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About Us

Bleed Blue Tattoo is Lexington Kentucky’s premier professional tattoo and piercing studio. Established in January 2008 the shop has grown every year and serves thousands of Kentuckians. We offer our customers a wide variety of jewelry from the top manufacturers in the industry, variousBleed Blue apparel and merchandise, plus the best aftercare products available.

Bleed Blue Tattoo strives to educate the appropriate standards that should be expected from our industry, to perform at the highest professional level possible, and try to eliminate the past stereotypes that have surrounded our profession throughout history.  We believe our art form is going through its renaissance. We want to share this evolution with our customers and show them the level of artistry that this industry truly has to offer, not settling for anything less, that far too many do.

Our strength comes from the high level of skill and professionalism of its artists. Our customers are guaranteed to receive the best product available from any of its award-winning artists. We regularly travel to conventions all over the country and have been repeatedly covered in national magazines. We have developed a large celebrity clientele ranging from a several UK basketball players, many professional UFC fighters, and top musicians, including members of Montgomery Gentry.



All you need to know about Bleed Blue’s Tattoo and Piercing AfterCare

What are your hours?

The shop is open Sunday through Saturday from 11am to 10pm. Our professional piercers take walk-ins daily till 10pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

Where are you located?

We’re located at 527 South Upper Street in Lexington Ky. We’re less than 1 mile from Rupp Arena and 1 block from the Mellow Mushroom on UK campus.

How much does it cost?

Tattoo deposits start at $50 minimum. All other quotes are based upon size and location of tattoo. Please consult a tattoo artist via email or at the shop to determine full estimated pricing.

What kind of Jewelry do you use?

We use implant grade stainless steel Jewelry.

What’s your Aftercare Piercing Policy?

Saline Soak:

Rinse 2-3 times daily with a pre-bottled saline, such as H2 Ocean Aftercare Spray, or a homemade saline mix: combine 1/8 teaspoon of non-iodized salt with 8oz of warm water. Place the piercing into the solution of use a saturated paper towel as a compress. Let the piercing soak for five minutes or longer. Afterwards, either rinse the piercing with distilled water or rinse in the shower. Do not reuse the homemade saline, discard it out after each use.

Do not touch, turn or handle your piercing at all! Touching your piercing will transfer dirt and bacteria from your hands to the piercing and can cause irritation or possible infection. if you must touch the jewelry, use a saline soaked Q-Tip.  If you need to tighten the jewelry, only do so in the shower after thoroughly washing your hands.


Body Piercings:

Be kind to your piercing. Don’t wear tight clothing over your piercing, don’t sleep on it, press your phone against it, expose it to hair products or cosmetics. Use good common sense and treat it like any open wound. if you choose to swim, wear a water-tight bandage such as Tegaderm or Clean Seals. Both brands are available at your local pharmacy.


Oral Piercings:

Rinse the inside of your mouth 3-5 times daily with a alcohol free mouth rinse such as Tech-2000, Biotine, Crest Pro-Health or Tom’s of Maine. After eating or smoking, rinse with clean distilled or bottled water. With piercings such as lip or cheek, rinse the outside or the piercing (the end visible outside your mouth) with sterile saline rinse, as described under the “Body Piercings” section.

Oral Piercings almost always swell to some extent. While swollen, avoid foods that are spicy, crunchy, or contain long, stringy noodles/fibers that can wrap around your piercing.


Genital Piercings:

Rinse your piercing with a sterile saline soak 2-3 times daily, as outlined in the “Body Piercing” section.

During the healing period, sexual contact should be avoided for at least the initial three weeks following the piercing. Any sexual contact during the duration of the healing time should be protected sex even within a monogamous relationship. Your partner, no matter how clean, has bacteria on their body that you don’t want in your piercing.


***Contact a physician if any fever, excessive swelling, significant redness or drainage occurs. 

What’s your policy on Tattoo & Piercing of Minors?

Bleed Blue Tattoo no longer offers services to minors. We do not tattoo or pierce anyone under 18 years of age.  

Is their a Deposit policy?

We require $50-$100 non refundable deposit. For Changes including date of service we need 48-hours notice.

What payments do you accept?

We accept cash & ALL major credit cards except Discover. No checks accepted.

What do I do after I get tattooed?

Leave that Bandage Alone:

Your artist took good care to cover your tattoo for a good reason, to keep airborne bacteria from invading the wound. Fresh tattoos are wounds and its important to avoid bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. Your friends  will have to wait to see it! Here at Bleed Blue Tattoo we use Dri-Loc absorbent pads, which are the best dressing available to keep your tattoo protected.


Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs & Swimming:

Yes you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo! It’s ok to get your tattoo wet, just don’t soak it. Avoid submerging your tattoo for two -three weeks.


Contact a Physician:

Contact a Physician if any fever, excessive swelling, significant redness or drainage occurs.


Protection from the Sun:

After your tattoo is healed you will need to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Apply a SPF30 to higher sunscreen daily to keep your tattoo vibrant and healthy for many years to come.


Wash & Treat:

After removing the bandage, wash your tattoo with warm water and mild liquid anti-bacterial soap (Satin or Provon are ideal, Dial can be drying). Gently wash away any ointment, blood or plasma from the area. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive, your hand is ideal. If your tattoo feels slimy, its likely plasma. Try to gently wash away as much of it as possible. Pat (DO NOT RUB)  the area firmly with a clean towel or paper towel to dry. Follow with a thin, light layer of your favorite ointment / scent free lotion.

Remember: Bleed Blue recommends AfterInked Lotion sold right here at the shop! Do not use Neosporin or Polysporin. These products are wonderful for cuts and scrapes but are not for tattoos. it has caused allergic reactions in some clients.


Scabbing & Peeling:

After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possible scabbing . Excessive scabbing could indicate a poorly done tattoo or that the tattoo may have stuck to clothing/sheets. Some scabbing is normal. Apply a warm compress to the area for 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day. This will  soften the scabs. Allow them to fall away on their own, DO NOT pull them off. Your tattoo will itch, DO NOT scratch it. Lightly “slap” or pat the area to ease itching.