So, you've decided to get a tattoo, but you aren't sure what to avoid or how to prepare. Tattoo artists give you instructions to follow after you get a tattoo, but they usually can't tell you what to do before hand. It's not because they don't want to, but because you typically won't see them before you get a tattoo.
The most important thing to do before getting a tattoo is to avoid the sun. Tattoos are already painful enough; you don't want a needle going over burned skin.
Next, don't drink. Drinking decreases your ability to think clearly. You want to make the right decision about you tattoo. It also thins your blood, meaning you'll bleed more during the procedure.
Another important thing you might want to do is eat something. If you get dizzy or faint a lot, definately eat before your appointment, especially if it's a large tattoo. You don't want to get sick or pass out during the tattoo.
There are other things to avoid before an appointment to get a tattoo besides the ones listed here. You can always call the shop and ask what they suggest you avoid before coming in.
- Over the last few years I've worked in different tattoo shops, doing different things. I've covered greeting customers, cleaning the shop, making stencils, drawing tattoo designs, all the way to tattooing. Now, I've taken a break from tattooing for a while to learn new things about the industry. I'm taking trips and going to as many tattoo conventions as I can. After I do this, I will go back to tattooing. As for me, I currently have over 10 tattoos and nine piercings. Don't worry, I plan on getting many more.