After Care

After Care

Artists Bandage

Leave the bandage your artist puts on you for 2-4 hours, unless otherwise told to you by the artist. This should be the ONLY bandage you have over your tattoo during the healing process. NEVER RE-BANDAGE FOR ANY REASON

Wash your hands thoroughly, remove your bandage and dispose of it.

When and How to clean your tattoo

Wash your tattoo under warm (not scalding) water and use a mild soap and your fingertips to gently wash away any ointment that your artist applied prior to the bandage.



Rinse well with water. Pat dry, preferably with clean paper towels, then let completely air dry before putting on any clothing or lotions.

Wash your tattoo 2-6 times daily. Pay special attention to wash during and/or after---workouts, if you work in a dirty environment, basically anytime your sweating a lot or getting dirty.

If your tattoo feels tight after you’ve let it completely dry, you may choose to use lotion. We recommend any MILD, NON-SCENTED lotion (Lubriderm, Curel, Eucerin, etc.) or we also sell H2Ocean at the shop. Use only a small amount and completely rub it in so it is totally absorbed.

What to expect during the healing process

During the healing process, your tattoo may do several things: become flakey, peel like a sunburn, form small scabs, look milky/cloudy. It will also more than likely itch at times. ALL OF THIS IS NORMAL. If your tattoo starts to scab, flake or itch, DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH. If you must relieve your itching, do so by slapping/patting your tattoo. (This sounds funny, but it does help)

If for any reason you don’t know or “feel funny” about the way your tattoo is healing, never hesitate to call us or come in to the shop and have us take a look. DO NOT RELY ON FRIENDS FOR CARE ADVICE. We are happy to help and answer anything you could possibly ask about the healing process and we are, after all, the professionals.

Things to avoid

DO NOT TAN WHILE HEALING. (or ever, if we had it our way) Keep your tattoo covered or remain in shaded areas while you are healing your new tattoo. Use plenty of sunscreen often after your tattoo has HEALED to extend the life and beauty of your tattoo.


Tattoo Faq

How much does a tattoo cost?

Big O Tattoo has a $60 minimum. Every tattoo is priced individually. Just stop in and we can help provide a more accurate estimate dependant on the tattoo you want. On average though it runs $125 an hour.

What documents do I need to get tattooed?

We are required by law to have valid identification for each and every client we tattoo. This can be any State or Federally issued ID which includes your picture and birthdate, which includes (but is not limited to):

State ID card, State Drivers License, State Learners permit, or Government issued Passport.

Foreign IDs and Passports are acceptable as long as the aforementioned requirements are met and readable to any employee in the shop.

School/Student IDs are NOT acceptable.

How long will my tattoo take to heal?

Most tattoos are healed within 3 weeks, but may take up to a month or more to heal completely. (See our After Care information above)

Do I have to make an appointment?

Though appointments are generally preferred, we do have times for walk-ins at times. However, since we are primarily appointment-based, we cannot offer set times for walk-ins. Feel free to call before you visit the shop to see if we have openings, especially if you're traveling from out of town.

Do you tattoo minors with or without Parental Consent?

We do not. Though the State and County laws say nothing about us not tattooing minors with consent, it is our shop policy not to. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we hope to see everyone after they've turned 18.

How many times do you use a needle?

All needles are single-use, sterilized, pre-packaged needles. Each artist will open the needles they intend to use for your procedure with you present. After each tattoo is completed, needles are disposed of into a sealed sharps container, never to be used again.


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    1640 E O St
    Lincoln, NE 68508

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