Do Not touch your new TATTOO or PIERCING without washing hands first!


Do Not touch your new piercing without washing hands first!

Your tattoo artist spent time to clean, disinfect, sanitize, and barrier his/ her station.  As well as sterile tattoo instruments and single use needles and materials.  Now it is up to you to take appropriate care for your new tattoo.

Your Tattoo is not permanent until it is healed !


  • SOAP : This soap must be scentless & colorless.  Most scented or colored soaps contain alcohol in their perfumes, as well as dyes which can irritate and dry out your new tattoo.  Our recommendation is Dove soap.  It is a mild moisturizing soap that contains no alcohols or perfumes.  This way there is very little to no stinging or irritation and a reduced chance of allergic reaction.
  • OINTMENT : There is a list of ointment options available.  We recommend one of three different options, depending on your skin type and environment.  Bacitracin, Emu Oil or Tattoo Therapy.  If you have products that worked for you in the past and have had no issues with them.  Feel free to use them, according to the guild lines set below.  If this is your first tattoo, please take the advise of your artist and use their recommendation.  Failure to do so can result in rough healing.   All touch ups necessary to fix your tattoo, will be at your expense not the studios.  


  • DO NOT USE ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS : Neosporin, Triple Antibiotic, A&D  These products have a high chance of creating a a rash or other side effects that may effect the healing and over all health of the tattoo.
  • DO NOT USE  a used wash cloth or worn clothing to clean your new tattoo. New clean wash cloth only.
  • DO NOT USE old aftercare products given to you by your friends or family, as it may have been contaminated during its previous use.


  2. REMOVE YOUR BANDAGE  in 1 hour and wash the surface of your new tattoo with lukewarm water and soap containing no color or perfumes.  Use a CLEAN wash cloth and be abrasive enough to remove any blood or body fluids from the surface.  This will speed the healing process and prevent possible scabbing.  Only use the wash cloth during the initial scrub.  This should be done an hour after your tattoo.  From that point on, just use your hand when washing throughout the whole healing process.                  ** Directions do not apply to clients on blood thinners, or that have a diagnoses of diabetes or blood disorder.  Please consult your artist if this applies.

3. RINSE & PAT DRY with a fresh paper towel.  Let it air dry for about 20 minutes, basically until it starts to feel like the skin is a little tight and dry.  This allows for the excess moisture from the swelling under the skin as well as moisture introduced by washing the tattoo to evaporate out.  Its very important to let your tattoo “breathe” before applying any product.

4. APPLY OINTMENT OR OIL as needed for the first 3 days, as needed.  use a SMALL amount, rubbing it in like lotion until it disappears.  Overuse of any ointment may cause skin irritation.  LEAVING ointment on the skin will pull the ink out!

5. AFTER 3 DAYS, use an unscented, color free lotion to clear up dry skin ONLY AS NEEDED!  When your skin starts to feel dry, tight, or itchy.  It’s a good time to apply. Use lotion until dry skin is gone.  Multiple light coats are better than a few heavy ones.  This allows the tattoo to breathe while staying moisturized.  Some skin types and some places absorb more lotion than others, so be sure to apply when necessary.  DO NOT PICK at any dry skin or scratch your tattoo.  This will leave holes in your tattoo and will result in a touch up  AT YOUR EXPENSE.

6. WHILE APPLYING OINTMENT / LOTION, dry skin will come off with color in it.  THIS IS NORMAL.  Let this skin come off in its own time.


  • DO NOT soak in any hot tubs, baths, or saunas for at least 3 weeks.
  • DO NOT allow pets or animals in close contact with your tattoo
  • DO NOT lay in the sun/ tanning bed for 3 weeks.  (after healing, always wear sunscreen to protect from fading). 
  • DO NOT wear tight, restrictive clothing as this may cause chaffing and discomfort (i.e. bra straps, footwear, etc.).

