12 Tips for Getting a Tattoo
If you are planning a trip to your local professional tattoo artist, here are some general suggestions you might make note of when preparing for your new work.
Shower beforehand. Your tattoo artist will appreciate it.
If you are capable of removing the body hair in an area where you would have your tattoo put, do so in advance. Tattooists are typically prepared to do this if need be, but they will always appreciate a customer who thought ahead and saved them the time.
If you wear a dress to the tattoo shop and want tattooed in the small of your back, realize you may end up undressing for your work. If you think ahead, you can wear something which allows for easy access to the area you intend to have tattooed.
Don't fret and worry! Getting a tattoo isn't as hard or painful as most people think it will be when getting their first tattoo.
DON'T drink liquor or take drugs before going in to be tattooed.
Avoid using aspirin or blood thinners before going in for a tattoo session.
Advise your tattooist of any prescription medications you are taking.
Be prepared to advise your tattooist of any conditions you may have which you think could in any way influence the tattoo procedure or healing.
Don't go to your appointment hungry. Get a good meal in you, go feeling energetic and strong.
Take your photo ID along with you. Many states require the practicing professional to ask you to show proof of age.
It is certainly worth one's time to research their options in getting a tattoo applied. Good work isn't as common as poor work, and since state regulations vary so widely, it's good to find a tattooist with a professional affiliation that you can trust to be educated and adept at the practice of safe tattooing.
If you are planning on a long session, think about bringing along something that you might use to pass the time, a book to read, an ipod, etc. While most good tattoo artists are capable of entertaining you with their witty banter for the duration of your tattoo, it never hurts to take something along with you in case. Some tattooists are less gregarious than others.