(Last Updated On: November 12, 2019)

Getting a tattoo is often a really big deal! Once you have booked your appointment, you can just start looking forward to it. However, it may be wise to prepare yourself best possible for the session itself, so that you get a pleasant experience, and so that the tattoo artist is able to do their very best. Here are my top 5 tips for preparing for the best tattoo session ever:

1. Fit for fight

Be rested and in good shape when you arrive. Getting tattooed is usually a physical challenge and requires a lot of energy. If you have a lack of sleep, are stressed or have a cold, the experience can be less pleasant. The immune system is lowered when you get tattooed, so you become even more susceptible to bacteria or viruses with this open wound. So make sure you feel as healthy and rested as you can. If you are unsure, it may be better to delay the appointment than to take a chance.

Easy tricks to help you out:

  • Don’t drink alcohol during the 2-3 days before the tattoo session
  • Eat healthy foods, drink lots of water
  • Go to bed early the day before the session
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2. Hygiene

Be clean, preferably freshly out of the shower. Since we actually punching holes in your skin, it is important to make it as hygienic as possible. It is also a plus if you do not smell bad or have excessive loads of perfume. The tattoo artist needs to sit very close to you to be able to focus on a small area of your body at a time, so please take this into account. If you want the tattoo on your upper body, wash your hair the same day. If you have long hair, put it up in a bun so that it doesn’t fall down and interfere with the tattoo or leave bacteria in the area that is being tattooed.

Easy tricks to help you out:

  • Shower just before going to the tattoo shop
  • Wash your hair, and put it up in a bun if it’s long
  • Don’t put a lot of perfume on
  • Hair removal should be done in good time, so your skin doesn’t have any irritations.
  • No moisturizers or foundations around the tattoo area that same day. Self tanning lotions should also be avoided. 

Since we actually punching holes in your skin, it is important to make it as hygienic as possible. It is also a plus if you do not smell bad or have excessive loads of perfume. The tattoo artist needs to sit very close to you to be able to focus on a small area of your body at a time, so please take this into account.

3. Clothing

Wear clean and comfortable clothes that dispose of the skin that you will be tattooing as best as possible. Wear a tank top if you are tattooing your upper arm,  shorts if you are tattooing your thigh, you get the picture… Then you don’t necessarily have to undress in front of the entire shop. One last thing – the tattoo artist can easily drop some ink on your clothes, try not to wear anything too expensive, or something you can’t dispose of, if there should be a lot of mess…

To sum it all up:

  • Clean clothes
  • Something stretchy, loose and comfortable
  • Easy access the area that you will be getting tattooed
  • Cheap and easily washed

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4. Energy

It is smart to pay attention to your blood sugar, because without energy you will not be able to get tattooed. If you are going to get a tattoo that takes several hours, we recommend that you bring some food and drink to enjoy along the way. Something that gives you new energy, may contain sugar for quick effect. Banana, chocolate, soft drinks are nice. The chance of fainting is also higher if you get tattooed on an empty stomach.

Ideas for snacks to pack:

  • Fruits that are not too messy (bananas, apples, grapes)
  • Sandwiches, wraps or just any food that is neatly wrapped
  • Sugary drinks like juice, lemonade or soda.
  • Chocolate, candy – treat yourself
  • No nuts, crisps, burgers, oranges or other messy foods that easily drip or makes crumbs or drops…

5. Entertainment

Staring at the same picture on the wall can be a little boring after a while, so feel free to bring something you can entertain yourself with. You can read a book, watch a movie or play on a phone or iPad while getting tattooed. Anything that can take your focus away from the pain without disturbing the tattoo artist is great. Remember to bring earphones and chargers.

Quick ideas for easy entertainment:

  • games
  • netflix/HBO etc
  • books, magazines
  • Youtube
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