If you're getting ready to go get your first tattoo, here are a few things you should know:
Make sure you get a good night's sleep the night before your tattoo appointment and be sure to eat a good meal a hour or two ahead of time. The process of enduring being tattooed is more tiring than most people would imagine and it often stresses the body the same way vigorous activity does, even though you aren't being highly active.
If you are going to be tattooed for a long time, make sure you have a way of getting home that is safe, or have someone else drive you. Some people become disoriented or a bit fuzzy-headed after long tattoo sessions due to the endorphin rush.
If you have any allergies to antibiotic ointments, latex or petroleum products, be sure to tell your tattoo artist BEFORE they start to do any work on you. That way they can make sure any equipment or products they might use on you will be safe.
Bring along water or juice for you to drink. With larger pieces, sometimes people find they like to take a break and have a small snack to help them get through the process.
If there is music you really like to listen to, bring along some earphones and your portable music player.
If you are going to have to lay down to get tattooed, you might want to bring along a favourite pillow or a blanket to be more comfortable.
Before your tattoo have as much sex as possible.
Some people bring along a friend for support.
Do not under any circumstances drink any alcohol before getting a tattoo, it may be perfect for calming your nerves BUT the minute you see alot of blood coming out of the site they are tattooing your nerves will come back. Alcohol thins the blood and promotes excess bleeding, meaning that if you have any alcohol in your system you are going to bleed a lot more then if you had none, and also, what tattooist wants to deal with a drunk? Not many.
Don't take any aspirin or painkillers that contain aspirin, these also thin the blood and promote excess bleeding, it also decreases the clotting of your blood, which means a longer healing period.
Don't take illegal drugs before getting a tattoo, these could also promote the excessive bleeding.
If you want to take a painkiller before going in make sure that is doesn't contain aspirin, ibuprofen or any NSAID'S.
If you are taking any prescription medication check with your doctor first, you may need to skip your dosage for that day, depending on what you are taking.
Don't go in there unsure, if you say to the tattooist "I'm really not sure about this but go ahead anyway" chances are that your tattooist wont proceed, so make sure you really know what you want.
Don't be rude to your artist because you are in pain, its your choice to get the tattoo, there just doing there job.
* And a special note for the ladies getting a tattoo.
Some ladies find that a half week before and after and during there period that the pain is increadibly moreso. It’s the same advise that hopefully your waxer would give you. You may want to consider this time of the month before booking your tattoo appointment.