SLEEPING:  It is important to consider your first couple night of sleep.  Always use clean sheets and avoid laying on the tattooed area as much as possible.  If the tattooed area is against a sheet with pressure it may leave an imprint on the material.  Staying off this area and letting it breathe through the nights is idea for proper healing.

OTHER ACTIVITES:  Highly strenuous activities and contact sports need to be avoided during the initial healing time.  Excessive sweating, saunas, steam baths, and gym workouts all need to be minimized as much as possible.  Not only can these things affect the healing of the tattoo, but these environments can also expose your open skin to bacteria.


If you need help, advice, or assistance with your tattoo, contact our Tattoo Professionals.

email us anytime directly at:

 Stop in or call during normal business hours at 302-730-3022

DO NOT take advice from anyone not employed at TATTOO MAFIA, INC.


Do Not touch your new piercing without washing hands first.

Your piercer spent time to clean, disinfect, sanitize, and barrier his / her station. as well as sterile piercing instruments and single use needles and materials. Now it is up to you to take appropriate care of your new piercing. 


  • NEILMED : helps maintain balance and promotes quick healing.  The easiest and safest saline is sterile wound wash saline in a pressurized can.  (In stock at our studio).  
  • Q TIPS : Great for piercings such as Nostrils, where reaching one side to clean may be difficult.
  • GAUZE : For Soaking piercings in Saline wash.


  • DO NOT USE ANY PRODUCTS containing an active ingredient including but not limited to:
  • H2Ocean
  • Satin
  • Provon
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Bactine
  • Ear or Eye Care Solutions
  • Antibacterial soaps (i.e. Liquid Dial or Softsoap)
  • Neosporin (or other petroleum-based ointments)
  • Betadine (povidone iodine)
  • Hibiclens

Chemicals of any kind will upset the PH balance inside your body and prevent or delay healing!


  • SALINE SPRAY :  Before use, spray a short stream of Wound Wash Saline Spray™ in the air or on intact skin to test stream and to clear nozzle.
  • To dispense, aim nozzle at the affected area and spray from a distance of 2 to 4 inches, or as is comfortable.
  • Gently clean, without turning the jewelry, any accumulated lymph (“crusts”) from the exposed jewelry and surrounding skin using a Q-tip soaked in Saline.  Cleanse both sides of your piercing, but do not work the saline inside the piercing.  
  • NEVER TWIST OR TURN JEWELRY  back and forth in a piercing- It only does harm.
  • Repeat a few times a day, when activity might cause the jewelry to turn or move (e.g., before exercise), and anytime the piercing feels “sticky” or uncomfortable, until you have completely healed.
  • SALINE SOAK : can be done in combination with the cleansing described above.
  • Heat a small amount of saline just until comfortably warm in a clean glass container in the microwave.  Place this solution in a position that will soak your piercing.  For instance, hold a small glass over your navel or nipple and lie back.  Or use saturated gauze for hard to get at piercings.  Leave the warm saline solution there until it is cold.  Then rise the piercing with fresh saline solution.  Do this once or twice per day.


