Commit. Know you want a tattoo before ever booking time with an artist. There are lots of on-line resources to research tattoos, we recommend tattooroadtrip.com.
- Meet your artist. Set up a time to meet with any artist from whom you may be getting your tattoo. This initial meeting will be short to discuss your tattoo idea. Mention and discuss all wants and needs you may have so both you and your artist can decide if you are right for one another.
- Get on the books. When you have selected your artist, make your first tattoo appointment(s). Be prepared to make a deposit of 20% of the estimated cost. You should make 2 initial appointments: an initial, in-depth consultationand a second tattoo appointment.
- In-Depth Consultation. Bring all images AND any items that pertain to the art you want created in your tattoo. This consultation is free and is the one of the most critical parts of the process. This consultation make take anywhere between 5 min to 1 hour depending on the complexity of your tattoo.
- Tattoo Time. Come well-rested and well-fed. Block out time and have nothing you need to be doing and nowhere else you need to be. If you’re considering bringing a friend for support, re-consider. Watching someone get tattooed is boring – and they could end up being a distraction to the artist. BE SOBER – if you can’t, then you should probably not have a tattoo. Bring comfort items: pillow, blanket, head phones, book, snacks, and water.
- What to wear. Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the tattoo area. Bring an extra layer for the later hours of the tattoo session.
- Afterwards. Be prepared to follow instructions from the artist on healing and post-tattoo care. Instructions will vary based on the tattoo. Ideally, you should be able to rest (no crossfit), take it easy (no partying or hot yoga right after), and you will need to consider clothing choices for up to a week. You will not be able to hot tub or soak your tattoo in a long shower for up to a week.
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