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How to Prepare for a Tattoo

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Tattoos are scary and exciting. Everyone has wanted to get one, watch someone get one, or got one. Getting a tattoo can be a fun experience, if you’re prepared for it. Having the right mindset for a tattoo is critical to ensuring your inking experience is 100% what you expect it to be. As someone who has 5 tattoos, I find it useful to follow these simple steps to tattoo success:

  1. Finding a shop.

    Finding a tattoo parlor isn’t hard, they’re practically everywhere. The issue is finding a parlor with an artist that you like. Every tattoo artist has a unique style and sometimes their art isn’t for you, but that’s okay. Find an artist that cares as much about your tattoo as you do.

  2. Meet with the artist for a consultation.

    Always have a consultation session with your artist, go over designs and plan out what you want your tattoo to look like, typically the artist will take notes and draft up a design for you. This will help you solidify that image in your head of soon to be ink.

  3. Physically prepare.

    You have all the technicalities down, and you’re ready for your needle-ink-skin moment. The next step is to actually prepare physically. Get Hydrated Staying well hydrated makes your skin more resilient, which will allow it to endure longer tattoo sessions, and help you heal faster following your tattoo session. Moisturize Just as you should hydrate your skin from the inside by drinking water, so too should you hydrate your skin from the outside with moisturizer. This will make your skin easier to work on for the artist. Oh yeah, and specific spots on the body hurt more. Aim for a fleshy part of the body if your pain tolerance is lower than average.

  4. Pay the artist.

    Paying the artist is a usual step in a tattoo transaction, usually when you get a tattoo, your kind of bond with your artist in an almost-friendly way. That’s how it should be, but don’t forget to pay your artist! I’ve seen people that forget that their artist is a professional and almost walk out of the store. This guy isn’t doing tattoos in his basement, remember to pay!

That’s all you really need! Your artist will inform you of proper care techniques for your freshly drawn ink, so trust them. The artist knows what they’re saying. Thanks for reading!

Have you gone for a tattoo? How was it?

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By John Kennedy