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South of Heaven Tattoos ZA was born out of our love for Slayer and tattoos. We had an amazing experience starting off as a franchise which gave our shop a good stronghold within the industry. At the beginning of 2014 we decided to leave the franchise and start our own journey as South of Heaven Tattoos ZA.

With years of experience and insight, we take great pride in creating custom work, as well as following the most up-to-date international sterilization quality controls and procedures to ensure the ultimate safety of the client. The shop is a family owned establishment which means we give our clients a relaxed and comfortable setting to enjoy their tattoo experience.

With the industry growing and flourishing in so many ways, we stay on top of our game to give you a quality experience, and take our time to give you a one on one consultation to ensure that the result of your tattoo is the best possible outcome of yours and our expectations.

Our passion for art fuels our love for tattooing, as we put our heart and soul into every piece we create. We strive for each and every client to leave with a smile on their face, as humbleness deserves respectfulness.

Hard work, Dedication and Pride is what keeps us going... Team 314


The studio proudly uses 2 Evolve.
OUR ARTISTS
An icon in the industry, Cathy has been a part of the tattoo industry for over 20 years and still has a deep love for the art and a very loyal following.

A very diverse artist who can work with any design and make it better than expected. Cathy doesn't have any preferences or specialties as she loves to do all tattoos in any genre.

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After undertaking a full apprenticeship under Cathy, Van started his tattoo career in 2011 and has progressed with leaps and bounds in creating phenomenal tattoos.

Taking pride in his work, Van takes on any design and is driven to create the perfect tattoo for his clients. Van is an all round artist and doesn't specialize in any specific genre because he loves exploring the wide range of tattoo art.
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TATTOO AFTERCARE

Click on the download icon to download a PDF version of our tattoo aftercare guide.

The guide includes information on tattoo etiquette as well as instructions on cleaning your tattoo.



Tattoo Etiquette

  1. Don't come wasted or hungover to your tattoo appointment (that's pretty self explanatory when you're making a lifelong decision).

  2. Be on time (we don't waste your time-so why waste ours?)

  3. Don't Bargain (bargains are for flea markets).

  4. Tattoo shops are no place for children (we work in a sterile and controlled environment, and children can be disruptive).

  5. Eat something before your appointment (you need the energy).

  6. Dress the part (i.e - no white clothes, and allow easy access to tattoo area).

  7. Take a shower (personal hygiene - need we say more?)

  8. Don't bring an entourage (1 person is enough- more than that is distracting for the artist).

  9. Don't play with your cellphone while being tattooed (it's distracting and you could move).

  10. Don't get tattooed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding (stress can cause issues).

  11. No food in the shop (sealed non-alcoholic drinks are allowed).

Cleaning Instructions

Just remember: Once you leave the tattoo studio, your artist is not responsible for any infection or problems you may have with your tattoo, if you don't take proper care of it!

It is very important that you FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF YOUR ARTIST and these instructions are just a guideline. A really beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if the proper aftercare is not taken. We want your tattoo to heal perfectly and look good just as much as you do..



LEAVE DRESSING ON FOR 2 - 12 HOURS

Once tattoo is complete, your tattoo artist will clean and cover the area with some dressing (either a cling film or a tegaderm transparent film).
Once you have left the tattoo parlor, try not take the dressing off, the dressing is there to protect your tattoo from airborne bacteria and prevent unnecessary scabbing. The dressing should be left on for a minimum of two hours before you remove it.



CAREFULLY REMOVE THE DRESSING

Cling film is easily removed but if your tattoo is covered in tegaderm: Gently soak it with warm water to loosen the stickiness of the dressing and then gently peel off. Discard the used bandage.



GENTLY WASH THE TATTOO

We recommend lukewarm water (NOT HOT) and mild, unscented soap. Use your hands to gently rub the tattoo, removing all traces of blood, plasma and ink. This will help to prevent the tattoo from scabbing too soon (along with leaving the dressing on for 2 - 12 hours).

DO NOT use a face cloth, loofah or any type of sponge to clean the tattoo, as these may harbor bacteria and would be too rough on your tattoo.

DO NOT hold the tattoo directly under the water, wash it indirectly with your hands - the stream of water from the tap may be too harsh on your new tattoo. If your new tattoo is covering a large area of skin, it may be easiest to wash the tattoo briefly in the shower.

DON'T SOAK YOUR TATTOO.
Submerging your tattoo in a bath can cause serious damage, but showering is perfectly fine as long as you don't oversaturate your tattoo.



LET THE TATTOO AIR DRY

Once you have washed the tattoo, you should gently pat it dry with a little paper towel. Do not rub the tattoo, as this may cause irritation.. Once excess moisture has been removed, you should leave the tattoo uncovered, this will allow the tattoo to breathe and any excess moisture to evaporate.



CONTINUE TO WASH YOUR TATTOO TWICE A DAY FOR 3 DAYS
AFTER 3 DAYS CONTINUE TO WASH BUT START APPLYING CREAM

After washing your tattoo and letting tattoo air dry, apply a tiny amount of cream... Either the beeswax sold at our shop or an aqueous cream (water based cream).

Make sure to apply only a very thin layer thats just enough to absorb into the skin. It's very important that you don't apply too much or else you'll suffocate the tattoo (tattoo needs to breathe to heal) and encourage the growth of bacteria.

You should continue applying the cream after each time you wash the tattoo for about 3 to 5 days, or until the tattoo starts to peel.. At that point, you can switch to a regular, fragrance-free lotion.

DO NOT use petroleum based products, such as Vaseline, as these are too heavy and may clog the pores. They also draw the ink from the tattoo to the surface of the skin, causing the tattoo to fade before its even fully healed.

The initial healing of the tattoo will take up to 2 weeks, During this time, you can expect the tattoo to start peeling or flaking, in a similar way to sunburn. Some colored skin may come away as the tattoo peels, but this is completely normal.

After the skin peels, your tattoo will look glassy and feel tight, it may also look milky. This will settle down by itself within a couple of weeks.



THINGS TO AVOID

  • DO NOT SOAK the tattoo. Don't swim in the pool or the sea, or even soak in the bath.
    Exposing your tattoo to too much water may draw ink out of your new tattoo and damage the tattoos appearance.
    The water may also carry dirt, bacteria, chemicals and other impurities that could cause an infection.

  • DO NOT expose your new tattoo to sunlight. The harsh sun may cause your skin to blister and fade some of the color from your tattoo.
    It is best to keep your tattoo covered and away from the sun for at least 3 -4 weeks, until the tattoo has fully healed.
    After that, you will still need to protect your tattoo by wearing a minimum of SPF 30. Keeping your colors true for longer.

  • DO NOT scratch or pick at your tattoo. As it heals, your tattoo will begin to scab, and the scabs should be allowed to dry out and fall of by themselves. Do not try to help the process along by picking! This may leave holes or light spots on your tattoo.

  • NO GYM. Avoid Working out. The movement will cause the skin to crack and become irritated, prolonging the tattoos healing process. And the excess sweat may cause an infection.

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CONTACT US
South of Heaven Tattoos ZA
Cathy's Tattoos CC

Shop 5 @Ease Centre,
Cnr Jean Ave and Gerhard Road,
Centurion,
South Africa


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Shop Tel: 012-644-0507