Getting a tattoo is a big commitment. It takes time, money, and effort to get a good one done. It’s not just the tattoo artist that has to prepare, though. There are certain things you should do on the day of before heading into the tattoo shop. Here are a few tips on how to prep for your next tattoo.
Tip 1: Eat a big meal before
You want to kick off your day right. Eating a big meal before hand means you’ll be energized, awake, and full. The last thing you need is your stomach growling during the session and distracting your tattoo artist. Eat something that will keep you full but that won’t upset your stomach.
Tip 2: Drink lots of water
It’s important to keep hydrated, especially before you walk into a Toronto tattoo shop. Drinking lots of water mean your body will be running at it’s best. Getting a tattoo will irritate the skin and cause your body to work harder. Being hydrated will help keep you cool and maintain your body’s health.
Tip 3: Avoid alcohol
Any Toronto tattoo artist will tell you to avoid alcohol the day before and on the day of. Alcohol actually thins your blood, making you more likely to bleed during the process. Then there’s the poor judgment factor. You really don’t want to end up with a tattoo that you regret. Select your design when you’re sober.
Tip 4: Don’t take any painkillers
Painkillers, such as aspirin, are actually blood thinners. Avoid taking them the day before and day of. Thinner blood means more bleeding during. Painkillers will do little to help with the painful tattooing process anyways. It’s going to hurt no matter what. Wait until after the tattoo is completed and your tattoo artist has said it’s okay to pop an aspirin.
Tip 5: Pack snacks, water, and cash
Depending on the size and location of your tattoo, you might be in that Toronto tattoo shop for a while. Pack snacks and water to keep you going. For longer pieces, most tattoo artists will give you a break after a few hours. A quick snack will be just the boost you need to keep going. Don’t forget to bring cash for the tip at the end too. Your artist worked hard and nothing shows your appreciation for their time and talent more than a good tip.
Tip 6: Wear comfortable clothing
If you’re going to be stuck repeatedly with a needle you should at least make sure your clothing is comfortable. Don’t worry about looking cute. All anyone is going to care about in your Instagram picture is your awesome new tattoo. Dark clothing is preferable, to hide sweat marks, wrinkles, and any blood or ink. Whatever you wear, though, just make sure you’re okay sitting in that outfit for the next few hours.
Tip 7: Stretch
Expect to be in the same position for a long time. Stretching beforehand will help you prepare. You don’t want your muscles to lock up or get sore. You might think just sitting won’t be hard but maintaining the same position while you’re in pain isn’t easy.
Tip 8: Stay calm and relaxed
Staying calm and relaxed is very important during a tattoo. When you’re anxious your muscles tense up and you might begin to breath harder. Not only will this stress your body out more, it will make your tattoo artist anxious. There’s nothing you can do about the pain but you can manage your anxiety. Bring along something to distract you from what’s going on like a book or games on your phone.
Tip 9: Set aside extra time
The last thing you want when you go into the Toronto tattoo shop is to be rushed. Getting a good tattoo takes time. It’s always a good idea to set aside extra time and you think you need. Even a skilled and experienced tattoo artist can’t give you a precise time on how long a tattoo will take. Extra time will allow both you and the artist to remain calm and relaxed.
Tip 10: Bring along company
For tattoo veterans bringing along a company isn’t necessary. To many, though, bringing along someone is helpful. A friend will help keep you distracted from the pain. They will also be there to provide encouragement and support. Make sure you bring a friend that will help keep you calm and not do the opposite and make you anxious.
Getting a new tattoo is an exciting thing. Help make everything easier by taking these steps to prep on the day of. The most important thing is to make sure you’re calm and healthy. Contact us today to book an appointment for your next tattoo.