Tattoo Aftercare


Leave the bandage in place for 2 HOURS after work has been finished. ALWAYS wash your hands BEFORE touching your tattoo until it’s fully healed


Wash your tattoo with warm water to remove all of the ointment. The warmer the water, the easier it is to get the ointment off. DON’T use a washcloth, loofah, or any other abrasive material.


Use a mild cleaner to wash the tattoo. We recommend using SimpleCleanse, which is an all organic, vegan, cleanser that is gentle to the skin and fresh tattoos. Gently massage over the area with your bare, freshly washed, hand and a small amount of SimpleCleanse.


Rinse thoroughly, however DON’T soak the area. Keep shower time to a minimum. Pat dry with clean paper towels. DON’T use a towel or any other abrasive material. DON’T re-bandage. Once it’s off leave it off.


You should repeat this every morning and every night until completely healed. This will ensure our work and your tattoo will look its best.


*OPTIONAL* Some artists recommend applying an ointment like “Aquaphor” to your tattoo. Apply a small amount to the tattoo 2-3 times a day for the first 3-4 days. Massage the ointment completely into the tattoo.


After a few days, the tattoo will start to form light scabbing tissue. At this time, you may begin to use SimpleShield which is an organic, vegan moisturizer that we offer. Apply a small amount of Simple Shield to your tattoo 2 to 3 times per day until the tattoo is completely healed. DON’T use bracitracin, neosporin, bactine, or any other ointments. Use SimpleShield sparingly and no more than the recommend use. More isn’t better.

∞ Avoid direct sunlight and tanning for at least 2 weeks. After the tattoo is completely healed you may apply sunscreen to the area in order to tan or have extended exposure to the sun. This keeps the color of your tattoo brighter. We recommend a minimum of SPF 50 or higher.

∞ DON’T go swimming in any natural body of water or chlorinated water for at least 2 weeks.

If you have any other questions please feel free to call us at (865) 951-1486!

  • Absolutely the best place to get a tattoo or piercing! It’s a great spa like environment and they make everyone feel welcome and relaxed. I have had a couple of piercings and want to get a couple more, Barron is wonderful and explains everything. He makes getting a piercing relaxing. Emily is one of the best tattoo artists. She listens to what you want and makes it fit your body, no matter what shape or size you are. Highly recommend Born This Way Body Arts and all of the awesome people that work there, from the office staff to the artists!

    - Jennifer E.

  • Professional employees, friendly service, and great jewelry selection!

    - Linda G

  • I went to see Tyler Bernard to get all of my facial piercings changed out with new jewelry and a new piercing. I can not recommend him enough! The quality and selection of jewelry was amazing, he was very friendly and easy to talk to! He also made the whole process easy and comfortable. I’ve been to a lot of piercers in my life, and he’s by far the best. Couldn’t be happier with my experience! Thank you again!

    - Amber Wingler

  • Although I didn’t end up getting pierced here, I want others to know the level of integrity that these people have. I came in with an idea for a piercing and was warned of possible downsides. I also asked if I would be able to sustain a new ear piercing when my work requires me to wear headphones, and they advised against it. I appreciated the honesty and I will definitely be back when it’s a better time for me to care for a piercing. Not many shops are willing to turn down money for safety ethics- super special place!

    - Bridget

  • I love BTW! The staff is very professional and nice, and the place was very clean. I’ve gotten 3 piercings from them and I’ve never had any issues!

    - Josie Holder

  • This was such a great experience. Barron did my septum piercing. I’ve had it done once before by another shop and it was terrible. I didn’t realize how terrible that experience was until I had such a fantastic one today. My nose is comfortable considering I just had a needle shoved through it. Barron was very knowledgeable and was able to make me feel as comfortable as possible. It’s pricey but 115% worth it. They jewelry is beautiful and top notch and the piercers are professional and you know you can trust you’ll get exactly what you envisioned.

    - Katrina Breeden

  • I needed new jewelry for my rooks and to have them changed. I bought rose gold loops that are very pretty. Tyler Bernard switched them out for me quickly and easily. Everyone was nice and professional. I will definitely use Born This Way for all piercing needs and will be checking them out in the next few months for a tattoo.

    - Kristi Page

  • I will always recommend Born This Way! I have been to their old location as well as this one most recently, and there is a reason why I chose to come back. Tyler did a piercing for me and was so great at helping me pick out jewelry and explaining the difference between the styles and what they’re made of. He told me step by step how he was going to do the piercing and was very informative before he began which helped calm my nerves. He was so kind and easy to talk to which made the experience so smooth and easy. They know how to have a professional environment while still being laid back and nice to everyone who comes in. I appreciate how serious they take their standards with health and safety as well, I know walking in I will have the highest quality and cleanest piercing out of any studio there is. There really is no comparison, whatever service you need Born This Way will aways rank number one to me.

    - Sarah Walker