Aftercare / FAQ tattoo & piercing aftercare

Thank you for visiting our FAQ / aftercare page. The information found here will assist you in caring for your new body modification.

How to Get Tattooed

Step 1: Deciding on your tattoo

You have decided to get a tattoo! Now you must ask yourself some important questions: What style of tattoo do I want? Where do I want it on my body? How big do I want my tattoo? Do I want color or black and grey? When do I want to get tattooed? What is my budget? Please have an idea of all these questions before contacting your artist for an appointment.

Step 2: Choosing the correct artist for your tattoo

Next, you will want to choose an artist that fits your style. At Bound by Design we pride ourselves in only offering the best tattoo artists, so you can choose your artist by looking through our portfolios, then emailing the artist directly to set up a consultation. If you still need help with choosing an artist, please come into the shop and talk with one of the artists in person. You may also contact our tattoo manager at and we will set you up with the best possible artist for your tattoo.

Step 3: Setting up a consultation or appointment

Once you have picked your artist, you will need to email them with your idea, refer to your answers from the questions outlined in Step 1. This will make the process much quicker.

At your consultation your artist will go over your idea and they may take a tracing of your body to help design the placement of you tattoo. For larger tattoos, your artist may want to schedule a second consultation to go over any potential changes in the design.

A deposit is required at the end of your consultation to hold your appointment time, the deposit will come off the total cost of your tattoo at the completion of the tattoo. The deposit is non refundable. For any other questions, please refer to your individual artist’s cancellation policy.

Step 4: Day of your appointment

It is time to get tattooed!

Please show up 10 minutes prior to your appointment to complete all necessary paperwork. A valid, state issued ID is required for all tattoo appointments, even for multiple session tattoos. If you are running behind, please call the shop so we can notify the artist. DO NOT email them.

Eat a well balanced meal before your appointment. You may also want to eat mid way through or after depending on the length of your session.

Drink plenty of water, as hydration is essential for healing.

You must approve your art, so please make sure you love it before changes cannot be made. It’s only forever!

Please regard your appointment as a professional exchange and keep guests to an absolute minimum. We are not equipped to watch your children so please make other arrangements. Disruptions caused by large groups and children will not be tolerated.

Bring cash! Most artist only take cash, if you wish to pay with card you must discuss this with your artist before the tattoo appointment. We have an ATM available for your convenience.

Gratuity is always appreciated, but never expected. If you are happy with how your tattoo turn out, feel free to let them know with a tip.


Cancellations cannot be handled with the counter, only with the artist you scheduled with.

How To Get Pierced

Do I need an appointment to get pierced?

All piercings are on a first come/first served basis. Bound has a piercer available seven days a week, open to close. The normal schedules are available in the Piercers section, but if you would like to request a certain piercer, please call the shop to confirm their availability.

I'm under 18 - can I get pierced with parent permission?

Ages 6 months – 12 years: We will perform ear lobe piercings only. For children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years, we need two adults present for the piercing. The child’s birth certificate is required, and the last name on the certificate must match the photo ID of the parent or legal guardian accompanying them.

Ages 13 – 15 years: We will perform ear lobe and basic ear cartilage piercings (see detailed ID requirements below).

Ages 16 – 18: We will perform most facial and body piercings with parental consent (see detailed ID requirements below). We will not perform nipple or genital piercings, nor advanced ear projects such as industrials.

ID requirements:
You must bring a photo ID (such as a driver’s license, state issued ID card, passport, or school ID). If you only have a school ID, a birth certificate is also required.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany you, and they must bring their photo ID too. Your last names and your home addresses on the IDs must match. If for whatever reason the adult has a different last name/address than you do, we need some sort of paperwork that proves that they are your parent or legal guardian.

Does your shop apply tooth gems?

Yes, we have a skilled technician who will apply semi-permanent gems to your teeth. You should come to the shop with already brushed, flossed and rinsed teeth. The cleaner the teeth, the better the adhesion. Call the shop for pricing and technician availability.

Do you accept credit cards for piercings?

We take all major credit cards and cash for our piercing services. Don’t forget to tip your piercer.

How much do your piercings cost?

Standard piercings are $30/hole plus the cost of jewelry. If you get more than two holes at a time, the price is reduced to $23/hole plus the cost of jewelry.

