Skin Health

12 Tips for Getting a Tattoo


Observe good hygiene

Remove hair beforehand

Dress appropriately


Stay sober

Avoid taking certain medication beforehand

Be upfront about what medications you're taking

Share your medical history with your tattoo artist

Eat before your appointment

Bring your ID

Do your research

Bring your own entertainment

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The HealthCentral Editorial Team


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