Independent Tattoo Company

Tattoo & Piercing | Saint Joseph, MO | 816.749.4088

Tattoo Aftercare

Leave wrap applied by artist on for no longer than two hours.

Wash the tattoo with a non-scented anti-bacterial soap. (basic Dial)

Let the tattoo air dry after washing (things as small as lint, dog hair, etc can lead to irritation and infection of the tattoo) DO NOT USE A TOWEL!

Once the tattoo is dry, apply a thin layer of ointment, ( System One Aftercare is preferred but Aquaphor will work also) If the tattoo is in an area that must be recovered with a wrap do not apply more ointment under the wrap.

Allow the tattoo to breathe as much as possible during the healing process while keeping it as moist as the surrounding skin.

Use only cling wrap or a nonstick bandage on the tattoo.

Wrap the tattoo for the first few nights.

Wrap anytime it will be touching any kind of clothing or have anything resting on top of it.

If using System One Aftercare use the entire time the tattoo is healing, if using Aquaphor switch to a non-scented lotion after tattoo peels.

lf you have any questions concerning the healing of your tattoo make sure to contact us, DO NOT ask your friends as we do this for a living.

Sani-derm Aftercare

Leave initial bandage on overnight

Remove bandage in the morning

Wash it with non-scented antibacterial soap (basic Dial)

Let air dry for 5-10 minutes

Once dry apply new bandage and leave on for 5-7 days

Avoid soaking bandage in water (showers are ok)

After removal of second bandage apply hand lotion as needed

Piercing Aftercare

Wash your hands before you touch the piercing, never touch the piercing with dirty hands.

Once a day wash the piercing with a non-scented, anti-bacterial soap.

Twice a day saturate a paper towel with sterile saline solution, hold the paper towel against the piercing applying gentle pressure for 2-3 minutes.

After your 2-3 minute soak spray a little more sterile saline on to a q-tip, flatten the q-tip with your finger and gently wipe any build up free.

Make sure to continue cleaning the piercing until the entire 6-8 weeks of healing is complete.

DO NOT remove jewelry until the six to eight weeks have passed, also when changing jewelry make sure to only use surgical steel or high grade titanium.


Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.

During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.

Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.

A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.

Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in—do not leave it empty.