Earlobe piercings start at $20 and go up to $30/hole depending on age, not including the cost of jewelry. Jewelry prices vary based on style, size, and material.

Microdermal implants are $85 for one dermal. If you get more than one dermal at a time, the cost is $75/dermal.

Two nipple piercings with barbells cost $96. Two nipple piercings with rings cost $72. Genital piercings are $60/hole not including the cost of jewelry, which varies depending on what you want.

Do you have gold jewelry?

Yes, Bound has an immense stock of jewelry in various precious metals, precious stones, wood, shell, bone and glass. Gold jewelry is all 14k to 24k and the cost depends on the piece. To see our full selection, please come and browse our jewelry.

Does your shop do advanced body modifications?

We do perform advanced body modifications. To find out if we can do your body modification, please contact the shop and we will schedule a consultation with our head piercer.

Does your shop offer RFID or magnet implants?

Bound is pleased to offer RFID implants from Dangerous Things, and magnet implants are also available. Prices vary; please contact the shop for more details.


Cancellations cannot be handled with the counter, only with the artist you scheduled with.

Tattoo Aftercare Guide

How do I care for my new tattoo?

Leave your bandage wrap on for 2 hours maximum (unless otherwise specified by your artist). After you remove the bandage, you’ll need to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and unscented antibacterial soap to completely clean the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive; wash the area gently using only your hand. Pat dry (do not rub) the area with a clean paper towel to get it completely dry. Follow with a very thin application of unscented lotion or ointment suggested by your artist. If you have any concerns, please contact your tattoo artist.

What should I avoid after getting my new tattoo?


You can shower and bathe as normal. We suggest using an antibacterial soap after your normal routine because shampoo and body wash can leave a residue on your skin. After your shower, pat dry with a clean paper towel. Make sure to use a fresh clean towel towels and change into clean clothes as fibers can harbor bacteria. Avoid taking baths for 2-3 weeks. Submerging a tattoo in the bath can cause potential damage.

Do not go in swimming pools or hot tubs. Pools and hot tubs contain chemicals that will dry your tattoo out and cause potentially cause infection, even if you do not submerge your tattoo in the water.

Scabbing and peeling

After a couple of days, you might have some peeling and possibly some scabbing. This can vary depending on skin type and area of the body that was tattooed. If scabbing occurs, continue to apply ointment as directed. Do not pick or scratch the tattoo! You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. Your scab will heal with color intact as long as you don’t pick at it. When your skin begins to peel, apply a fragrance free and dye free lotion.

Sun Protection

Sunlight can have adverse effects on your new tattoo, in that it can dull the vibrancy and eventually damage the clarity. It’s important to always apply an SPF sunscreen to your tattoo to help the longevity of it. Tanning can also have the same effects as sun exposure.

Piercing Aftercare Guide

How do I clean my new piercing?

Be sure to always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing. Soak a clean Q-tip with warm salt water (1/4 tsp. for every 8oz cup) and gently wipe away any “crusties” that have gathered around the piercing. Rinse the piercing and jewelry several times with warm water to remove any salt left behind. Dry your piercing with a clean Q-tip. Avoid any unnecessary touching. Cloth towels, especially ones that have already been used, can harbor germs and bacteria. It is safest to use a clean paper towel. If you have to use a fabric cloth or towel, make sure it is clean from the laundry.

What should I NOT use on my new piercing?

• Hydrogen Peroxide
• Rubbing Alcohol
• Glyoxide
• Ear care solution
• Anti-biotic ointments
• Harsh soaps

*If you have any questions regarding what you can or can’t use on a new piercing, please contact the shop.

Soaking Tips

To aid in healing a new piercing, sea salt soaks once a day should be sufficient. If your piercing is irritated or dried out looking, soak your piercing once every other day. Follow these guidelines for soaking piercings (especially oral piercings):

Only use Pure Sea Salt. Table salt, kosher salt, Epsom salts, and iodized sea salts are not acceptable. If you are not sure about the solution strength, put some on your finger and taste it. It shouldn’t be any saltier than a potato chip. If your piercing becomes irritated as a result of sea salt soaks, you are probably using either the wrong kind of salt or have made your solution too strong.

We guarantee all of our piercings, if you have any concerns, please come into the shop and consult with our piercers.

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