  • ALL PIERCINGS: DO NOT play with your new piercing, as physical irritation is the most common problem.  When clothing will cover a piercing, wear clean, loose, breathable fabrics.  Do not remove or change jewelry until healing is complete.  No oral or sexual contact in the area of any fresh piercing.  
  • DRINK PLENTY OF H20: Staying hydrated can help with the swelling.  
  • ICE: can help with swelling as well for both oral and outer piercings.
  • NAVELS:  Waistbands or belts contacting the jewelry are the most common navel piercing problem.  Your clothes must ride below your navel, or it may never heal.  Maintain good posture, especially when sitting, to prevent pressure irritation of navel piercings.
  • NIPPLES:  A bra or snug fitting shirt may help reduce soreness in the days after a nipple piercing.  Wear breathable fabrics and consider wearing a cotton top to bed.
  • SWIMMING:  Chlorine is irritating to healing piercings.  Avoid chlorinated hot tubs and pools until the piercing is healed.  Lakes and Oceans may contain high bacteria levels, which presents an additional risk.  It’s best to stay out of the water.
  • SCAR TISSUE:  Many people mistake irritation for scarring.  If you suspect you are developing scar tissue, contact your piercer.  A piercer can help you identify a problem and point you in the right direction.
  • HOW LONG SHOULD IT TAKE TO HEAL?  Most piercings initial healing time ranges from 2 to 4 months.  Expect new piercings to be sore for a few weeks, and if there isn’t a marked improvement after that time, contact your piercer for evaluation and advice.  After the initial healing, continue to clean your piercing daily for as long as you have it.
  • ORAL PIERCINGS:  Care for the external side of tulip and cheek piercings using the piercing aftercare above.  Continue your normal oral hygiene routine.  Maintaining your natural balance is the most important aspect of healing piercings inside your mouth.  Do not over use mouthwash, it does more harm than good.
  • TONGUES, LIPS & CHEEKS:  Eat slowly and think about chewing.  Avoid hot and spicy food and hot drinks which may scald and / or increase swelling.  Gently brush your tongue when your brush your teeth to help remove dead tissue.
  • GENITAL:  All piercings are an open channel to the bloodstream.  Especially in the case of genital piercings.  Sexual contact during healing could be dangerous to you or your partner. It is best to abstain from sexual contact for four weeks or until the piercing has healed completely.
  • FEMALE:  Genital piercings typically heal fast and easily.  Follow the above care instructions on how to clean your piercing.  It is normal for inner labia and hood piercings to bleed a little for the first couple of days. 
  • MALES:  Follow the above care instructions on how to clean your piercing.  On piercings through the head or the urethra, expect bleeding for a few days.  
  • IF BLEEDING CONTINUES AFTER A FEW DAYS, or if there is an unexpected large amount of bleeding, contact your piercer.


More often than not, people who think they have an infection actually have an irritation and adjusting the care will fix the problem.  You can recognize an infection by its relatively sudden inflammation and accompanying discharge of pus and / or blood.  

If you suspect that you have an infection, contact your body piercer or your. doctor at once. Do not wait for it to get worse, and do not remove the piercing or attempt a home remedy.


If you need help, advice, or assistance with your Piercing, contact our Piercing Professionals.

email us anytime directly at:


Stop in or call during normal business hours at  302-730-3022

DO NOT take advice from anyone not employed at TATTOO MAFIA, INC.


This is a list of Tattoo Mafia’s aftercare recommendations for aftercare of your new tattoo or piercing.


Revolutionary Aftercare for Piercing, Stretching and Tattooing.

Wash hands before appling emu oil.

Emu Oil is used to lessen or eliminate keloids, reduce recent scarring, and is beneficial in treating rashes, eczema and psoriasis.  Emu Oil aids in relieving the sting and burn from new artwork or piercing; helps stop itching; reduces inflammation and redness; minumizes plasma oozing; promotes faster healing.

  • Piercing – Gently massage one drop of Emu Oil around the opening(s) of the piercing with clean finger 2 – 3 times daily on clean skin.
  • Stretching – Apply Emu Oil daily to clean area 2 weeks prior to stretching to help keep skin moist and pliable.  Emu Oil will help strengthen skin to prevent tears and blowouts.  Apply a drop of Emu Oil on new jewelry before insertion of larger gauge to ease glide.
  • Note:  Emu Oil should not be used on scarification or branding as Emu Oil inhibits scabbing and scarring.

Others uses for Emu Oil :

  • Arthritis
  • Cuts
  • Bruises
  • Cold sores
  • Dermatitis
  • Swollen joint & muscles
  • Surgeries
  • Insect Bite


  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sexual luricant
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Burns
  • Cracked heels & cuticles
  • Gum disease
  • Pet Care