Theo has been piercing since 2007 and is back to working full time at our 4th ave location. Striving to bring you great quality piercings and jewelry in Tucson. He also makes jewelry that is available at the shop or Here.
Tuesday - appointment only
Wednesday - appointment only
Thursday - 12-7
Friday - 12-7
Saturday - 12-7
Sunday - 12-4
*hours subject to change, please call/email for appointments
What to Expect
Sea Salt Soaks
- May be tender, itchy or bruised for a few weeks.
- May bleed a little for the first few days.
- May be slightly red. Redness may persist on and off for the entire healing period.
- May secrete a whitish-yellow fluid, which may crust on the jewelry. This is lymph discharge and will stop when the piercing is healed.
- May be swollen. An ice pack wrapped in a clean disposable paper towel and applied to the swollen area will help alleviate the swelling. An over the counter anti-inflammatory such as Advil, Aleve or Motrin may also help reduce swelling.
- May need to be checked periodically to insure threaded jewelry is still tight. Threaded jewelry is like anything else, “righty tighty, lefty loosey”. Make sure you wash your hands before touching your jewelry.
Sea Salt Soaks
- Mix 4 teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt into one gallon of distilled water (the ratio is important, so measure carefully!).
- Pour some of this solution into a clean, disposable cup, warm it up in the microwave (not too hot!! Warm bath-water temperature is perfect), and completely submerge your piercing into the water for 7 – 10 minutes.
- When you’re finished with your soak, rinse your piercing thoroughly and gently pat it dry with a clean disposable paper towel.
- Hot compresses made from disposable paper towels may be used for difficult soaking sites (like bridges or napes) but are not as effective, so submerging the piercing is always advisable if possible.
- Sea salt soaks should be done 1-2 times daily if it is the only aftercare method you are using.
- Mist the entire piercing area and allow the solution to dry and soak into the skin, then rinse the area with clean water.
- Do this every 3-4 hours.
- When using a sea salt spray, it is advisable to sea salt soak your piercing every couple of days, but multiple daily soaks are unnecessary and may lead to irritation.
- Avoid getting shampoo, conditioner, body wash or other products near the piercing as much as possible.
- At the end of your shower, wash the skin around the piercing with a mild liquid soap. Avoid turning, twisting or rotating the jewelry as you do this, the soap should not get INTO the piercing.
- Rinse the area thoroughly, as soap residue can irritate your piercing.
- Soaps containing high amounts of perfumes, dyes or the active ingredient Triclosan (found in most anti-bacterial products) tend to irritate healing piercings, and should be avoided.
- Rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash after eating, drinking, smoking or putting anything in your mouth. Alcohol based mouthwashes are too harsh and will irritate your piercing.
- 3 – 5 times a day, rinse with a warm sea salt water solution (using your pre-made gallon). Sea salt water rinses will speed and ease the healing process.
- Brush your teeth 3 times a day using a new toothbrush.
- Avoid drinking alcohol for the first few weeks of your healing period. Alcoholic beverages will increase your swelling and may make your piercing bleed.
- Cut down or stop smoking. Smokers may experience considerably longer healing times.
- EAT!!! It’s important to keep your body healthy while you’re healing your piercing. Soft and bite sized foods will be easiest for the first week or two. Try and avoid hot, spicy or crunchy foods until your piercing is healed.
- Most oral piercings will need to be downsized 2 – 4 weeks into your healing period. Wearing the initial “starter” jewelry once your swelling has subsided may lead to dental damage. Come back and see your piercer when you’re ready for a downsize to insure you get properly sized jewelry. To help you avoid complications, we’re more than happy to put your new jewelry in for you as well. Except for downsizing, jewelry should not be changed until your piercing is completely healed.