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The Best Way To Heal A New Tattoo Quickly

You just got the tattoo of your dreams, now it's up to you to properly care for your new tattoo to ensure a bright, crisp healed tattoo. With new tattoos, we follow the "less is more" approach. It's very easy to overcare for your tattoo--applying too much ointment or lotion can actually damage your healing tattoo. The best method of healing a new tattoo is our tried and true "Dry Heal" technique. Follow our instructions below for an easy, quick heal. 

Keep the bandage on for at least one hour. Remove the bandage only when you are able to wash your new tattoo. Wash your tattoo thoroughly, firmly, but gently using clean hands, hot water, and a mild,

non-scented soap. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Make sure your tattoo is clean until it is no longer slimy. Pat/blot dry with a clean paper towel if necessary and let your tattoo air dry.

DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo! Let it breathe with loose clean cotton clothing or exposed to the air and avoid direct sunlight on your healing tattoo. You do not need to apply any creams, ointments, or lotions for the first seven days, your body will naturally heal your new tattoo. Starting around day three, your new tattoo will start to peel/exfoliate and the temptation to pick and scratch will be great. Don’t do it!

DO NOT PEEL, PICK OR SCRATCH or touch your new tattoo. 

After seven days, you may apply a small drop of white, hypoallergenic fragrance-free lotion such as Cetaphil or Curel Original Unscented with clean hands until your tattoo is healed. Applying lotion will not make your new tattoo heal faster, it will only relieve itching and dryness. Always handle your tattoo with clean hands and don’t let people touch your new tattoo!



  • DO wear loose, clean cotton/soft clothing and/or expose to air (but not sun!).

  • DO NOT use aloe, Neosporin, etc.; they make the skin heal too fast.

  • DO NOT swim, sauna, or soak (quick shower OK, avoid long soaking on the tattoo)

  • DO NOT expose to direct sunlight.


Once healed, preserve your piece of art and always protect your tattoo with sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. The tattoo is your responsibility. Feel free to call the shop or stop by if you have any questions.

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