Physical preparation:

+Do not drink alcohol the day before your tattoo, it can cause the blood to be thin and your tattoo might take longer than expected and may have trouble healing. With that said do not take blood thinners, or consult your artist about medication concerns.

+Stay hydrated! A hydrated skin makes for easier tattooing and healing. Lotions and moisturizers (free of fragrance/essential oils) on the area of tattoo can be a good idea, especially if you have dry skin. If you want to go above and beyond, exfoliate, moisturize, and shave beforehand!

+Eat a good full meal at least a couple hours before your tattoo. If your tattoo is a big one, it might be best to bring snacks and a water vessel.

+The best kind of snacks to bring are sweet/sugary snacks to get your blood sugar back up. I usually have some candy/snacks on me so ask if you’re feeling lightheaded or woozy. A lot of shops will have candy around.

+If you are prone to fainting/passing out, let your artist know. It’s rare, but it happens.

+If you have any medical conditions or allergies, you will likely be asked on your release form, it is still good to check in with your artist on those things.

+If you have ANY questions, just ask!

Business preparation:

+It may be good to double check your appointment time/date. Even confirm with your artist if you made the appointment a while ago. We’re humans, not machines. But really machines make mistakes too, so nothing is perfect. Sometimes either the client or artist will get times and/or dates mixed up, it happens!

+Ask your artist what they prefer for payment. I prefer cash like most self-employed folk. I do not take cards. I do take Venmo, Cashapp, or PayPal for convenience. Some artists/studios will not take credit cards at all.