- Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before ever touching your tattoo
- Remove bandage after 2-4 hours (no more than 6)
- Wash your tattoo under hot running water and gently massage until your tattoo no longer feels slimy (approx 7 minutes). Do not use a wash cloth, just your clean hands
- Allow tattoo to air dry for minimum of 10 minutes
- Do not apply any lotion until 3 days after receiving your tattoo
- Wash tattoo 3-4 times daily until tattoo is completely healed. Healing time varies for each individual, although your tattoo should be completely healed after 3 weeks
- On the third day you may apply a small amount of unscented lotion to the area no more than 3-4 times daily. We recommend Lubriderm unscented lotion (available at any pharmacy) or H2Ocean aftercare products (available here)
To best preserve your tattoo, avoid allowing shampoos, body wash and conditioners to come into contact with it, wear loose fitting clothes that allow the tattoo to breathe and after 5 weeks before to apply sunscreen to avoid fading. Also, follow our helpful list of tattoo no-no’s below:
Tattoo DO NOT’s:
- DO NOT scratch or pick at your tattoo. You are just pulling out ink. Dried skin will fall off on its own when the skin underneath is healed. If its itchy, light slapping can ease the itchiness.
- DO NOT expose tattoo to sunlight or tanning beds for at least 5 weeks
- DO NOT soak tattoo in water. Therefore, no swimming; No chlorinated pools/hot tubs and no lakes
Do not waste your money on a tattoo if you are unable to properly care for it afterwards. An ignored tattoo can offend your artist’s work and damage their professional reputation.
Tips for Cleaning Your Piercing:
Clean the area twice daily (if you exercise regularly, plan to do it after you work out)
The easiest time to clean it is after a hot shower, when the crust layer that may form is soft and easy to remove
Saturate the piercing (ring and area) with recommended cleaning solution and slowly rotate to ensure proper penetration of the cleanser, then thoroughly rinse it. Dry with a disposable item such as a Q-tip or paper towel (not your dirty bath towel!)
The most ideal for all piercings is saline solution (salt water) this can be made up by using a sterilized container then use ¼ teaspoon of sea salt in 1 cup of bottled water. Solution should be changed weekly. No double dipping!
For facial or cartilage piercings saline, bactine or ear piercing antiseptic are suitable choices (the active ingredient for the last two cleansers is benzalkonium chloride)
All other body piercings (with the exception of genitals) can also be cleaned using saline solution, or non-scented, anti-bacterial soaps
Ear, Cartilage and Lobe Piercings
clean twice daily with saline or bactine, using the procedures outline above
always cover piercing when using hair spray or other hair products
change pillow cases often
clean twice daily with saline or bactine, using the procedures outlined above
Leave the piercing alone… Don’t play with it!
For nose piercings: be careful when blowing your nose, washing or drying your face, or pulling shirts over your head. Don’t forget about your piercing!
Avoid use of make up around the area for approx 6 months
For labrets, lip and cheek piercings, rinse with saline solution or diluted Listerine 4 ox (1 part water, 1 part Listerine)
Advil will help reduce sdwelling (for lips, labrets and cheek only)
Check the tightness on the ball of the labret and cheek daily
Rinse with saline solution or diluted Listerine 5-10 times daily for 1 minute each time
Avoid solid foods for 3 days (I can’t stress this enough!)
Foods to especially avoid include:
– spicy food
– dairy products
– caffeine products
– high sugar content drinks
Recommended foods include:
– over-cooked pasta
– mashed potatoes
– soup (lukewarm and blended)
Drink LOTS of water
You can expect your tongue to swell during the first few days, this is normal and should go down in about 5 days. To help reduce the swelling:
– Ice often for the first few days, 20 min on-20 min off
– Avoid hot liquids!! (cold decreases swelling, hot increases swelling)
– Advil (ASA based), Ibuprofen or Motrin will help to reduce swelling and ease the pain, as it contains an anti-inflammatory agent
– Don’t forget to lightly brush your tongue
Brush your barbell balls with your toothbrush to remove plaque (if not removed daily will turn into tartar… just like on your teeth!)
Check tightness of barbell beads daily
After about 3-4 weeks, changing your post to a shorter length will the jewellery more comfortable in your mouth and reduce the chances of biting down
Neck, Nipple and Navel Piercings
Clean 2-3 times daily, using the procedures outlined above
For the first week, after cleaning apply a small amount of Polysporin to top and bottom of piercing. Wipe off any excess ointment.
Check tightness of top ball daily on barbell navel piercings (righty tighty)
You MUST be 18 or older to get a tattoo. If you are between the ages of 16-18, a tattoo requires your parent or guardian to fill out a consent form authorizing the procedure.
You MUST be 16 or older to get a piercing. A consent form must also be filled out for anyone younger than 16.
Please bring valid ID to your appointment. We reserve the right to turn down anyone who cannot present a valid photo ID.
We do not take appointments online. Please call the shop or stop in. When calling the shop you will be asked to stop by in person to drop off a deposit. Consultations are recommended before booking your appointment.
A tattoo consultation is a meeting with your tattoo artist before your actual appointment. This gives both parties an opportunity to sit down with each other and discuss details. We recommend a consultation prior to appointments to allow the artist ample time to customize your idea and come up with something that you are both happy with. Price quotes are also given at the time of the consult.
A deposit is a guarantee to the artist that you will show up to your appointment, and that their time preparing for it is not wasted. Most deposits are between $60-100, and are deducted from your total once the tattoo is completed.
Deposits are NOT refundable.
Each of our artists has their own hourly rate, depending on their experience. This ranges from $80 (for the junior artist) to $150/hour. The shop minimum (for tattoos that take less than an hour) is $100.
ON2U holds incredibly high standards of cleanliness and sterilization. Tattoo and piercing needles are disposable, only used one time and disposed in a sharps container immediately after use. The Saskatoon Health Region periodically disposes of these containers for us. Each artist cleans their station before and after every tattoo, and film barriers and protective bags are applied to surfaces to avoid cross contamination. Our artists are educated in sterilization procedures.
Any reusable materials (including piercing tools and stainless steel tattoo tubes) are sterilized using our up to date autoclave. If you have any concerns about the standards of our sterilization, we would be more than happy to review our cleaning products with you or share our most recent spore test (for the autoclave machine).