Your first tattoo is a big step and is something you should take seriously. The last thing you want is to be unprepared when going into your appointment.
Pre-appointment preparations can help ensure that the experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. In this blog, we’ll explore how you can prepare for your first tattoo appointment so that you arrive confident and comfortable.
Research tattoo shops and artists
Do your homework and check out local tattoo shops and artists to find one who suits your needs. Do they specialize in the style of tattoo you want? Are their portfolios high-quality? Do they have a good reputation with previous customers? Don’t be afraid to ask around and get some feedback from family and friends already wearing permanent body art.
Once you find a shop and an artist, come to your appointment prepared to offer a tip. Many people question if they should tip their tattoo artist, especially when it’s their first rodeo. You’ll want to be ready to do so.
Where do you want your tattoo? Think carefully about where you’re going to place it. Placement also depends heavily on how big or small the design is and whether it has any personal meaning for you. Another thing to consider is your pain tolerance.
Some areas of the body are more painful than others with tattoos, but try not to let this stop you from choosing the most desirable location. Your artist can lend a hand in this category, but you’ll have the final say.
Schedule an appointment
Once you’ve researched the right shop and artist for you, book an appointment in advance. Most shops will accept walk-ins on small work, but it’s advantageous for you and them to make an appointment. This will ensure that you can make all the necessary preparations before your session.
You’ll want to arrive on time or even a few minutes early so that you have plenty of time to settle in and get ready. Often, shops will request a series of papers that bind the work to their shop credentials, so you’ll need a few minutes to complete these.
Wear comfortable clothing
Choose clothing that will be comfortable for the duration of your session because you’ll likely be sitting in one position for a long time. This is an easily overlooked action item when it comes to how you’ll prepare for your first tattoo appointment.
Wear something loose and airy that is flexible for your chosen placement. And avoid wearing anything that may pull against the skin while you’re getting tattooed, as this can increase discomfort.
Be prepared for aftercare
When your session is complete, ensure you follow all the artist’s aftercare instructions. This includes cleaning the area, moisturizing it, and avoiding direct sunlight. Ask your artist if you’re unsure about any of these steps, and they can help you with the best advice for your specific tattoo.
If you’re looking forward to making your first tattoo appointment, these tips will hopefully help you feel comfortable and confident when you walk into the shop. Trust the artist you choose, and remember to enjoy your experience!