We recommend H2Ocean cream or foam for aftercare which we sell in store.

Tattoo Aftercare

  • Approximately 2-4 hours after receiving your tattoo, remove bandage and wash with luke warm water and unscented soap. Pat dry with clean towel.
  • After a couple days, Immediately after each washing/drying session use the tattooist recommended lotion, We suggest H2Ocean foam or cream as the best aftercare.
  • Lightly cover the tattoo with the ointment mentioned above. Use a thin enough coat to lightly cover the tattoo and keep it moist. Do not over medicate, (if ointment bubbles up or appears shiny, you are over medicating.) To remove excess ointment, BLOT off with a paper towel five minutes after applying moisturizer.
  • For the next 6-10 days moisturize (with lotion) by applying the cream 2-4 times a day. If tattoo dries out to much overscabbing will occur. Do not soak tattoo in water or lotion!
  • If possible wear only white cotton over the tattoo for the next few days.
  • Keep tattoo out of the sun for next 2-3 weeks, NO swimming, tanning, sauna or hot tubing to obtain proper healing.
  • After your tattoo heals, put sunblock (SPF#50) on it when it is exposed.
  • If you think the tattoo is infected, please come see us before seeking a doctor
  • Never use polysporin, neosporin or vaseline on your tattoo unless directed.

Piercing Aftercare

A member of the Wild Ink staff will perform your piercing professionally and appropriately. Upon completion of said piercing, Wild Ink and its employees are not responsible for any or all blame if the aftercare is not followed properly or ignored entirely. Remember no piercing can be guaranteed as it is a foreign object in your body, but if you follow the proper aftercare techniques it will greatly improve your chance of your piercing healing. If you have any problems, feel free to call us. We’re here to help.

General Piercing Information

  • May be tender, sore, itchy and/or uncomfortable for a FEW DAYS to a WEEK. Swelling/discomfort can be reduced with Advil or other anti-inflammatory.
  • May secrete a white/pale yellow fluid which crusts on jewelry.
  • May be red or bruise slightly.
  • Minimum healing times are GENERALLY 4-16 weeks, but may vary depending on the location and individual person.
  • Tighten beads DAILY with clean hands to ensure jewelry won’t fall out

Care for Facial and Body Piercing

  • Wash GENTLY in shower using unscented soap and pat dry with a CLEAN towel or disposable paper towel
  • Clean using H2Ocean Piercing Spray! (this is what we recommend, it is a combination of sea salt and the natural enzyme lysozyme to create an optimal solution to reduce the healing time and adverse issues that commonly arise when dealing with a new piercing). Remove any crust that has formed on jewelry using a saturated H2OCEAN Q-tip.
  • Clean piercing 2-3 TIMES A DAY, over cleaning will result in irritation and cause problems.
  • Rubbing Alcohol, Polysporin and Hydrogen Peroxide should NEVER BE USED. Both are harsh and prolong healing time.
  • Ointments/oil-based creams smother and prevent the piercing from being able to breath, also prolonging healing time.

Oral Piercing Aftercare

  • Each time you eat, drink, or smoke you rinse your mouth with H2OCEAN SPRAY OR MOUTHWASH (recommended). Original Listerine (diluted with half water) or your own non idiozed sea salt and warm water mix can also be used.
  • If you have a lip/Marilyn/Madonna/Medusa piercing, clean as above for inside of the mouth and treat as a Facial/Body piercing (instructions above)for the outside of the mouth.
  • Crushed ice to reduce swelling can be used.
  • SMALL doses of Ice cream/dairy is okay. Try to steer away from beer however for the time being due to the yeast.


An infection is caused by contact with fungi, bacteria, or other living pathogens. Infections can be traced to one of the following activities:

  • TOUCHING the piercing UNWASHED HANDS, or letting someone else touch it.
  • Contact with any bodily fluids that are not your own.
  • Infrequent washing of clothes and bedding.
  • Going into pools, lakes, oceans or hot tubs.
  • Eating with unclean cutlery or sharing food with oral piercing.

Complications such as bumps, scars, migration and rejection may occur from excessive trauma or friction. To avoid:

  • Be MINDFUL of your piercing and CAREFUL during physical activity
  • Tape down Body/Facial piercing during sports to help minimize injury
  • Resist playing with or pulling on the jewelry.

Determining an Infection

  • Redness and swelling sensation at piercing site and/or throbbing PAIN
  • Unusual discharge (brown, grey, bright yellow or green in colour)

If you think you have an infection, COME IN and SEE US immediately. Tell us about anything that may have lead to the infection. DO NOT remove the jewelry! This can aggravate the problem by closing off any chance of drainage. How your piercing heals is UP TO YOU.

If you have any questions or concerns about your new tattoo or piercing, please contact your artist right away so we can assist you. No question is a stupid question!