Preparation Information

Getting your first tattoo is a very bold decision. It's understandable to be a little bit intimidated by the idea. We want your first tattoo experience to be one that you remember for all of the right reasons, so we created some tips for getting a tattoo. Adhering to these simple guidelines should make the experience great for both you and the tattooist.

Do your research choosing a tattoo and an artist

Don’t rush yourself when choosing an idea, Most artists have a speciality, think about this when choosing one, Don’t ask to have your neck/face/hands tattooed first, most likely will be denied, Look into the cost of the tattoo before walking into the shop, don’t sacrifice the tattoo you want to get a good deal. Save up to get the right ink, Be prepared to be placed on a large wait list for the more popular artists.

Prepare properly on the day you get your tattoo

Eat a full meal beforehand, Hydrate the night before and bring a water bottle, Many artists recommend drinking orange juice prior to getting inked, Don’t drink alcohol beforehand, Getting tattooed is a pretty intimate experience, don’t forget to shower.

Bring a good reference photo

Bring in a high res photo if possible; at the least a picture that is big and not blurry, Follow your artist’s reference information.

Don’t bring your entourage to the shop with you

It’s fine to bring a friend to hold your hand, any more than one is rude and obnoxious, Children are not permitted in most tattoo shops, leave the kids at home.

Trust your artist

The artist knows what they are doing, there is no need to be a “backseat driver.”

Check the design, placement and spelling before

If you see something, say something. You aren’t going to hurt anyone’s feelings if you tell them that something is spelled incorrectly.

Be prepared to go through some pain, tattoos hurt

Don’t be afraid to tell your artist that you need to take a break if the pain is too much. Nobody wants a passed out client, Ribs, feet, hands, head, and the spine all really hurt, Check out this tattoo pain scale if you want to know how much pain you are in for.

Stay still!

We know that it might be difficult to do so, but make every effort to remain as calm and still as possible while getting tattooed. If you are jittery the artist won’t be able to create straight lines.

Tip your artist

Most artists don’t own their shops and have to pay a percentage to the shop, Tipping anywhere between 10-20% should be fine, If you really love the work don’t be afraid of tipping extra.

Take care of your tattoo once you leave the shop

Tattoo aftercare is a crucial step in assuring you have a good tattoo, Tattoos will scab and they should heal in 2-3 weeks, Avoid sun and going in bodies of water for the first 2 weeks, Keep the tattoo moist and clean as it heals, Once it’s healed don’t forget to use SPF 50 sunscreen when going outside, Follow your artist’s aftercare information.