Getting your first piece of ink can make you really nervous! We've all heard the horror stories (my own included) when it comes to getting tattooed. As someone who does a lot of first time tattoos, I wanted to share the best tips, and most frequently asked questions that I encounter at my shop!
Research Your Design and Artist:
Take the time to research and choose a design that holds personal significance to you. This can just be inspiration, or ideas! As your artist, it's my job to make sure the piece is drawn, and fits you perfectly. It is equally important is selecting a reputable and skilled tattoo artist. Look through portfolios, read reviews, and ensure they specialize in the style you're interested in. This can include me, or anyone else in the area. Be sure to ask for photographs of healed work.
Schedule a Consultation:
Before the actual tattoo appointment, I offer FREE virtual consultations, to make sure that you and I are a good fit for each other. Discuss your design, size, and placement preferences, and seek their professional advice on what will work best for your vision. It's my job to give you input how the design will translate on your skin! During our consultation, I will get size, placement, and have you send in a photograph of the area you're wanting tattooed.
Stay Hydrated and Get a Good Night's Sleep:
Hydration and rest contribute to the overall well-being of your skin. Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your appointment, and ensure you get a good night's sleep to promote optimal healing.
Eat a Nutritious Meal Beforehand:
Eating a well-balanced meal before your appointment helps maintain your energy levels and prevents lightheadedness during the tattooing process. I offer fresh fruit, and things like protein bars at the studio. However, it is best to have a full stomach of protein and healthy fatty acids!
Wear clothing that allows easy access to the area where you'll be getting tattooed.
Choose something comfortable and consider the weather, as you might be in the studio for a few hours. While the studio is set to a nice 73 degress- I have fans, as well as space heaters to keep you comfortable.
Bring a Friend for Support:
If you're feeling a bit anxious, it's perfectly okay to bring a friend for support. As long as there's no interference with the sterile space, I never mind guests at the shop. Having someone there to chat with or hold your hand can make the experience more enjoyable. As someone who enjoys being tattooed and my friends, I have brought multiple people to an appointment. Your artist should never make you feel isolated.
Follow Aftercare Instructions:
I will provide you with aftercare instructions. Listen carefully and ask any questions you may have. Proper aftercare is crucial for the healing process and the longevity of your tattoo. Of course, everything is online and I'm available 24/7, for your convenience.
Be Mindful of Pain Management:
I do not use numbing cream. I used to, and have learned over time this affects the areas being tattooed. While pain tolerance varies from person to person, consider bringing items like headphones or a stress ball to help distract yourself during the session. Communicate openly with your artist about your comfort level, and I am happy to make adjustments accordingly.
Relax and Enjoy the Experience:
Remember that getting a tattoo is a personal and unique journey. Take a deep breath, relax, and trust the process. Enjoy the experience and the opportunity to express yourself through body art. I'm here for you, every step of the way.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to ensure your first tattoo experience is memorable for all the right reasons.