Knowing what to do before reaching your tattoo session will help the whole process be much more comfortable and faster for you.
Here is a to-do list to prepare for your date:
1. SLEEP WELL
Being rested is very important to be alert and to feel less pain. The more you stay awake, the better the tattooer can work.
If you are tired in your session, your appointment will feel longer and the body will become more sensitive to pain.
Sleep well; You will appreciate it during your session.
2. DRINK WATER
24 hours before your appointment you should drink a lot of water. Try to drink eight glasses of water to ensure that your body is in the best possible shape. You will ensure that your skin is naturally hydrated for the session. Hydrated skin absorbs ink much better than dehydrated skin. If you feel thirsty during the tattoo, ask your tattoo artist or studio manager for water.
3. SHAVE IF YOU CAN
If the area to be tattooed has body hair, we recommend shaving before your appointment. This will help make the preparation of your session faster and your wait shorter.
If you can't do it yourself, your tattoo artist will shave the area.
4. MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN
Do not over moisturize your skin the day of your tattoo. Your tattoo artist will moisturize it during your session.
We recommend you moisturize your skin 1-2 times a day for 5 days before your tattoo. During the winter months the skin can become drier than normal. Which means you should moisturize your skin a bit more.
5. EAT WELL
Eat well before your appointment. You are going to need your energy, especially in long sessions. A healthy and balanced meal will help your body deal with pain and help you mentally as well. You will avoid dizziness and you will not run the risk of fainting.
You can also bring snacks to your appointment. Especially if you have low blood sugar. Eating a piece of fruit, a granola bar, nuts or some cookies can really help with long sessions.
To minimize pain, eat well.
6. DRESS ADEQUATELY FOR YOUR SESSION
Use a comfortable outfit. Don't wear tight jeans or dressing shirt while tatúan. The loose clothes will help you not have any friction.
Occasionally the ink splatters, this can stain your clothing, don't wear your favorite clothes!
Lastly, use something that will allow your artist easy access to the area being tattooed.
WHAT WHAT NOT TO DO BEFORE YOUR TATTOO
7. SHOW UP INTOXICATED
Do not show up under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is dangerous to drink alcohol before your appointment, as it dilutes your blood (and puts you in danger of various complications). This causes the ink to come off your skin more easily.
You must avoid the aspirin and any other medication dilute the blood
If you're taking prescription drugs, talk to your doctor about getting a tattoo.
8. GO WITH DAMAGED SKIN
If you have cuts, scrapes, burns, or a fresh tan from a recent beach trip, it's best to postpone your appointment. The main reason is that your tattoo will have a hard time healing because your skin is undergoing trauma. The damage can lead to complications during the healing process. It is better to prevent infection or poor healing.
9. CANCEL AT THE LAST MINUTE
We understand that emergencies arise and that is completely normal. However, when you cancel at the last minute, your artist loses an entire shift that they could have used to tattoo someone else. It affects us a lot to lose space to do projects. Therefore you must cancel only up to 24 hours before your appointment. Less than 24 hours will cause you to lose your deposit.
DURING YOUR TATTOO APPOINTMENT
10. BE PATIENT
Some sessions are short (1 hour) and others are long (up to 8 hours). This depends on the size and complexity of your tattoo. There may be a wait while your artist finishes your design, so come prepared and on time. Try not to have plans or work that day as you will be absorbed in your tattoo and it may last longer than planned.
11. BRING A COMPANION
If you wish to come to your appointment with a companion, they are more than welcome, but it is better to avoid bringing groups of people. The ideal is to bring ONLY 1 guest. In addition, it is usually boring for the companion because it is a long wait.
Only over 18s can visit the studio, or (adolescents with a guardian)
Kids can get hurt in a tattoo studio and we do everything we can to make sure that that doesn't happen.
If you're not sure what's going on or don't feel comfortable with the process, you can ask questions. Getting a tattoo is a lifelong decision, ask all the questions you want. We are here to answer them.
Making a tattoo is one of the most important experiences of your life. The more you are prepared, the better the result and the more enjoyable the experience.
After your tattoo appointment will come one of the most important steps in your tattoo process, aftercare. To find out how to take care of your tattoo, see our article: How to take care of your new tattoo.