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Tattoo & Piercing Aftercare





Cleaning: After receiving your tattoo, we will apply a thin coat of Mudscupper’s Tattoo Balm and cover your tattoo with a nonstick wrapping. Wrapping should remain in place for at least 30 minutes before changing.

Bleeding: It is normal for a new tattoo to bleed. Bleeding pushes the balm out and away from your tattoo. Occasionally massage the balm back into the skin. Use a sterile tongue depressor or wrap finger in plastic wrap. When the area becomes to messy, gently wipe old balm away with a damp paper towel (Do not scrub!). Immediately pat dry with fresh paper towel and reapply thin coat of fresh balm. DO NOT wash and wipe the area every time you notice a spec of blood.

Covering Tattoo: We strongly encourage new tattoos be covered with nonstick pads until tattoo is healed. Nonstick pads help keep the tattoo clean, prevents getting and/or spreading infection, keeps children and pets from touching and scratching it, prevents clothing and bed sheets from wiping off tattoo balm; causing tattoo to dry and scab.

Showers: We recommend covering your tattoo with plastic wrap during showers. A little water splashing on the tattoo will not hurt it, however allowing hot water to run over it... might. After 4- 5 days, you should notice a clear layer of new skin over your tattoo. When this happens, it is okay to start gently washing your tattoo while showering. You do not need specialty antibacterial soaps for tattoos (save your money). For drying use a fresh paper towel, DO NOT use a bath towel. Remember, until your tattoo is completely healed, it is an open wound susceptible to infection.

AHHH MY TATTOO IS COMING OFF! No it isn’t. After a day or two, you might notice little black and/or colored specs that look like your tattoo is coming off. This is dead skin stained with ink. It is flaking off because new skin is replacing it. It is very important these top layers of skin flake off naturally. Until these layers of skin naturally shed, they are still protecting the deeper layer of skin (where the tattoo is).

Healing Time: Most tattoos are pretty much healed over within several days. The second week is usually when the area will become itchy and still susceptible to easily being damaged. If the area becomes itchy, gently massage or pat the area relieve itch. You should still apply tattoo balm during the second week.




Balms, Ointments and Lotions

Your new tattoo MUST be kept moist at all times for the first week. DO NOT LET IT DRY OUT!

Always wash hands before and after touching your new tattoo.

DO NOT use any product that does not help prevent infection!

There are many ointments, salves, lotions and specialty tattoo products on the market. BE CAREFUL! The vast majority of these products DO NOT have any active ingredients to ward off serious infection. These products are moisturizers, nothing more, nothing less. If you choose to use these products and you get an infection, DO NOT blame your tattoo artist.

Mudscupper’s recommends using all natural balms that are made of 100% natural oils and butters. These type balms penetrate deeper, last longer and less likely to clog pores and chemical free. We recommend using Mudscupper’s® Tattoo Balm. It is the only all natural balm that contains East Cape Manuka Oil. East Cape Manuka Oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antimicrobial with microbe damage reversing benefits. Its antibacterial benefits are scientifically proven effective against many gram positive and negative bacteria; Streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). NO other tattoo products in America provides the same protection. Maintain a light coat; wet in appearance until tattoo is completely healed.

Avoid petroleum based (Neosporin, Bacitracin, Triple Antibiotic, A&D, etc.) products. These products clog pores, do not penetrate deep into the skin (where the tattoo is). Many people have allergic reactions to Neosporin and Bacitracin. Avoid water based products (Lubriderm, Aquaphor, etc.). These products are mostly water, require constant application because they dry out faster. Once again, the main reason to avoid these products, none of them provide protection against serious infections.

Learn more about East Cape Manuka Oil at: www.mudscuppers.com, or do a Google search: “Manuka oil and MRSA).

Your skin needs to breathe, so don’t use too much balm.

If you are prone to infection... always keep your tattoo covered with sterile nonstick pads (not gauze or plastic wrap) until healed.

Some people breakout with little red bumps around their tattoo. This is usually a result of very sensitive skin, shaving prior to receiving your tattoo, clogged pores and/or a mild allergic reaction to cheap store bought lotions and ointments. If this should happen to you, thoroughly cleanse the area and another product.




Prolonged Sun and Tanning beds

While your new tattoo is healing, NO prolonged exposure to the sun. If you have to be in the sun, cover your tattoo. Allowing your tattoo to become sunburn will slow up the healing, cause swelling, and make your tattoo oozy. It can fade color and ruin your tattoo!




Swimming, Spas, Rivers and Lakes

NO hot tubs, swimming, or soaking in the bathtub until after tattoo is completely healed. Over exposing a new tattoo to water in these manners may ruin it.

Avoid rivers and lakes. Always assume these bodies of water are cesspools of harmful bacteria, fecal matter, diseases and chemicals.





Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo! Gently massage it or pat it until the itch is gone.

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Alcohol & Drugs

Avoid alcohol and drugs until tattoo is completely healed. Alcohol and drugs significantly lower the immune system. You are more susceptible to infection.




Ongoing Aftercare

After your tattoo has completely healed we recommend you keep using tattoo balm for an additional week or two.





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Swimming: We strongly recommend NO swimming in any body of water. If it is your own swimming pool and it is chlorinated and clean, it is okay. But lakes, rivers and public pools should be avoided.

Sports: We do not recommend any type of rough physical sports. For working out, cheer leading, gymnastics, etc, we recommend covering your piercing with a secure wrapping.

