HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY TATTOO SESSION?
Make sure you are well rested, well hydrated, and have eaten recently. Aside from that, take a shower, charge your phone or tablet up to full, and don’t bring in your 50 closest friends (1-2 are fine).
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR MY TATTOO SESSION?
It’s more important to be comfortable than to be fashionable. Looser is better than tighter, and keep in mind you want to be able to cover up certain places that might show, depending on where you're getting your tattoo.
HOW SHOULD I PLAN FOR A LARGER TATTOO (ARM/LEG/BACK/ETC)?
First thing, come talk to us. The best large pieces always BEGIN with a cohesive plan, not just bits and pieces loosely tied together. We can do a sleeve or back piece with existing work in place, but it will ALWAYS look better when you come in with a plan and allow the same artist to help bring that plan to fruition for you. So plan ahead and save your money so that you can tackle these large pieces as they are investments and commitments.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS I MAY NOT THINK OF BEFORE I COME IN?
1. Take a shower
2. Don’t bring your kids. No really, don’t bring them.
3. Bring all of the necessary documentation
4. Good work costs money - so bring it!
5. Eat before you come in!
6. If you’re diabetic plan for a crash (and prepare yourself!)
7. Your idea may not be able to be tattooed
8. Just because you saw it on Pinterest doesn’t make it a good tattoo
9. Don’t put words with pictures - we’re going to try to talk you out of it because of that whole “a picture is worth 1000 words” thing
WHEN SHOULD I NOT GET TATTOOED?
You should not get tattooed when you are:
When you don’t know what you want
When you can’t afford it
When you’re sunburned
When you haven’t showered
When you have your kids with you
If you don’t have an ID
Being pressured into it
When you’ve been told by us that your idea is bad
WHAT IS THE PAIN LEVEL FOR A TATTOO?
A tattoo is probably a 3/10. The best comparison would be to getting a scratch on a sunburn or to having someone draw on you with a ball-point pen on a sunburn. It doesn’t feel good, but it’s more of an intermittent irritation than a constant pain. Remember, a tattoo has more in common with an abrasion than it does with a hypodermic needle shot from the doctor.
WHY DO TATTOOS START TO ITCH WHILE HEALING?
As the skin rejuvenates itself, usually about a week after the tattoo was done, the itch sets in. This is 100% normal. Good moisturizers will help immensely with this but DO NOT SCRATCH IT! If lotion isn’t helping, run it under cold water for a few moments and you should be itch free.
SHOULD I WALK IN OR BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
We always encourage people to book an appointment for tattoos of any size. First, this guarantees you will get in at a certain time without potentially waiting for hours. Second, it gives our artists the chance to draw your new tattoo so that it’s 100% unique to you. For smaller tattoos, if we have openings feel free to try to walk in.
Caring for a new tattoo is your responsibility from the very moment you get out of the tattooist's chair, right through until the moment you die (sorry for getting dark).
It is vital that you treat your new tattoo care routine with the respect it requires in order for your ink to look as crisp, sharp and colorful as it possibly can for as long as you’re alive.
When you initially finish getting your sparkling new tattoo at a studio, your skin will essentially be a big raw wound, open to all sorts of nasty germs and bacteria.
Correct aftercare procedures ensure that the tattooed area of skin remains infection free in an environment that is perfectly set up to ensure that healing proceeds to happen as quickly and efficiently as possible.
It’s not only the initial healing process where proper aftercare is important though. As you age, so does your tattoo.
There are many environmental factors that will dictate how good(or how badly) your tattoo will look as it ages with you.
Throughout the rest of this article, we will walk you through all of these factors, as well as accompanying instructions on how to protect your tattoo through all stages of its life.