 

INFECTIONS CAN BE TRACED TO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES

 

  • Touching your piercing with unwashed hands, or letting someone else touch your piercing.

  • Oral contact with the piercing, including your own saliva.

  • Allowing body fluids to contact the piercing.

  • Contact with hair, cosmetics, oils, infrequently washed clothing, bedding or other agents.

  • Going into the pool, hot tub, lake, ocean or other body of water.

  • A virus or cold transferred by your hands.

 

SIGNS OF INFECTION

 

  • Redness and swelling.

  • A sensation of heat at the piercing site.

  • Pain, especially throbbing or spreading pain.

  • Unusual discharge, it may be yellowish, greenish, or grayish

  • A lump behind the piercing or at the openings of the piercing.

 

** CONTACT US IF ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS OCCUR **

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Please remember that as soon as you leave the studio you are responsible for the care of your piercing. You must follow everything that is outlined. If you have any questions or you think you have an infection, DO NOT TAKE THE JEWELRY OUT, this will only seal in the infection, it needs to drain. An infection can be treated by certain techniques. Please contact us first so that we may suggest the proper techniques to be used.

Genital Piercings

 

** NEVER USE ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL ON ANY PIERCING!!!! **

 

A New Piercing

 

  • May be tender, swollen, itchy, and / or slightly red for a few weeks.

  • May bleed a little for the first few days, especially labia, hood, PA, apadravya.

  • May secrete a whitish-yellow fluid which crusts on the jewelry. This is not pus it is lymph.

  • May tighten around the jewelry as it heals, making turning somewhat difficult when dry.

 

Cleanse piercing no more than TWICE a day. Cleaning more frequently may damage the delicate skin cells, and cleaning less frequently may invite an infection. When you’re not cleaning the piercing, leave it alone. Choose ONE gentle LIQUID antibacterial soap containing Triclosan, such as: Dial liquid antibacterial, Lever 2000 liquid antibacterial, Softsoap liquid antibacterial, or Almay hypocare liquid antibacterial. If you are sensitive to Triclosan, you may want to try one of these alternatives: Clearly Natural antibacterial (iodine), or NutriBiotic antibacterial (grapefruit seed). Bring the cleanser in the shower with you that way you can pour some right on the piercing and work the jewelry back and forth. A hot water soak, hot compress, and / or sea salt soaks in hot water promote healing and may excrete any possible or existing infection. (The salt water solution should not be saltier than your own tears. Epsom and table salts are inappropriate and may cause problems). Soaking can be done by inverting a small cup of the water or solution over the piercing, forming a seal or vacuum around the piercing or soaking in a well cleaned bathtub. Allow the piercing to soak for fifteen minutes, once to twice daily. DO NOT USE ANY OINTMENTS WITHOUT CONSULTING US OR YOUR DOCTOR FIRST!!!! After about three to five days, your body could build up immunity against the ointment while blocking up the piercing, and can actually cause an infection and / or other complications. Make sure not to get any make-up, hair products, colognes, powders, or any other foreign matter into the piercing. Keep hair clean at all times.

 

TOUCHING YOUR PIERCING = INFECTION  

 

We know it is hard, but keep your hands (and others) away from your piercing!!! There are germs everywhere and you are no exception to infection. Everything you touch has bacteria on it and these will easily be carried to your piercing. Also, avoid rough contact and bodily fluids (yours and others) as this will irritate and cause possible infection. Any sexual contact should be gentle, and latex barriers (dental dams, condoms, finger cots) should be used to protect the piercing from bodily fluids, even if you are in a monogamous relationship. Over cleaning, vigorous cleaning or using a cleanser that is too strong can create symptoms very similar to an infection. Always wash your hands with LIQUID antibacterial soap very well (avoid touching any objects) before cleaning or handling your piercing. Friction caused by rough contact or excessive movement can cause dark redness, keloids, discharge, and rejection / migration.

