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Do’s and Don’ts before getting your first tattoo!

DO get a proper sleep before your session

You need to be well rested and relaxed before the session. If your body is well rested your pain threshold will be higher and the tattoo healing process would be smoother.


DO schedule an appointment

It is a good idea to book your appointment in advance so that the tattoo artist can focus only on your design and is prepared to do your tattoo.


DO wear comfortable clothes

Tattoo sessions tend to be long and tedious, sometimes they might last longer than you’d expected. So wear clothes that your are comfortable in, because the discomfort will only cause irritation and annoyance to you which may affect your experience.


DO tell your artist about any existing medical conditions

Don’t think you’re doing yourself a favor by hiding the truth from them. What your tattooist will do on your skin is technically a minor medical procedure. He will puncture your skin with a tattoo machine, so that ink can be inserted in the dermis. While the wound isn’t going to be all that deep (the dermis is just a few millimeters below the skin’s surface), a million things can still go wrong with the procedure.


DO ask about aftercare

Mostly, your tattoo artist will inform you about the aftercare procedure for the tattoo but you too keep in mind to ask them in case it slips out of the mind. You need to do to ensure your tattoo heals properly. There are many things you need to do and each tattooist may have their own aftercare instructions.


DON’T get a tattoo if you’re ill

When you’re sick, your health is compromised. You’re going to overwork your immune system. It’s trying to put out too many fires at the same time. This essentially means your tattoo may not heal at an optimal rate. Instead, the opposite may happen and the tattoo healing process may be affected. Inform your tattoo artist about your medical conditions and allergies if you have any.


DON’T be afraid to ask your tattooist for more info about the process

Don’t hesitate to ask any questions about your design, ink or process to your artist. Clearing all the doubts and trusting your artist will make your experience even more joyful.


DON’T party hard before getting a tattoo

Alcohol and tattoos don’t mix. You’ll may have heard of tales of drunken folks getting tattooed with or without their knowledge. The truth is that alcohol will thin your blood. And when it comes to tattooing, blood clotting is an important part of the healing process. It’s best to avoid drinking alcohol 2 days before getting tattooed and at least 3 days post tattoo to allow your skin to heal.


DON’T bring your entire friend group to the shop

A friend is fine, but make sure you ask the tattooist first if it’s okay to have someone watch the entire session. Some artists aren’t comfortable when there are too many eyes looking over whilst working. They need plenty of space to do their thing, so let them have it.


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