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As with any wound, handwashing is considered to be the most important measure in
preventing the transfer of infectious material, and therefore preventing the spread of
1. Clean hands thoroughly with anti-microbial soap and rinse with tepid water.
2. Gently lather your tattoo with a gentle soap or anti-microbial soap using your fingertips
and working in small circles from the center of the tattoo outwards.
3. Rinse with warm water and gently blot dry with a clean towel or disposable paper towel.
You should clean your new tattoo at least 3-4 times daily and allow it to breathe and dry out
for the first 48 hours to lessen the chance for infection or contamination. Occasionally, articles of clothing may become adhered to the new tattoo. DO NOT pull the garment from the tattoo without first saturating the fabric with warm water as damage may occur.
After 48 hours, apply a small amount of plain white, unscented lotion to the tattoo after cleaning. Continue cleaning the tattoo daily and applying lotion as necessary. Many clients choose to apply a range of petroleum-based products to their new tattoo. Examples of these include, but are not limited to: A&D ointment, Neosporin, and Triple Antibiotic. As these products may encourage faster heal-time, they may also encourage contamination and infection if applied incorrectly. If using these products, DO NOT leave a sticky, shiny surface, as this may allow dirt, hair, lint, and other gross debris to adhere to the open wound and increase the chance for infection or contamination.
During the first 48 hours, inflammation is common. Inflammation is NOT an indication of
infection. The new tattoo will take approximately two (2) weeks to initially heal. A hazy layer of proteins will remain, clouding the tattoo. This will last approximately two (2) weeks as the fibroblasts lay a new bed of collagen and produce new capillaries.
Avoid exposure to the sun and chlorinated water during the healing phase. Use a moderate
level of UV protectant beyond that. Treat your new tattoo as a lifetime investment......because IT IS!
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday thru Saturday - 2pm until 10pm
We are a fully-custom tattoo shop serving the Middletown and Dayton, Ohio areas. While we do accept walk-ins, it is advisable to contact the studio and arrange for a FREE consultation to ensure that the artist has a chance to set down with you and go over all the details concerning your custom artwork.
Once you have consulted with one of our artists, your next step to an award-winning tattoo is to book an appointment. ALL appointments require a small deposit to hold that date and time. This deposit is deducted from the total amount after the tattoo is completed. Also, this deposit is non-refundable if you cancel less than 24 hours prior to your appointment or fail to show. Deposits can be made in person or over the phone with a credit / debit card.
We do NOT quote tattoos over the phone, so please DO NOT call and ask!
ALL tattoos are guaranteed and all touch-ups are FREE for the first (6)six months. For all tattoos older than that, a set-up fee plus time will be charged. Sorry, no weekend touch-ups!!
To book a consultation or appointment, Please contact:
Engine House Tattoo
21 E. Center Street
Germantown, OH 45327
Engine House Tattoo is located in the center of town in the historic Engine House located at 21 E. Center Street in Germantown, Ohio. We are 1 block south of S.R. 725/Market Street at the corner of Main and Center. For further directions, please click the link below.