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How to prepare yourself for getting a tattoo

I myself don’t have a tattoo yet, but can’t wait to get my first one when I turn 25. I wrote a post about the tattoos I’d like to have and one to add one more: ‘Dum spiramus tuebimur.’ It means ‘while we breathe, we shall defend.’ It’s connected to Gotham and James Gordon, so there you have it. In any case, today’s post is written by a dear friend of mine, Alex. He has a couple tattoos and was willing to write a post about how to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the day you’ll get a tattoo! So, without further ado, take it away Alex!

  1. Hydrate

Make sure that you’re well-hydrated before you head to the tattoo artist. Drink lots of water, preferably 24 hours before the treatment. Well-hydrated skin will be in better condition for getting tattooed. The surface of the skin will take the ink easier, making the tattoo application easier.

2. Don’t thin your blood

To limit your bleeding, you should avoid products that thin your blood, preferably 24 hours beforehand. You therefore shouldn’t drink any alcohol, before getting a tattoo. And don’t take any aspirin. It’s a blood thinner.

3. Comfortable clothes

Depending on the size of the tattoo, you may be at the shop for several hours. So, make sure you’re wearing a comfortable outfit. In addition, loose clothing may be required in order for your tattoo artist to access the area where you’re getting tattooed. If you’re getting a tattoo on your leg, consider wearing shorts or a skirt. Getting a tattoo on your upper arm? Wear a sleeveless shirt.

Grayscale Photo of Person Applying Tattoo

4. Eat properly

It’s important to eat before your appointment, to avoid feeling lightheaded while getting the tattoo. The pain might cause you to pass out when you have low blood sugar. Having that can increase the physical reaction to a tattoo. Eat a solid meal before your appointment, preferably a meal that’s filled with protein instead of sugar. If the tattoo will take long, make sure to bring a quick snack.

5. Skin preparing

You don’t need to do a lot to your skin before getting a tattoo. But, if you have dry skin, it’s a good idea to moisturizer your skin for a week beforehand. This allows your skin to be in good shape. Also, avoid getting a sunburn on the area you’re getting tattooed. Most areas need to be shaved, but tattoo artists don’t want you to do that beforehand. They’ll do it right before the tattoo to make sure that any irritation doesn’t interfere while getting it.

Love, Deem ❀

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