 

THE HEALING PROCESS

 

The overall healing process is enhanced by a well-balanced diet; vitamin-mineral supplements, vitamin C 3,000mg mineral ascorbic form, and zinc supplement (60mg-women and 120mg-men for about 2 weeks). While your piercing is in the healing process, matter secreted from the piercing will dry on the jewelry and on the openings of the piecing. DO NOT PICK AT THIS HARDENED MATTER!!! Wash the secretions off in the shower, so you can move the jewelry freely to work the cleanser into the piercing. The healing process is different for everybody, although the average rate of healing is as follows:

 

  • EARLOBE, EYEBROW, SEPTUM: 6-8 weeks

  • EAR CARTILAGE, NOSTRIL, & BRIDGE: 2 months - 1 year

 

Almost all piercings usually take a year to completely heal and toughen up. The jewelry may usually be changed or downsized between 10-14 weeks, but no sooner than that as the jewelry might tear at the delicate tissue inside and create problems. We also suggest waiting for the healing process to be complete before stretching any piecing, and to go slowly between gauges. If you must remove jewelry temporarily, call us. It is no problem to remove your jewelry permanently as long as there is no infection present at the time of removal. Stress, poor diet, or illness can cause longer healing times, or migration of the piercing. Occasionally, the selected jewelry may not be appropriate. This may or may not be due to circumstances that occurred after the piercing. If the jewelry is too thin or too heavy, too large or too small in diameter, or not the appropriate style, you may experience healing problems. Contact us if you suspect that you may need different jewelry.

 

INFECTIONS CAN BE TRACED TO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES

 

  • Touching your piercing with unwashed hands, or letting someone else touch your piercing.

  • Oral contact with the piercing, including your own saliva.

  • Allowing body fluids to contact the piercing.

  • Contact with hair, cosmetics, oils, infrequently washed clothing, bedding or other agents.

  • Going into the pool, hot tub, lake, ocean or other body of water.

  • A virus or cold transferred by your hands.

 

SIGNS OF INFECTION

 

  • Redness and swelling.

  • A sensation of heat at the piercing site.

  • Pain, especially throbbing or spreading pain.

  • Unusual discharge, it may be yellowish, greenish, or grayish

  • A lump behind the piercing or at the openings of the piercing.

 

** CONTACT US IF ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS OCCUR **

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Please remember that as soon as you leave the studio you are responsible for the care of your piercing. You must follow everything that is outlined. If you have any questions or you think you have an infection, DO NOT TAKE THE JEWELRY OUT, this will only seal in the infection, it needs to drain. An infection can be treated by certain techniques. Please contact us first so that we may suggest the proper techniques to be used.

Oral Piercing After Care

 

A Normal Piercing

 

May be tender, swollen, itchy, and /or slightly red for a few weeks.

May bleed a little for the first few days.

May secrete a whitish-yellow fluid which crusts on the jewelry. This is not pus, it is lymph.

 

Tongue Piercings (follow these steps for 6-8 weeks)

 

Cleanse your piercing after anything goes in your mouth (except ice or water). This includes coffee, tea, soft drinks, any food and Smoking! Rinse hourly (during waking hours) whether you ingest anything or not. You should be rising for 30-60 seconds at least 12 times a day during the first four to six weeks of having your piercing. Suggested cleansers are BIOTENE, REMBRANT, ORAL B (alcohol-free antiseptic mouthwashes) or LISTERINE. DO NOT USE SCOPE! If you choose Listerine, dilute it with 50% water, as the alcohol in it burns and will turn your tongue temporarily pale. Also, twice a day swish with a WARM SEA SALT SOLUTION for a few minutes to aid in healing. In conjunction with mouthwash, you may use Gly Oxide or Peroxyl (found in the toothbrush aisle in any pharmacy). Apply twice daily, to the openings of the piercing, let it foam, and then spit it out. With all of these products, do not swish too vigorously, as it will cause problems with piercing.

 

A tongue piercing can be swollen and tender for an average of 2-5 days. You can suck on small pieces of clean ice or Freez-E pops to reduce swelling (remember to rinse your mouth after a Freez-E pop). Taking 600mg of Ibuprofen (Motrin) three times a day will also help with swelling and pain. For the first few nights while sleeping keep your head above your heart. This will greatly reduce overnight swelling. Once a day, check the balls on your jewelry to ensure that they are still screwed on tightly. 

 

Labret, Lip & Cheek Piercings (follow these steps for 6-8 weeks)

 

Refer to the tongue piercing instructions above. You must follow all the steps of a tongue piercing, but you must also cleanse the outside surface twice a day. Use a medicated liquid anti-bacterial soap (containing the ingredient pomx of chloroxylenol such as PROVON. Ask a pharmacist to help you find one. If you cannot find these, then liquid anti-bacterial Dial or Lever 2000 can be used (dilute it with 50% water). A secretion called lymph (blood plasma) will crust on the jewelry throughout the day. Do not pick at this hardened matter or turn the piercing while it has the lymph on it! Before cleaning, wash this crust away with water on a Q-tip. Then lather the outside of the piercing with a pinky tip amount of the anti-bacterial soap and rotate the jewelry through the piercing about 8 times. Let the soap sit for 1-2 minutes before rinsing it and rotating it while under running water. Do not use cloth towels to dry the piercing off. Use clean tissues or clean paper towels to pat it dry.

