How can I best prepare for my tattoo appointment?
Updated: Sep 24, 2022
Getting a tattoo is an experience! It can also be physically taxing and a little stressful, especially if this is your first tattoo. The best way to be mentally and physically prepared is to be well rested, hydrated, and nourished. Get a good night's sleep, drink plenty of water, and be sure to eat a big meal about an hour ahead of your appointment. Even if you don't normally eat that way or that early, you don't normally go get tattooed(!). It really helps make a big and positive difference in the tattoo experience. Pinky promise!
When you're getting tattooed, your body is being injured and goes into some automatic responses to this, such as producing adrenaline (liquid energy) and endorphins (painkillers), as well as moving blood around. This is very draining on your system and if your body runs out of fuel to keep doing these things, it can result in your body going into shock. This means that your body is starting to shut things down and can result in light-headedness, nausea, and/or fainting.
It's important that if you are feeling this way while getting tattooed, that you let your artist know! Don't feel like you have to power through that and surprise faint on your artist. It usually just means getting you a soda or some candy (or some actual food if you haven't eaten already) to get your blood sugar levels back on track. Normally if someone does happen to start feeling light headed or nauseous, it happens in the first 10-15 minutes and goes away relatively fast after getting some food/sugar in you.
Eat a good meal! =]
Get a good night's sleep.
Drink plenty of water (coffee/energy drinks will make you jittery when relaxed is best). We have water available at the studio and you are welcome to fill your bottles at our cooler.
Wear clothing that provides access to the area that we will be working on.
Shaving isn't necessary and we will normally go over it again anyway, but clipping down a very hairy area can save us time.
Hygiene! We will be in close quarters and are essentially performing a minor surgery, so please be sure to be prepared before you arrive.
Feel free to brink a blanket and/or pillow for comfort, but please launder them first.
We have water, soda, and candy available at no cost, but you're welcome to bring your own snacks & food. We have a fridge/microwave, we just ask that you keep food away from our work areas.
We have constant and a wide variety of music, try to talk and be entertaining, as well as have a Roku TV at each station with plenty of streaming services, but you can certainly bring earphones and a device of your own for entertainment if you prefer to focus in other ways.
We have a limited waiting area and friends/family aren't allowed in the work space while we are tattooing, so please be considerate when inviting others along.
Our ceiling lights are fairly bright and we do have free sunglasses available just for that, but your own stylish shades may come in handy if you'll be laying on a table for a few hours.
Let your artist know well in advance if you are intending to make major design changes. If we've spent hours creating something for you and you change it dramatically on game day, then we may likely need to reschedule and charge an additional art fee to create a whole new design.
Payment is expected at the time of service, so please be sure to communicate with your artist on forms of payment and expected cost prior to starting.
As always, please be sure to let your artist know if you have any questions or concerns regarding your tattoo. Thank you!
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