Yea, crazy but you actually should prepare for a tattoo appointment. Doing the right things beforehand, during, and after are pretty important for this lifetime investment. I’ll go over how you can make it a success. I don’t want you to pass out or can’t go the distance now that you’ve embarked on this cool journey.
Ok, in a couple of day’s you’ll have a new tattoo to proudly show everyone. I know this feeling. Tons of excitement, maybe you can’t seem to sleep the night before. However, to really make the experience awesome, you’ve gotta get some sleep. Your body has to be really rested to take the pain and absorb the ink. If you just can’t swing that night’s sleep, try a nap before your appointment. It’ll recharge you.
Your body will be going through a fair amount of strain and stress, so being healthy, strong, and fully present will support the process. I’d avoid the partying the night before, just this once.
Recently, I travelled from Los Angeles to San Francisco on my motorcycle for a tattoo. I was riding a good 8 hours before my session. I knew that unless I got some type of sleep I wouldn’t be able to handle the pain and have the mental stamina to bear the tattoo work. So I found a hotel and slept for a bit. Even if you just find a couch at a café you will feel so much better.
Besides rest, eat a full meal and drink lots of water to be fully hydrated. Personally, I try to consume at least a liter an hour prior. This is gives me a chance to use the restroom before we get started. Remember, you’re losing blood in this process. The food and water will keep your body functions stable. I know this is all really just common sense but better to mention it.
Medication, pain relievers, alternative substances…
Now first I want to be very clear, I’M NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, I have no medical degrees. So if you take medication talk to your doctor and a pharmacist about the possible impact the medication will have on a tattoo procedure and what could happen if you don’t take your medication for a day or two.
Even some over the counter medication can have adverse effects. An example is aspirin, as it thins the blood and that’s not what you want when you’ve got a blade puncturing your skin. So if you are thinking of taking things like cold medication, anti-inflammatory pain relievers, etc… be aware they could also increase blood flow to that area. Talk to a professional so you are certain.
Bring to the sitting…
I always bring the following:
- A bottle of water
- Some juice
- A snack or a meal if it’s an all day session
- Some tunes and my headphones
- Cash (pretty important)
This makes your time so much easier and keeps you in the right head space.
Also wear the right clothes. I mean, if your tattoo will be on your leg, then wear shorts or pants that roll up easier. And when you are ready to head home the area will be bandaged up in some way, either with wound packing or cellophane wrap. So you’ll want to be able to pull the clothing over it or keep it exposed if possible.
It’s about having an amazing experience. You don’t want to tell your friends you were the one who passed out, or screamed and cried the cops had to be called, or now have a tattoo that says BAD AS….
So get sleep, eat and drink prior, bring goodies, and dress right. Pretty easy.
For more preparation details check out my guest post on Tattoodo Not Prepared for your tattoo? You’re in Trouble!