Pre-service Tattoo Information


So you’ve made the decision to get a tattoo and are wondering what you do to prepare for your appointment? We’re here to help you!

  • Double-check your upcoming schedule. It is not a good idea to schedule a tattoo immediately pre or post surgery when your health is compromised. If you’re planning a vacation or have a busy sport schedule that would hinder your ability to properly care for your new tattoo think about choosing another timeframe for your appointment.
  • Be sure to eat within the two- four hours prior to getting tattooed. You don’t want your blood-sugar levels to be unstable. It’s also a good idea to bring a drink and a snack. Some water or juice will help you stay hydrated and a snack will distract you.
  • A good night of sleep is helpful. The more relaxed you are the easier your tattoo will seem.
  • Do not come in under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. We will NOT tattoo you. Additionally, refrain from drinking the night before your tattoo. Hangovers contribute very little to the comfort of the tattoo experience.
  • Wear clothes that are loose-fitted and comfortable and allow access to the area we are tattooing. Bear in mind that there is also a chance you will get ink splatters somewhere on you. If it’s your absolute favorite white shirt, don’t wear it to get tattooed.
  • Personal hygiene is very much appreciated. Come in freshly showered, wear deodorant, brush your teeth and use moderate to minimal perfume out of respect for other people’s sensitivities to scents.
  • Don’t bother shaving the tattoo area. If you are extremely hairy, you can take clippers to trim the area down, but razor bumps can create issues with the tattoo process. Our artists would prefer to shave you clean right before the tattoo.
  • Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and refrain from taking aspirin/blood thinners before getting tattooed.
  • Avoid applying lotion to the area. It can interfere with placement of a tattoo stencil.
  • Consider the company you’ll keep. While it is fine to bring a friend or loved one to hold your hand and share in the experience, please keep it to a minimum. If you have a large group of supporters they may be asked to come in shifts rather than crowding the room all at once and providing too much distraction.
  • The stencil is the final stop before getting the actual tattoo. Be sure to closely examine it. Make sure everything is spelled correctly and that you 100% love the design. If you want anything changed on your design PLEASE say something. You won’t hurt our feelings. We want you to be happy with the tattoo YOU have to live with!