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Tattoo X uses only all disposable tattoo and piercing equipment.  We feel that disposable is what offers you, the client, a pure tattoo.  In other words that is all you walk away with, a pure tattoo with none of the extras.

Tattoo X general tattoo aftercare procedures:

1.     Leave That Bandage Alone!
Your artist took the care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason - to keep air-borne 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.

2.     With clean hands, remove the bandage and wash with warm water and anti-bacterial soap such as dial. Make sure you remove all traces of blood. Do not use a washcloth to wash your tattoo. This will be too abrasive to a new tattoo. Pat the tattoo dry with a soft clean cloth. Do not rub it dry. Do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean your tattoo. It needs to stay moist in order to heal, and these products will dry it out

3.     Put a very small amount of Neosporin or Aquaphor (this is preferred as some people are allergic to Neosporin) on your freshly clean tattoo, rubbing it in the way you would with lotion.  (DO NOT USE A&D ointment! You have a tattoo not a diaper rash!)  Thick layers of anything can make your tattoo soggy and you don't want that.  Then, leave it alone.  No bandages let that much deserved oxygen get to your skin.  It's good for you. 

4.     Wash the tattoo at least twice a day for the first week or until your tattoo begins to flake (like sunburn).  At that time, you can switch from using Neosporin to Lotion (we recommend Curel or Lubriderm, Original Formula), while still being cautions of using too much.
**If your tattoo begins to scab heavily, DO NOT start using lotion.  Lotion will make the scabs soggy and they will WIPE OFF.  Very bad.  Simply continue to use one of the recommended products from above. **

5.     The tattoo will "bleed" ink during the first few days of healing. Wear clothes that you wouldn't mind getting a bit of ink on. The ink will wash out of most clothing, but it might require bleach. Depending on the area of your body you have tattooed, you might want to put a towel down or wear some pajamas at night to avoid getting ink on your sheets. With this in mind, if your clothing or bedsheets, etc do stick to your tattoo, DO NOT RIP IT OFF.  Simply soak the article that has become stuck to the tattoo with warm water, and gently peel in a downward motion the way you would a large sticker.

6.     Continue to keep your tattoo moist and lotioned from the point of flaking, on.  Do not help your tattoo flake, let it heal naturally.  When your body is done with your excess skin, it will fall off on its own.

**While I'm at it, definitely a bad thing to pick at your scabs, too! **

7.     ALWAYS while you're healing, keep your tattoo out of pools, hot tubs, lakes (duh), and all other bodies of water that you might plan on being in for an extended amount of time.  Before you scab, you could catch an infection, and after you scab, you can make it soggy (also leading to infection).  Showers are ok; just don't let your tattoo sit under the water for too long.

8.     Do not tan for at least two weeks after tattooing to allow it to heal. After two weeks has passed, you can lie in the sun or go to the tanner as long as you put a light layer of SPF 25 or higher sun block over the tattoo. Sunlight will fade the ink, especially in bright colors or black. If you expose it to too much sun, you might end up having to get it redone in a few years to brighten up the color.

9.     For most tattoos, if healed properly, it only takes about 2 weeks to heal.  After you begin to flake just keep it moist until you're completely healed.  Some tattoos might take longer, or shorter, depending.

10.    Like any other wound to the skin, your tattoo will itch during the healing process. DO NOT SCRATCH IT. Scratching or picking will remove the scab and possibly some of the color from the tattoo. Slap skin or rub lotion into tattoo to relieve itching.

11.   Tattoo X also now offers Hustle Butter,  a leader in before, during, and aftercare for your tattoo experience.  You can purchase this product from us in .25 oz, 1oz, or 5oz

**If you didn't know, tattoos are permanent. Also, some people may have an allergic reaction to our tattoo pigments (such as red and purple), needles, gloves, etc.  If your tattoo begins to show signs of infections, such as glowing  dominantly red long after receiving the tattoo or oozing puss, you should consult your physician.**

Tattoo X guarantees all our work, as long as we can see that you have paid attention to and chose to practice our healing procedures, properly.