Sex: We strongly recommend no transfer of bodily fluids of any kind near or around piercing. We recommend a secure wrapping to protect piercing.

Nose, Eyebrow, Ear, Nipple, Lip, Navel, etc.

Do not use rubbing alcohol, mouthwash with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on any piercing!


We suggest using Mudscupper’s® Piercing Spray or Oral Rinse. These products contain Dead Sea salt. Dead Sea salt has the highest concentration of essential minerals and elements in the world. This helps stimulate circulation and provides therapeutic conditioning for faster and healthier healing. Our products also contain East Cape Manuka Oil. East Cape Manuka Oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antimicrobial with microbe damage reversing benefits. Its antibacterial benefits are scientifically proven effective against many gram positive and gram negative bacteria; to include Streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). NO other piercing products are as effective.

You can make your own sea salt solution by adding 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt (preferably kosher) to 8 ounces of purified water. Remember, this is only regarded as a cleanser. This will prevent prevent serious infection.

SOAPS: DO NOT use soaps and body washes as they leave a waxy and/or oily film. This waxy/oily film promotes longer healing time. Piercing spray can not penetrate the waxy/oily soap film. This prevents piercing spray from: rinsing away secretions and daily build up, prevents sea salt from keeping piercing dry and replenishing minerals and elements that help promote faster healing, and prevents the Manuka oil from penetrating into the skin to help prevent infection.

Spray new piercing 4 - 6 times per day. Move the jewelry back and forth several times to work solution into piercing. As always, wash your hands before and after touching new piercing.

Before getting out of the shower, allow the water to run over your piercing while moving the jewelry back and forth to rinse out any soap, shampoo, hair conditioner that might have gotten into it. Thoroughly dry piercing with a Q-Tip or paper towel. Allow piercing to air dry for 10-15 minutes. Spray piercing with aftercare product and move it back and forth to work solution into the piercing.

If you received jewelry with your new piercing that is longer or wider in diameter to accommodate possible swelling. We recommend leaving this jewelry in until your piercing is completely healed.

NOTE: For lip piercing like labrets, Angel bites, snake bites, medusa’s, etc. After they are healed, we recommend using jewelry that is bio-plastic or has a baked on dental backing. These types of jewelry will help prevent damage to the gums.





Cleaning: DO NOT use alcohol based mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide.

Use Mudscupper’s Oral Spray for excellent cleaning and protection.


It is normal for a tongue to swell for 2-3 days. 5 or 6 isn’t unheard of. After receiving your tongue piercing, we recommend keeping cold liquids, ice cubes, etc on it as much as possible for the first day. This will help reduce swelling.

While laying down/sleeping you should try to prop your head so the piercing is above your heart level. This will help reduce swelling.

We suggest using Mudscupper’s® Oral Rinse. Rinse after after meals, snacks and before bedtime.

The jewelry you receive with your piercing is longer to accommodate possible swelling. It is very important that you make a strong conscious effort while eating, laughing, talking, etc., to remember you have jewelry in your mouth. Not doing so may cause tooth damage.

We recommend the following. After swelling has gone down 100%, wait 12 - 14 days and replace jewelry of a shorter length. This will lessen the likelihood of tooth damage.

For normal day to day wear, we recommend using acrylic jewelry.





Over the past few years there has been a lot of bad jewelry coming onto the market. This jewelry is cheap steel from other countries. The grade of metal is poor and has impurities. This jewelry may cause mild allergic reactions and irritation to your skin. This cheap steel jewelry is difficult to distinguish from quality 316L surgical steel. Make sure your jewelry is 316L surgical steel. If you experience irritation or develop a rash, you might consider switching jewelry and consulting your piercer.

Mudscupper’s only sells high grade 316L (low carbon) surgical steel.

Regular sea salt and saline solutions do not prevent serious infections.


Mudscupper’s takes infections very serious. We want or customers to be informed. The more informed our customers are, the more trouble free and better looking their tattoos and piercing will appear. We make sure each customer receives aftercare handouts, post these issues on our web site, and review these issues after each tattoo and piercing.

Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): gram positive bacteria lives in our nasal passages, eyes and on the skin. Scientist believe 3 out of 5 people carry it naturally, while other scientist believe 5 out of 5 people carry it naturally. Isn’t harmful to humans unless it finds a way into your body via openings like scratches, cuts and tattoos and piercing.

Many people think they are immune to infection and do not take care of their tattoos, or they use ointments and lotions that provide ZERO protection against harmful bacteria (A&D ointment, Purell, Lubriderm, etc). Then, when they do get an infection, they blame the tattoo artist. I have heard many people blame their tattoo artist. When I ask them, “How did you take care of your tattoo?” The answer is always some cheap product that has ZERO protection against bacteria. When I ask them, How did you apply the product?” The answer is always with their fingers. When I ask them, Did you wash your hands first??” The answer is always “sometimes”. Treat yourself well, wash your hands, take care of your tattoo and spend the extra few dollars to purchase a product that provides protection.

Staph and MRSA can live on doorknobs, the counter top at the fast food restaurant, bath towels and light switches up to 9 days.

Reputable tattoo shops and artists go to great lengths and cost to maintain clean and sterile environments and equipment. If you think you have an infection, see your tattoo artist or a doctor.

 #1 cause of infection is NOT WASHING HANDS and neglect!

Do not expose your new tattoo around people sneezing, coughing, or have a cold/ flu.

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