Magic Mikey’s Liberated Tattoo
1474 RT 83 Antioch, Illinois

TATTOO AFTER CARE

Remove bandage as soon as possible, Never leave the tattoo covered for more than one hour. Slowly peel the bandage off , if it is stuck , wet with some cool water and peel slowly. Using a mild soap, like dove or ivory, or any good antibacterial soap.
(soft soap pearl white) Lather the soap in your hands, then lather the tattoo. Rinse soap off until it no longer feels slimy. Pat dry with a clean paper towel.
Apply a small dab of ointment and gently massage it into the skin for about a minute.
DO NOT USE too much, a little goes a long way.
Make sure you gently wipe and pat the excess ointment off the skin or it will smother your pores and can cause the tattoo to heal poorly.
Pay close attention to the tattoo in the first two days, after each cleaning and ointment application the tattoo can weep small amounts of Plasma(looks like sweat). Pat these little beads of plasma dry as they appear. It can take up to 10 minutes for the weeping to stop so be patient. Warning….Allowing the Plasma to dry on the skin will form a Scab and the Scabbing will pull color from your new tattoo.

Every customer will heal a tattoo slightly different, but the process is the same for everyone. Wash, Dry, Apply ointment, remove excess ointment, continue to pat dry as needed to avoid scabbing.

This process should be repeated at least 4-6 times a day for the first 3-4 days.
Or until you see dead skin peeling off the tattoo. This is commonly referred to as the Scab, but it is in fact the top layers of your skin and perfectly normal for the tattoo to go through this peeling process. Once you see peeling, Switch over to a Non scented lotion such as Lubriderm, Curel, or Eucerin. Apply a small drop of lotion to the tattoo 3-4 times a day and rub in until it is gone.
DO NOT PICK AT THE DEAD SKIN, allow it to fall off naturally.
Do not prolong showers , get in and out of the shower as fast as possible,
DO NOT soak in water, ie. Bath tub, pools , hot tubs , or Jacuzzi’s.
Do Not Allow water to spray directly on the tattoo and avoid warm to hot water at all costs. For the first few days it is better to wear white cotton clothing , loose fitting to avoid contaminating the tattoo. No colored Clothing until it starts to peel.
Continue applying lotion for about two weeks and then stop treating your tattoo and let your skin go back to normal. If it looks dry, Use small amounts of lotion.
If you have any questions or doubts please call us. Do not take advice from your friends.
After healing it is strongly advised to protect your tattoo with a good sunscreen for the rest of your life. Sun is a tattoo’s Worst enemy. Protect your investment.

Magic Mikeys Liberated Tattoo
1474 RT 83 Antioch, Illinois.

PIERCING HEALING INSTRUCTIONS

In order to enjoy your new piercing, you will need to follow these instructions to the best of your ability. Failure to do so can and probably will result in infection. If your piercing becomes infected, do not take the jewelry out, contact us as we can help you get it healed. When in doubt contact the shop or stop by for a free consultaion…..

We recommend you pick up the following items: cotton balls, Q-tips, uniodized sea salt, saline solution (sterile, pH balanced, not for storage and disinfecting, a pressurized metal can is recommended, NOT a plastic squeeze container!!) . If this is not available substitute with anti-bacterial “Softsoap brand” The pearl white color.

Sea salt soak
Use rounded ¼ tsp of uniodized sea salt to 8 ounces (1 measuring cup) of hot water. Fully dissolve the salt in the water and then transfer the salt mixture to a clean shot glass, preferably non-porous glass or ceramic. Soak piercing for 10-minutes. After soaking, wipe the piercing down with clean Q-tips and saline solution. Use as many Q-tips as needed to remove all crusty material from jewelry. Do not  contaminate your piercing by using the same side of the Q-tip twice .Once clean use a new Q-tip  or soft tissue to dry the area. Do not use any ointments on your piercing!!!

Sea salt hot compress
Prepare salt mixture as described above, except use cotton balls to submerge into the salt mixture and apply the hot compress to the piercing sites and hold it there for 1 minute each cotton ball for a minimum of ten minutes. Remove the cotton balls and rinse with the saline solution as stated above. You must use a clean cotton ball every time you do the soak or you will contaminate the piercing.

These soaks and hot compresses should be done 3-4 times a day until the piercing is completely healed. You will know your piercing is healed when: 1) the piercing sites are no longer producing crusty stuff, 2) there is no discoloration of the skin and 3) there is no tenderness associated with it. For the first 3-4 days after getting pierced only do the soak or compress. Do not rotate the jewelry; it will just slow down your healing process. After the first 3-4 days the skin around the piercing will start loosening up. You will know this is happening when the jewelry starts to move around on its own. Remove all of the crustyies from the jewelry and clean the piercing in the shower by lathering the soap in your hands before you put it on the piercing. Very gently rotate the ring so that it pulls the soap through the piercing, do this a couple times (15-20 seconds). Allow the clear water run over the piercing and rotate the jewelry so it removes all of the soap. After you get out of the shower, spray saline over piercing site and rotate the ring to flush out any soap and water, and dry with clean Q-tips to restore the proper pH balance of your skin.

Oral Piercings
We recommend an antiseptic mouthwash such as Tech2000 or Biotene. Use full strength on inside of mouth after eating, drinking or smoking until piercing heals. If you use Listerene DO not use full strength mix 50%/50% with water. Mouth wash should be used no less than 30 seconds for proper germ killing action.

The most important factor in healing your piercing is to keep your hands off of it!!! The only time you should be touching your piercing with your fingers is when you are in the shower and you have soap on your hands. For piercing in a mucous membrane (nostril, septum, lip, labret,etc), only wash the skin on the outside surface with soap. Don't pull it through the piercing, rinse the inside area with saline and clean Q-tips. Do not wear clothing that is going to irritate your piercing. Keep hair from hanging on piercing sites as hair harbors bacteria, use anti bacterial soap in areas where hair may contaminate your piercing, after you shampoo. If you think you are having problems with your piercing, feel free to call us anytime, and do not take advice from your friends, as they are not experienced piercers..