Thank you for visiting Art Explosion! Below is our aftercare instructions for Tattoos and Piercings. Please feel free to call us with any questions!


Busch Location: (813) 932 - 8439


S. Dale Mabry Location: (813) 443 - 0550


Tattoo Aftercare


  • DO NOT touch your tattoo without thoroughly washing your hands with hot water and an antibacterial soap for as long as it takes to sing “happy birthday.” Do NOT let anyone touch your tattoo until it’s healed.
  • Once your tattoo is finished you will be washing it three to four times a day with warm water and antibacterial soap, making sure to thoroughly rinse soap residue off of the tattoo.(showers count)

  • After washing your tattoo, apply Aquaphor for the first 24-48 hrs and after each washing.

  • Continue to use Aquaphor three to four times a day to prevent your tattoo from drying out and losing ink. This procedure should be used until the tattoo is completely healed, which can take up to two months.

  • Do NOT ever pick, scratch or force skin off of our tattoo while it’s healing. Doing so will only prolong the healing process and affect the overall quality of your tattoo.

  • Do NOT submerge your tattoo in any kind of water for any extended period of time, ie: pools, salt water, bath water, lake water. This will cut off oxygen to your tattoo. Doing so will make it heal poorly and have a huge effect on the quality of the tattoo. Showers are ok and suggested for washing your tattoo.

  • Do NOT expose your tattoo to the sun during the healing process, or anytime in your life, as this will affect the quality of your tattoo and can affect the healing process.
  • After your tattoo is healed, you can use a high SPF sun block containing zinc oxide, such as Bullfrog sun block. Sun block should only be used after your tattoo is completely healed, as the ingredients in sun block can affect the healing process.


Piercing Aftercare


  • ​​Clean your piercing three times a day, once in the morning, once after work, school or sports and once before bed.
  •  To clean your piercing use a mild antibacterial soap and lukewarm water. No perfumed or acne treating soaps.
  •  NEVER use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean your piercing. These astringents will dry out and irritate your piercing.
  • Use Q-tips to clean your piercing. Use a minimum of three Q-tips per cleaning, never double dip your Q-tip. Dip your Q-tip into cleaning solution, clean one end, wipe with the other.
  •  You will have a scab and crusty material on either side of the ring. Make sure this material is softened and wiped away before moving the jewelry. The crusty material will tear healing tissue inside the piercing. When you are able to move the jewelry freely take your second Q-tip and clean the part of jewelry that was inside your piercing.
  •  If you have a oral piercing you will need to mouth wash after anything goes in there. Even regular drinking water.  You will need to do this for at least two weeks. If you have a lip piercing or something in that nature, you will also need to clean the outside of it as described above.


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