Proper care of your fresh tattoo is crucial to the healing process. Here are detailed instructions for cleaning your tattoo and keeping it healthy during the first two weeks. 

It is best to choose an aftercare product that is specifically formulated to be used on a fresh tattoo. DO NOT use Vaseline, Noxema, Neosporin, Bactine, etc. on the newly tattooed area – over the counter products were never intended to be used as tattoo aftercare. We recommend all natural (preferably organic) aftercare products, with no perfumes or dyes, for your fresh tattoo.

How do I take care of my new tattoo in the first 72 hours?

  • It is important to never touch your new tattoo without first washing your hands thoroughly with a mild soap like Dr. Bronners.

  • You can remove the bandage or wrapping applied by the artist in a clean, familiar environment within 1-3 hrs of arriving home.

  • Immediately wash tattoo with a mild natural liquid soap. We like Dr. Bronners Lavender (if you have no allergies) because the natural lavender oils will aid in the healing of your tattoo, but any natural unscented liquid soap will do.

  • Do not scrub your tattoo. Gently wash any lubricants off of the tattoo until the skin no longer feels greasy or slick.

  • Allow your tattoo to air dry or very gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean towel (or clean, disposable paper towel).

  • Do not re-bandage your fresh tattoo! Remember – your tattoo is an open wound and must be allowed to “breathe” so it can heal.

  • Continue to wash the tattooed area gently 1-2 times daily (or as needed) with your natural soap.

  • And don’t forget to always wash your hands again after touching your fresh tattoo!

How Do I Take Care of My New Tattoo after the first 72 Hours?

  • As before, wash your hands and tattoo with a mild soap.

  • After washing and allow the tattoo to dry, apply a very thin coat of an all-natural unscented lotion to the tattooed area.

  • Rub the lotion gently into the tattooed area. If the area appears glossy from the product, then you have applied too much and you should wipe away any excess.

  • Apply the lotion throughout the day as needed to keep the area from drying out.

  • Make sure you do not over-saturate your new tattoo with lotion or aftercare products! Doing this will only “smother” your tattoo and be detrimental to healing your tattoo, as well as prolong healing time. That being said, do not let the area dry out. Apply additional lotion whenever the tattoo feels “tight” or “itchy”.

  • Do not scratch your tattoo if it feels itchy, or if scab should form do not pick at it! This could “pull out” parts of your tattoo or cause scaring.

* Please be aware that we are not responsible for any infections, scaring, loss of ink, allergies or an inability to heal your tattoo.

** The preceding information is based on our many years of experience in the tattoo industry and should not be taken as medical advice as we are not physicians or in any way affiliated with the medical industry.

*** All sales and services rendered are final. We do not accept returns or exchanges or provide refunds.