Safety Precautions Checklist before Getting a Tattoo (How to Prepare for your Tattoo)

Getting your first tattoo is super exciting and a truly fun and unique experience. However, many do tend to take things lightly when it comes to tattooing. People assume that you can just walk into a tattoo studio, sit down and get your tattoo done without an issue. But, when it comes to tattooing, preparation is key for a good outcome.

Getting a tattoo should always be a well-thought-out decision, and never something you just do on a whim. Otherwise, you’ll regret it the second it’s done, especially if you didn’t prepare well for the process.

Therefore, in the following paragraphs, we’ll take a look at all the things you need to do before you get to the tattoo studio for your appointment. So, consider this as your ultimate checklist, and let’s get right into this!

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Safety Precautions Checklist before Getting a Tattoo

Let’s assume that you’ve already done the job of picking the right tattoo artists as well as the tattoo design. We are aware that this also falls under the ‘preparation’ umbrella, but it is kind of obvious that you’ve already picked these things out. Without an artist and a tattoo design, there isn’t much to discuss, right? But, what follows after you’ve booked an appointment is a set of personal preparation for the very tattooing process, which sometimes people do need a guide for. So, here it is!

1. No Drinking (or Intoxication of Any Kind) – Avoid Alcohol at All Cost

Now, the first thing on your checklist is a thing you shouldn’t do, and we really had to include it. Drinking is a no-go if you’re planning to get a tattoo any time soon. Regardless of whether your appointment is in two days or two weeks, drinking alcohol will make your tattoo appointment far from enjoyable. But, you may wonder, why? Here’s the deal;

  • Alcohol will thin out your blood – alcohol acts as a blood thinner which can make your tattoo experience a bloody mess. Drinking alcohol before tattooing means you’ll bleed excessively and compromise everything your tattoo artist does. Extra blood means a lack of visibility and difficulty in tattooing. Overall, there is a high chance the tattoo will be messed up in the end, and you don’t want that.
  • Alcohol will affect your mental and physical reaction – because alcohol stays in your system for a while, there is a high chance that at the appointment your mental and physical response to tattooing may be compromised. This means that you may feel jittery and restless, on top of being anxious and having an increased sense of pain. And, this isn’t how you want to be in a tattoo studio, especially when the tattoo artist is poking your body with a needle at a rate of up to 3000 times in 60 seconds.

Note: Drinking alcohol is not only advised against before the tattoo appointment but also after the tattoo is done. Because the blood-thinning effect lasts, your new tattoo may start bleeding excessively and make the healing part that much more difficult. If a new tattoo doesn’t stop bleeding, it may lead to an infection and a messy tattoo.

2. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Taking care of yourself, mentally and physically, is very important when it comes to preparing for a tattoo appointment. You need to be well-rested since your body is about to go through something exhausting. Make sure to sleep well prior to the appointment, especially two or three nights before the actual appointment.

Being tired during the tattoo session will just make the overall experience more difficult than it should be. Tiredness, sleepiness, and overall poor mental and physical state could make the tattooing more uncomfortable and even more painful. Needless to say, the process will feel longer and your body will be more sensitive.

3. Shower and Shave + Moisturize

This is a no-brainer, but some people do need a reminder; it is essential to shower and shave before the tattoo appointment. Why? Well, first of all, your skin will be exposed during the tattooing process. You don’t want to be smelly or have a buildup of dead skin cells, especially in the area that’s about to get tattooed.

Excess skin oils, dead skin cells, and the overall buildup of skin germs can compromise the tattooing process since the tattoo needle can pick up all sorts of dirt on the skin. This could lead to several issues, one of them including tattoos and skin infection.

In this case, we would recommend exfoliation; this is the best way to get rid of dead skin cells and excess body oils. Also, keeping the skin moisturized after showering and waxing is essential You don’t want your skin to dry up and cause further issues.

The same goes for shaving; removing hair