DAY 1 thru DAY 3:

Leave the bandage on 2-3 hours.

Then remove bandage and throw away and don’t bandage it again.

Once the bandage is removed you can shower normally.

Wash 3 times per day with a liquid anti-bacterial soap.

Pat the tattoo dry with a dry, clean towel.

Apply a very thin layer of Aquaphor to the tattoo 3 times per day.

DAY 4 thru 14:

Stop using the Aquaphor and instead use a non-scented lotion  3 times per day.

Continue to wash the tattoo 3 times daily with a liquid anti-bacterial soap.

Continue to pat the tattoo dry with a clean, dry towel.

The tattoo will peel like a sunburn but do not pick at the peeling skin.


* INK 180 stands by our work and we will do any necessary touch ups after the healing process is completed within the first 60 days. However, failure to follow our aftercare instructions will void free touchups. These instructions are equally important as the work we did to create your tattoo.

Call 630-554-1404 if you have any questions regarding the healing of your tattoo. 


Follow these instructions to clean your new piercing 2-3 times per day.

Before touching your new piercing, ALWAYS wash your hands with a liquid antibacterial soap.

Use a Q-tip with warm water to remove any build up on or around your piercing.

Wash the piercing area with a liquid antibacterial soap.

Thoroughly rinse and dry with a clean paper towel.

Turn the piercing half a turn every time you clean it.

DO NOT use alcohol or peroxide on your new piercing. These products will kill the good cells that are forming to heal your new piercing.

DO NOT use ointments as they prevent oxygen from getting into your piercing, which needs air to heal.

Contact us at 630-554-1404 with any questions.


Appointments are always recommended, but not necessary. We welcome walk-ins, and will accommodate them on a first come, first serve basis depending on availability of our artists.

You can contact us via email, FaceBook, Instagram, our website, or just a good old fashioned phone call. We will be happy to assist you in the process from the start. Prior to your appointment, we like to have a free consult with our clients to discuss the project and go over details, pictures, sketches, placement size, etc. It is vital that you and your artist are on the same page so they can begin to design your custom art piece. At that point we request a deposit to hold your appointment slot and to have your artist begin designing. On appointment day, we will make any last minute alterations that are necessary to make the perfect design for your masterpiece.

A deposit ensures that you and your artist are both dedicated to the project and taking it seriously….and that you will show up on your appointment day as well. All deposits made are deducted from your total on appointment day. Deposits are transferable to another date, but are non refundable or transferable, unless you give your artist at least 48 hours notice.

How much does a car cost? Or a house? Due to the complex nature of our work, we do not quote prices over the phone or by email/messages. Only your artist can give you an estimate once they have a clear understanding of the project on hand. Furthermore, it is not always possible to judge, especially with a large piece, what the exact total cost will be. Sometimes, larger tattoo designs will evolve over time, and will change from the initial plan and therefore the cost estimate. It is important to keep good communications with your artist about these details and how changes and multiple sessions can/will impact your final cost.

For more simple tattoos, we have a shop minimum. However small or “simple” a tattoo may seem, the cost of setting up and preventing the risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens is included in our prices. Just because a tattoo is “small” does not mean that it will be cheaper. Many times, small intricate tattoos are more complex and time consuming to tattoo.

Remember, when getting a tattoo, you are purchasing a piece of art that will last forever. Good tattoos aren’t cheap! And most times, a cheap tattoo isn’t very good.

Cash is always king...but we do accept Credit Cards and PayPal for a small service fee.

Yes. We are experienced in doing cover up pieces. With cover pieces or reworking of an old piece, each situation is unique and will need to be assessed at a consultation to discuss possibilities and options that will work with the existing piece.

We are sorry, but the state of Illinois does not allow minors to get tattooed, even with a parent’s consent. Piercings are allowed for minors if they are accompanied by a consenting parent.

Though it is not illegal in the state of Illinois, we don’t recommend getting a tattoo when you are pregnant. If you have spoken with your healthcare provider and would like to proceed, we are open to discussing the possibility.

Even if you are getting a smaller piece, we always recommend a good night’s rest and a solid meal prior to your appointment. We have a variety of beverages to offer our clients, but if there are any particular drinks or snacks that you would like, please bring them. If you are doing a piece that will require you to expose certain areas of your body, please think ahead and dress accordingly or bring something to change into here.

We have private rooms to offer and will do our best to make sure that you are comfortable.


  • Ink seepage or splattering is always a possibility! Please don’t wear your favorite outfit.

INK 180 stands by our work and we will do any necessary touch ups after the healing process if completed within the first 30 days.

Call 630.554.1404 if you have any questions regarding the healing of your tattoo.