 

For All Oral Piercings

 

NEVER TOUCH A HEALING PIERCING WITH DIRTY HANDS! Before touching or cleaning it, wash hands well with anti-bacterial soap. If your hands are not properly washed, do not touch your self above the neck for the full 6-8 weeks of healing.

 

NO ORAL SEXUAL CONTACT! This includes French kissing or oral sex during the healing period even if you are in a monogamous relationship! Any sexual contact should be gentle, and latex barriers (condoms and dental dams) should be used to protect the piercing from bodily fluids. Avoid chewing on finger nail, pencils, sun glasses, etc. during the healing process. Replace your toothbrush often to ensure that everything that goes in your mouth is clean.

 

DO NOT REMOVE THE JEWELRY DURING HEALING TIME! Leave your jewelry in at all times while healing. The tips of the barbells have threading (like a screw) and you do not want to pull those through your unhealed piercing, and you might not be able to get the jewelry back in. Removing the jewelry will prolong healing time and create complications such as keloids.

 

Do not play with the piercing for the first 6-8 weeks beyond the necessary movement for eating or speaking. Undue stress on the piercing can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue.

 

Be aware that many doctors and dentists have no training or experience regarding piercing. Therefore they may offer inappropriate or in accurate advice. If you do not get an infection, the jewelry should be left in, so that pus can drain. If the jewelry is removed, the holes can close up, resulting in abscess. LEAVE YOUR JEWELRY IN! Do not be alarmed if you see a secretion coming from the piercing. All piercings secrete plasma; it just looks different inside the mouth, as it does not have a chance to dry. 

 

A new piercing can bleed on and off for a few days. There can also be some bleeding under the surface, resulting in temporary bruising or discoloration. This is perfectly normal and not indicative of any complication.

 

Alcohol or peroxide should NOT be used on any piercings. They are overly strong and drying, and kill off healthy cells your body needs to heal. DO NOT use anti-biotic ointments (such as Neosporin, Bacitracin, etc.) on any piercing. They don’t allow for proper air circulation, and they form a sticky residue in which bacteria can grow once the short lived antibiotic properties of the ointment are gone.

 

Friction caused by excessive movement or rough contract can cause dark redness, keloids, discharge, and rejection migration.

 

The overall healing process is enhanced by a well-balanced diet, vitamin-mineral supplements, vitamin C (3,000mg in mineral ascorbic form), and a zinc supplement (60mg-women; 120mg-men; for about two weeks).

 

All piercings usually take a year to completely heal and toughen up. The jewelry may be changed or downsized between 8-10 weeks. I also suggest waiting until the healing process is complete before stretching any piercing, and going slowly between gauges. Stress, poor diet, or illness can cause longer healing times, or migration of the piercing.   

 

Signs of an infection after the initial healing period are: Redness and swelling, a sensation of heat at the piercing site, pain (especially spreading or throbbing pain), unusual discharge (it may be yellowish, greenish, or grayish), lump behind the piercing or at the openings of the piercing. CONTACT US IF ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS OCCUR! We can easily suggest the appropriate way to eliminate infection within a matter of hours.  

 

Average Healing Time

 

Tongue: 6-8 weeks

Lip & Labret: 8-10 weeks

Career: 2-3 months

 

Please remember that as soon as you leave the studio, you are responsible for the care of your piercing. You must follow everything on the after-care sheet. If you have any questions or you think you have the beginnings of an infection, contact us immediately and we will help you with anything you need. An infection can be treated by certain techniques. Please contact us so that we may suggest the proper technique for you depending upon what may have caused it.

Steri-Wash

Why Steri-Wash  ?

* It is the same medical grade sterile saline solution used in hospitals

* Provides a fine mist with a twist open and close actuator

* It will not dry or affect surrounding tissue, as alcohol and peroxide can

* It remains sterile for the life of the can

* It will never clog and sprays in all directions, EVEN upside down