Tattoo Aftercare

1. Approximately two hours after receiving your tattoo, remove bandage (if applicable) and wash tattoo with H2Ocean Foam Somp or an antibacterial soap. Wash the tattoo 3-4 times a day until healed. When washing, use only your hand and a light amount of soap.

Do not soak the tattoo. When drying, pat dry. Do not let air-dry!

2. After washing, lightly cover the tattoo with H2Ocenn Aquatat. Use a thin enough coat to lightly cover the tattoo and keep it moist. Do not over medicate! (If ointment bubbles up or appears shiny, you are over medicating.) To remove excess medication,

BLOT off with a paper towel. Do this for approximately 3-4 days,

3 .After 3 days, switch from H2Ocean Aquatat to color free/ fragrance free lotion: We recommend H2Ocean Tattoo Cream. Use lotion/eream for next 6-8 days to keep tattoo from drying out. If tattoo dries out, scabbing will occur. If tattoo scabs, DO NOT PICK AT IT.

4. If possible, wear only white cotton over the tattoo for the next few days.

5. Keep tattoo out of the sun for the next two weeks while healing.

6. After your tattoo heals, remember to put a sun block with at least SPF#50 on it whenever it is exposed. This will help your tattoo from fading

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Annie Maloof

As the daughter of a return client, Annie joined us to expand her knowledge of the artistry behind the industry. Annie strives to make everyone who walks through our doors feel welcome and at home.

Addison Augustine

As a return client, Addi realized her love for body modifications and the artistry behind tattoos. Addi joined the team to help provide clients with the same pleasant treatment she experienced with us in what can otherwise be a scary process. She hopes to continue in the industry for a life long career.

Piercing Aftercare


You’ve just received a body piercing by a skilled and knowledgeable professional, who cleaned and disinfected the area pierced, used sterile instruments along with high quality, industry approved, jewelry and single use needles.

Now it is up to you to take proper care of your piercing during the crucial healing period. How your piercing heals is up to you and your body.

Cleaning products

  • H2Ocean Piercing Sea Salt Spray
  • Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap/baby mild scent

Cleaning procedures

Always wash your hands before cleaning your piercing.

Once a day, near the end of your shower, wash the piercing with Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap Baby Mild (never antibacterial or triclosan soaps). Clean both sides of piercing and the jewelry. This helps remove any dried secretions as well as any bacteria that may be on or near the piercing. Be sure to rinse all soap from the piercing afterwards.

Additionally, it is important to use the H2Ocean Piercing Sea Salt Spray 3-4 times daily (no more). If the piercing has no dried secretion, it is best to spray both sides of piercing and be done. However, if there is dried secretion that needs to be removed, first, saturate the piercing to help soften it. Then, saturate a Q-Tip with the piercing spray and gently remove it. It is not necessary to ever rotate the jewelry.

What to expect during healing

Some redness/tenderness near the piercing is common.

Some bleeding/swelling/bruising may also occur in the beginning.

A clear or whiteish-yellowish colored secretion coming from the piercing. This does not mean your piercing is infected.

The Do’s

Do protect the piercing from germs on anything that comes in contact with it. (e.g. cellphones, headphones, masks etc.)

Do protect the piercing from coming in contact with pet hair and pet dander.

Do live a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy, take vitamins, exercise, try not to stress. A healthy immune system helps the body to heal more rapidly with fewer complications.

Do sleep on clean sheets/pillowcases.

Do continue following the aftercare guidelines during the entire healing process.

Do wear a clean face mask evervdav with facial and ear piercings. For piercings that exit to the back of your ear, it is best to not wear a mask with ear straps. If you do, use a mask extender to pull the strap off the ears.

The Don’ts

Don’t use alcohol, peroxide, Bactine, contact lens solution, iodine, ear piercing solution, Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK) or antibacterial soap on the piercing.

Don’t touch the piercing during healing unless you are cleaning it in the shower with freshly washed hands only.

Don’t rotate the jewelry during healing.

Don’t wear tight clothing over the piercing.

Don’t change the jewelry during the healing, unless recommended by your piercer.

Don’t submerge the healing piercing in bodies of water that could potentially contain harsh chemicals or bacteria.

Avoid lakes, rivers, pools, hot tubs, etc.

You may use a water proof bandage with no cotton pad such as Tegaderm before entering bodies of water to protect it.

Don’t allow oral contact with the piercing.

Don’t put makeup, lotions, perfume or cosmetic cleansers on the piercing during healing.

Don’t keep the piercing covered with a bandage for long periods of time. It is important for the piercing to breathe. This includes masks.

Don’t stop cleaning the piercing just because it is doing great.

Don’t take advice from others or the internet without first talking to your piercer

Noah Hernandez 

Noah Hernandez is a 23 year old Atlanta native, having grown up in an artist household and working for the high museum of art for two years, Noah is well rounded in many styles, and specializes in black and grey realism, he hopes to expand his knowledge of color and prides himself in making breathtaking tattoos that convey stories, emption, and beautiful imagery. 

Russ Smith

Hi! My name is Russ Smith. I have been with the company for over 20 years. I have seen it grow from one site to the fantastic studio we have now. I have worked with some very talented artists. The artists I work with now, including my brother Deano Cook are incredible tattoo artists. I have worked many positions here and I have loved working here everyday!!! The people that I work with are more than just co-workers, they are more like family. That is why we are a family run business!


As a client since 2018 who has returned to S.O.S. for both piercings and tattoos. Dock has decided to join the Sink or Swim crew to provide the same level of hospitality to our clients. Dock’s goal is to help everyone of the clients leave with not only an amazing vessel modification but, with an amazing memory of the process.


Desiree has been piercing since 2016 and after becoming a client she quickly became a member of the crew wanting to help clients feel the same warmth she felt after coming in. Desiree brings her colorful personality and her energy that’s made of sugar, spice and everything nice.