Before, During, and After Your Tattoo

Do Your Research

Making the decision to get a tattoo involves research and decision making. Things to consider are : 

  • What you want to get
  • What area on the body you want to get it
  • Healing time and aftercare 
  • Size and amount of sessions needed to complete the tattoo

Price should be the LAST thing you consider when deciding on your tattoo. You are paying for a piece of art that you will wear on your body for the rest of your life. If you are choosing your artist based on who is the cheapest you need to reconsider. 

Preparation

  • Be hydrated. When you’re hydrated your skin will be in optimum condition and you will be able to sit for a longer session. The healthier your skin the better your tattoo will look. 
  • Moisturize and remove hair. Smooth skin is a must before getting a tattoo. Your artist will shave the area prior to starting but if possible we highly recommend Sugaring hair removal a week before getting your tattoo. It’s the most gentle and effective form of hair removal and lasts 3-5 weeks. Exfoliate prior to your appointment to remove dead skin cells. 
  • Remember - healthy skin is very important. If you have any cuts, scrapes, sunburns, etc this will prevent you from being able to get tattooed. 

The Day Of Your Tattoo

  • Be well rested 
  • Eat!  Getting a tattoo on an empty stomach is a bad idea. You may pass out and your pain tolerance is lower when you’re hungry. 
  • Bring your phone, iPod, etc with earbuds to distract/entertain you during your tattoo
  • Do NOT bring your whole family and group of friends. You may bring one or two people for support at most
  • Do not show up under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You will be asked to leave. 
  • If you are bringing a child with you you MUST bring someone to care for the child while you get your tattoo. Absolutely no children allowed around the stations or artist workspace. 
  • Dress Appropriate. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that exposes the area to be tattooed. You may need a button up shirt or jacket to drape around you. 
  • Do not make plans or other appointments immediately after your session. It’s important to keep the area clean and rest as much as possible to minimize swelling and maximize healing. 

During Your Tattoo

  • Be Still! Try to keep moving to a minimum. The more you move the longer it takes and the more difficult it makes your tattoo process. 
  • Don‘t Touch your tattoo!! Yes it is going to bleed - that’s normal. Don’t contaminate our shop by touching your tattoo then touching other things. Don’t let anyone else touch your tattoo. 
  • Do not touch any of the tattoo equipment or the workspace. 
  • Be mindful not to touch any other possibly contaminated areas. 

Aftercare - Healing Your Tattoo

Without proper aftercare Your Tattoo could look faded and dull. It’s your job to take good care of it so that it heals properly. Remember that everyone heals differently and each tattoo should be given the appropriate attention to aftercare every time. It should not be assumed that each healing process will be the same even if you have previously been tattooed! The following aftercare is a general guide.  When necessary, you may have additional instructions which will be addressed during your session.



  • When you get home remove plastic wrap if it has been applied. Gently wash the tattoo using your fingertips and antibacterial soap. Do NOT use a washcloth. Pat it dry, do not rub. Allow it to air dry for 5-10 minutes. 
  • For the first 2-3 days you will apply a thin layer of healing ointment to the tattoo. Do this 3 to 4 times each day. Blot the excess ointment off with a paper towel. Do not over moisturize. You want to keep it moist but not smothered. Do not bandage or cover unless you work in a dirty environment. If you do need to cover the tattoo cover it with clean loose fitting clothing. It needs air to heal. 
  • Our specially formulated healing ointment can be used during your entire healing process. It is what we recommend, however; after 2-3 days you may stop using the ointment and apply a regular lotion or moisturizing cream If you prefer. We recommend a formula for sensitive skin. Lubriderm, Philosophy, and Aveeno are our favorites. Always dab off the excess with a paper towel. 
  • If you develop any pimples during this phase you need to decrease the lotion application or try a different type. 
  • During the peeling phase your tattoo will peel and flake like a sunburn. DO NOT pick at the skin or pull it off. Let the skin fall off on its own. It will also itch! Do not scratch it!  You may lightly pat it to get relief.  
  • It is very important to maintain the appropriate aftercare to PREVENT scabs from forming as they can prolong and complicate the healing process which can lead to uneven healing and even scarring. Scabs are usually caused by negligent cleaning or the over application of ointment. If scabs do form, once the tattoo is in the full peeling phase, sparingly apply moisturizer to the entire area making sure to thoroughly massage and not over apply or soak scabs with lotion. Any developed scabs should not be picked at or pulled off. Let them fall off naturally. 
  • No fun in the sun or water until your tattoo is fully healed. Do not submerge it in water. Avoid unclean bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, pools, and hot tubs until the healing process is complete. 
  • Once healed, Always apply sunblock to your tattoo when going outdoors. We recommend SPF of 50 and higher. 
  • Avoid antibiotic ointments such as Neosporin. These are designed to remove infection from the body and they can pull the ink from a fresh tattoo. 
  • Baby your tattoo for the first 30 days. It’s worth it!