Before the tattoo session

The development and democratization of tattooing have led the public authorities to establish rules of good practices in terms of health and hygiene. All tattoo artists must therefore be trained in this area of expertise. Their official certification is always displayed in their studio.

It’s important to know that only healthy skin can be tattooed: there shouldn’t be any lesions or irritations on your skin, nor other dermatological issues. The same goes for health problems like: diabetes, hemophilia, etc.

If you have any doubts concerning any of these topics, do not hesitate to consult a specialist and obtain a professional advice. The diagnosis will allow us to better understand you condition and take the necessary precautions, accordingly.

If you are on medication or following a medical treatment, please inform our team before the procedure. It’s important for us to know all the details, so we can decide if the procedure is feasible right away or if it is better for you to wait. Be aware that we cannot tattoo on a pregnant or breastfeeding person, under any circumstances.

Please note that sometimes it is possible to cover up tattoos without using the laser: come see us and let’s discuss it.

On the day of your tattoo sitting, it is important to arrive well rested. You should eat well before the sitting. You cannot consume alcohol or illegal products the day before and on the day of the tattoo.

After the tattoo session

Between 3 and 5 hours after the tattoo session, remove any bandage and start the care procedure as indicated by your tattoo artist. You will have to repeat the procedure every morning and evening, for about 15 days.

Only take relatively short showers (no baths) and use a mild neutral soap (no products that contain perfume, alcohol, etc.). Don’t use the shower jet directly onto the newly tattooed area. To dry the area, dab with a clean towel (or paper towel) without rubbing. Apply then a small amount of aftercare cream by massaging gently and make it penetrate the skin. Do not apply too much product to avoid creating a layer of cream over the skin that could clog the pores and create ink rejection.

Don’t cover your tattoo with a bandage, wear loose clothing allowing the skin to breathe (ideally cotton). Avoid jeans, tight t-shirts or other tight clothing items that might interfere with the healing. Keep your tattoo clean at all times. At the advanced healing stage, the tattoo will create small scabs: this is normal and it means that the skin is almost healed. At this moment, the skin might feel itchy and it is important not to scratch or (even worse) tear off the scabs. This will only slow down the healing process, in addition of infection risks.

A cure of vitamin C and Zinc promotes healing. The average healing time of a tattoo is around one month.

You won’t be able to go to humid and / or very hot places (swimming pool, sea, lake, sauna, hammam, etc.) during this first month.

Tattoos in time

Once your tattoo is healed, protect yourself as much as possible from the sun and UV rays in general. Usually there is no immediate change, but over time you will be able to notice ink fading and other issues if you’re not attentive enough. The simple explanation is that the sun alters all the pigments found in inks and there might be a general decrease in the intensity of colors. Whenever is possible stay covered, and if you love the beach protect yourself with suitable sunscreen.

If your tattoo has aged badly because of the sun, it is sometimes possible to remediate it: come see us, and we’ll talk about the alternatives.

Also, you should avoid excessive variations in body weight (over a short period of time) as it might affect the aspect of your tattoo (deformation), that is sometimes irreversible.

Before getting pierced

The development and democratization of piercing procedures have led the public authorities to establish rules of good practice in health and hygiene. All piercers must therefore be trained in this area of expertise. Their official certification is always displayed in their studio.

Our piercers disinfect the room between each client. They use gloves, wear a mask and apply the necessary hygiene measures. At MBA – My Body Art, the jewelry used for piercing is single-use, made of titanium steel and always sterilized. We pierce with sterile single-use needles, also called needle blades. This particular type of needle confers better comfort and optimal healing.

It’s important to know that only healthy and clean skin can be pierced : there shouldn’t be any lesions or irritations on your skin, no ongoing scarring nor other dermatological issues.

If you are on medication or following a medical treatment, please inform our team before the procedure. It’s important for us to know all the details, so we can decide if the procedure is feasible right away or if it is better for you to wait. Be aware that no piercing procedure will be performed on a pregnant or breastfeeding person, under any circumstances.

On the day of your piercing, it is important to arrive well rested. You should eat well before the procedure. You cannot consume alcohol or illegal products the day before and on the day of the procedure.

It’s not always possible to pierce an area that has been pierced in the past. You will need to come by the shop and discuss the possibilities with one of our piercers.

During the healing phase

Once you are pierced, the speed and the quality of your healing will entirely  depend on how precisely you’ll follow the aftercare advised in the studio. Read attentively the care guide that we’ll give you in the shop: there, you will get all the information that you need. If however you have more questions or doubts, please don’t hesitate to call us, write to us or just come see us directly in store.

After the procedure, please don’t play around with you new piercing. Even though the urge will be strong at first, don’t touch it! Remember that clean hands are mandatory when handling your piercing. Only touch it when necessary (for your care routine).

Please note that you won’t be able to go to humid and / or very hot places (swimming pool, sea, lake, sauna, hammam, etc.) during the first month following the procedure.

Never remove a piercing during its healing period. This could bring bacteria inside the piercing canal and cause complications. To clean your piercing you don’t have to remove or displace the jewelry. Only wash the contours of the piercing with mild soap (neutral PH), warm water and physiological serum (saline water).

The healing time varies greatly on different areas of the body and from one person to another. If you’ve got several piercings at the same time, be aware that the healing time will generally be longer.

Before deciding to change your piercing jewelry, please come see us in the shop so we can validate whether the healing period is finalized or not. If all is good, we will also help you change the jewelry in the best conditions.

Once the piercing is healed

Once your piercing is healed, it will be possible to put on a new piece of jewelry that matches your style and your body type. Pay close attention to the material that you choose, in order to avoid the risk of allergic or infectious reactions.

MBA – My Body Art offers you a wide range of jewelry made of biocompatible materials (surgical steel, titanium, bioplast, etc.).

Please note that it’s very important to choose the right size for your piercing jewelry. A piece of jewelry of the right size will always be more comfortable to wear and potentially less likely to get caught in your hair, your clothes, etc. Piercing jewelry is very precise in thickness, as well as in length and diameter. Thus, it is important to get advice from a piercing professional in ordrer to find a suitable piece of jewelry.